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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:

1 tbsp olive oil
10g butter
2 leeks, trimmed & roughly chopped
225g potatoes peeled & cut into chunks
1 litre vegetable stock ( 1 cube)
1/2 head of broccoli, cut into small florets
a little grated cheese ( optional)

What you do:


Heat the oil & butter together in a large saucepan, & gently soften the leeks for around 10 mins.
Add the potatoes, stir then add the stock.
simmer gently for 10 mins , or until the potatoes are cooked.
Add the broccoli & simmer for another 5 mins or until cooked.
Puree the soup until smooth. the divide into 4 bowls, then sprinkle some freshly grated parmesan.

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What you need:

1 lb of stewing steak
1 or 2 red onion ( sliced)
3 leeks ( sliced)
1 lb of small skinned potatoes (quartered)
4 carrots ( diced)
1/2 of swede ( diced)
1 parsnip ( diced)
1 1/2 pints beef stock
1 or 2 cloves garlic finely chopped or crushed (optional)

For the dumplings

100g/4ozs self-raising flour
50g/2ozs shredded suet
5 tbsp cold water, aproximately
Mixed dried herbs to flavour – optional

What to do:

Place all the ingredients into the slow cooker then add the beef stock.
Cook on medium heat for 7 to 8 hrs (or alternatively on low over night)
or high heat for 5 to 6hrs.

To make the dumplings:

Mix the flour, suet, dried mixed herbs with the water. It should not be sticky but soft and pliable. If too dry add a little more water: if too sticky add a little more flour.

Using floured hands divide dough into 8 pieces and shape into balls. Place on top of the stew around an hour before your due to serve.
Personally I prefer to cook stews on a low setting over night.

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What you need:

1lb chicken fillets diced
1lb carrots sliced
1 parsnip diced
1 swede diced
8 oz peas
2 leeks sliced
1 onion chopped
1 1/2 pt chicken stock

for the dumplings
100g/4ozs self-raising flour
50g/2ozs shredded suet
5 tbsp cold water, aproximately
Mixed dried herbs to flavour – optional

What to do:
Place the chopped chicken, sliced carrots, diced parsnip & swede into slow cooker, then add the chicken
stock.
Cook on low for 6 to 8 hrs (or alternatively on low over night)
or medium heat for 5 to 6hrs.

To make the dumplings ..

1. Mix the flour, suet, dried mixed herbs with the water. It should not be sticky but soft and pliable. If too dry add a little more water: if too sticky add a little more flour.

2. Using floured hands divide dough into 8 pieces and shape into balls.

3. Place on the top of a stew or casserole where the liquid is already simmering for about 35 /40 mins
before serving.

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