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What you need:

6-8 large slices panettone cake
1 large egg
4tbsp /60ml single cream
2tbsp /30ml milk
2tsp / 10ml  mixed spice
1oz / 25g  butter
2tbsp /30ml  demerara sugar
A small dish of jam to serve.

What you do:

Using a small star-shaped cutter, stamp out 12 stars from the slices of panettone. Beat together the egg, cream, milk and 10ml (2tsp) mixed spice in a shallow dish.
Heat half the butter in a non-stick frying pan until foaming. Dip half the stars in the egg mixture and add to the pan.
Fry for 1-2 mins on each side until golden. Remove and keep warm. Fry the rest of the stars in the same way in the remaining butter.
Serve the stars sprinkled with the demerara sugar and the rest of the mixed spice, and with a spoonful of the the jam.

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What you need:

4 tuna steaks (about 1 1/2” thick)
Zest & Juice from one lime (or lemon)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp minced ginger root
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
¼ cup toasted sesame oil
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp chili paste
¼ cup chopped fresh coriander
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

What you do:

Mix together all the marinate ingredients in a Ziploc bag.  Put the tuna steaks into the Marinate mix(inside the bag) making sure they are all coated, & leave in there  for 30 minutes at room temperature, or up to 2 hours in refrigerator (remove from fridge 30 minutes before cooking).

Heat pan on medium-high heat. Remove tuna from marinade. Add tuna steaks to pan and cook 3 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on the 2nd side (cover to reduce splattering). Tuna will be cooked about ¼” around, and rare in middle, or cook a little longer to be ‘well done’ .

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What you need:

1 large  chicken breast
1  egg white
40g fresh bread crumbs
15g  finely grated parmesan
A good pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 lemon, cut into wedges
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Parsley

What you do:

Flatten the chicken breast using a rolling pin. Lightly whisk the egg white in a medium-sized bowl.

In another bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan and cayenne pepper, lemon zest and chopped parsley.

Dip the chicken fillet, first in the egg white and then in the breadcrumb mixture until well covered. Set aside on a large plate.
When the fillet is coated, heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan.

Cook the chicken for seven minutes on each side, over a medium high heat, until it is cooked through and the outside is crispy and golden.

Season to taste.

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What you need:

2 sweet potatoes (yams)  cut into chunks
250g potatoes, cut into chunks
500g white fish fillets
1 red chilli, finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
100g polenta ( or breadcrumbs)
4 tbsp olive oil

What you do:

Place all of the potatoes in a pan of cold, salted water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes, until tender. Drain, mash, and set aside to cool.

In the meantime, put the fish fillets in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, then turn off the heat and leave to cook for 6-8 minutes.

Remove the fish fillets from the water, drain and flake into the mashed potato. Stir 1 red chilli and 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander into the mixture, then adjust the seasoning to taste.

Shape the mixture into 8-10 balls, flatten them slightly and chill until ready to cook.

Place the polenta (or breadcrumbs) on a plate and roll the fishcakes in it, to coat. Heat 4 tbsp olive oil in a pan and fry the fishcakes for 4-5 minutes each side, until golden and piping hot.

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What you need:

4lb / 2 Kilo whole lean beef
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper (crushed)
½ tsp garlic (crushed)
2 tbsp cooking oil
½ tsp ginger
½ mango (ripe)
2 tbsp margarine
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp lime juice

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / gas mark 6

Prick the meat with a knife and rub it with the mixture of salt, pepper,and crushed garlic. Put the meat in a roasting pan. Set a side.

Put the ginger, mango, lime juice and Worcestershire sauce in a food processor. This will be the mixture that will be applied on the meat after 30 minutes of roasting.

Put the meat into the oven & cook for  30 minutes.
After 30 minutes turn down to 150C /300F / gas mark 2  and spoon the sauce over the meat every 10 minutes interval until meat is cooked.

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What you need:
1 cup semisweet chocolate drops
1 tsp butter
24 large marshmallows
1 pack of matchmakers or (chocolate sticks) for the legs about 1 inch long each
1 large bag of package mini candy-coated chocolate pieces (Smarties)

What you do:

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and butter. Microwave until melted. Stir occasionally until chocolate is smooth. Pour chocolate into a sealable plastic bag and set aside.

Line a cookie sheet with grease proof paper.Stick 4  1 inch  Matchmakers into each side of marshmallow for legs, and arrange ongrease proof paper.

Using scissors, cut one corner off the bag of melted chocolate. Drizzle over the marshmallow spiders. Attach 2 smarties (candies) to each marshmallow for eyes.

Chill until chocolate hardens.

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What you need:

4 medium to large garlic cloves
salt to taste
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup extra virgin Spanish olive oil

What you do:

Peel and mince the garlic. Using the flat side of a large knife, crush the garlic. Place in a small mortar and pestle and add ½ tsp salt and smash into a paste.

An alternative to save time is to use a good garlic press that peels and mashes the garlic in one step. Either way, you can use a mortar and pestle to mash the garlic into a paste.

Crack the eggs and separate the yolks into a small mixing bowl. Transfer the garlic paste to the bowl and whisk to blend. With a hand mixer on low speed, slowly pour in the olive oil in a THIN, steady stream until a creamy sauce forms. Add the touch of lemon juice slowly at the end, while keeping the mixer on to ensure that the sauce stays smooth.

Serve it with meats, fish, or vegetables – or just spread it on crusty bread

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What you need:

2  6oz steaks (1/2
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
2 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp sake
2 tbsp soy sauce

What you do:

To make the teriyaki sauce, combine the brown sugar, mirin, sake and soy sauce in a small bowl and stir to combine.

If your steak is very lean, rub a teaspoon of oil onto each steak. If the steaks have a lot of fat marbled in with the meat they shouldn’t need any oil. Heat a heavy bottomed frying pan over high heat until very hot. Add the the steaks and sear one side until browned.
Flip the steaks over and sear the other side. If you want your steaks medium rare, reduce the searing time, if want your steaks well done, increase the searing time.

If you have oil pooling in your pan, drain the excess oil. Pour the teriyaki sauce into the pan with the beef, and let it boil.

Flip the steaks over repeatedly until the teriyaki sauce is very viscous and coats each steak in a thick shiny glaze. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let them rest for a few minutes.

Slice your beef teriyaki with a sharp knife. Drizzle the remaining teriyaki sauce onto the sliced steaks and serve.

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What you need:

4 large flat mushrooms

4 tbsp dried bread crumbs

1 tbsp chopped coriander or dried mixed herbs

4 tbsp cheese grated

1 tsp Tabasco sauce

2 tbsp garlic butter or plain butter

What you do:

Wash the mushrooms and remove the stalk

In a bowl mix together the bread crumbs, cheese, Tabasco and coriander or mixed herbs to create the stuffing.

Heat a frying pan on a medium heat and place the butter in it. Once melted place the mushrooms with the top side down, sprinkle a pinch of salt on each and close the lid if you have one. Let them cook until tender.

Remove from heat and fill the mushrooms with the stuffing and place under a pre-heated grill.

Once the cheese has melted and browned you are ready to serve

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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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