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What you need:

40g unsalted butter, softened
Finely grated zest of ½ orange
Small handful of fresh flatleaf parsley, finely chopped
1kg fresh Brussels sprouts
200g pack cooked and peeled whole chestnuts, roughly chopped

What you do:

Make the orange butter. Put the butter, zest and parsley in a bowl, season, and beat until smooth. Wrap in greaseproof paper and chill for 15 minutes.

Wash the sprouts in salted water. Drain, rinse, and discard any damaged leaves. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the sprouts and blanch for 3-4 minutes. Drain and plunge into cold water. Repeat, until cool, then drain and set aside.

Just before serving, melt half the orange butter in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the sprouts and chestnuts and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes, until tender. Season and put in a serving dish. Dot the rest of the butter over the top to serve.

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What you need:

1 x 907g or 2 x 454g haggis
1lb 2oz / 500g   swede
1lb 2oz / 500g  potatoes
1oz / 25g   butter
freshly ground pepper
1 glass whisky (optional)

What you do:

Bring a large pan of water to the boil and lower in the haggis. Cover and boil following pack instructions. Meanwhile, peel the swede and potatoes and cut into chunks. Cook in pans of boiling water for about 15 minutes or until tender.

Drain the swede and potatoes and mash each until smooth. Stir half the butter into each mash and season well with pepper.

Lift the haggis out of the pan and transfer to a warmed serving plate. Spoon the potatoes and swede around it. When the haggis is cut, pour the whisky into it before serving .

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What you need:
1 cup semisweet chocolate drops
1 tsp butter
24 large marshmallows
1 pack of matchmakers or (chocolate sticks) for the legs about 1 inch long each
1 large bag of package mini candy-coated chocolate pieces (Smarties)

What you do:

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and butter. Microwave until melted. Stir occasionally until chocolate is smooth. Pour chocolate into a sealable plastic bag and set aside.

Line a cookie sheet with grease proof paper.Stick 4  1 inch  Matchmakers into each side of marshmallow for legs, and arrange ongrease proof paper.

Using scissors, cut one corner off the bag of melted chocolate. Drizzle over the marshmallow spiders. Attach 2 smarties (candies) to each marshmallow for eyes.

Chill until chocolate hardens.

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What you need:

1 garlic clove , finely chopped
small bunch parsley , finely chopped
small bunch chives , snipped
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts , roughly chopped (optional)
2 tbsp grated Parmesan , plus extra for serving
zest and juice 1 lemon
4 tbsp olive oil
500g pack gnocchi

What you do:

Place the garlic, herbs, pine nuts, cheese and lemon zest in a small bowl, season well, then stir in the olive oil and lemon juice. Set aside.

Cook the gnocchi in a pan of salted boiling water following pack instructions, then drain well. Tip into a serving bowl and toss through the pesto.

Serve with extra grated Parmesan, if you like.

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What you need:

1 pack of ready rolled short crust pastry , cut into strips.
2 slices cheddar cheese, quartered (optional)
8 hot dogs
black mustard seeds

What you do:

Preheat oven to 190C / 375F / gas mark 5.

If desired, place one cheddar cheese slice on your hot dog. Then wrap each dog to look like a mummy, leaving a open area for the eyes.

Cut two tiny slits in the exposed hot dog and insert two black mustard seeds for eyes. If you’d like to give your mummies entire faces, you can cut a little slit for a mouth, which will gape open a bit during cooking.

Place mummy dogs on an ungreased baking sheet and bake around 15 minutes, until golden.

Serve with plenty of ketchup and mustard

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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:

6 0z / 170 g broccoli, broken into small florets
8oz /225 g pasta, cooked as directed on the pack
1tbsp olive oil
1 red pepper, roughly chopped
9 0z / 295 g of Mushroom Condensed Soup
100 ml milk
2 × 200g tins tuna, drained
2 tbsp breadcrumbs
2 oz / 50 g cheese, grated
What to do:

Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
Cook the broccoli in a pan of boiling water for 3 minutes.

Cool under cold running water and drain.
Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the red pepper until just soft then drain the oil.

Stir in the soup and milk, mix well and heat through.
Remove the pan from the heat then stir in tuna, broccoli and pasta.
Place the pasta mixture into an ovenproof dish, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cheese, cook for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve hot .

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