November Recipe: Butternut Squash Lasagne

Although the recipe says to use fresh lasagne, this is quite hard to come by unless you make it yourself. However, you can use the dried lasagne but make sure you soak the sheets before hand – a few at a time – in boiling water to soften them. Another tip is that you do not need to use butter in your white sauce. You can easily buy something called sauce flour which you just add to your milk and keep whisking. No fat is involved in the process and it works well, I use it all the time. Lasagne freezes really well. I serve mine with garlic bread and a side salad but that is obviously up to you.

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October Recipe: Pear and Cobnut/Hazelnut Cake

This really is an easy cake. To roast the nuts use a dry frying pan but watch them very carefully as they take no time at all to burn! I always line all my cake tins with baking parchment, even if they are non stick, it just makes life that much easier. I think I have said before but cakes are much more successful when all the ingredients are room temperature, so do not use butter etc. straight out of the fridge.

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August Recipe: A Plate Of Three Dips – Beetroot & Date, Feta & Fennel, Carrot & Cumin

All three dips can be made up to 3 days ahead, kept covered and chilled. The beetroot dip can be served with sour cream and blinis, or as an accompaniment to roast duck, pork or goose. The carrot dip can be used as an accompaniment to roast vegetables for a great veggie main course. Continue reading “August Recipe: A Plate Of Three Dips – Beetroot & Date, Feta & Fennel, Carrot & Cumin”

July Recipes: Really Fruity Strawberry Jam & Fruity Strawberry Traybake

Do have a go at making this jam, we made it in one of my cookery classes and everyone had good results. It is quite a loose French style jam. I have included a cake recipe as well where you can use your newly made jam. The cake recipe is very versatile, you could in fact use any type of jam that you may have made. I am into cutting down on sugar in recipes at the moment so with the cake recipe I would probably actually use only half of the sugar stated and it does not have to be golden caster, it can be ordinary. Continue reading “July Recipes: Really Fruity Strawberry Jam & Fruity Strawberry Traybake”

June Recipe: Roasted Aubergines, Goat’s Cheese and Smoked Paprika Tart

A seasonal quiche recipe for this month. Once again you can either make your own pastry or buy a good quality pastry. Baking blind requires you to fill the uncooked pastry case with baking beans (if you have them) or rice, which weighs the base down. Put baking parchment in first to line your tin and then you can easily lift out the beans or rice. This method prevents ‘soggy bottoms’ When you remove the beans give the case another 5 minute bake to dry the bottom out. You can paint it with egg wash first if you like to seal it, or sprinkle with a fine layer of semolina (a tip of my late Mother’s). This can be a main meal served with salad and new potatoes and is good for vegetarians. Continue reading “June Recipe: Roasted Aubergines, Goat’s Cheese and Smoked Paprika Tart”

May Recipe: Brown Sauce

This is a somewhat different recipe but I can assure you it is delicious and it keeps so well. To sterilize your jars use your dishwasher and then put them in a low oven so they are just warm when you fill them. If the top of your jars is metal make sure a paper disk is between the sauce and the lid as the vinegar will affect the metal. I also cover mine with clingfilm. I have kept the sauce for over a year and it has still been fine. You can obviously halve the recipe. You might want to use rubber gloves when deseeding the chillies. Do not touch your eyes etc. as the juice will burn. The heat in chillies is in the seeds and pith.

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