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Cabbage



Cabbage

Cabbage

 Prep.Time: 10-15 min
 Cook.Time: 25-30 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 Large Saucepan
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Vegetable Peeler
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 1 Medium Size Cabbage
 100g/4oz Green Beans
 1 Carrot
 1 Onion
 2 Cloves Garlic
 15ml/1 Tbsp Tomato Puree
 1 Vegetable Stock Cubes
 1Ltr/2pts Hot Water
 ½tsp Basil
 ½tsp Oregano
 Olive Oil
 Black Pepper


Method

Peel and chop onion.
Peel and dice carrots to approximately 1cm/½".
Fry onion and carrots gently in olive oil until soft.
Peel and finely chop garlic, add to the onions when they have softened.
Add hot water, stock cube, herbs, black pepper and tomato puree.
Stir well.
Chop cabbage leaves into strips approximately 1cm / ½" wide, 4cm / 1½" long.
Trim beans and cut into 2.5cm / 1" lengths.
Add cabbage and beans to saucepan, stir well and leave to simmer for 10 minutes.
Serve immediately.


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Chunky Vegetable



Chunky Vegetable

Chunky Vegetable

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: 30-45 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 Large Saucepan
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 2 Carrots
 1 Leek
 1 Parsnip
 ½ Swede
 2 Vegetable Stock Cubes
 2 ltr/3½ pts Hot Water
 2 tsp coriander leaf
 1 tsp garam masala
 Black Pepper


Method

Add hot water to saucepan and crumble stock cubes into the water.
Dice root vegetables into 1cm/½" cubes and add to stock.
Wash and slice leek and add to pan.
Add coriander, garam masala, black pepper and simmer gently for 30-45 minutes until the vegetables are soft.


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Creamy Watercress



Creamy Watercress

Creamy Watercress

 Prep.Time: 10-15 min
 Cook.Time: 25-30 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 Large Saucepan
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Vegetable Peeler
 Vegetable Peeler
 Hand Blender
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 250g/10oz Watercress
 225g/9oz Potatoes
 1 Onion
 2 Cloves Garlic
 100ml/3.5floz Single Cream
 400ml/14floz Milk
 500ml/1pt Hot Water
 2 Vegetable Stock Cubes
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 Black Pepper


Method

Peel and finely chop onion.
Fry onion gently in olive oil until soft.
Peel and finely chop garlic, add to the onions when they have softened.
Peel and dice potatoes to approximately 1cm / ½”.
Add potatoes to saucepan and cook gently for a few minutes.
Add stock cubes and enough hot water to cover the potatoes.
Simmer until potatoes have softened.
Mash potatoes in the saucepan.
Add remaining hot water, milk and watercress and season well.
Leave to simmer for 10 minutes.
Blend using a hand blender then add half of the cream.
Stir well and reheat gently.
Pour into warmed bowls and add a swirl of the remaining cream.
Serve immediately with crusty rolls.


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Hot and Sour Noodle



Hot and Sour Noodle

Hot and Sour Noodle

 Prep.Time: 20 mins
 Cook.Time: 30 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 1 Large Saucepan With Lid
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon
 Sieve
 Colander

Ingredients

 150g/5oz
   Pre-Cooked Noodles
 3 Heads Pak Choi
 2 Stalks Lemon Grass
 1 Lime
 2 Chillies (de-seeded)
 2.5-5cm/1-2" Fresh Ginger
 2 Cloves Garlic
 2 Chicken Stock Cubes
 1 Vegetable Stock Cube
 1.2 ltr/2pts Hot Water
 110g/4oz Button Mushrooms
 Fresh Coriander
 Black Pepper


Method

Pour the hot water into the large saucepan.
Remove a 1cm/½" slice of rind from the lime and cut it into thin strips and add to the pan.
Cut the lemon grass, chillies, and garlic in half lengthways and add to the pan.
Peel the ginger and cut into slices and add to the pan.
Crumble all the stock cubes into the pan and stir well.
Put the lid on and simmer for 20 minutes.
Strain the liquid through the sieve and return it to the pan.
Wash and trim the mushrooms and add to the pan.
Trim base from pak choi, rinse well and add to pan.
Cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes.
Add the juice from the lime and season well with black pepper.
Place the noodles in a colander and run hot water over them.
Divide noodles between 4 bowls.
Add hot soup to noodles and sprinkle fresh coriander on top.
Serve in warmed bowls.


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Onion



Onion

Onion

 Prep.Time: 20 mins
 Cook.Time: 90 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 Large Thick Bottomed
   (Saucepan with a lid)
 Garlic Crusher
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 450g/1lb Cooking Onions
 55g/2oz Butter or Spread
 1 tsp Plain Flour
 1 Clove Garlic
 2 Beef Stock Cubes
 1 ltr/2 pts Hot Water
 Black Pepper


Method

Peel and slice onions.
Melt the butter or spread in the large saucepan.
Add the onions and cook very slowly over a very low heat for about 45 minutes with a lid on.
Peel and crush the garlic.
Add the garlic to the saucepan and simmer for another 15 minutes.
The onions should become very soft and golden brown all over.
Sprinkle the flour over the onions and garlic and stir well to coat them.
Crumble stock cubes into hot water and stir to dissolve.
Pour over onions and stir well.
Season well with black pepper.
Allow to simmer for 25-30 minutes.
Serve in warmed bowls with crusty bread or homemade garlic bread.


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Parsnip



Parsnip

Parsnip

 Prep.Time: 20 mins
 Cook.Time: 40 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 4-5 Ltr Saucepan
 Small non stick Frying Pan
 Vegetable Peeler
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon
 Pestle and Mortar
 Jug or Hand Blender

Ingredients

 700g/1.5lb Fresh Parsnips
 1 Large potato
 2 Cooking Onions
 3-4 Cloves Garlic
 2 tbsp Olive Oil
 2 Vegetable Stock Cubes
 1 ltr/2 pts Hot Water
 1½ Tsp Cumin Seeds
 1½ Tsp Coriander Seeds
 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
 1 Tbsp Turmeric
 Black Pepper


Method

Put cumin, coriander and sesame seeds into dry frying pan and toast until lightly golden.
Transfer to a Pestle and Mortar and grind with the turmeric to a fine powder.
Peel and finely chop onions and garlic.
Fry onions in olive oil until soft.
Peel potato and parsnips and cut into 1cm / ½" cubes.
Add garlic, potato, parsnips and spice mix to onions, stir and sauté for a few minutes.
Add the hot water and stock cubes.
Bring to the boil then allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until the potato and parsnip are tender.
Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Blend until smooth and return to saucepan to reheat.
Add pepper for taste.
Serve in warmed bowls with garlic or crusty bread.


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Potato and Leek



Potato and Leek

Potato and Leek

 Prep.Time: 20 mins
 Cook.Time: 40 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 1 Large Saucepan With Lid
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon
 Jug or Hand Blender

Ingredients

 4 Large Leeks
 2 Cooking Onions
 2 Large Potatoes
 2 Cloves Garlic
 25g/1oz Butter
 1 Vegetable Stock Cube
 850ml/1½ pts Hot water
 275ml/½ pt Milk
 Black Pepper


Method

Trim leeks and remove outer layer.
Slice finely then rinse thoroughly.
Peel and finely chop onions and garlic.
Peel and dice the potatoes to about 1cm / ½" cubes.
Melt the butter in the saucepan.
Add the potatoes, leeks, onions, and garlic.
Season with black pepper.
Stir well to coat all ingredients.
Put the lid on and leave to cook over a low heat for 15 minutes.
Crumble stock cube into jug of hot water and stir to dissolve.
Pour over vegetables.
Add the milk and stir well.
Put the lid back on and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
When the vegetables are cooked, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Blend until smooth, return to saucepan and reheat.
Serve in warmed bowls.


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Spiced Carrot


Spiced Carrot

Spiced Carrot

 Prep.Time: 20 mins
 Cook.Time: 30 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 4-5 Ltr Saucepan
 Small non stick Frying Pan
 Vegetable Peeler
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon
 Pestle and Mortar
 Jug or Hand Blender

Ingredients

 700g/1.5lb Carrots
 2 Cooking Onions
 3-4 Cloves Garlic
 2 tbsp Olive Oil
 2 Vegetable Stock Cubes
 1 ltr/2 pts Hot Water
 3 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
 1½ tsp Cumin Seeds
 1½ tsp Coriander Seeds
 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
 1 Tbsp Paprika
 Black Pepper


Method

Put cumin, coriander and sesame seeds into dry frying pan and toast until lightly golden.
Transfer to a Pestle and Mortar and grind with the paprika to a fine powder.
Peel and finely chop onions and garlic.
Fry onions in olive oil until soft.
Peel and slice carrots.
Add garlic, carrots and spice mix, stir and sauté for a few minutes.
Add the red wine vinegar and allow to bubble away.
Once the vinegar smell has lessened and there is very little liquid left, add the hot water and stock cubes.
Bring to the boil then allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Blend until smooth and return to pan to reheat.
Add pepper for taste.
Serve in warmed bowls.


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Spiced Red Lentil


Spiced Red Lentil

Spiced Red Lentil

 Prep.Time: 20 mins
 Cook.Time: 45-50 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 Large Saucepan
 Vegetable Peeler
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon
 Food Processor or Blender

Ingredients

 125g/4.50z Red Lentils
  (pre-soaked for 1 hour)
 1 Medium Onion
 3 Medium Carrots
 3 Medium Potatoes
 1 Large Red Pepper
 3 Cloves Garlic
 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
 1 Vegetable Stock Cubes
 2 tbsp Olive Oil
 750ml/1½pts Hot Water
 1 tsp Turmeric
 1 tsp Paprika
 1 tsp Basil
 Pinch Cumin
 1 Bay Leaf
 Black Pepper


Method

Finely chop all the vegetables and the red pepper.
Heat the oil in a saucepan and add all the spices.
Fry gently for a minute or so.
Add chopped vegetables and the red pepper and stir to coat with spices.
Drain and rinse lentils and add to pan.
Stir well and cook for 4-5 minutes.
Add tomatoes, hot water, stock cube, and herbs.
Bring to the boil, then leave to simmer for 40 minutes.
Add pepper to taste.
Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
Blend to a smooth consistency in a blender or food processor.
Return to heat for a few minutes.
If the soup is too thick, add a little more water at this stage.
Serve with crusty bread.


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Spicy Lentil


Spicy Lentil

Spicy Lentil

 Prep.Time: 10-15 mins
 Cook.Time: 25-30 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 Large Saucepan
 Mixing Bowl
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 10oz/250g Green Lentils
 1 Medium Onion
 4 Cloves Garlic
 2 Tomatoes
 1 Red Chilli
 Juice of 1 Lemon
 2oz/50g Creamed Coconut
 2 Vegetable Stock Cubes
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 2 pts/1 Ltr Hot Water
 2 Tbsp Fish Sauce
 1tsp Ground Turmeric
 1tsp Ground Cardamom
 1 Star Anise
 Black Pepper


Method

Place the tomatoes in the mixing bowl, pour hot water over them and leave to stand.
Peel and finely chop the onions, garlic and chilli.
Drain tomatoes and take off skins.
Quarter the tomatoes, remove the seeds and chop finely.
Heat the oil in the large saucepan.
Add onions and fry till soft.
Add garlic, chilli and tomatoes.
Stir in cardamom, turmeric and star anise.
Rinse lentils thoroughly then add to pan.
Add hot water, stock cubes and black pepper.
Stir then leave to simmer for 25 minutes.
Add fish sauce and lemon juice and stir in coconut cream.
When the coconut has dissolved, serve in warmed bowls.


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Stilton and Broccoli



Stilton and Broccoli

Stilton and Broccoli

 Prep.Time: 20 mins
 Cook.Time: 20 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 Large Saucepan
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon
 Jug or Hand Blender

Ingredients

 100g/3.5oz Stilton
 200g/7oz Broccoli Florets
 1 Cooking Onion
 2-3 Cloves Garlic
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 Black Pepper
 1 Vegetable Stock Cube
 300ml/½pt Hot Water
   (from blanched Broccoli)


Method

Peel and finely chop onions and garlic.
Fry the onions in the olive oil.
When softened, add garlic.
Blanch broccoli in hot water for a few minutes.
Drain broccoli, saving the water for your stock.
Add broccoli, stock cube and broccoli water to saucepan.
Simmer for 10 minutes.
Cut stilton into cubes and add
Season well with black pepper.
Once the cheese has melted, allow to cool slightly.
Blend until smooth, return to saucepan and reheat.
Serve in warmed bowls.


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Sweet Red Pepper & Tomato



Sweet Red Pepper and Tomato

Sweet Red Pepper & Tomato

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: 30 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 Large Saucepan With Lid
 Baking Tray
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon
 Electic Hand Blender

Ingredients

 4 Pointed Sweet Red peppers
 2 Tins Plum Tomatoes
 1 Large Cooking Onion
 8 Cloves Garlic
 Half A Lemon
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 2 Vegetable Stock Cubes
 ½tsp Mixed Herbs
 ½tsp Paprika
 Black Pepper


Method

Pre-heat oven to 200°c / 400°f / Gas Mark 6.
While oven is heating up, peel and finely chop onion and fry in the olive oil on a medium heat (keep the lid on).
Halve, deseed and trim peppers and lay skinside down in a baking tray.
Peel the garlic and put one clove into each pepper half.
Squeeze the lemon over the peppers.
Put the peppers into the middle of the oven.
Chop the tinned tomatoes, while in the tins, with a sharp knife.
When the onions are soft, add tinned tomatoes, mixed herbs and paprika and stir well.
Crumble stock cubes into saucepan and stir to dissolve.
Season well with black pepper.
The peppers should be roasted by now, so remove from oven and leave to cool a bit.
Skin the peppers, dice and stir into soup.
Use an electric hand blender in the saucepan to blitz the ingredients.
Make sure soup is heated and serve in warmed bowls with crusty bread.


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Tomato



Tomato

Tomato

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: 40-50 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 Large Saucepan With Lid
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon
 Electic Blender

Ingredients

 4 Tins Plum Tomatoes
 1 Cooking Onion
 1 Large Potato
 2 Cloves Garlic
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 3 Vegetable Stock Cubes
 1 tsp Basil
 Black Pepper
 Sugar (optional)
 Tomato Puree (optional)


Method

Peel and finely chop onions and fry in the olive oil on a medium heat (keep the lid on).
Peel and finely chop the garlic.
Peel and dice the potato to about 1cm/½" cubes.
Reduce the heat and add the garlic and potato cubes to the saucepan.
Add 3-4 Tbsp water and gently fry the potato, onion, and garlic in the saucepan with the lid on for 10-15 minutes.
Do not allow to brown and stir occasionally to avoid sticking, add a little more water if necessary.
Chop the tinned tomatoes, while in the tins, with a sharp knife.
Add tinned tomatoes and basil, stir well.
Crumble stock cubes into saucepan and stir to dissolve.
Season well with black pepper.
Turn heat up slightly, stir well then remove soup to a blender and blitz thoroughly.
Return to saucepan.
Taste soup, if it is too sharp, add half a teaspoon of sugar and stir to dissolve.
If you wish to thicken the soup some more, add a little tomato puree (you may need to add a little more sugar).
Re-heat and serve in warmed bowls with crusty bread.


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 For a spicier soup add 1 tsp of paprika with herbs.
 For a creamier soup add 2-3 Tbsp of double cream or Créme Fraiche just before serving.



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Vichyssoise



Vichyssoise

Vichyssoise

 Prep.Time: 20 mins
 Cook.Time: 20 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 1 Large Saucepan With Lid
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon
 Jug or Hand Blender

Ingredients

 4 Large Leeks
 2 Cooking Onions
 2 Large Potatoes
 2 Cloves Garlic
 25g/1oz Butter
 1 Vegetable Stock Cube
 850ml/1½ pts Hot water
 275ml/½ pt Milk
 Black Pepper


Method

Trim leeks and remove outer layer.
Slice finely then rinse thoroughly.
Peel and finely chop onions and garlic.
Peel and dice the potatoes to about 1cm/½" cubes.
Melt the butter in the saucepan.
Add the potatoes, leeks, onions, and garlic.
Season with black pepper.
Stir well to coat all ingredients.
Put the lid on and leave to cook over a low heat for 15 minutes.
Crumble stock cube into jug of hot water and stir to dissolve.
Pour over vegetables.
Add the milk and stir well.
Put the lid back on and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
When the vegetables are cooked, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Blend until smooth.
Chill thoroughly.
Serve with a little fresh cream.


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Chicken


Chicken

Chicken    

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: 25-30 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 Large Saucepan with lid
 Garlic crusher
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 3 Chicken Breasts
 1 Cooking Onion
 1 Clove Garlic
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 2 Chicken Stock Cubes
 l ltr/2 pts Hot Water
 1 Bay Leaf
 ½ tsp Thyme
 Black Pepper


Method

Peel and finely chop onion.
Fry the onions gently over a low heat with a lid on until soft.
Peel and crush the garlic.
Add the garlic to the onion and sauté for a few minutes.
Cut the chicken into 1cm / ½" pieces then add to the pan.
Fry gently until chicken has whitened.
Crumble stock cubes into hot water and stir to dissolve.
Pour over chicken and stir well, add bay leaf and thyme.
Season with black pepper.
Allow to simmer for 25-30 minutes.
Serve in warmed bowls with crusty bread or homemade garlic bread.


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Chicken and Vegetable


Chicken and Vegetable

Chicken and Vegetable    

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: 30-45 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 Large Saucepan with lid
 Garlic crusher
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 3 Chicken Breasts
 2 Cooking Onions
 2 Carrots
 1 Leek
 1 Parsnip
 ½ Swede
 2 Cloves Garlic
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 3 Chicken Stock Cubes
 2 ltr/3½ pts Hot Water
 1 Bay Leaf
 1 tsp Coriander Leaf
 ½ tsp Thyme
 1 tsp Garam Masala
 Black Pepper


Method

Peel and finely chop the onions.
Fry the onions gently over a low heat with a lid on.
Peel and crush the garlic.
Add the garlic to the onions and sauté for a few minutes.
Cut the chicken into 1cm / ½" pieces then add to the pan.
Fry gently until chicken has whitened.
Crumble stock cubes into hot water and stir to dissolve.
Pour over chicken and stir well.
Dice root vegetables into 1cm / ½" cubes and add to saucepan.
Wash and slice leek and add to pan.
Add bay leaf, thyme, coriander, garam masala, black pepper and simmer gently for 30-45 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
Serve in warmed bowls with crusty bread or homemade garlic bread.


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Chinese Chicken and Sweetcorn


Chinese Chicken and Sweetcorn

Chinese Chicken and Sweetcorn    

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: 25-30 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 Large Saucepan with lid
 Garlic crusher
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Small Cup
 Wooden Spoon
 Fork

Ingredients

 1 Large Chicken Breast
 420g/15oz Tin
   Creamed Sweetcorn
 165g/6oz Tin
   Sweetcorn (optional)
 3 Spring Onions
 1 Clove Garlic
 1"/2.5cm Fresh Ginger
   or 1Tbsp Ginger Paste
 1Tbsp Cornflour
 1 Chicken Stock Cube
 1 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce
 1Ltr/2pts Hot Water
 1 tsp Sesame Oil
 2 Egg whites
 Black Pepper


Method

Place the chicken breast in the large saucepan and cover with the hot water.
Simmer until the chicken is cooked.
Remove the chicken from the water and allow to cool, making sure to keep the cooking water.
Crumble stock cube into cooking water and stir to dissolve.
Peel and crush the garlic.
Peel and finely grate the ginger.
Add the creamed sweetcorn, sweetcorn (if using), soy sauce, ginger and garlic to the cooking water
Mix cornflour in a cup gradually adding water till cup is full and you have a smooth mixture.
Gradually pour the cornflour mixture to the pan stirring constantly.
Shred the cooled chicken add to the pan and make sure the soup is hot.
Chop the spring onions and add 2/3 to the pan saving some for garnish.
Whisk the egg whites in a cup and gradually pour into the soup from above constantly stirring.
This will create thin ribbons of cooked egg whites within the soup.
Add the sesame oil and stir well.
Season with black pepper.
Serve in warmed bowls and garnish with remaining spring onions.


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Farmhouse Gammon


Farmhouse Gammon

Farmhouse Gammon    

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: 45-60 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 6

Tools

 Large Saucepan with lid
 Garlic crusher
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 2 Unsmoked
    Gammon Steaks
 2 Cooking Onions
 2 Carrots
 1-2 Leeks
 1 Parsnip
 1 Large Potato
 2 Cloves Garlic
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 3 Pork Stock Cubes
 2 Tbsp Pearl Barley
 2 ltr/3½ pts Hot Water
 1 Bay Leaf
 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
 ½ tsp Thyme
 1 tsp Garam Masala
 1 tsp Paprika
 Black Pepper


Method

Peel and finely chop the onions.
Fry the onions gently over a low heat with a lid on.
Put the pearl barley in a cup and half fill with boling water to soften them.
Peel and crush the garlic.
Add the garlic to the onions and sauté for a few minutes.
Remove any rinds and fat fron the gammon steaks and cut into 1cm / ½" pieces then add to the pan.
Turn heat up slightly and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occassionally.
Crumble stock cubes into hot water and stir to dissolve.
Pour over gammon, add the cup of softened pearl barley and stir well.
Dice root vegetables into 1cm / ½" cubes and add to saucepan.
Wash and slice leeks and add to pan.
Add bay leaf, thyme, Italian seasoning, garam masala, paprika, black pepper and simmer gently for 30-45 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
Serve in warmed bowls with crusty bread or homemade garlic bread.


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Ham and Chorizo


Ham and Chorizo

Ham and Chorizo    

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: 45-60 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 Large Saucepan with lid
 Garlic crusher
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 225g/8oz Unsmoked Ham or
 1 Unsmoked Gammon Steak
 10cm/4" Sausage Chorizo
 2 Red Onions
 2 Large Carrots
 1 Parsnip
 1 Large Potato
 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
 2-3 Cloves Garlic
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 2 Pork Stock Cubes
 3 Tbsp Pearl Barley
 1.1 ltr/2 pts Hot Water
 1 Bay Leaf
 1 tsp Mixed Herbs
 ½ tsp Basil
 ½ tsp Oregano
 1 tsp Paprika
 Black Pepper


Method

Peel and finely chop the onions.
Fry the onions gently over a low heat with a lid on.
Put the pearl barley in a cup and fill with boling water to soften them.
Peel and crush the garlic.
Add the garlic to the onions and sauté for a few minutes.
Cut ham into 1cm / ½" pieces then add to the pan or if using gammon remove any rinds and fat fron the gammon steak and cut into 1cm / ½" pieces then add to the pan.
Cut the length of sausage chorizo into ½cm / ¼" pieces then add to the pan.
Turn heat up slightly and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occassionally.
Crumble stock cubes into hot water and stir to dissolve.
Pour over ham/gammon and chorizo, add the cup of softened pearl barley, the tinned tomatoes and stir well.
Dice root vegetables into 1cm / ½" cubes and add to saucepan.
Add bay leaf, basil, oregano, mixed herbs, paprika, black pepper and stir well.
Simmer gently for 30-45 minutes with a lid on until the vegetables are soft.
Serve in warmed bowls with crusty bread.


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Minestrone

Minestrone    

 Prep.Time: 25 mins
 Cook.Time: 2 hours
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 6

Tools

 Large Saucepan
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board

Ingredients

 75g (3oz) Chorizo
 2 Onions
 3-4 cloves Garlic
 3 Carrots
 2 Potatoes
 175g (6oz) Cabbage
 75g (3oz) Macaroni Pasta
 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
 2 Chicken Stock Cubes
 1 Pork Stock Cube
 1 Tbsp Tomato Puree
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 1.5L (2¾pts) Hot Water
 ½ tsp Basil
 ½ tsp Italian Seasoning
 1 tsp Paprika
 Black Pepper


Method

Peel and finely chop the onions.
Fry onions in olive oil until softened.
Finely chop the garlic and add to the pan.
Chop the chorizo into small cubes and add to the pan.
Fry for a few minutes.
Finely dice carrots and potatoes and add to the pan with the tinned tomatoes.
Stir well.
Cook on a low heat for 15-20 minutes..
Add hot water, stock cubes, herbs, and spices.
Simmer gently for 1 hour.
Shred cabbage and and add with the pasta.
Simmer for a further 30 minutes.
Add puree and black pepper to taste.
Simmer for a final 10 minutes.
Serve in warmed bowls with crusty bread.


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Sausage and Pepper


Sausage and Pepper

Sausage and Pepper    

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: 45-60 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 Large Saucepan with lid
 Frying Pan
 Garlic crusher
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 6-8 Pork Sausages
 3 Assorted Colour Peppers
 2 Cooking Onions
 2 Large Carrots
 1 Parsnip
 1 Large Potato
 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
 2-3 Cloves Garlic
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 2 Pork Stock Cubes
 3 Tbsp Tomato Puree
 3 Tbsp Pearl Barley
 1.1 ltr/2 pts Hot Water
 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
 ½ tsp Basil
 ½ tsp Oregano
 1 tsp Paprika
 Black Pepper


Method

Peel and finely chop the onions.
Fry the onions gently over a low heat in the large saucepan with a lid on.
While the onions are cooking fry the sausages over a medium heat till they are brown all over and then remove from frying pan to rest.
Put the pearl barley in a cup and fill with boling water to soften them.
Peel and crush the garlic.
Add the garlic to the onions and sauté for a few minutes.
Halve and then deseed and decore the peppers, cut into thin strips and add to the onions and garlic.
Cut the sausages into 2.5cm / 1" pieces then add to the pan.
Turn heat up slightly and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occassionally.
Crumble stock cubes into hot water and stir to dissolve.
Pour over sausages and peppers, add the cup of softened pearl barley, the tinned tomatoes and stir well.
Dice root vegetables into 1cm / ½" cubes and add to saucepan.
Add basil, oregano, Italian seasoning, paprika, tomato puree, black pepper and stir well.
Simmer gently for 30-45 minutes with a lid on until the vegetables are soft.
Serve in warmed bowls with crusty bread.


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Spiced Carrot with Chorizo


Spiced Carrot with Chorizo

Spiced Carrot with Chorizo    

 Prep.Time: 20 mins
 Cook.Time: 30 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 4-5 Ltr Saucepan
 Small non stick Frying Pan
 Vegetable Peeler
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon
 Pestle and Mortar
 Jug or Hand Blender

Ingredients

 700g/1.5lb Carrots
 20 slices of Sausage Chorizo
 2 Cooking Onions
 3-4 Cloves Garlic
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 2 Chicken Stock Cubes
 l ltr/2 pts Hot Water
 3 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
 1½ tsp Cumin Seeds
 1½ tsp Coriander Seeds
 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
 1 Tbsp Paprika
 Black Pepper


Method

Put cumin, coriander and sesame seeds into dry frying pan and toast until lightly golden.
Transfer to a Pestle and Mortar and grind with the paprika to a fine powder.
Peel and finely chop onions and garlic.
Fry onions in olive oil until soft.
Add garlic, carrots and spice mix, stir and sauté for a few minutes.
Add the red wine vinegar and allow to bubble away.
Once the vinegar smell has lessened and there is very little liquid left, add the hot water and stock cubes.
Bring to the boil then allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Blend until smooth and return to pan to reheat.
Add pepper for taste.
Fry slices of sausage chorizo in a dry pan.
Serve the soup in warmed bowls.
Place the chorizo on top of the soup and drizzle over the oil that has released from it.


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Spicy Mexican


Spicy Mexican

Spicy Mexican    

 Prep.Time: 10 min
 Cook.Time: 30-35 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 Large Saucepan with Lid
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 100g/4oz Steak Mince
 2 Cooking Onions
 1 Red Onion
 2 Cloves Garlic
 1 Red Pepper
 1 Green Chilli
 1 Tin Kidney Beans
 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 2 Beef Stock Cubes
 2 Tbsp Tomato Puree
 1 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
 570ml/1pt Hot Water
 1 tsp Chilli Powder
 ½ tsp Ground Cumin
 ½ tsp Italian Seasoning
 Black Pepper


Method

Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic.
De-seed and finely chop the red pepper and chilli.
Gently fry the onions in the olive oil until they have softened.
Add the red pepper, garlic, and chilli and fry for a few minutes.
Add the beef and stir well.
When the beef has browned add the chilli powder, ground cumin, Italian seasoning, black pepper and crumble in the stock cube.
Stir well to coat all the ingredients.
Drain and rinse the kidney beans.
Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, kidney beans, and hot water.
Stir well and bring to the boil.
Simmer for 20 minutes.
Serve with crusty bread.


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Thai Red Curry


Thai Red Curry

Thai Red Curry

 Prep.Time: 15 min
 Cook.Time: 25 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 Non-stick Frying Pan
 Sharp Knife
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 100g Cooked Chicken
 2 Cooking Onions
 4 Cloves Garlic
 1 Green Chilli
 2 Tins Coconut Milk
 4-5 Tbsp Red Curry Paste
 Handful Green Beans
 Handful Bean sprouts
 250g Bamboo Shoots
 5-6 Mushrooms
 4 Tbsp Tomato Puree
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 1-2 Tbsp Palm Sugar
 1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
 Pinch Lemongrass
 Black Pepper


Method

Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic.
Finely chop the chilli and trim the green beans.
Gently fry the onions in the olive oil until they have softened.
Add the garlic, chilli and curry paste and fry for a few minutes, stirring constantly.
Add coconut milk, fish sauce, green beans, bamboo shoots, lemon grass, palm sugar and tomato puree.
Stir well and then simmer for 10 minutes..
Half or quarter the mushrooms and shred the chicken.
Add mushrooms and chicken and simmer for a further 10 minutes.
Finally stir in bean sprouts and season with black pepper.
Stir well and then serve in warmed bowls.


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 You can use any meat or fish for this.
 If using uncooked meat add with the cocunut milk.
 You can use soft brown sugar if you have no palm sugar (not as good though).



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Tomato and Chorizo



Tomato and Chorizo

Tomato and Chorizo

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: 40-50 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 6

Tools

 Large Saucepan With Lid
 Small non stick Frying Pan
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon
 Electic Blender

Ingredients

 4 Tins Plum Tomatoes
 24 slices of Sausage Chorizo
 1 Cooking Onion
 1 Large Potato
 2 Cloves Garlic
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 3 Chicken Stock Cubes
 1 tsp Mixed Herbs
 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
 1 tsp Paprika
 Black Pepper
 Sugar (optional)
 Tomato Puree (optional)


Method

Peel and finely chop onions and fry in the olive oil on a medium heat (keep the lid on).
Peel and finely chop the garlic.
Peel and dice the potato to about 1cm/½" cubes.
Reduce the heat and add the garlic and potato cubes to the saucepan.
Add 3-4 Tbsp water and gently fry the potato, onion, and garlic in the saucepan with the lid on for 10-15 minutes.
Do not allow to brown and stir occasionally to avoid sticking.
Chop the tinned tomatoes, while in the tins, with a sharp knife.
Add tinned tomatoes, paprika and herbs, stir well.
Crumble stock cubes into saucepan and stir to dissolve.
Season well with black pepper.
Turn heat up slightly, stir well then remove soup to a blender and blitz thoroughly.
Return to saucepan.
Taste soup, if it is too sharp, add half a teaspoon of sugar and stir to dissolve.
If you wish to thicken the soup some more, add a little tomato puree (you may need to add a little more sugar).
Reheat the soup.
Fry slices of sausage chorizo in a dry pan.
Serve the soup in warmed bowls.
Place the chorizo on top of the soup and drizzle over the oil that has released from it.


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 For a creamier soup add 2-3 Tbsp of double cream or Créme Fraiche just before serving.



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Cod and Sweetcorn Chowder


Cod and Sweetcorn Chowder

Cod and Sweetcorn Chowder

 Prep.Time: 20-25 min
 Cook.Time: 25 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 1 Large Saucepan
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board

Ingredients

 350g/12oz Cod Loin
 110g/4oz Prawns
 340g Tin of Sweetcorn
 450g/1lb Potatoes
 3 Leeks
 600ml/1pt Milk
 150ml/¼pt Single Cream
 275ml/½pt Hot Water
 1 Fish Stock Cube
 1 Vegetable Stock Cube
 40g/1½oz Butter or Spread
 25g/1oz Plain Flour
 Black Pepper


Method

Trim the leeks and rinse well under cold water.
Cut into 5mm/¼" slices.
Peel the potatoes and cut into 1cm / ½" cubes.
Melt the butter in the saucepan and add the leeks and potatoes.
Cook for 5 minutes until the leeks have softened. Do not allow to brown.
Sprinkle in the flour and stir well.
Cook for a few minutes stirring constantly.
Stir in the milk then the hot water.
Crumble in the stock cubes and bring to the boil.
Simmer for a further 10 minutes.
Check fish for bones by running your hand over the fish.
If you feel bones, pluck them out, either with your fingers or a pair of tweezers.
To remove skin, place the fish skin side down on a board.
Using a sharp knife, and holding the tail end, cut through the flesh, close to where you are holding it, but not through the skin.
Holding the knife at a 75° angle, pull the tail towards you, the skin should come away from the flesh easily if the fish is fresh.
Cut the fish into 2.5cm / 1" cubes and add to the pan with the sweetcorn.
Simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the cream, prawns, and black pepper.
Simmer gently for 2-3 minutes..
Serve with crusty bread.


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Fish


Fish

Fish

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: 20 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 1 Large Saucepan
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Garlic Crusher

Ingredients

 350g/12oz White Fish
 150g/6oz Mixed Seafood
 3 Cloves Garlic
 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 2 Fish Stock Cubes
 1.2 ltr/2pts Hot Water
 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
 1 Tbsp Tomato Puree
 ½ tsp Italian Seasoning
 ½ tsp Paprika
 Black Pepper


Method

Cut the fish into small cubes.
Peel and crush the garlic.
Gently fry the crushed garlic in olive oil for 1 minute.
Add the chopped tomatoes, paprika, herbs, and hot water to the pan.
Crumble in the stock cubes and stir well to dissolve.
Check fish for bones by running your hand over the fish.
If you feel bones, pluck them out, either with your fingers or a pair of tweezers.
To remove skin, place the fish skin side down on a board.
Using a sharp knife, and holding the tail end, cut through the flesh, close to where you are holding it, but not through the skin.
Holding the knife at a 75° angle, pull the tail towards you, the skin should come away from the flesh easily if the fish is fresh.
Cut the fish into 2.5cm / 1" cubes.
Add the fish, tomato puree and lemon juice.
Simmer gently for 15 minutes.
Add the seafood and simmer for further 2-3 minutes.
Add the black pepper just before serving.
Serve in warmed bowls with crusty bread.


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Hot and Sour Seafood


Hot and Sour Seafood

Hot and Sour Seafood

 Prep.Time: 20 mins
 Cook.Time: 30 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 1 Large Saucepan With Lid
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon
 Sieve
 Colander

Ingredients

 175g/6oz Mixed Seafood
 75g/3oz Prawns
 3 Heads Pak Choi
 2 Stalks Lemon Grass
 1 Lime
 2 Chillies (de-seeded)
 2.5-5cm/1-2" Fresh Ginger
 2 Cloves Garlic
 2 Fish Stock Cubes
 1 Vegetable Stock Cube
 1.2 ltr/2pts Hot Water
 110g/4oz Button Mushrooms
 Fresh Coriander
 Black Pepper


Method

Pour the hot water into the large saucepan.
Remove a 1cm / ½" slice of rind from the lime and cut it into thin strips and add to the pan.
Cut the lemon grass, chillies, and garlic in half lengthways and add to the pan.
Peel the ginger and cut into slices and add to the pan.
Crumble all the stock cubes into the pan and stir well.
Put the lid on and simmer for 20 minutes.
Strain the liquid through the sieve and return it to the pan.
Wash and trim the mushrooms and add to the pan.
Trim base from pak choi, rinse well and add to pan.
Add prawns and seafood to pan.
Cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes.
Add the juice from the lime and season well with black pepper.
Serve in warmed bowls with coriander sprinkled on top.


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Prawn Laksa


Prawn Laksa

Prawn Laksa

 Prep.Time: 15-20 min
 Cook.Time: 15-20 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 Large Saucepan
 Small Frying Pan
 Food Processor
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon
 Sharp Knife
 Pestle and Mortar

Ingredients

 450g/1lb
   Cooked Peeled King Prawns
 150g/5oz
   Pre-Cooked Rice Noodles
 150g/5oz Bean Sprouts
 6 Shallots
 1 Lime
 4 Cloves Garlic
 2 Large Red Chillies
 5cm/2" Fresh Ginger
 1 Lemongrass Stalk
 Small Bunch Coriander
 2 Fish Stock Cubes
 2 Tins Coconut Milk
   (800ml/1¼pts)
 425ml/¾pt Hot Water
 1 tsp Coriander Seeds
 1 tsp Turmeric
 2 Tbsp Fish Sauce
 2 Tbsp Ground Nut Oil


Method

Lightly toast the coriander seeds in the small frying pan then grind them to a fine powder in the Pestle and Mortar.
Peel and roughly chop shallots, garlic, and ginger.
Roughly chop the chillies and lemon grass.
Into the food processor put the shallots, garlic, ginger, chillies, lemon grass, coriander leaves, turmeric, ground coriander, and half of the nut oil and puree to a coarse paste.
In the large saucepan, fry the paste in the remaining nut oil for 1 minute stirring constantly.
Add the hot water and coconut milk and crumble in the stock cubes and stir well.
Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the fish sauce, noodles, and prawns.
Stir well then add the juice of the lime and the bean sprouts.
Serve immediately.


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