Recipes

Recipes, lots of them, all delicious. Here are some suggestions to get you going…

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Starters

Recipes for starters or aperitifs or when you need a little something but not too much.

Mini Pork Pies

There is a fabulous butchery chain in North Yorkshire called Newboulds who make the best pork pies on the planet, especially their Midgets. These are…
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Mulligatawny Soup

This Indian soup is a whole meal in itself, adjust the chili if you prefer a milder version. Delicious with naan or cumin scented scones.
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Greek Meze

On a warm summer’s day these will remind you of holidays in the Med; Greece, Turkey, Morocco, Israel, wherever. They are delicious and lovely to…
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Chicken Tikka Salad Canape

These taste delicious and there is a great cheat here too. You could make the tikka yourself or you could buy it ready made, up…
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Guacamole

Super easy to make and much nicer than the shop bought stuff, mash it well to make it smoother or leave it chunky, add a…
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French Onion Soup

A delicious taste of France in early spring and a great way to use up onions, this soup will keep well in the fridge for…
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Roast Pepper and Tomato Soup

A simple soup full of goodness and just as nice served hot in winter or chilled for summer, serve with foccacia or lovely crusty bread.…
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Sausage and Mash Cupcakes

These are sausage and mash presented in a cupcake case rather than sausage and mash flavour cupcakes, not sure about this one, could be ‘interesting’.…
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Parmesan Lollipops

Fabulous canapes to serve with drinks, lollipops for grown ups. They are quick to make, ideal to get children involved to grate the cheese as…
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Palmiers

These beautiful sweet or savoury biscuits are an ideal nibble to serve with drinks at Christmas or New Year. They’re really easy too!
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Chinese Dumplings

Chinese Dumplings are handcrafted morsels of deliciousness, also known as Pot Sticker dumplings as they stick to the pot.
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Pumpkin Soup

A lovely warming soup, great for sharing on Halloween or Bonfire Night. If you can get hold of small squash or mini pumpkins try slicing…
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Main Course

These are a selection of recipes suitable for main courses, lunch or supper, enjoy.

Goulash with Herby Dumplings

This is a classic winter warmer recipe, originating in Hungary and heavy on paprika it’s a delicious winter casserole that benefits from long, slow cooking…
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Cheese and Ham Ravioli

Homemade pasta is really easy to make, you can mix it in a food processor or mixer using a dough hook. ‘OO’ flour gives the…
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Bean Burgers with homemade slaw

These are not your average boring bean burgers; these are packed with flavour and taste fabulous, serve them with homemade coleslaw and if you don’t…
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Desserts & Puddings

Recipes for delicious sweet things you know aren’t particularly good for you but you cant resist occasionally

Watermelon Shark

This is a shark carved from a watermelon. You’ll need a ‘torpedo’ shaped watermelon as the round ones look a little too cute. Fab, healthy…
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Berry Yoghurt Ice Lollies

Homemade ice lollies, lower in sugar and much healthier than the shop bought ones and just the ticket for this lovely hot weather we’re having.…
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Pancakes

This is lovely served with freshly squeezed orange juice or lemon juice and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.
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Jelly Brains for Halloween

These take around 20 minutes to set due to use of Geloozoon or Gellan Gum, a molecular gastronomy powder which makes instant setting jelly. If…
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Plum and almond canapés

This is an adapted version of my pesche alla Piedmontese recipe, you’ll need ripe peaches, plums or nectarines as you won’t be cooking them. Edible…
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Upside down rhubarb crumbles

The ‘crumble’ is a biscuit base, just a like the ones you make for a cheesecake and the rhubarb requires around 10 minutes cooking. They…
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Ricotta Cream

I love this and can eat it out of the bowl, but if I restrain myself it is fantastic served with stone fruit and ideal…
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Plum and Almond Bites

This is an adaptation of my Pesche alla Piemontese recipe, these little canapes are delightful served on an edible tulip petal from Green’s of Devon
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Pesche alla Piemontese

Deliciously ripe peaches stuffed with amaretti biscuits and almonds and baked until juicy. This works with ripe peaches or unripe ones, just cook the unripe…
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Eve’s Pudding

Eve’s pudding is so named as the recipe uses apples, I’ve made a winter version using apples and a mixture of other winter fruits: blackberries…
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Cheat Cherry Brownies

This is a very quick, cheat version of black forest gateau using shop bought brownies so all you have to do is arrange them on…
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Rhubarb and Apple Oaty Crumble

This is a classic crumble with a flapjack twist, delicious with rhubarb and apple or any other fruit combination that fancy trying, gooseberries work really…
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Italian Stuffed Peaches or Plums

Deliciously ripe peaches stuffed with amaretti biscuits and almonds and baked until juicy. This works with ripe peaches or unripe ones, just cook the unripe…
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Pear and Frangipane Tart

These are a firm favourite when holidaying in France, you could use stone fruit such as peaches, nectarines or plums instead of pears if they’re…
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Freeform Fruit Tart

These very easy fruit tarts use sweet shortcrust pastry which is similar to a basic biscuit, they work well with rhubarb and gooseberries.
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Orange and Fig Pancakes

Encourage children to make up the pancake mix and slice figs with a round bladed knife. If you’re feeling brave and have extra batter (!)…
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Chocolate Banana Pancakes

The only healthy thing about these pancakes is the sliced banana but at least there is no added fat in the mixture. Once in a…
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Basic Pancake Mix

Encourage children to make up the pancake mix. If you’re feeling brave and have extra batter (!) then you can try tossing the pancakes to…
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Pancake Recipes

Shrove Tuesday is Pancake Day, it falls the day before Ash Wednesday and can be between the beginning of February and mid March depending on…
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Drinks and Other Things

Homemade drinks and other recipes that I have no idea where to put

Elderberry Cordial

Elderberries make the most wonderful winter cordial and with the addition of the cloves the finished drink is lovely and soothing for winter sore throats.…
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Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial is free food, elderflowers grow on hedgerows from June to mid July in England, so all you need is a sunny day (elderflowers…
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Damson Jam Recipe

Damsons grow wild and are often found amongst blackthorn (sloe) bushes but be careful not to get sloes and damsons mixed up. They look alike…
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Latest Recipes

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Pancakes

This is lovely served with freshly squeezed orange juice or lemon juice and a drizzle…
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Kale Cupcakes

These are super cool orange-flavoured-green-cupcakes. They still contain the same calories, sugar and fat as…
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Parkin

Parkin is the easiest cake ever…..even if you don’t think you can make cake, you…
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Greek Meze

On a warm summer’s day these will remind you of holidays in the Med; Greece,…
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Guacamole

Super easy to make and much nicer than the shop bought stuff, mash it well…
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Ginger Snaps

A classic English biscuit, different to gingerbread as these have a ‘crackle’ effect when baked…
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Bourbon Biscuits

Bourbon biscuits are a classic English chocolate biscuit, sandwiched together with a chocolate cream, delicious…
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Jaffa Cakes

This is a homemade version of the classic Jaffa Cake biscuit using old fashioned sponge…
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Gnocchi

Mashed potato is one of my favourite foods on the planet, it’s up there with…
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