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Onion Salad



Onion Salad

Onion Salad

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: n/a
 Difficulty: Very Easy
 Serves: 6-8

Tools

 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Large Serving Bowl

Ingredients

 2 Medium Red Onions
 1 Large Tomato
 15-20cm/6-8" Cucumber
 Juice of 1 Lime
 Fresh Coriander
 Black Pepper


Method

Peel and finely chop onions, place in serving bowl.
Finely dice tomato and cucumber and add to serving bowl.
Finely chop coriander and place in serving bowl.
Add the lime juice and freshly ground black pepper and mix well.
Serve with poppadoms and raitha and chutnies.


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Prawn With Avocado




Prawn With Avocado

Prawn With Avocado

 Prep.Time: 15 mins
 Cook.Time: n/a
 Difficulty: Very Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

 400g/14oz Cooked Prawns
 2 Ripe Avocados
 24 slices of Cucumber
 200g/7oz Mayonnaise
 100g/3½oz Tom. Ketchup
 Splash Worcester Sauce
 Sprinkle of Paprika


Method

Cut Avocados in half, de-stone and remove outer skin.
Lay halved avocados on the chopping board, flat side down.
Cut long slices, leaving each slice attached at one end.
Place on serving plate and fan out slices as in the picture.
Place slices of cucumber on plate and put 100g / 3.5oz prawns on top.
Put mayonnaise, ketchup, and Worcester sauce in a bowl and mix well.
Spoon the mixture over the prawns.
Sprinkle a little paprika over the sauce and serve.


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Salmon Mousse




Salmon Mousse

Salmon Mousse

 Prep.Time: 20-25 min
 Cook.Time: 10 mins +
  1-2 hrs to set in fridge
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 1 Saucepan
 Small Pyrex Bowl
 Mixing Bowl
 Balloon Whisk or
   Hand Blender
 4-6 Ramekins
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 100g/4oz Cooked Salmon
 100g/4oz Smoked Salmon
 135ml/¼pt Yoghurt
 2 Egg Whites
 1 Sheet of Gelatine
 3 Tbsp White Wine
 3 Tbsp Mayonnaise
 1 Tbsp Tomato Puree
 Black Pepper


Method

Place gelatine sheet in the small Pyrex bowl and cover with cold water.
Leave for 5 minutes and then remove gelatine and squeeze it to remove excess fluid.
Empty the bowl and pat dry.
Put gelatine back in bowl and add the white wine.
Stand the bowl over a saucepan of very hot water until the gelatine has dissolved.
Allow to cool for a few minutes.
Finely dice the smoked salmon.
Flake the cooked salmon with a fork, removing any skin or bones that you come across.
Add everything except the egg whites to the wine and mix together.
Leave in the fridge until it starts to stiffen.
Whisk the egg whites until you can make stiff peaks.
Gently fold into the fish mixture.
Lightly oil or butter the ramekins.
Spoon the mixture into the ramekins.
Place in the fridge and allow to set.
When set, turn the mousses out onto individual plates.
Serve with lemon and cucumber and toast or bread of your choice.


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Cheesy Garlic Bread



Cheesy Garlic Bread

Cheesy Garlic Bread

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

Tools

 Garlic Crusher
 Cheese Grater

Ingredients

 100g/4oz Butter
 60g/2oz Fresh Parmesan
 1 French Stick
 4 Cloves Garlic
 ½ tsp Mixed Herbs
 Black Pepper


Method

Peel and crush garlic using the garlic crusher.
Finely grate the parmesan, add to the garlic, saving half for the topping.
Add the butter, herbs, and black pepper.
Mix ingredients together to make a smooth paste.
Cut French stick at an angle to make long slices around 2.5cm / 1" thick.
Spread garlic butter over one side of each slice of bread and top with remaining cheese.
Place under a medium grill until lightly browned.


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Chilli Fried Seafood



Chilli Fried Seafood

Chilli Fried Seafood

 Prep.Time: 10-15 min
 Cook.Time: 5-10 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 Large Saucepan or
   Deep Fat Fryer
 Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

 85g/3oz Squid Rings
 85g/3oz Prawns
 85g/3oz Large Mussels
 Oil for Frying

 BATTER
 225g/8oz Plain Flour
 2 Egg Yolks
 340ml/12floz Ice Cold Water
 1 Chilli
 Black Pepper


Method

Heat the oil ready for frying.
Deseed chilli and chop finely.
In the mixing bowl, mix the flour, egg, chilli, black pepper and iced water together.
This batter should not be smooth.
Dip the seafood in to the batter then drop straight into the hot oil.
Fry until golden brown.
Do this in batches to avoid everything clumping together.
Dry on kitchen paper.
Serve with sweet chilli dipping sauce or soy sauce with chopped chillies.


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Coriander Fish Cakes



Coriander Fish Cakes

Coriander Fish Cakes

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

Tools

 Frying Pan
 Mixing Bowl
 Fish Slice or Spatula

Ingredients

 450g/1lb Cooked White Fish
   (or Salmon)
 350g/12oz Mashed Potatoes
 125g/4oz Fresh Breadcrumbs
 2 Eggs
 Small Bunch of Coriander
 Olive Oil for Frying
 Black Pepper


Method

Mix together the fish and potato.
Chop coriander finely.
Add coriander and black pepper to fish mixture and mix well with your hands.
Shape mixture into 8 balls and flatten to 2.5cm / 1" with a fish slice.
Coat each cake with beaten egg then cover well with breadcrumbs.
Fry the cakes until they are brown on both sides.
Serve with sweet chilli dipping sauce or a light salad.


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Fried Camembert with Spicy Tomato Salsa



Fried Camembert with Spicy Tomato Salsa

Fried Camembert with Spicy Tomato Salsa

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

Tools

 Frying Pan
 Mixing Bowl
 Chopping Board
 Sharp Knife

Ingredients

 1 Whole Camembert
 150g/6oz Cherry Tomatoes
 2 Spring Onions
 1 Green Chilli
 2 Eggs
 75g/3oz Breadcrumbs
 Oil for Frying
 25g/1oz Plain Flour
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 Small Bunch of Coriander
 Black Pepper


Method

Chop tomatoes into very small pieces.
Peel and slice spring onions very finely.
Deseed and finely chop chilli.
Finely Chop coriander.
Mix all these ingredients together with the olive oil and some black pepper and spoon onto serving plates.
Cut the camembert into 8 wedges.
Roll each wedge in the flour until well covered.
Cover each wedge with beaten egg.
Coat each wedge with breadcrumbs.
Repeat the previous two steps for each wedge.
Heat the oil in the frying pan.
When hot enough, fry the wedges in the oil, until golden brown.
Serve immediately with the salsa.


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Garlic Mushrooms



Garlic Mushrooms

Garlic Mushrooms

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

Tools

 Garlic Crusher
 Large Oven Dish

Ingredients

 30g/1oz) Butter
 6 Large Field Mushrooms
 2 Cloves Garlic
 ½ tsp Mixed Herbs
 Black Pepper


Method

Preheat the oven to 200°c / 400°f / gas mark 6.
Peel and roughly chop garlic.
Peel and crush garlic with mortar and pestle until fairly smooth.
Add the butter, herbs, and black pepper.
Mix ingredients together to make a smooth paste.
Turn Mushrooms upside down and coat the gills with the butter mix.
Place in the roasting dish in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes, basting occasionally.
After serving drizzle juice from roasting dish over the mushrooms and garnish with a bit more black pepper.


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Onion Bhaji



Onion Bhaji

Onion Bhaji

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: 10-15 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 10-12 Bhajis

Tools

 Deep Saucepan
   or Deep Fat Fryer
 Large Mixing Bowl
 Chopping Board
 Sharp Knife
 Large Spoon
 Kitchen Paper

Ingredients

 3 Large Onions
 2 Large Eggs
 150g/6oz Plain Flour
 1 tsp Ground Coriander
 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
 1 tsp Turmeric
 Juice Of Half A Lime
 2 Litres Sunflower Oil
   (for Deep Frying)


Method

Start heating the oil on medium/high heat in the saucepan or fryer.
Break the eggs into the large mixing bowl.
Peel the onions.
Slice the onions thinly into rings
Separate the rings into the eggs.
Add rest of the ingredients and mix thorougly until the onions are coated.
Test the heated oil by putting a little bit of onion in it.
If it floats to the top straightaway the oil is ready to cook in.
Using both hands make little balls with the onion mixture.
After making each ball gently drop each one into the hot oil.
Occasionally turn the bhajis so they cook evenly.
When golden brown all over, drain on kitchen paper and serve with salad and garnishes.


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