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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:

2×200 g pieces of tuna, or 370g tinned tuna
350 g cold mashed potato
1 large French shallot, finely diced
1 tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp cayenne pepper
Zest and juice of half a lemon
1 tbsp capers
3 sprigs parsley leaves, finely chopped
1 egg, lightly beaten

For the coating:
2 eggs, whisk with a little water
100 g flour
150 g panko breadcrumbs
Light olive oil, for frying

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to 190C / 375F /gas mark 5
Place the tuna fillets on a baking tray and lightly oil and season. Place in the oven and bake for 6 minutes or until the fish is just cooked.
Once the fish is cool, flake the (or simply add the canned tuna) into a large bowl with the mashed potatoes. Add the mustard, French shallots, cayenne, lemon juice and zest, capers, parsley and egg. Season to taste. With a wooden spoon, incorporate all the ingredients well. If the mixture seems a little wet add a little of the bread crumbs.

Divide the tuna mixture into golf ball size portions and roll to make perfect circles. Place on a baking tray and gently press down on each fish cake with a fork.

Dip the fish cakes in the flour, then the egg wash and finally into the bread crumbs. Shallow-fry the croquettes in the oil until golden and crispy. Place on some paper towelling and drain off the oil.
Serve hot.

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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:

1 kg chicken pieces
11 oz /300g button mushroom
2 1/2 oz /50 g butter
18 fl oz / 500 ml milk
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1 red onion, finely diced
3 tbsp flour
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
2 sheets short crust pastry cut into 4 squares
2 sheets puff pastry
1 egg (egg wash)

dried thyme ( for sprinkling the tops)

What you do:

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

Baste the chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper then place onto a baking tray and roast for 35 minutes then remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Heat a Fry pan add a splash of olive oil and the butter and fry the mushrooms for 5-10 minutes then add the onions and flour and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Gradually stir in the milk until you have a nice thick sauce then tear the chicken into chunks and add to the sauce, mix in the chopped parsley and allow the mix to cool.

Place 1 square of short crust pastry onto a baking paper lined and crimp the edges to form a shallow pie, fill with chicken and mushroom mix then top with a square of puff pastry, brush with egg wash and bake for  15- 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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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:

10 Lasagna noodles
2 packages (10 oz. each) frozen chopped spinach (drain well by squeezing spinach down in colander with wax paper)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp oil
1 cup grated raw carrots
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
15 oz / 425g  tomato sauce ( 1 tin)
6 oz /170g tomato paste (1 tin)
1/2 cup chopped pitted rip black olives
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 cups cream-style cottage cheese
1 lb / 454g sliced Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

What you do:

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

Prepare noodles, drain.
Prepare spinach according to package (or simply defrost ahead of time)
Sauté onion in oil, till soft. Add carrots and mushrooms; cook until crisp-tender. Stir in tomato sauce, paste, olives, and oregano.
Grease 13 x 9 x 2 inch casserole pan.
Layer 1/2 each noodles, cottage cheese, spinach, sauce mixture, and 1/3 cheese. Repeat placing remaining 1/3 Monterey Jack cheese on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake in the oven for around 30 minutes.

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What you need:
Macaroni and Cheese   home made , packet mix or tin
Sauteed spinach
Sliced black olives

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to 150C / 300F / gas mark 2

Mix up a batch of mac & cheese
Spoon into greased muffin cups and bake  until firm (about 15-25 minutes depending on your oven)
Sautee spinach over medium-high heat until cooked throughly, cool and set aside
Remove tins from oven. Let the creatures rest for about 10 minutes, then gently remove from tins
Place upside down on a swamp of sauteed spinach
Add olive slice eyes

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What you need:

1 onion
1/4 cup olive oil
8 oz. minced beef
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. white pepper
5 tbsp. red wine
1 tbsp. tomato paste
6 tbsp. whipping cream
pinch dried oregano
1-1/4 lb. lasagne
1/4 cup butter
pinch ground nutmeg
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

what you do:

Pre heat the oven at 180C/ 350F / gas mark 4

Peel and dice onion. Heat oil in pan and fry meat and onions for 5 minutes, until brown. Add salt, pepper, wine, and tomato paste and cook until thick. Stir in cream and oregano.
Cook lasagne in boiling water until just tender. Drain and rinse under cold water. Dry with paper towel.
Arrange lasagne and meat sauce in layers in greased ovenproof dish, ending with a layer of lasagne. Dot with butter and sprinkle with nutmeg and grated cheese.

Bake in the oven for around 10 mins.

Serve hot.

 

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