Barbecue Basics for all

Since the Stone Age, man has been perfecting the art of cooking using a direct flame. If you were to ask someone about the history of barbecue, you would most likely get a response similar to the statement above. However that would not be quite right as there is a…

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Cookware what you need and what you don’t !

Cookware is always a rather contentious subject. I have seen chefs turn up to even the simplest of cooking jobs carrying more than it would take to maintain your average oil tanker (though maybe this is not the best use for your cookware), when all that was really needed was…

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Soul Food

The history of American soul food can be traced all the way back to the days of slavery. More often times than not, the slaves were given the most undesirable part of the meal, the leftovers from the house. Pairing this with their own home-grown vegetables, the first soul food…

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Best Cookies: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are a delightful chocolaty twist on the traditional oatmeal cookie. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies 1 ½ cups sugar 1 cup butter, softened 2 eggs 2 ½ (1 oz.) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt…

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Steak & Ale Pie

Method Heat the oil in the pan with the onion and garlic for 1 mintue. Add the steak – I usually cut the steak gradually into the pan. Cook until the meat is seared all over and there is no pink left. By this time there will be some juice…

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Blueberry Muffins

Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/ fan 180C and very lightly butter a 12-hole muffin tin. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. In another bowl, lightly beat the eggs, then stir in the melted butter, milk and blueberrys. Add to the flour with the remaining ingredients. Combine…

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Mince Beef and Dumplings

Ingredients For the mince 2 tbsp sunflower oil 1 large onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, peeled, finely sliced 2 medium carrots, diced 500g/1lb 2oz lean beef mince 1 x 400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato purée 350ml/12fl beef stock 150ml/5fl oz red wine…

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Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Preperation Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes Ingredients 2 lb / 900g potatoes, peeled and quartered 6 tbsp milk 1 stick / 110g butter, cubed + 1 tbsp for the sauce Salt and ground black pepper 1/2 tbsp lard or dripping 1…

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Fish Chips & Mushy Peas

Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 4. Peel and chop the potatoes into thick chips, then coss with the olive oil and some salt. Arrange on a large non-stick baking tray and roast for 20 mins, turning halfway. Lightly toast the bread, then pulse briefly in a food processor for coarse…

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Roast Beef Dinner

Ready in about 2 1/2 hours (for medium beef) Ingredients 2kg piece boned and rolled sirloin beef Beef dripping, softened, or olive oil 1 tsp plain flour 600ml good beef stock, preferably home-made For the Yorkshire puddings 225g plain flour 1/2 tsp salt 4 medium eggs 300ml milk METHOD How…

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