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What you need:

450g caster sugar
225g powdered glucose
2 egg whites
8 sheets rice paper, measuring 6 x 15cm
150g hazelnuts & pistachio nuts mix, roughly chopped and toasted

What you do:

Place the sugar, powdered glucose and 150ml water in a large, heavy-based saucepan on a medium heat and bring slowly to the boil, stirring all the time until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10–15 minutes, without stirring, until a sugar thermometer dipped into the mixture reads 121°C.

Place the egg whites in a large bowl and once the sugar syrup temperature reaches about 110°C begin whisking them to stiff peaks in an electric food mixer on a low setting. Once the syrup reaches its final temperature, pour about a quarter of it, in a slow, steady stream, into the egg whites, continuing to whisk.

Immediately return the remaining syrup to the heat and continue to cook, without stirring, for about 5 minutes or until the thermometer reads 149°C all the while continuing to whisk the egg whites on a slow speed.

Again once the syrup reaches the right temperature; pour it carefully and in a slow, steady stream into the whisking egg whites. Continue to whisk the egg whites for about 30 minutes until stiff and halved in volume. Scrape down the sides of the bowl every so often with a palette knife or spatula dipped in boiling water.

Cover the bottom of a 25 x 15cm cake tin with half the rice paper. Stir the nuts into the fully whisked nougat mixture, mix well and pour into the prepared tin. Working quickly, spread evenly using a palette knife or spatula dipped in boiling water. Place the remaining sheets of rice paper on top to cover, pressing down to stick.

Allow to cool and then place in the fridge for 4–6 hours or overnight until set. Remove the slab of nougat from the baking tin and cut into about 36 fingers.

Store in the fridge, wrapped individually in parchment paper or cling film

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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:


1 cup old-fashioned oats (not quick-cooking)
1 cup buttermilk (1% or fat-free)
1 1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup bananas (mased and ripe, 2 or 3 bananas)
1/2 cup light brown sugar (lightly packed)
1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)

What you do:

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

Drop foil liners into a 12-cavity muffin tin with 3-inch cups.

In large mixing bowl, combine oats and buttermilk and set aside for 1 hour.

Coat inside of liners generously with cooking spray and set aside. Or, spray muffin tin without using liners; this produces muffins with a chewier crust.

In small bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Break egg into bowl with soaked oats and beat it lightly with fork, then mix it in. Add applesauce, banana and sugar, and whisk until wet ingredients are well blended. Add dry ingredients, whisking just until they are combined: over mixing makes muffins tough.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle walnuts over top of muffins.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until bamboo skewer inserted into centre of the  muffin comes out clean. Let sit for 3 minutes, then turn the muffins out onto wire rack and cool for 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Note: If not using liners, run a thin knife around between muffins and pan before turning them out.

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What you need:

1.8kg boneless, rolled leg of pork
3 cloves garlic, halved
3/4tsp /3.75ml  dried thyme
2 onions, cut into wedges
3 1/2oz /100g  apple sauce
1tbsp /15ml   brandy
3 heaped tsp /20ml chicken gravy granules
2tbsp /30ml double cream

What you do:

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

Place the pork in a roasting tin and pat dry. Make 6 slits in the fat and press in the garlic. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp /2.5ml  thyme and salt. Add onions and roast for 2 hours 40 minutes  or until cooked throughout.

Meanwhile, mix the apple sauce with the remaining thyme and brandy.

Drain off excess fat from roasting tin. Pour juices into a measuring jug and add boiling water to make 10 floz /300 ml  Place granules in a pan and whisk in the liquid. Bring to the boil, stirring until thickened. Stir in the cream .

serve with the pork and apple sauce.

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What you need:

2 tbsp white wine vinegar
¼ cup blood orange juice
2/3 cup olive oil
½ clove garlic, crushed and finely chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped shallots
2 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp finely chopped fresh chives

What you do:

Place all ingredients in a jar and shake until the dressing is well blended. Alternately, you can vigorously whisk the ingredients in a small bowl until they are completed incorporated together.

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What you need:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 medium onion, diced small
2 heads of broccoli, just the florets cut off
4 cups chicken stock
4 cups milk
4 cups or 16 oz cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
salt and fresh cracked pepper (go a little heavy on the pepper)

What you do:

place the  broccoli in a saucepan. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are very tender, about 15 –to 20 minutes.

In a large saucepan or soup pot, add butter and onion. Add salt and pepper. Saute over low heat until onions are tender. Add flour and cook for 2 -3 minutes.

Add milk and whisk constantly until mixture starts to come to a boil. Then add chicken stock and vegetables. Add nutmeg. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. Then remove from heat.

Stir in cheese until melted. Don’t bring to a boil again because it may separate.

Serve hot with crusty bead.

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What you need:

8 oz / 200g light soft brown sugar.
6 floz / 175ml vegetable oil
2 eggs
4 oz / 100g wholemeal flour
1 tsp / 5 ml ground cinnamon
1tsp / 5 ml bicarbonate of soda
5 oz / 125g coarsely grated carrots
2 oz / 50g chopped walnuts
Topping
2 tbsp / 30ml apricot jam
1 tbsp / 15 ml lemon juice
2 oz / 50 g chopped walnuts
2 oz / 25 g cream cheese

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4.
Line a 7 inch / 18cm round tin. Its best to use a fixed base tin as the mixture will almost a pouring consistency.

In a mixing bowl, pour the sugar then gradually whisk in the oil, then whisk in the eggs 1 at a time.
Mix together the flour, cinnamon & bicarbonate of soda, then stir into the egg mixture, then add the carrots & walnuts.
Mix altogether using a wooden spoon, then pour into the prepared cake tin.
Bake for 1 hour & 10 mins until the cake is risen & firm to touch.
Remove from the oven & leave to stand for 5 mins, then turn out onto a wired rack.
Peel off the paper & leave to cool.

To make the topping:


Boil the jam & lemon juice together in a small saucepan for 2 to3 mins.
Brush the mixture thickly over the top of the cooled cake.
Beat together the cream cheese with a little icing sugar (to taste), and spread over the top of the cake.
Then sprinkle on the rest of the crushed walnuts to decorate.

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What you need:

12 fl oz / 75ml Marsala
4 trifle sponges
1 tbsp / 15ml strawberry conserve
1 banana
15 oz /400g fresh custard
15 oz / mascapone cheese
18 oz / 500g fromage frais
1tsp / 5 ml vanilla essence & sugar
2tbsp / 30 ml toasted flaked almonds

What you do:

Spread the trifle sponges with the strawberry conserve, then place in the bottom of the serving bowl, then sprinkle with marsala then leave for 10 mins.
Hull the strawberries & cut each one in half or quarters.
Peel the banana & cut into medium size chunks & put in the bowl along with 3/4 of the strawberries.
cover the fruit with custard.
Put the mascarpone & fromage frais into a bowl & mix together using an electric whisk.
Add the vanilla sugar & briefly whisk again.
Spoon the mixture on top of the custard & spread evenly.
Keep in the fridge until around 1/2 hour before serving.
Arrange the rest of the strawberries on the top & sprinkle the top with the flaked almonds.

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What you need:

8 oz / 225 g Plain  flour
Pinch of salt
1tsp Baking Powder
6 oz / 150 g Caster Sugar
100ml Milk
2 eggs
6 oz / 150 g  Butter
6 oz / 150 g Blueberries

What you do:

Pre-heat oven to 200C / 400F/ Gas Mark 6

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a mixing bowl, stir in the sugar and mix together. Make a well in the centre
Put the milk, eggs and butter in a jug and whisk until combined

Add blueberries to the bowl and fold them in
Place 10 muffin cases (roughly, your mixture may make more or less) in a deep muffin baking tin and spoon the mixture in
Bake for 20 mins  or until well risen
Cool on cooling rack

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What you need:

4 oz / 100g sugar
1 oz / 25g butter ( melted)
1 beaten egg
1 lemon ( grated rind & juice)

What you do:

In a saucepan, put the butter, sugar & egg and whisk together well. Add the grated rind & lemon juice then mix all together well.
Simmer gently over a low heat all the time stirring until it boils. Continue cooking for around 3 – 5 mins until the mixture is fairly thick stirring all the time.
Pour the mixture into a heated jar then cover it & seal it.
Keep it refrigerated.

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