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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:

12 oz /350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt (half)
4 oz /100g  butter
6 oz /175g soft brown sugar
1 egg
4 tbsp golden syrup
different coloured fruit flavoured boiled sweets
narrow ribbon

What you do:

Pre-heat the oven to 180C /350F /Gas 4.

Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and salt into a bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar. Beat together the egg and golden syrup and mix into the flour mixture to make a smooth dough, kneading lightly with your hands.

Crush the sweets in their wrappers using a rolling pin. Sprinkle flour on a clean work surface and roll out the dough until about 1/2cm (1/4in) thick, then cut into shapes using a selection of Christmas Cookie cutters. Transfer to lined baking sheets.

Cut out shapes in the centre of each biscuit, making sure you leave a good edge all around the biscuit. Completely fill the hole in each biscuit with crushed boiled sweets.

Make a hole at the top of each biscuit using a drinking straw so that you will be able to thread a ribbon through it later. Bake for 11-12 minutes until golden

While the biscuits are still warm, check the holes are still there, otherwise push a straw through again. Do not remove the biscuits from the baking tray until they have cooled as the boiled sweets need to harden. Once the sweets have hardened, gently lift the biscuits onto a wire rack with a palette knife to finish cooling.

You can decorate the biscuits with piped white icing.Thread ribbons through the holes to make loops for hanging.

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What you need:

sunflower oil, or other neutral-tasting oil, for greasing
25g powdered gelatine
255 ml water
4 tsp rose water
450g caster sugar
3-4 drops red food colouring
3 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp cornflour

What you do:

Lightly oil a 20x25cm baking tin.

Mix the gelatine, water and rose water in a large heavy-based pan and add the sugar.

Heat gently until the sugar and gelatine have dissolved, stirring continuously.

Bring to the boil without stirring.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from the heat, stir in the food colouring and leave to cool for 2-3 minutes.

Pour the mixture into the oiled tin and leave to set for 24 hours.

Cut into squares.

Mix the cornflour and icing sugar together and toss the Turkish Delight in the mixture.

Store in an airtight container, between layers of greaseproof paper.

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What you need:

4 tuna steaks (about 1 1/2” thick)
Zest & Juice from one lime (or lemon)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp minced ginger root
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
¼ cup toasted sesame oil
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp chili paste
¼ cup chopped fresh coriander
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

What you do:

Mix together all the marinate ingredients in a Ziploc bag.  Put the tuna steaks into the Marinate mix(inside the bag) making sure they are all coated, & leave in there  for 30 minutes at room temperature, or up to 2 hours in refrigerator (remove from fridge 30 minutes before cooking).

Heat pan on medium-high heat. Remove tuna from marinade. Add tuna steaks to pan and cook 3 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on the 2nd side (cover to reduce splattering). Tuna will be cooked about ¼” around, and rare in middle, or cook a little longer to be ‘well done’ .

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What you need:

1 cup plain flour,
1/3 cup rice flour,
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp granulated sugar,
1/2 cup (4 oz) unsalted butter softened,
a pinch of salt,
some sugar to sprinkle on top of the cookies.

What you do:

Preheat oven to 160 C / 325 F/ gas mark 3

Mix together the flours and sift them.

Mix together butter and sugar. Cream with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Add the flours, salt to the creamed butter and sugar mixture in batches, mixing alternately.

Form a smooth dough with hands, tightly cover it with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Remove and place it on a baking sheet, press the mixture into a circle of 8 inch diameter and 1/2 cm thickness.

With a sharp knife, score marks from the centre to the edge of the circle to form 9 triangles. Punch with a fork at several places (as shown in the picture).

Sprinkle with sugar and if you like, flute the edge by making impressions along the edge with your thumb.

Transfer the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until light golden. While still hot, cut along the marks to get 9 triangles. The cookies will appear soft initially but become crisp once cool.

Store them in an airtight container.

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What you need:

2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup  Pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the glaze:

2 cups sifted icing sugar

3 tbsp milk

1 tbsp butter , melted

1tsp vanilla extract

What you do:

Pre heat oven to 180C /350° F/ gas mark 4

Line a tin with grease proof paper

Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

To make the glaze:

In a small bowl, mix together the icing sugar, milk, butter & vanilla extract until smooth.

Drizzle the  glaze over the cookies.

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What you need:

1 loaf whole wheat French bread or brioche, sliced
1 cup (220 g) brown sugar
1/2 cup (113 g) butter, melted
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (75 g) dried raisins or currants
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cup (350 mL) whole milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
pinch salt

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to  190C /375F/ gas mark 5

Combine brown sugar, butter and cinnamon and pour this mixture in a 13 X 9 inch (33 x 23 cm) baking pan. Add dried raisins or currants to the pan and toss until coated well. Arrange slices of bread on top of this mixture.
Mix the eggs, milk, vanilla, pinch of salt and remaining cinnamon and pour over the bread to cover completely. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Bake covered in the oven for approximately 40-50 minutes.
Uncover and bake another 5 minutes to lightly brown. Remove from oven, cool for about 5 minutes and serve warm.

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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:

1/2 cup Shortening
1 1/4 cup Brown sugar
1 cup Pumpkin puree
2 Eggs
2 cup All-purpose flour
2 ts Baking powder
1/2 ts Salt
1/2 ts Ginger
1 ts Cinnamon
1 ts Nutmeg
1 cup Raisins
1/2 cup Chopped nuts

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to  190C /375F / gas mark 5

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
In a second bowl, cream the shortening and work in the brown sugar and eggs.

Mix well. Stir in the pureed pumpkin. Add the nuts and raisins. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, mixing well.

Drop spoonfuls of the batter on a sheet of  grease proof paper.

Bake at 375F for 10 to 15 minutes.

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What you need:

1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup lemon juice
¼-1 tsp chilli powder ( according to paste)
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1/8 ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 x size 12 or 14 chicken
1 cup boiling water or liquid chicken stock.

What you do:

Mix together the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Then rub over the chicken.
Marinate for 1-4 hours in the refrigerator.
Over a medium to high heat, place the pressure cooker pan.
Cook the chicken. Brown all sides and pour over any extra marinade.
Place and lock the lid on the top of the pressure cooker.
Set to high pressure, bring up and stay for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from heat.Allow to cool.

To make the gravy:

Pour any excess fat from cooking liquid.
Add 2 tsp of corn flour and smooth paste with cold water.
Bring to the boil then simmer.
Serve with potatoes or rice.

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