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What you need:

1 litre vegetable stock or cold water
250g polenta or coarse maize
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1-2 tbsp olive oil
Fig and red onion relish
75g goat’s cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

What you do:

Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan. Combine the polenta, salt and oregano then quickly whisk them into the boiling liquid. As soon as it comes to the boil again, reduce the heat and exchange your whisk for a wooden spoon. Simmer the polenta, stirring regularly, for about 10 minutes or until thick and porridge-like. Be careful as it will splatter volcanically.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and quickly spread the polenta evenly over it so it is no more than 1cm (½in) thick. Use a dampened pallet for at least 30 minutes. (The recipe can be prepared up to two days in advance to this stage.)

Using a 3-4cm (1¼-1½ in) round cutter, cut out rounds from the polenta. Brush both sides of each round with olive oil and cook the wedges either under a hot grill or in a griddle pan, turning once, until golden and crisp. Alternatively heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry both sides until golden brown, about 2 minutes each side.

Place the polenta rounds on a serving platter. Put a dollop of Fig and red onion relish on each round and top with a small cube or crumble of goat’s cheese and a grind of black pepper.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

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What you need:

400g frozen raspberries , defrosted
50g icing sugar
300g honey & almond  nougat bar
450ml double cream
25g whole almonds , skin on
25g pistachios , plus a few extra to decorate

What you do:

Whizz the raspberries and icing sugar together in a food processor, then sieve, pressing through as much raspberry as you can with a wooden spoon.

Line a 2lb loaf tin with cling film ( it helps if you brush the tin with oil first to get the cling film to stick and stay in place). Pour in the raspberry sauce and freeze for 1 hr.

Quickly dip the nougat bars in water – this should allow you to peel away the rice paper. (Don’t worry if you don’t get it all as it will disappear when melted). Put the bars into a pan with 200ml cream. Melt over a low heat, stirring constantly and using a wooden spoon to break up the nougat into smaller bits as it softens. After a while you should end up with a smooth, sticky, creamy mixture. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool a little. Whip the remaining cream in a large mixing bowl to stiff peaks.

When the nougat is cooler, but still soft and sauce-like, fold it one-third at a time into the whipped cream. Scatter over the whole nuts and fold once to mix. Scrape into the loaf tin, cover with cling film and freeze overnight, or for up to a month.

Transfer the loaf to the fridge 15 mins before you want to serve it. Unwrap and turn out onto a serving plate. Peel off the cling film, roughly chop a few extra pistachios and scatter over before slicing.

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what you need:

4oz /110g  butter or margarine, softened
4oz/110g caster sugar
2 medium eggs
110g  self-raising flour, sifted
4oz /15g cocoa powder
2-3 drops of vanilla extract
4oz /110g butter or margarine, softened
4oz /110g  caster sugar
2 medium eggs
4oz /110g  self-raising flour, sifted
15g cocoa powder
2-3 drops of vanilla extract

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180C /350F /Gas Mark 4.

Place the baking cases into a 12-hole fairy cake baking tray.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Gradually beat in the eggs and the vanilla extract. If the mixture starts to curdle, add a little flour.
Fold in the remaining flour and cocoa powder with a large metal spoon.
Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the baking cases and bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 mins until well risen and firm to the touch.

Remove the fairy cakes from the oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack.

For the decoration:

Choose your desired colour of fairy cake icing, massage the pouch for 1 min to loosen the icing, then snip the corner off the pouch and pour a small amount of icing over each cake. Using a knife, spread the icing thickly over the fairy cakes.

Decorate the cakes using the writing icing and sprinkles to make scary faces.

Make them as scary as you dare!

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What you need:

3 tbsp olive oil
1 fat garlic clove, finely chopped
3 shallots, finely diced
400g  ( around 6 ) pork sausages
400g tin cherry tomatoes
1 red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced
220g red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
400g dried tagliatelle
Small bunch fresh basil leaves

What you do:

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a low heat, add the garlic and shallots and soften for 5 minutes. Split the sausage skins and add the pork mince to the pan. Cook over a high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until well browned and cooked through.

Pour over the canned tomatoes and add the chilli and fresh cherry tomatoes. Season well, bring to a simmer and warm through.

Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the pasta and cook for 8 minutes until al dente.

Drain the pasta and return to the pan, then pour over the sauce, tossing well to coat. Divide among bowls and garnish with basil leaves to serve.

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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 x 907g or 2 x 454g haggis
1lb 2oz / 500g   swede
1lb 2oz / 500g  potatoes
1oz / 25g   butter
freshly ground pepper
1 glass whisky (optional)

What you do:

Bring a large pan of water to the boil and lower in the haggis. Cover and boil following pack instructions. Meanwhile, peel the swede and potatoes and cut into chunks. Cook in pans of boiling water for about 15 minutes or until tender.

Drain the swede and potatoes and mash each until smooth. Stir half the butter into each mash and season well with pepper.

Lift the haggis out of the pan and transfer to a warmed serving plate. Spoon the potatoes and swede around it. When the haggis is cut, pour the whisky into it before serving .

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What you need:

0.4 pt (240 ml) dry white vermouth
1.2 pts (700 ml) water
4 sprigs fresh parsley
3 sprigs fresh tarragon
1  (5 cm) ) piece of lemon zest
¾ oz (20g) salt
6 small red-skinned potatoes (about 8 oz (225g) )
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
For the filling:
3 oz /85g  fresh soft goats cheese, at room temperature
¾ oz /24g  creme fraiche or sour cream
¼ oz /4g  minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
¼ oz /2g  minced fresh tarragon
¼ oz /2g  minced fresh chervil or minced fresh dill
Freshly ground black pepper

What you do:

For the potatoes:
Preheat the oven to 200 C/ 400 F /Gas 7.

In a medium saucepan combine the vermouth, water, parsley, tarragon, lemon zest, and salt. Set aside.

Cut the potatoes in half  horizontally. Slice a small portion off of the rounded ends– so the potatoes stand up without rolling around — and discard. Add the halved potatoes to the saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until just fork tender, about 8 mins. Set the potatoes aside to cool in the liquid for 5 mins.

Drain the potatoes, reserving 10ml of the cooking liquid. Discard the herbs and lemon zest. With a small spoon or melon baller, scoop out a little of each potato, to make a little “bowl” for the cheese.

Toss the potatoes with the oil in a small bowl, and stand them up on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 mins.

For the filling:
In a medium bowl, cream the cheese with the creme fraiche and the 10ml of reserved cooking liquid. Fold in the minced parsley, tarragon, chives, and chervil. Season with pepper, to taste.

Remove the potatoes from the oven and let cool slightly. While the potatoes are still warm, spoon a dollop of the cheese mixture into each potato. Set the potatoes on a platter and top off with the chive segments to garnish.

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What you need:

8  Pork Sausages
4  shallots, peeled and quartered
½  leek, sliced
1 large carrot, cut into small cubes
1tsp olive oil
1 rosemary sprig roughly chopped
100g plain white flour
4 eggs
175ml semi-skimmed milk
Onion Gravy:

 1 red onion

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp plain white flour
284ml (½ pint) beef stock

What you do:

Pre-heat your oven to 220C /425F  / gas 7.
Sift the flour into a bowl, make a well in the centre and break in the eggs.
Add half the milk and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth, then add the remaining milk and whisk until you get tiny little bubbles in the batter.
Add the rosemary and leave to rest for an hour or so.
Cook the sausages in a frying pan with a little olive oil until nicely browned then transfer to a ceramic oven dish.
In the same pan add the shallots and cook until golden then add the leek and carrot and continue frying until the leeks are soft.
Spoon the vegetables around the sausages. Pop into the oven for 5 minutes.
Pour the batter now over the sausages and pop back into the oven as quickly as possible.
Cook for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and well risen.
Simply serve with some onion gravy and to make that simply cook a red onion finely sliced in 1tbsp of olive oil until soft and just starting to brown.
Next add 1tbsp of plain flour and stir in. Make ½ pint of beef stock using a stock cube then slowly pour into the pan and whisk until smooth. If you like add little Worcestershire sauce to make it a little richer.

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What you need:

4 1 1/2- to 2-inch-thick bone in pork rib chops
2 tsp coarse kosher salt
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 bacon slices, coarsely chopped
Olive oil (optional)
4 cups thinly sliced leeks (white and pale green parts only; about 3 large)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup brandy
1 cup low-salt chicken broth
2 tsp finely chopped fresh sage
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/3 cup crème fraîche or sour cream

What you do:

Pat chops dry with paper towels. Mix 2 tsp coarse salt, thyme, rosemary, and 1 tsp pepper in small bowl. Sprinkle seasoning mixture on both sides of chops. Let stand at room temperature 1 to 2 hours or wrap and chill up to 1 day.

Heat a large frying pan or large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and sauté until crisp and lightly browned. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to small bowl. Increase heat to medium-high. Add chops to the pan. Sear until brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer chops to small baking sheet.

Pour off all but 3 tbsp drippings from skillet (or add olive oil to make 3 tablespoons). Add leeks and sauté until soft, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and stir 1 minute. Add brandy, then broth and bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Return bacon to skillet; add sage and stir to blend.

Nestle chops in leeks in skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; simmer 3 minutes. Turn chops over. Cover; simmer until thermometer inserted into thickest part of chops registers 140°F to 145°F, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer chops to platter. Tent loosely with foil to keep warm.

Spoon off any fat from cooking liquid in skillet. Boil until all liquid evaporates, about 3 minutes. Whisk in mustard, then crème fraîche; do not boil. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon over chops.

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What you need:

4 x  portobello mushrooms or flat mushrooms
10g butter
2 tsp olive oil
30g Gruyère cheese or Cheddar (or other 
hard cheese of your choice), grated
A little fresh watercress
4 wholemeal rolls, lightly toasted
chilli relish

what you do:

Preheat the grill to high. Put the mushrooms on a baking tray.

Dot each with a little butter and a tiny drizzle of oil, sprinkle over the grated cheese and grill for 5 minutes or until cooked.

Scatter the watercress over the bottom halves of the bread rolls and top with the grilled mushrooms. Spoon some  chilli relish on top.

Cover with the top halves of the rolls.

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