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Archived Since:April 6, 2008

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Low Fat Chicken Tikka Masala

A very unauthentic curry that apparently was invented on these shores to suit the British palate, Chicken Tikka Masala has fast become the most popular takeaway in the UK.My family tend to keep away from takeaways and make our own. They...Show More Summary

Mini Raspberry and Almond Puddings

A beautiful, delicate sponge cake, perfect for making in advance for your family treat or a dinner party. You can of course bung the whole mixture into a spring form cake tin and make a full on cake for slicing and serving with tea.Serve with double cream, Greek yoghurt or good old custard. Show More Summary

Fajita Seasoning

As a family, we love Mexican fajitas: easy to make, delicious and healthy, they are a popular and tasty quick tea option up and down the country.The only problem that I find is that the commercial fajita seasonings aren't too good. They are either too salty, too hot, too smokey and too expensive. Show More Summary

Tomatoless Beef and Squash Curry

I've a friend who has certain food allergies with one of them oddly being the tomato. He has to be the only person I know that can't eat this fruit which is evident in everything from soups to casseroles.I've a great recipe which uses...Show More Summary

Huevos Rancheros (Mexican Ranch Eggs)

I can remember reading about this recipe years back in Rick Stein's Food Heroes; it's pretty much been a staple breakfast or brunch in our house ever since, especially on a lazy Sunday morning, perhaps nursing last night's boozy head.Stemming...Show More Summary

Courgette Pakora

If you are like me and adore Indian food, you might understand the one issue that I have with it.When entering an Indian restaurant I'm usually hungry on the verge of cannibalism. I scan the starters and mentally choose everything on there, before settling for one with a mound of popadoms and a pickle tray. Show More Summary

Chocolate and Orange Mousse

In my humble repertoire of food entertaining, it seems that nothing pleases guests more than a good old chocolate mousse. And that has to be a major plus for the busy home cook. Simple to make and utterly delicious, a mousse never draws...Show More Summary

Chermoula (Moroccan Marinade)

This is a very easy to make but stunning marinade or paste for use with chicken, pork and fish. Used extensively in North Africa in countries such as Morocco or Tunisia, it's a cheeky blend of spices, lemons, chilli garlic and fresh coriander and adds a punch of flavour to pretty much any grilled or pan-fried meats. Show More Summary

Toad in the Hole

Toad in the hole. It's a recipe that most Brits have all eaten but probably have no idea where the name comes from. Don't ask me - I haven't got a clue. If I had to guess, I would suggest that the image of a sausage poking its head out of crisped batter probably resembles a toad sticking its head out of a hole. Show More Summary

Chestnut and Honey Bread

Chestnuts are one of the best free nuts, with their versatile sweetness just bursting with flavour and awaiting a multitude of dishes. Roasting a few and eating warm with a little salt and pepper is good enough, but a simple pot roast using a game bird such as pheasant, grouse or partridge with a few roasted chestnuts thrown in is simply amazing. Show More Summary

Harissa Sauce

We've recently been turning to ways of transforming otherwise bland leftover food into something amazing. In our fridge there are always airtight containers with last night’s rice, pasta, cooked vegetables, fish or meat in. Waste not...Show More Summary

The Perfect Dumpling

What is a dumpling? In simple terms, it is an essential addition to any stew, casserole or soup, especially in the winter. It's a fluffy, stodgy thing of beauty floating on top of whatever food you have knocked up and for me, it makes...Show More Summary

Northumbrian Leek Pudding

Here is my version of a true classic, which has a leek's mild onion flavour lifted somewhat with the addition of cheese, mustard and cream. I bake mine rather than steam them. Nothing wrong with steaming; it will give you a spongier and more melting sensation, but I prefer the crustiness that baking brings out. Show More Summary

Chicken, Apricot and Spinach Curry

Chicken, Apricot and Spinach Curry Feeds 4IngredientsSeeds of 2 cardamon pods5 whole peppercorns5 cloves3 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil1 onion, chopped1 thumb of fresh ginger, grated3 garlic cloves, crushed1 tsp each of ground cumin,...Show More Summary

Salmon and Crab Chowder

The weather has taken a distinct turn for the worse this past week and after having images of a scorching hot end to May, I'm resigned to the fact that it's typical British weather again.Far from being the pessimist I actually prefer it when it is a little cooler anyway. Show More Summary

Tandoori Turkey Sticks with Mint Raita

Tandoori Turkey Sticks with Mint Raita1 tsp each of ground cumin, ground turmeric, ground coriander and chilli powder4 ground cardamom podsSalt and pepper200ml natural yoghurtJuice of half a lemon500g turkey breast cut into chunks 4Show More Summary

Peanut and Beef Curry

The use of nuts in stews, casseroles and curries may seem unusual to some. However in West Africa, curries made using the peanut are common staple food. I've used the likes of ground almonds in an Indian curry to thicken it but I was a little sceptical about using peanuts. Show More Summary

Crab and Aubergine Spaghetti

Crab and Aubergine SpaghettiFeeds 41 onion, roughly chopped1 clove of garlic, sliced1 aubergine, cut into roughly 1 cm dice2 tbsp olive oil4 anchovies, roughly choppedA handful of black olives, stoned and roughly choppedA handful ofShow More Summary

Wet Pear, Almond and Polenta Cake

Think of a British cake and images of afternoon tea and sponge come to mind. Just a basic Victoria with a thin layer of raspberry jam and a dusting of icing sugar is the perfect accompaniment to a good old cuppa. There aren't any cakes...Show More Summary

Cheddar Cheese Soda Bread

Is there anything more simple and basic than taking some flour, water and yeast, pounding them together for a few minutes then whacking in the oven? Bread making has lost its way in the standard home over the years for the simple reason...Show More Summary

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