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What you need:

1 bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of fresh orange juice
1 tsp of orange zest

What you do:

Put all ingredients into a sauce an and mix well.
Cook over medium heat and bring to a boil.
Boil for about 10 minutes until the cranberries pop. There may be a few light colored ones that don’t pop, but don’t worry. They soften as the sauce cools.

Serve the sauce at room temp or slightly warm.

The sauce can also be made up to 2 days before and kept in the fridge.

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What you need:

300g  extra fine green beans
75g  dry cured un-smoked back bacon
4 shallots, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1tsp thyme, chopped
2tsp  basil infused olive oil
2tsp toasted pine nuts

What you do:

Place a small pan of water on the stove and once bubbling pop the beans in for 2-3 minutes, drain into a colander and refresh under cold water.

Place a large frying pan onto a medium heat and add the basil infused oil. Then add the bacon and shallots and cook for 5 minutes until soft and the bacon has crisped up a little.

While this is going on add the sliced garlic and fry for a minute or so until you have a wonderful aroma of bacon, garlic and shallot. By which time add the beans and cook for 2-3 minutes along with the fresh thyme. Once you feel the beans are hot enough, season to taste and serve garnished with toasted pine nuts.

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What you need:

4 large flat mushrooms

4 tbsp dried bread crumbs

1 tbsp chopped coriander or dried mixed herbs

4 tbsp cheese grated

1 tsp Tabasco sauce

2 tbsp garlic butter or plain butter

What you do:

Wash the mushrooms and remove the stalk

In a bowl mix together the bread crumbs, cheese, Tabasco and coriander or mixed herbs to create the stuffing.

Heat a frying pan on a medium heat and place the butter in it. Once melted place the mushrooms with the top side down, sprinkle a pinch of salt on each and close the lid if you have one. Let them cook until tender.

Remove from heat and fill the mushrooms with the stuffing and place under a pre-heated grill.

Once the cheese has melted and browned you are ready to serve

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What you need:

1 oz / 25g  butter
1 tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, finely sliced
1½lb / 750g  Pink Fir Apple potatoes, peeled, parboiled and sliced into 1cm/½in pieces
8oz /250g  handful fresh spinach, cooked and roughly chopped
10  eggs, lightly beaten
salt and freshly ground pepper

What you do:

In a large, heavy-based frying pan, heat the butter and oil. Cook the onions slowly until transparent and soft.
Add the potato slices and fry gently for two minutes.

Stir in the spinach.

Season the eggs with salt and freshly ground black pepper and pour onto the contents of the frying pan.
Cook over a low to medium heat: it may take up to ten minutes until the egg is set enough to turn the tortilla over, and if the heat is too high, the bottom will burn before the middle is set.

Once the bottom is nicely browned and the centre has set, it is time to turn it over. This is done with a double flip: place a plate (or the bottom of a tart tin) over the pan and flip it over once, so that the cooked surface of the tortilla is on the bottom. Take another plate, and flip it again so the cooked surface is on the top. Then place the frying pan back over the tortilla plate and flip one more time, so the uncooked bit is now in contact with the base of the pan.

Replace the pan over low heat until the tortilla is cooked through.
Serve hot, warm or cold, cut into slices or cubes.

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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:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 medium onion, diced small
2 heads of broccoli, just the florets cut off
4 cups chicken stock
4 cups milk
4 cups or 16 oz cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
salt and fresh cracked pepper (go a little heavy on the pepper)

What you do:

place the  broccoli in a saucepan. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are very tender, about 15 –to 20 minutes.

In a large saucepan or soup pot, add butter and onion. Add salt and pepper. Saute over low heat until onions are tender. Add flour and cook for 2 -3 minutes.

Add milk and whisk constantly until mixture starts to come to a boil. Then add chicken stock and vegetables. Add nutmeg. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. Then remove from heat.

Stir in cheese until melted. Don’t bring to a boil again because it may separate.

Serve hot with crusty bead.

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What you need:

2 tbsp olive oil
500g lean minced beef
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
400g can chopped tomatoes
450g  jar or carton tomato passata
good pinch of dried oregano, or to taste
400g spaghetti
grated Parmesan cheese, to serve

What you do:

Heat a wok or large, deep frying pan with the olive oil. Crumble the beef into the pan and stir-fry over a high heat for 2 minutes to break up the meat and brown it.
Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Stir over a medium heat for 1 minute, then add the chopped tomatoes and the passata. Stir well, then add the oregano and seasoning. Cook over a medium heat so that the sauce boils gently, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until thick.
While the sauce is cooking, cook the spaghetti in a pan of salted boiling water for 10 minutes, or according to the pack instructions, until tender with a bite at the centre. Drain and turn into a warmed serving bowl.
Give the sauce one last stir, then pour over the hot pasta.

Toss gently and serve immediately with a little  grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

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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:

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:

3 eggs
1 x 5 oz/ 125 g tin of condensed soup ( asparagus, celery or mushroom work well )

What you do:

Pour the condensed soup into a saucepan, then add the eggs & whisk vigorously with a fork into the soup.
Stirring continuously over a medium heat until the eggs have absorbed all the soup & have become thick & well flavoured.
Serve with toast.

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