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What you need:

175g plain flour
90g butter, chilled and cubed
90g double Gloucester cheese, grated
3 tbsp skimmed milk
1 tsp Marmite

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F /gas mark 6

Put the flour and butter into a food processor. Put the lid on and whizz for about 20 seconds until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the cheese and milk and whizz again for about 30 seconds, until it forms into a ball. Tip out, wrap in cling film and pop in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill.
Put the dough between 2 sheets of non-stick Teflon, or 2 sheets of baking paper. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough, then roll out to a rectangle, about 1cm thick. Cut 6 broomstick shapes from the pastry, each about 10cm long and spaced well apart. Make about half a dozen cuts to form the ‘brush’ of each broomstick. Using a palette knife, gently ease them onto a Teflon- or baking paper-lined tray. Re-roll the pastry and make another 6 broomsticks. Add these to the baking tray.
Mix the Marmite with 1 tsp of hot water and brush over the brooms to glaze.Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.

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What you need:

4lb / 2 Kilo whole lean beef
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper (crushed)
½ tsp garlic (crushed)
2 tbsp cooking oil
½ tsp ginger
½ mango (ripe)
2 tbsp margarine
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp lime juice

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / gas mark 6

Prick the meat with a knife and rub it with the mixture of salt, pepper,and crushed garlic. Put the meat in a roasting pan. Set a side.

Put the ginger, mango, lime juice and Worcestershire sauce in a food processor. This will be the mixture that will be applied on the meat after 30 minutes of roasting.

Put the meat into the oven & cook for  30 minutes.
After 30 minutes turn down to 150C /300F / gas mark 2  and spoon the sauce over the meat every 10 minutes interval until meat is cooked.

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what you need:

85g watercress, coarse stems removed
115g cream cheese
1 pinch salt
1 pinch black pepper, freshly ground
600g salmon fillet, skinless
400g puff pastry
100g flour, for dusting
1 egg, beaten, to glaze

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 200C  / 400F /Gas mark 6.

Chop the watercress very finely, place in a bowl, add the cream cheese, season generously with salt and pepper, and mix well.

Cut the salmon fillet into 2 pieces. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 3mm (1/8in). It should be roughly 7.5cm (3in) longer than the salmon pieces and just over twice as wide. Trim the edges straight. Transfer to a lightly greased baking tray.

Place 1 piece of salmon in the middle of the pastry. Spread the top with the watercress cream and place the other piece of salmon on top. Lightly brush the pastry edges with water, then fold the 2 ends over the salmon. Fold in the sides so they overlap slightly and press together to seal. Re-roll the trimmings and use to decorate the top of the pastry, if liked. Brush with beaten egg, and make 2 or 3 holes with a skewer to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until the pastry is well risen and golden brown. Test if the salmon is cooked by pushing a skewer halfway through the thickest part and leaving for 4–5 seconds; when removed, it should feel hot.

Remove from the oven and allow to stand for a few minutes, then slice and serve.

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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:

4 medium smooth potatoes cut into small wedges
4 chicken breasts or 8 thighs, cut into chunks
2 tbsp Sundried tomato paste
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, sliced
5 whole mini peppers
10 cherry tomatoes
2tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

What you do:

Preheat oven to 200C/400F /Gas Mark 6.

Place all of the ingredients (except parsley) into a sandwich bag and shake to ensure the potatoes and chicken are evenly coated with the oil and tomato paste.

Spread the ingredients out into a single layer on one or two baking trays, depending on size, and season.

Place in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until browned and tender.

Scatter with parsley and serve with extra seasonal salad leaves.

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What you need:

150ml chicken stock
2 clove of garlic peeled & flattened with side of knife
250ml semi skimmed milk
2 tsp butter
800g potatoes peeled & sliced
300g ricotta cheese
100g feta cheese crumbled
200g spinach
a small bunch of fresh mint or 1tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried chilli flakes

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to 200C / 400F / gas mark 6.
Mix together the chicken stock, garlic & milk in a saucepan. Bring to the boil then leave to stand.
Grease an oven proof dish with half of the butter. place a layer of potato, overlapping the slices. Top with a little of ricotta & feta, spinach & herbs, then season with freshly ground black pepper.
Repeat, ending with a layer of potato dotted with ricotta, feta & the remaining butter.
Remove the garlic from the stock, then pour over the gratin.
Bake covered for 30 mins. Uncover & finish cooking for around 40 mins until most of the liquid has been absorbed & the top is golden.
scatter the chilli flakes over the top.
Serve hot.

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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:

3 tbsp mascarpone
1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary
1 garlic clove , crushed
2 chicken breasts , skin on
4 slices Parma ham
splash olive oil
juice of half a lemon

What you do:

Heat oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6.

Mix the mascarpone with the rosemary, garlic and seasoning. Place the chicken breasts on a board and lift, but don’t detach, the skin. Put a spoonful of the mascarpone mix under the skin of each breast. Wrap 2 slices of prosciutto around each, as neatly and tightly as you can, to keep the filling enclosed.

Heat a non-stick frying pan, add the olive oil and quickly brown the chicken on both sides. Transfer to a roasting tin, then finish off in the oven for 15-20 mins until just cooked.

Add the lemon juice to the roasting tin and stir over the heat, scraping off any crispy bits. Spoon the juices over the chicken and serve with potatoes and green beans.

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What you need:

For the mash:

28.2oz / 800 g  Potatoes, peeled, cut into even sized chunks
2.1fl oz / 60 ml  Semi-skimmed milk
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1.9oz / 55 g  Cheese
17.6oz / 500 g  Skinless, boneless salmon fillet, cut into 4 strips
4 Spring onions, chopped

For the sauce:
1.1fl oz /30 ml Olive oil
2 tbsp Plain flour
14.1fl oz /400 ml  Semi-skimmed milk
1 Lemon, zest and squeeze of juice
3 tbsp Flat leaf parsley, chopped

What you do:

pre heat the oven to 200°C / 400°F / Gas Mark 6

Place the potatoes in a pan of cold water, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 25 minutes or until tender.

Place the salmon strips into a roasting tray, and grind over plenty of black pepper. Roast for 8-10 minutes.

To make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a pan. Stir in the flour and cook out for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk and allow to simmer over a medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with pepper, lemon juice and stir in the parsley.

Remove the salmon from oven and allow to cool slightly. Break up the salmon into large bite sized pieces and place in an oven-proof dish. Scatter over the beans and spring onions.

Add any salmon juices to the sauce and stir well. Pour sauce over the salmon.

Drain the potatoes well, place back on the heat and mash well until smooth. Stir in the milk, mustard and cheese.

Top the salmon and sauce with the mashed potato and gently spread out into an even layer.

Reduce the oven to 190°C / 375°F / gas Mark 5 and cook the fish pie for 25-30 minutes until golden.

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What you need:


1 oz / 30ml of vegetable oil
2 medium sized potatoes (still skinned)
Garlic powder
paprika powder
mixed herbs (dried)

( Or you can use any herbs or spices you fancy & as much as you like to your own taste)
1 freezer bag

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / gas mark 6

Pour into the freezer bag the vegetable oil, then shake in the garlic powder, paprika, & dried mixed herbs.
Cut the potatoes into wedge shapes , then place them into the bag of oil , herbs & spices. Give them a good mix about, making sure all the wedges are coated, then spread them out of the bag  into an oven proof dish.
Bake in the oven for around 20 mins.
Serve hot.

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