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What you need:

1 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp. flour
one-half cup broth (chicken or vegetable)
1 cup Plain Yoghurt
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
salt and pepper to taste

What you do:

Melt butter in pan, add flour and stir in broth & curry powder. Cook until it thickens, stirring constantly. Then slowly add the yoghurt.
Season and serve hot.

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What you need:

25g butter
1 onion, sliced
½ tsp salt
150ml double cream
1 bay leaf
6 cloves , whole
75g white breadcrumbs
300ml milk
1 pinch black pepper , freshly ground
1 pinch nutmeg , grated

What you do:

Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the onion. Cook over a low heat for 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the salt, cream, bay leaf, and cloves, and cook for a further 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and allow to stand for 20 minutes, so the flavours have time to infuse. (This can be prepared ahead and left to infuse, or the complete sauce can be made in advance. Cover the surface of the sauce with cling film to prevent a skin forming. Refrigerate for up to 2 days. When ready to use, remove cling film and gently reheat).

Discard the bay leaf and cloves, then pour the onion mixture into a food processor, and blend to a smooth purée. If you do not have a food processor, very finely chop the onion instead of slicing.

Place the breadcrumbs and milk in a pan, and bring to the boil. Leave to simmer for 5–10 minutes, stirring occasionally, to make a smooth, thickened sauce. (If you feel the sauce is too thick, then add a little more milk.)

Stir in the onion purée, season to taste with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with nutmeg.

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What you need:

3lb  whole chicken ( or breasts)

small onions

4 shallots, peeled and finely chopped

2 oz /50 g  butter

8 oz /227 g button mushrooms

8 oz /225 g  peeled tomatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

3 fl oz / 75 ml  dry vermouth or white wine

1 bouquet garni

1 bay leaf

1 tbsp chopped parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

What you do:

Prepare the chicken by cutting into portions ie. 2 thighs, 2 drumsticks,2 wings and 2 breasts cut in halves.

Peel the onions, leave them whole.

Peel and finely chop the shallots.

Melt the butter in a large  saucepan and add the olive oil.

Add the chicken pieces to the pan and brown on both sides.

Add the onions and shallots to brown them a little.

Remove them from the heat, add the vermouth or white wine and ignite with a match.

As the flames die down, add the bouquet garni, the bay leaf and season to taste.

Drain the tomatoes, and chop roughly.

Add the tomato juices to the pan and place the lid on.

Cook for about 1 hour.

Trim the mushrooms and add to the pan with the chopped tomatoes.

Cook for a further 30 minutes until the it is cooked and the juices have thickened.

Just before serving, sprinkle the top with the chopped parsley.

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what you need:

85g watercress, coarse stems removed
115g cream cheese
1 pinch salt
1 pinch black pepper, freshly ground
600g salmon fillet, skinless
400g puff pastry
100g flour, for dusting
1 egg, beaten, to glaze

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 200C  / 400F /Gas mark 6.

Chop the watercress very finely, place in a bowl, add the cream cheese, season generously with salt and pepper, and mix well.

Cut the salmon fillet into 2 pieces. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 3mm (1/8in). It should be roughly 7.5cm (3in) longer than the salmon pieces and just over twice as wide. Trim the edges straight. Transfer to a lightly greased baking tray.

Place 1 piece of salmon in the middle of the pastry. Spread the top with the watercress cream and place the other piece of salmon on top. Lightly brush the pastry edges with water, then fold the 2 ends over the salmon. Fold in the sides so they overlap slightly and press together to seal. Re-roll the trimmings and use to decorate the top of the pastry, if liked. Brush with beaten egg, and make 2 or 3 holes with a skewer to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until the pastry is well risen and golden brown. Test if the salmon is cooked by pushing a skewer halfway through the thickest part and leaving for 4–5 seconds; when removed, it should feel hot.

Remove from the oven and allow to stand for a few minutes, then slice and serve.

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What you need:

5¼ oz  /150g chopped onion
1 green pepper, seeded, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely-chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2.1 pts /1.2 vegetable or  chicken stock
1 (14 oz /400g) ) tin diced tomatoes
1 (14 oz /400g ) tin pink beans, rinsed and drained
3½ oz /100g diced fresh avocado, for garnish
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves, for garnish
Lime wedges, for garnish

What you do:

In the bottom of a slow cooker, combine the pork, onion, green pepper, jalapeno, garlic, chilli powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Add the stock, tomatoes and beans, cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.

When ready to serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top with the avocado and coriander. Garnish the soup with lime wedges.

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What you need:

8 slices bread  thick sliced
60 ml melted butter
4 eggs
160 ml milk
Salt and pepper to taste

What you do:

In a bowl, mix together melted butter, eggs, and milk. Beat well.
Soak bread in egg mixture and place on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
If there is any dip left, you can drizzle it over the sticks.
Bake for 25 minutes on middle rack of oven. Turn halfway through baking time.
Allow to cool.

Lovely on it’s own or serve with syrup or tomato sauce

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What you need:

3/4 lb Chicken breasts
1/4 cup all purpose flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup sour cream
1 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 lb dried fettuccine or bowtie pasta

What you do:

Put chicken, flour and salt and pepper into a large bowl and toss to combine. Set aside. Melt butter in a skillet with olive oil. Add chicken and brown on all sides.

Stir in sour cream, broth, mushrooms and paprika. Cover and simmer on low heat for 25 to 30 minutes. Prepare pasta according to package instructions.

Drain well, then transfer to bowls and spoon chicken and its sauce over the top.

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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:

3 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 small onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tbsp soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp smoked paprika (preferably hot)
2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 pound kale or Swiss chard, stemmed and chopped
1 10 oz  package frozen black-eyed peas
Brown rice, for serving (optional)

What you do:

Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Add the onion,  pepper, celery, garlic, 3 tbsp water and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper.

Reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften, about 8 minutes.

Add the soy sauce and paprika and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Stir in the vegetable broth, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, then cover and bring to a boil.

Add the greens and black-eyed peas to the pot. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with the rice.

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What you need:

12oz / 350g  dried haricot beans
1 tbsp olive oil
8 Toulouse sausages
9oz /250g  piece of pancetta or a whole chorizo sausage, cut into small pieces
2 onions, peeled and finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
4 chicken legs
1 sprig of thyme, plus ½ tbsp chopped leaves
1 bay leaf
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp tomato purée
400g tin chopped tomatoes
7fl oz /200ml white wine
½ day-old baguette
1 tbsp chopped parsley

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 220C / 425 F/ Gas mark 7

Place the beans in a pan, cover with plenty of cold water, bring to the boil, and boil for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and soak for 2-3 hours, then drain.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and brown the sausages for 7-8 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the pancetta to the pan, and cook for 5 minutes. Remove and set aside with the sausages. Add the onions and carrot, and cook gently for 10 minutes, or until soft. Then add three-quarters of the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Prick the chicken legs all over with a fork and roast for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven. Reserve the chicken fat, and reduce the oven to 140°C (275°F/Gas 1).

In a heavy casserole, layer the ingredients, beginning with half the beans, then onions, carrot, sausages, pancetta, and chicken  legs, followed by the remaining beans. Push the thyme sprig and bay leaf in among everything and season well with salt and pepper.

Mix together 900ml (1 ½ pints) hot water with the tomato purée, tomatoes, and wine, then pour into the casserole. Cover, and cook in the oven for 3 hours, adding a little extra water if required.

Cut the crusts off the baguette, then tear the bread into pieces and place in a food processor with the remaining garlic. Process into coarse crumbs. Heat 2 tbsp of the duck fat in a frying pan and fry the crumbs over a medium heat for 7-8 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Drain on kitchen paper and stir in the herbs. Remove the cassoulet from the oven and stir. Sprinkle the breadcrumb topping over in a thick, even layer, and serve.

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