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What you need:

For the Marinate:

½ kg chicken, washed and cut into medium sized pieces
3 tbsp curds
1 tsp red chilli powder (adjust to suit your spice level)
¼ tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
Make a paste:
6-7 cashewnuts
4-5 tbsps milk
Dry roast and make a fine powder:
1 cinnamon
10-12 curry leaves
3 cloves

Rest of the ingredients:

3-4 tbsps oil

2 big onions finely chopped
1 large tomato finely chopped
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp coriander powder
3/4 tsp black pepper powder (adjust to suit your spice level)
¼ tsp cumin powder
coriander leaves for garnish

What you do:

Marinate chicken pieces in chilli powder, turmeric powder, curds and salt for 20 mins.

While the chicken pieces are marinating, make a paste of cashewnuts and milk. Keep aside.
Dry roast cinnamon, cloves and curry leaves for 1 mt and make a powder of them. Keep aside.

Heat 1 1/2 tbsps of oil in a cooking vessel. Add the onions and saute till pink. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute further for another 3-4 minutes on medium heat.

Add coriander pwd, cumin pwd, pepper pwd and combine well and fry for another minute.
Add the tomatoes and let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Combine well and cook till oil separates.Turn off heat. Cool and grind the cooked masala. Keep aside this masala paste.

Heat 1 1/2 tbsps oil in a cooking vessel and add the marinated chicken and cook on high flame for 4-5 minutes, reduce heat and cook covered for another 4-5 minutes.

Add the ground masala paste, cashewnut paste and ground powder of cinnamon, cloves and curry leaves and combine well. (Add a cup of water for more gravy consistency). Cook till chicken pieces are soft and you get the desired curry consistency. Adjust salt.

Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

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What you need:

2 1 lb aubergines (eggplants), cut into cubes
1 ¾ tsp plus ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
2 ½ lbs. peeled tomatoes or 1 28-oz can plus 1 14-oz can petite-diced tomatoes
5 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
½ tsp ground black pepper
1/3 cup loosely packed, chopped fresh basil
¾ cup loosely packed, chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 ½ lbs. white onions, thinly sliced
3 red or yellow peppers, cored, seeded, and chopped
2 lbs courgette ( zucchini ), cut lengthwise and then into ½-inch slices
1/3 cup dry white wine

What you do:

Place a single layer of paper towels on 2 large plates. Place the cubed eggplant onto the plates and sprinkle with 1 ¾ teaspoon salt. Allow the  aubergine (eggplant) to sit for 20 minutes.

In a large saucepan, cook the tomatoes, garlic, black pepper, basil, and parsley, uncovered, over medium heat.

In a large frying pan or skillet, sauté the onions and  peppers in a small amount of olive oil over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are very lightly browned. Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the browned vegetables to the tomato mixture.

Pat the eggplant dry with a fresh paper towel and add it, along with the zucchini to the tomato mixture. Cover the pot and cook the stew over low-medium heat for 45 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Add the white wine and ¾ tsp salt and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

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What you need:

3 tbsp olive oil, divided
4 medium red beets ( beetroots), peeled, stems reserved
4 medium yellow beets, peeled, stems reserved
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp finely chopped shallots
Greens from 8 beets, washed and coarsely chopped
Citronette for drizzling
4 tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)

What you do:

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

Toss the peeled beets and reserved stems in 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 tsp ground black pepper and arrange them in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Roast the beets for 40 to 45 mins, until they are caramelized and tender.

While the beets are roasting, heat the remaining tbsp of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the chopped shallots for 5 mins, until they are tender. Add the beet greens to the hot oil and shallots and sauté them for 3 to 5 mins, until they are just cooked through and wilted. Transfer the greens and shallots to a large serving bowl.

Quarter or slice the roasted beets and place them in the serving bowl. Drizzle the beet salad with citronette or blood orange vinaigrette and toss it gently. Divide the salad into four portions and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts onto each serving. Drizzle with additional citronette, if desired.

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What you need:

7 lbs 15 oz /3.6kg  1 in /2½ cm bread cubes, white or whole wheat
2 oz /56g unsalted butter
15¾ oz /450g onion (medium-diced)
15¾ oz /450g celery ( medium-diced)
2 granny smith apples unpeeled & cored
2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
1½ tsp minced fresh rosemary leaves
2 tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
0.4 pt /225 ml  chicken stock
4 oz /110g  sliced blanched almonds, toasted (optional)

What you do:

 Preheat oven to 150C /300F / gas mark 2

Put the bread cubes on a 32.5x45x2.5cm baking sheet and bake them in the oven for 7 minutes.

In a large saute pan, melt the butter and add the onion, celery, apples, parsley, rosemary, salt, and pepper. saute for 10 minutes, until the mixture is soft.

Combine the bread cubes and cooked vegetables in a large bowl and add the chicken stock, and almonds, (if desired).

Place the stuffing into the main cavity of the turkey and into the neck of the bird. I cook a 5.5kg turkey for 2 1/2 hours at 180° in a pre-heated oven.

Make sure the stuffing in the cavity is secured by wrapping the legs tightly with string.

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What you need:

1 oz /30g unsalted butter
1 onion, diced
1 bay leaf
2 small sprigs of thyme leaves
3 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz /500g minced pork,
1 apple, peeled and cored and coarsely grated
Zest of a small lemon, finely grated
3 tbsp parsley, chopped
2 tbsp sage, chopped
1 1/2 oz /40g fresh white breadcrumbs

What you do:

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

Warm the butter in a small frying pan over a medium-heat. Saute the onion with a pinch of salt, the bay leaf and thyme for around 10 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent . Add the garlic and sauté for a further minute, then cool.

Remove the bay leaf, then mix the cooled onion with the rest of the ingredients and season well with salt and pepper. Break off a walnut-sized piece of the mixture and fry it in a little oil, until cooked through. Taste and adjust seasoning is necessary.

Roll the rest of the mixture into 16-18 balls and place on a baking tray. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until cooked through and golden.

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What you need:

1 (8 ounce) / 230 g  packet angel hair pasta
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion ( finely chopped )
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
2  boneless chicken breast halves,  cubed and cooked
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
22g Parmesan cheese

What you do:

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook angel hair pasta until it is al dente, (around 8 to 10 minutes). Drain then set aside.

In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat, then Saute the onions and garlic. Stir in the tomatoes, chicken, basil, salt and hot pepper sauce.

Reduce heat to medium, and cover skillet. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture is hot and tomatoes are soft.
Toss sauce with hot cooked angel hair pasta to coat.

Serve with Parmesan cheese.

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What you need:

For the topping…
4 oz / 100 g butter
6 oz / 150 g wholemeal flour
4 oz / 100 g grated cheese
2 oz / 25 g chopped mixed nuts
2 tbsp / 30 ml sesame seeds

For the base …
1 1/2 lbs / 600g mixed root vegetables
1 large onion
8 oz / 200g tomatoes
1 oz / 25g wholemeal flour
1/2 pt / 300 ml vegetable stock
1/4 pt / 150 ml milk
3 tbsp / 45 ml chopped parsley

What you do:

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

Base :
Chop the vegetables
In a large frying pan saute the onion until translucent.
Add the prepared vegetables & cook on a gentle heat stirring occasionally, for around 10 mins.
Stir in the flour, then add the rest of the ingredients.
Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat , cover then simmer for around 15 mins or until the vegetables are tender.
Transfer to an oven proof dish.
Topping…
Rub the butter into the flour then add the cheese, nuts & sesame seeds.
Press the topping all over the vegetables.
Bake in the oven for 30 mins.
Serve hot .

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What you need:

2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp ground black pepper
6 center cut bone-in pork chops
2 tbsp butter
1 cup water
2 cubes pork stock cubes

What you do:

In a small bowl  mix together the salt, sage and black pepper and rub on both sides of the chops.

Melt the butter or margarine in a large skillet or frying pan over medium high heat and saute the chops for 5 minutes per side, or until well browned.
Meanwhile, in a  small saucepan over high heat, mix together the water and the pork stock cubes and stir until the cubes dissolves.

Add this to the chops, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer chops for 45 minutes.

Serve hot.

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What you need:

1 lb of potatoes ( peeled )
2 tbsp olive oil or butter
2 cloves of garlic, (peeled)
2 springs of rosemary, (chopped)

What to do:

Cook potatoes in a pan of boiling water for around  4-5 minutes.
Drain the potatoes in a colander (they’ll turn out crispier if you let them drain well)
Heat  the oil or butter in a non-stick frying pan then add the  potatoes.
After around minute, add the  cloves of garlic to the frying pan. Stir and toss well as they cook.
When the potatoes are turning golden brown, add the rosemary and stir through thoroughly
When the potatoes are golden brown on all sides they’re ready to eat.

Serve hot.

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