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What you need:

FOR THE CURRY PASTE
1 tbsp whole coriander seeds, toasted
2 tsp whole cumin seeds, toasted
1 tsp whole black peppercorns, toasted
1 tsp coarse salt
3 serrano chiles, sliced
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
2 stalks fresh lemon grass, trimmed and chopped
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 spring onions, chopped
2 tbsp chopped peeled fresh ginger
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp finely grated lime zest (from 2 limes)

For the stew:

2 oz spinach

14oz /1 tin  unsweetened regular coconut milk
14oz /1 tin  unsweetened light coconut milk
1 medium courgette (zucchini) quartered lengthwise and sliced 1 inch thick (21/4 cups)
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup fresh basil

What you do:

Make the curry paste: Grind coriander, cumin, peppercorns, and salt with a mortar and pestle, or with the bottom of a heavy skillet. Add remaining ingredients, and grind until a paste forms. (The Curry paste can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months.)

Make the stew:

Puree 5 tbsp curry paste, the spinach, and 1 cup regular coconut milk in a blender until smooth. Reserve remaining curry paste for another use.

Bring remaining regular coconut milk and the light coconut milk to a boil in a medium Dutch oven or heavy stockpot. Reduce heat, stir in curry-spinach mixture, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add courgette, and cook until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add chicken, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until courgette is tender and chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add basil, and garnish with serrano chiles.

Serve with rice and lime wedges.

 

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What you need:

4 medium to large garlic cloves
salt to taste
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup extra virgin Spanish olive oil

What you do:

Peel and mince the garlic. Using the flat side of a large knife, crush the garlic. Place in a small mortar and pestle and add ½ tsp salt and smash into a paste.

An alternative to save time is to use a good garlic press that peels and mashes the garlic in one step. Either way, you can use a mortar and pestle to mash the garlic into a paste.

Crack the eggs and separate the yolks into a small mixing bowl. Transfer the garlic paste to the bowl and whisk to blend. With a hand mixer on low speed, slowly pour in the olive oil in a THIN, steady stream until a creamy sauce forms. Add the touch of lemon juice slowly at the end, while keeping the mixer on to ensure that the sauce stays smooth.

Serve it with meats, fish, or vegetables – or just spread it on crusty bread

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What you need:

750g braising beef  (cut into large pieces)
2tbsp sunflower oil
4 garlic cloves  (sliced)
1tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 red chilli (de-seeded and finely chopped)
1 leek (finely chopped)
1tsp Chinese five-spice powder
2tbsp plain flour
2tsp sugar
3tbsp dark soy sauce
500ml water
1tbsp chopped fresh coriander
For the cabbage
1 small Savoy cabbage (stalks removed and finely shredded)
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1tsp sunflower oil
1tsp sesame seeds
400g white rice to serve

What you do:

In a bowl, toss the beef in the flour. Heat a large frying pan and cook the beef in 1tbsp of the sunflower oil until nicely browned. Pop onto a plate.

In a large pan and a little of the sunflower oil and cook the garlic, ginger, leek and chilli until soft and fragrant.
Add the beef and Chinese 5 spice and continue cooking for 5 minutes before adding the sugar, soy sauce and water.
Bring to steady simmer and cook over a low heat with a lid on for about and hour and a half until the beef is really tender. Season to taste.

For the cabbage :  take a medium sized saucepan and warm up the sunflower oil over a medium heat.
Add the garlic and before it browns add the shredded cabbage.
Cook with the lid on for a few minutes. Add a mug of water and cook until almost evaporated.

Add the sesame seeds and serve with the braised beef and some boiled rice.

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What you need:

10 slices of French stick or ciabatta about 2cm thick
3tbsp olive oil
2 small leeks, washed and finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, 1 crushed 1 left whole
100ml white wine
200ml cream (double or whipping)
½ tsp fresh thyme
1tbsp chopped fresh parsley
20g parmesan cheese
5 rashers of streaky bacon
Small handful of fresh chopped mint

What you do:

Cook the bacon under the grill until crisp, cool and chop into small pieces. In a medium frying pan heat 1tbsp of the olive oil and cook the leeks over a moderate heat for 2 minutes.

Now add the crushed garlic, thyme and continue frying for a further minute before adding the white wine and reduce to almost evaporated. Next pour in cream and bring to the boil, season with salt and milled pepper add the parmesan and chopped parsley and keep warm until needed.

Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the slices of bread and cook either under the grill or ideally on a griddle pan until crisp and golden. Take the whole piece of garlic and rub a little over one half of the bread and lay them onto a serving plate. Top each with a spoonful of the creamed leeks, crispy bacon and finally a little chopped mint and a drizzle of olive oil.

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What you need:

300g  extra fine green beans
75g  dry cured un-smoked back bacon
4 shallots, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1tsp thyme, chopped
2tsp  basil infused olive oil
2tsp toasted pine nuts

What you do:

Place a small pan of water on the stove and once bubbling pop the beans in for 2-3 minutes, drain into a colander and refresh under cold water.

Place a large frying pan onto a medium heat and add the basil infused oil. Then add the bacon and shallots and cook for 5 minutes until soft and the bacon has crisped up a little.

While this is going on add the sliced garlic and fry for a minute or so until you have a wonderful aroma of bacon, garlic and shallot. By which time add the beans and cook for 2-3 minutes along with the fresh thyme. Once you feel the beans are hot enough, season to taste and serve garnished with toasted pine nuts.

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What you need:

1/4 cup (60 milliliters) extra virgin olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons
1 medium onion, small chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup (90 grams) Kalamata olives, pitted
1/2 cup fresh basil, thin sliced
28 ounce (765 grams) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and hand crushed
pinch sugar
salt
black pepper
1 1/2 pound (670 grams) boneless, skinless free-range chicken breasts
1/2 (65 grams) cup all purpose flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
1 cup (115 grams) dried bread crumbs
8 ounces (230 grams) mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup (90 grams) Parmesan cheese, grated
Optional: cooked spaghetti pasta

What you do:

Coat a sauté pan with olive oil and place over medium heat until hot. Add the onions, garlic, and bay leaves cook and stir for 5 minutes until onions and garlic are soft. Add the olives and tomatoes. Continue to simmer and stir until the liquid is cooked down and the sauce is thick, about 15 minutes; season with basil, sugar, salt and pepper. Lower the heat and keep warm.
Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
With a flat meat mallet pound each chicken breast on a cutting board with a protective piece of plastic over them to keep things clean, until they are 1/2-inch thick.
Set up your breading station:Easy as 1-2-3
Put the flour in a shallow bowl and season with a good amount of salt and pepper; mix with a fork to distribute evenly.
In a wide bowl, combine the eggs and water, beat until frothy
Put the breadcrumbs on a plate, season with salt and pepper.
Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high flame in a large ovenproof skillet. Lightly dredge both sides of the chicken cutlets in the seasoned flour, and then dip them in the egg mixture, letting the excess drip off. Next coat the chicken in the bread crumbs. When the oil is hot, add the cutlets and fry for 4 minutes on each side looking for a golden color and crisp texture. Try to turn only once.
Place the chicken cutlets in a baking dish. Ladle the tomato sauce over the chicken and layer with mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.
Serve over spaghetti if you prefer

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What you need:

4 1 1/2- to 2-inch-thick bone in pork rib chops
2 tsp coarse kosher salt
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 bacon slices, coarsely chopped
Olive oil (optional)
4 cups thinly sliced leeks (white and pale green parts only; about 3 large)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup brandy
1 cup low-salt chicken broth
2 tsp finely chopped fresh sage
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/3 cup crème fraîche or sour cream

What you do:

Pat chops dry with paper towels. Mix 2 tsp coarse salt, thyme, rosemary, and 1 tsp pepper in small bowl. Sprinkle seasoning mixture on both sides of chops. Let stand at room temperature 1 to 2 hours or wrap and chill up to 1 day.

Heat a large frying pan or large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and sauté until crisp and lightly browned. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to small bowl. Increase heat to medium-high. Add chops to the pan. Sear until brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer chops to small baking sheet.

Pour off all but 3 tbsp drippings from skillet (or add olive oil to make 3 tablespoons). Add leeks and sauté until soft, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and stir 1 minute. Add brandy, then broth and bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Return bacon to skillet; add sage and stir to blend.

Nestle chops in leeks in skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; simmer 3 minutes. Turn chops over. Cover; simmer until thermometer inserted into thickest part of chops registers 140°F to 145°F, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer chops to platter. Tent loosely with foil to keep warm.

Spoon off any fat from cooking liquid in skillet. Boil until all liquid evaporates, about 3 minutes. Whisk in mustard, then crème fraîche; do not boil. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon over chops.

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What you need:
1 medium  pumpkin (cut into quarters)
2tsp curry powder
1tsp cumin
1tbsp olive oil
300g lean minced beef or lamb
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 leek, finely chopped
100g frozen peas
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
10ml Worcestershire sauce
1tbsp tomato puree
200ml beef stock made from concentrate cube
1tsp thyme

What you do:

Pre-heat the oven to 200C /400F /gas mark 6.

Place the pumpkin onto a roasting tray, drizzle over a little olive oil, season to taste and cook until soft and golden, then cool.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and cook the lean minced beef until browned then remove from the pan. In the same pan fry the onions and leek until soft. Add the mince back to the pan with the garlic and thyme, fry for 2 minutes.

Now add the tin tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and beef stock and simmer for 25 minutes.

Now add the tomato puree and frozen peas and stir, season to taste and transfer to small oven proof dish. Take your cooled, roasted pumpkin and with a spoon, scoop the flesh into a bowl then mash with a fork.

Mix in the curry powder and cumin, spread the pumpkin over the minced beef and bake  in oven around for 20-25 minutes.

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What you need:

1 tbsp olive oil
500g boneless pork shoulder cut into 2.5cm pieces
1 large or 2 small onions peeled & chopped
1 large carrot peeled & chopped
3 celery stalks chopped
3 garlic cloves peeled & chopped
zest of 1 lemon ( keep 1/2 for the topping)
2 sprigs of thyme
500ml chicken or pork stock
2x 400g tins of cannellini beans( drained & rinsed)

For the topping:
1tbsp butter or margarine
50g fresh breadcrumbs
1 garlic clove peeled & chopped
1 small sprig fresh thyme or a pinch of dried herbs

What you do:
preheat the oven to 160C / 325F / gas mark 3
Heat the oil in a flame proof dish & brown the pork in batches until all cooked.
Remove the pork with a slotted spoon & set aside.
Turn down the heat to medium, then add the onions, carrots, celery & garlic & cooked for around 5 mins until softened.
Add half of the lemon zest & thyme.
Return the pork to the pan, then add the stock & bring to the boil.
add 1 tin of beans & stir.
Cover & cook in the oven for around 2 1/2 hours.
Pour the other tin of beans into a blender along with 3 tbsp of the cooking liquid & whizz until smooth.
Remove the thyme sprigs from the casserole, then pour in the pureed beans to thicken the sauce.
Just before serving, melt the butter in a frying pan & fry the bread crumbs, garlic & remaining lemon zest & thyme ( or herbs) until golden.
Scatter over the cooked pork & beans.

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What you need:

2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp ginger, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1/4 cup cashews, ground
1/2 cup whole cashews
2 cups coconut milk
1 (8-oz) tin tomato sauce
3 tbsp curry powder
2 tsp tumeric
1 tsp cardamom
2 tsp salt
1 cup broccoli, chopped
1 cup cauliflower, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2-3 small red potatoes, chopped
1 red  pepper, julienned
1  courgette (zucchini), chopped
1 cup fresh coriander, chopped

What you do:

Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and jalapeno pepper. Once the onions have turned translucent, add the ground cashews, coconut milk, tomato sauce, curry powder, tumeric, cardamom and salt. Stir until combined.

Next, stir in the broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and potatoes. Continue to saute until vegetables are tender. Add the  pepper and courgette ; reduce heat and simmer for an additional ten minutes.
Serve over rice.

Sprinkle with fresh coriander.

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