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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 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:

4 new potatoes, sliced
75g spaghetti or any other pasta of your choice
2 tbsp green pesto
Small handful green beans.

What you do:

Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water along with the potato slices for 10 minutes.

Chop the green beans into 1 inch pieces and add to the saucepan with the pasta and potatoes.

Cook for 5 more minutes then drain well, but save some of the pasta water.

Return the ingredients to the saucepan, along with the pesto and 2 tbsp of the starchy pasta water to make more of a sauce.
Top with parmesan cheese if desired.

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What you need:

3   medium  sized zucchini (courgette)
4 oz /115 g  self-raising flour
4 oz /115 g parmesan finely grated
3 shallots ( trimmed & thinly sliced)
1 egg, whisked
2 oz / 55 g fresh  parsley (chopped)
2 tsp dried oregano leaves
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
4 tsp olive oil

What to do:

Trim the ends from zucchini. Coarsely grate the zucchini (Courgette).  Place in a colander and squeeze out as much excess moisture as possible then transfer to a bowl. Stir in the self-raising flour, parmesan, shallots, egg, parsley, oregano, salt and nutmeg.

Heat 2 tsp olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Drop four 2-tablespoonful measures of zucchini (courgette) mixture into pan. Cook for 1 1/2 minutes each side or until golden and cooked through.

Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.

Repeat with 2 tsp olive oil and remaining zucchini mixture.

Serve hot.

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What you need:

12 oz / 340 g  Penne pasta
8 oz / 225 g frozen peas
2 large eggs + plus 1 egg white
250 ml evaporated milk
2 0z / 55 g unsalted butter
3 oz /85 g  grated strong cheddar cheese
3 oz / 85 g  grated mozzarella cheese
3 oz / 85 g  grated   fontina cheese
3 oz / 85 g  deli ham, in 1 piece, diced
1 oz / 28 g parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)

what you do:

In a  large saucepan  fill with water and bring to the boil.

Add the  penne pasta and cook until very al dente  (around 8 minutes)  then add the peas to it for the last 2 minutes of cooking.

In the meantime , whisk the eggs, egg white, evaporated milk and 1/2 tsp salt in a bowl.

Drain the pasta and peas, wipe the saucepan dry and return the pasta and peas into it.

Add the butter and stir to coat. Add the cheddar, mozzarella, fontina and the egg mixture.

Place the saucepan over medium-low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened (for around 8 to 10 minutes) Then add the ham halfway through cooking (don’t let the mixture boil or the eggs will scramble). Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the parmesan.

Can be served hot or cold.

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What you need:

8 oz /225 g self-raising flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp  mustard powder
½ tsp cayenne pepper
2 oz /50 g softened, salted butter
2 oz /50 g cheddar, grated
1 oz /25 g parmesan cheese ( grated )
150ml whole milk, plus a little to glaze

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 230C /450F / gas mark 8

In a bowl sift the flour, salt, mustard and cayenne pepper .

Cut the butter into pieces and rub it into the flour mixture with your fingertips until you have a mixture that resembles breadcrumbs.

Grate the cheeses and stir them into the flour mixture. Pour all the milk into the bowl with the flour and cheese, and using a fork  bring everything together to make a dough.

Roll the dough out on a floured surface until it is 1cm thick, and cut into rounds with a fluted 6.5cm cutter.

Arrange on a greased baking tray and brush the top of each scone with milk.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the scones have risen and are golden.

When cooled cut in half & spread with butter or margarine.

For a change try spreading with soft cheese.

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What you need:

1 onion ( diced)
6 rashers streaky bacon ( chopped)
300g risotto rice
1/2 pint  vegetable stock
100g frozen peas

parmesan cheese

What you do:

In a wok  heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onions and fry until lightly browned (around 6  minutes). Add the bacon and gently fry for a further 5 minutes, until it starts to crisp.
Add the rice and gently pour in the vegetable stock , then bring to the boil. Stir well, then reduce the heat and simmer covered, for 15-20 minutes until the rice is almost tender.
Stir in the peas,  and cook for a further 3 minutes, until the peas are cooked. Serve sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

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You will need:
500g turkey mince
150ml of stock
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
500g fresh gnocchi
2 carrots diced
1 onion sliced
1 clove of garlic crushed
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 sprig of thyme (or dried)

What to do:

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan,and add the carrots, onions and garlic.Cover and gently heat for 10 minutes.
Add the turkey mince, and gently fry until its all browned.
Add the stock, bring to the boil, then let it simmer until it reduces to a third.
Pour in the chopped tomatoes and the thyme, then cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
While this is simmering, cook the gnocchi, then drain.
Stir in the gnocchi to the cooked bolognese and gently simmer for 10 minutes.
Serve with either parmesan or grated cheese on top.

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