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What you need:

2 3/4 pounds pumpkin or butternut squash, halved and seeded
1 onion, peeled and quartered through the stem
2 shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps wiped clean
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/2 cup olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
5 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium vegetable stock

What you do:

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

Cut pumpkin into 2-inch pieces. Combine pumpkin, onion, mushrooms, and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet. Add oil and 2 teaspoons salt; toss to coat, then spread in a single layer. Roast until pumpkin is tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, about 30 minutes, rotating pan and tossing vegetables halfway through. Let cool, then remove skins.

Transfer vegetables to a medium saucepan; heat over medium. Pour in 2 cups stock; puree with a blender until smooth. With the blender running, slowly add remaining 3 cups stock, and puree until smooth. Bring soup just to a simmer. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper.
Cover to keep warm.

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What you need:

5 g butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 leek, Rinsed & finely chopped
1 onion peeled & finely chopped
3 potatoes (around 400g) peeled & diced
500ml semi skimmed milk
500ml fish or vegetable stock
2 dyed smoked haddock fillets (skin removed)
150g of frozen sweetcorn
1 handful of fresh parsley ( chopped)

What you do:

In a large saucepan, heat the butter & oil, then add the leek & onion & cook for 5 m ins.
Add the milk & stock, bring to the boil then simmer for around 5 mins.
add the haddock & sweetcorn & cook gently for 5 mins or until the fish is just cooked.
Add the parsley, season with freshly ground pepper & serve.
Serve with crusty bread.

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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:

4 Fresh trout  gutted and rinsed
2 Lemons  cut into thin slices
4 oz /125 g  butter, melted
2 oz /60g  flaked Almonds
3 1/2 fl oz / 90ml Dry White Wine
1 pinch Salt
1 pinch fresh black Pepper
3 tbsp fresh parsley  (finely chopped)

What to do:

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

Make 3 or 4 diagonal slashes about  1/4in /5mm  deep on either side of each fish. Place the fish side by side in a shallow ovenproof dish. Tuck the halved lemon slices into the slashes.

Spoon over half the melted butter.

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

In a small saucepan heat the remaining butter . Add the almonds and fry until lightly browned. Add the wine and season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and bubble for 1–2 minutes.

Mix in the parsley and spoon the sauce over the trout.
Serve immediately.

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What you need:

100 gm butter (softened)
100 gm caster sugar
2 eggs
100 gm self-raising flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder

For the butter cream:

250 gm butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
600 gm icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk

What to do:
Preheat the oven to 180C /350F / gas mark 4.

Cream the butter and sugar together, then beat in the eggs a little at a time & with the last of the egg add a little of  the flour ( this will stop the eggs from curdling )  then add the rest of  the flour & the cocoa powder &  cream all together.  (Add a drop of milk to the chocolate mix if it is too stiff.)
Spoon into muffin tins lined with paper cases .

Bake for around 8 minutes.

A tip to test if cooked is to gently touch the top with your finger , if it springs back up then its done.

Cool on a wire rack.

Butter cream:

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and vanilla. Blend in the sugar, a quarter at a time, beating well after each addition.

Gently add the milk , and continue mixing until light and fluffy.

Decorate with chocolate eggs.

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