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What you need:

1 garlic clove , finely chopped
small bunch parsley , finely chopped
small bunch chives , snipped
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts , roughly chopped (optional)
2 tbsp grated Parmesan , plus extra for serving
zest and juice 1 lemon
4 tbsp olive oil
500g pack gnocchi

What you do:

Place the garlic, herbs, pine nuts, cheese and lemon zest in a small bowl, season well, then stir in the olive oil and lemon juice. Set aside.

Cook the gnocchi in a pan of salted boiling water following pack instructions, then drain well. Tip into a serving bowl and toss through the pesto.

Serve with extra grated Parmesan, if you like.

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What you need:

2 sirloin  fillet steaks
300g fresh egg noodles
4 spring onions
Half red onion
Handful bean sprouts
Handful coriander
1 tbsp teriyaki sauce

Soup Ingredients:

1.5 litres chicken stock

3 tablespoons chili sauce

5 tablespoons  thai fish sauce

What you do:

Mix the chili sauce and the thai fish sauce in a bowl.
Heat the chicken stock in a pan and add the chilli  & thai fish sauce mix.
Finely chop the spring onions and the chilli into fine strips. Finely cut the red onion into semi-circles
Divide the noodles between two large soup bowls
Finely chop the spring onions and the chilli into fine strips. Finely cut the red onion into semi-circles
Boil a kettle and blanch the bean sprouts in boiling water for 30 seconds. Then drain and rinse with cold water
Divide the bean sprouts and chilli between the two bowls
Lightly coat the steaks in oil. Sear for 2 minutes on both sides. Baste with the teriyaki sauce. Then cover and rest for 2 minutes
Slice the steaks into thin strips and divide them between the two bowls and top with the chopped spring onions
Quickly ladle the soup over. Garnish with coriander

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What you need:

6 1/2 lb /3kg strawberries, hulled, halved
6 1/2 lb / 3kg white sugar
Juice from 1/2 a lemon

What you do:

First of  all wash and sterilise the  jars and lids that you will use.

In a large saucepan, put in the strawberries and sugar & mix all together.

Leave for a couple of hours so the sugar can soften all the fruit.

Add the lemon juice then simmer over medium heat, stirring all the time untilall the fruit is soft.

Remove 1/3 of the fruit & leave to one side.

Keep simmering the remaining mixture until fruit is mostly dissolved & the  jam coats the back of a spoon.

Divide the fruit that was put to one side  between the jars then fill with jam.

Allow to cool, then seal with the lids.

Keep refridgerated.

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What you need:

100 gm butter (softened)
100 gm caster sugar
2 eggs
100 gm self-raising flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder

For the butter cream:

250 gm butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
600 gm icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Sugar strands ( for decoration)

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 180C/ 350F/gas 4.

Cream the butter and sugar together, then beat in the eggs a little at a time & with the last of the egg add a little of  the flour ( this will stop the eggs from curdling )  then add the rest of  the flour & the cocoa powder &  cream all together.  (Add a drop of milk to the chocolate mix if it is too stiff.)
Spoon into muffin tins lined with paper cases .

Bake for around 8 minutes.

A tip to test if cooked is to gently touch the top with your finger , if it springs back up then its done.

Cool on a wire rack.

Butter cream:

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and vanilla. Blend in the sugar, a quarter at a time, beating well after each addition.

Gently add the milk , and continue mixing until light and fluffy.

Spoon a little of the butter cream over the top of each cake, then sprinkle over the sugar strands (or anything of your choice)

 

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