Apple Chutney

Preserves and Pickles
November 30, 2011 This Apple Chutney recipe is really good served with cheeses such as Cheshire, Cheddar or White Stilton.  It is also very good with Traditional English Pork Pie.  You need to make this chutney at least 3 months before you eat it. Ingredients 225g/8oz onions, chopped 900g/2lb apples, cored and chopped 110g/4oz sultanas, raisins or chopped dates {Tags: , , , , } {More...}

Moroccan Chicken with Olives

Moroccan Chicken with Olives a traditional Moroccan dish.  This dish includes preserved lemons but you can use thin slices of fresh lemon. Ingredients 1 chicken, 3-4 lbs, cut into 8 pieces (or 3-4 lbs of just chicken thighs and legs, the dark meat is more flavorful) 2 teaspoons paprika 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon {Tags: , , , } {More...}

Preserved Lemons

Preserves and Pickles
Preserved Lemons are used in many Moroccan, Italian and Indian recipes.  It is very easy to do but does take about three weeks before they are ready to use. Ingredients 8-10 lemons scrubbed very clean 1/2 cup kosher salt, or sea salt more if needed Extra fresh squeezed lemon juice, if needed Sterilized quart canning {Tags: , , , } {More...}

Potato, Smoked Sausage and Leek Gratin

Potato, Smoked Sausage and Leek Gratin a tasty, quick to prepare and easy to make one pot recipe that will be a hit with all the family.  Just pop it in the oven and then get on with something else.  A hearty lunch or supper. Ingredients 4 cups red potatoes washed and diced (don’t peel {Tags: , , , } {More...}

Chicken Biryani

November 25, 2011 Chicken Biryani is a great one pot dish this recipe is for chicken but you can use lamb or beef this is an authentic Indian recipe but you can substitute all the spices with curry paste (4 to 5 tablespoons) Ingredients 1kg chicken breast or thigh fillerts cut into 2″ pieces 4 large onions thinly {Tags: , , , } {More...}

No Bake Christmas Cake

No-bake cakes
No Bake Christmas Cake quick and easy but you can also make mini cakes and decorate them too.  Children can get involved as there is no oven involved.  This is a Delia Smith recipe and packed in a pretty box makes a tasty Christmas gift. Ingredients 200g/7oz dried mixed fruit (or make up your own {Tags: , , , } {More...}

Traditional Eggnog

November 18, 2011 Traditional Eggnog another Christmas drink.  This version is the traditional alcoholic version which was once a drink consumed only by the English aristocracy, but eventually made its way to America sometime in the 18th century. Ingredients 12 eggs, separated 6 cups milk 2 cups heavy/ thickened cream 2 cups bourbon 1+ 1/2 cups sugar 3/4 cup {Tags: , , , } {More...}

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine is a traditional Christmas tipple and goes well with Mince Pies.  There are many recipes from all over Europe but all are very similar containing red wine with citrus and spices. Ingredients 6 cloves 1 whole vanilla pod, halved 2 bottles red wine 2 cinnamon sticks A little nutmeg fresh or dried juice {Tags: , , , , } {More...}

Chocolate Yule Log

Chocolate Yule Log a favourite Christmas chocolate cake.  You can serve this as a Christmas Eve treat or the kids might prefer it to Christmas Cake.  This recipe is a Hairy Bikers from their book The 12 Days of Christmas. Ingredients Soft butter for greasing 6 large eggs, separated 150g caster sugar 50g cocoa powder {Tags: , , , } {More...}

Gingerbread Men

November 16, 2011 Gingerbread men are a great favourite with the kids this is an easy recipe and the kids can jelp with the preparation and the decoration.  Make some especially for Christmas. Ingredients 350g / 12oz plain flour 175g / 6oz light soft brown sugar 100g / 4oz butter 1 medium egg 4 tablespoons of golden syrup {Tags: , , , } {More...}