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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:

8  Pork Sausages
4  shallots, peeled and quartered
½  leek, sliced
1 large carrot, cut into small cubes
1tsp olive oil
1 rosemary sprig roughly chopped
100g plain white flour
4 eggs
175ml semi-skimmed milk
Onion Gravy:

 1 red onion

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp plain white flour
284ml (½ pint) beef stock

What you do:

Pre-heat your oven to 220C /425F  / gas 7.
Sift the flour into a bowl, make a well in the centre and break in the eggs.
Add half the milk and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth, then add the remaining milk and whisk until you get tiny little bubbles in the batter.
Add the rosemary and leave to rest for an hour or so.
Cook the sausages in a frying pan with a little olive oil until nicely browned then transfer to a ceramic oven dish.
In the same pan add the shallots and cook until golden then add the leek and carrot and continue frying until the leeks are soft.
Spoon the vegetables around the sausages. Pop into the oven for 5 minutes.
Pour the batter now over the sausages and pop back into the oven as quickly as possible.
Cook for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and well risen.
Simply serve with some onion gravy and to make that simply cook a red onion finely sliced in 1tbsp of olive oil until soft and just starting to brown.
Next add 1tbsp of plain flour and stir in. Make ½ pint of beef stock using a stock cube then slowly pour into the pan and whisk until smooth. If you like add little Worcestershire sauce to make it a little richer.

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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:

5 g butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 leek, Rinsed & finely chopped
1 onion peeled & finely chopped
3 potatoes (around 400g) peeled & diced
500ml semi skimmed milk
500ml fish or vegetable stock
2 dyed smoked haddock fillets (skin removed)
150g of frozen sweetcorn
1 handful of fresh parsley ( chopped)

What you do:

In a large saucepan, heat the butter & oil, then add the leek & onion & cook for 5 m ins.
Add the milk & stock, bring to the boil then simmer for around 5 mins.
add the haddock & sweetcorn & cook gently for 5 mins or until the fish is just cooked.
Add the parsley, season with freshly ground pepper & serve.
Serve with crusty bread.

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What you need:

2 cups long grain rice

2 tbsp olive oil

1 litre of hot water

2 bay leaves

salt & pepper to taste

1 vegetable stock cube

1 tsp paprika powder

1/2 tsp turmeric  powder

1 pinch of saffron

2 onions diced

1 leek sliced

1 small aubergine cut into cubes

1 courgette (zucchini) cut into semi circles

1 of each red & yellow  peppers diced

5 to 6 button mushroom quartered

What you do:

Wash and soak the rice in some hot water, while you prepare the vegetables. Chop into fairly large chunks and boil the water.

Pre heat a large sauce pan or wok on medium temperature.

Drain the rice, add the oil to the pan and all the ingredients and sauté for a few minutes, you will see a shine on the rice. Pour the hot water and cover and cook for 15 minutes. Mix and check to see if the rice is done, add more water if necessary and cook until all the water has evaporated.

serve with some lemon wedges.

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What you need:

2 skinless salmon fillets
4 leeks , (trimmed and finely chopped)
1 oz / 25g butter
3 1/2 oz / 100g full-fat crème fraîche/ plain greek yoghurt  or cream cheese
6 sheets filo pastry

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 200C/ 400F/ gas 6.
Put the chopped leeks into a large saucepan with 3 tbsp water and a couple of knobs of butter.

Cover, then cook for 10 mins until tender. Remove from the pan, allow to cool, then mix with the crème fraîche and some seasoning.
To make the parcels, brush a sheet of pastry with melted butter, then lay 2 more sheets on top, brushing butter between each layer. Place a salmon fillet in the middle, season, then spoon over half the leek mix. Fold the ends over the top, pull up the sides and scrunch together to enclose. Repeat.
Brush both the parcels with melted butter. Place onto a lightly greased baking tray, then cook for 20 / 25 mins until golden and crisp.

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