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What you need:

12 oz /350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt (half)
4 oz /100g  butter
6 oz /175g soft brown sugar
1 egg
4 tbsp golden syrup
different coloured fruit flavoured boiled sweets
narrow ribbon

What you do:

Pre-heat the oven to 180C /350F /Gas 4.

Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and salt into a bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar. Beat together the egg and golden syrup and mix into the flour mixture to make a smooth dough, kneading lightly with your hands.

Crush the sweets in their wrappers using a rolling pin. Sprinkle flour on a clean work surface and roll out the dough until about 1/2cm (1/4in) thick, then cut into shapes using a selection of Christmas Cookie cutters. Transfer to lined baking sheets.

Cut out shapes in the centre of each biscuit, making sure you leave a good edge all around the biscuit. Completely fill the hole in each biscuit with crushed boiled sweets.

Make a hole at the top of each biscuit using a drinking straw so that you will be able to thread a ribbon through it later. Bake for 11-12 minutes until golden

While the biscuits are still warm, check the holes are still there, otherwise push a straw through again. Do not remove the biscuits from the baking tray until they have cooled as the boiled sweets need to harden. Once the sweets have hardened, gently lift the biscuits onto a wire rack with a palette knife to finish cooling.

You can decorate the biscuits with piped white icing.Thread ribbons through the holes to make loops for hanging.

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What you need:

400g plums
2 cooking apples
170g blackberries
350g castor sugar

What you do:

Cut the plums in half & take out the stones. Cut the plums into chunks.

Cut the apples in half, take out the cores then peel & cut into chunks.

place in a saucepan along with the plums & blackberries along with a little water.
Simmer gently for around 15 mins until partly cooked.

Add the sugar & cook gently until the sugar has dissolved.

Simmer for 30 mins until the fruit is cooked, but still has texture & the mixture has thickened & is just slightly jammy.

Spoon into clean sterile jars, cover with tight- fitting lids and leave to cool.

Store in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

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What you need:

2 red peppers
2 red onions
8 ripe tomatoes ( halved)
3 cloves of garlic (unpeeled)
2 tbsp olive oil
500 – 700ml vegetable stock (depending how thick you like your soup)
Some fresh basil leaves (torn)

What you do:

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

Cut the peppers in half, scoop out the seeds & cut the flesh into small chunks.
Peel the onions , halve & cut into similar size chunks as the peppers.
Place the peppers, onions , tomatoes & garlic into an oven proof dish. Drizzle with oil then roast in the oven for around 35 mins ( or until all the vegetables are cooked).
Squeeze the garlic out of its skin. Put the vegetables & garlic into a food processor then add the stock.
Puree until smooth.
Pour into a saucepan & heat gently for around 5 mins or until warmed through.
divide between 4 bowls & sprinkle over fresh basil leaves .

Serve with warm crusty bread.

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What you need:

1 layer pastry dough
4 slices bacon, crumbled
4 eggs
1 cup half and half
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 190C/ 375F / gas mark 5.

Fit the pastry into a deep-dish pie pan. Sprinkle the bacon onto the bottom layer of the pastry. Beat together the eggs, half and half, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Pour the eggs over the bacon and sprinkle with the shredded cheese. Bake the quiche for 45-50 minutes, until the eggs are set in the middle. Cool slightly and serve.

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What you need:

1 large steak , such as sirloin, rib-eye or rump
1 tsp olive oil
1 ciabatta bread roll, halved
1 tsp Dijon mustard
handful watercress
50g Stilton
splash balsamic vinegar

What you do:

Heat a frying pan or a griddle pan. Rub the steak with the olive oil, season, then cook for 2-4 mins on each side or until done to your liking. Put the steak on a plate to rest.

Put the roll halves cut-side down in the pan for 2 mins to soak up the meat juices and toast until golden brown. Spread the toasted side with the mustard and pile the watercress on top.

Cut the steak in half, sit on top of the watercress, then crumble over the Stilton. Drizzle with a splash of balsamic vinegar, tip over any steak resting juices and serve.

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What you need:

3 large potatoes
1 spanish onion
spanish olive oil
8 large eggs
8oz /225g chorizo sausages (hot)
1 handful pitted spanish olives (green olives)
salt (to season)

What you do:

Peel, wash and thinly slice the potatoes and cut in half into the shape of half moons. Repeat this with the Spanish onion.

Pour olive oil in a deep frying pan over a high heat – use enough oil to just cover the onion and potatoes.

Once the oil is hot, drop in a slice of onion and this should start frying immediately. Cook the onion for around 10 minutes until golden and then add the sliced potatoes. Stir occasionally for at least 15 minutes, until the potatoes are soft and cooked through.

Drain the oil from the potato and onion and mix in the egg and place into a separate dish. Let it rest for 10 minutes while you cook the chorizo and olives.

Chop the chorizo into chunks and half the pitted olives.

In the same frying pan you have used to cook the potatoes use a medium heat to cook the chorizo for 1 minute, followed by the olives for just 15 seconds before adding this to the potato, onion and egg mix.

Season and stir slowly

To make the tortilla place a non-stick pan over a medium heat and drizzle in a bit of olive oil.

Pour the tortilla mix inside the pan and lower the heat. After 4 minutes use a large plate to cover the pan, hold it tightly and flip the tortilla onto the plate. Slide the ‘non-cooked side’ of the tortilla back into the pan to cook.

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What you need:

4 pork chops
30g dried porcini mushrooms
1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
250ml cream
salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp herbs de provence (optional)
1 small glass white wine (optional)

What you do:

Soak mushrooms in 250ml hot water for 30 minutes. Squeeze mushrooms, reserving liquid. Chop mushrooms.
Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion. Saute until soft and translucent, but do not brown.
Sear both sides of the pork chops, remove and set aside.
Add mushroom soaking liquid, herbs and wine to the pan. Cook until liquid has reduced by half.
Return pork and mushrooms to the pan and lower the heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add cream and heat until just bubbling. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Serve.

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What you need:

4oz / 100g margarine / butter
4oz / 100g castor sugar
2 eggs
4 oz / 100g self raising flour ( sieved)
2oz / 50g chopped walnuts
1tbsp coffee essence
whole walnuts for decoration.
Coffee butter icing:
3 oz / 75g margarine / butter
8oz / 200g icing sugar
3 tsp coffee essence
3 tsp milk

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to 180C / 375F gas mark 4

2 x 7 inch / 18cm sandwich tins ( greased)

In a bowl, beat together the margarine & castor sugar until creamy, then add the coffee essence.
Beat in the eggs one at a time, with the second egg add a little of the flour ( to stop it curdling).
Add the sieved flour along with the chopped walnuts & fold in with a large spoon.
Divide the mixture into the greased tins & bake for 20 to 30 mins.
Turn out onto a wire tray to cool.

Coffee Butter icing:

In a large bowl, add all the ingredients together and beat well until soft & creamy.
Using half of the butter icing, spread over one of the half’s of cake. Place the other half on the top, then using the remaining icing , spread evenly over the top with a knife.
Decorate with the whole walnuts.

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What you need:

12 fl oz / 75ml Marsala
4 trifle sponges
1 tbsp / 15ml strawberry conserve
1 banana
15 oz /400g fresh custard
15 oz / mascapone cheese
18 oz / 500g fromage frais
1tsp / 5 ml vanilla essence & sugar
2tbsp / 30 ml toasted flaked almonds

What you do:

Spread the trifle sponges with the strawberry conserve, then place in the bottom of the serving bowl, then sprinkle with marsala then leave for 10 mins.
Hull the strawberries & cut each one in half or quarters.
Peel the banana & cut into medium size chunks & put in the bowl along with 3/4 of the strawberries.
cover the fruit with custard.
Put the mascarpone & fromage frais into a bowl & mix together using an electric whisk.
Add the vanilla sugar & briefly whisk again.
Spoon the mixture on top of the custard & spread evenly.
Keep in the fridge until around 1/2 hour before serving.
Arrange the rest of the strawberries on the top & sprinkle the top with the flaked almonds.

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What you need:

340g corned beef
1 large or 2 small onion ( chopped)
3/4 lb short crust pastry.

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / gas mark 6.
In a little water, soften the onion. Then add the corned beef & blend really well.
Line a shallow oven- proof dish with half of the pastry & spread the oinion & corned beef mixture on top of the pastry.
Dampen the edges of the pastry with a little water, then place the other half of the pastry on the top. Make 2 or 3 slits in the top to allow the steam to escape.
Bake in the oven for around 25 mins.
Serve hot or cold.

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