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January Recipe – Celeriac and Leek Gratin w/ Fried Cavolo Nero

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium leeks, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 tbsp chopped thyme, plus extra to garnish
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 300ml (1/2pt) vegetable stock
  • 50ml double cream
  • Butter, for greasing
  • 1 celeriac, finely sliced
  • 450g (14 1/2oz) floury potatoes, finely sliced
  • 300g cavolo nero
  • 50ml olive oil

To make a Vegan poaching liquor:

  • 500ml plant milk, oat milk or unsweetened soy milk
  • 300ml oat or soy cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves

Method 

  1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. If using make the vegan poaching liquor by adding all of the poaching liquor ingredients to a pan and stir thoroughly. Heat on medium and bring to a gentle simmer.
  2. Heat the oil in a large lidded frying pan. Add the leeks and garlic then cover and sweat, over a medium heat, for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the leeks catching. Stir in the thyme, then remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly.
  3. In a small jug, stir the flour into 4 tbsp stock Add the cream, followed by the remaining stock; stir to combine. Set aside.
  4. Grease a 2ltr ovenproof dish with butter. Layer up the celeriac potatoes and the leek mixture, alternating between each until all are used up. Pour over the cream mixture, Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
  5. Remove the foil and return to the oven for a further 15 minutes, or until tender and golden. Leave to stand for 10 minutes, before scattering with the extra thyme and serving.
  6. If the cavolo nero leaves are large remove the stalks and slice the leaves into strips about 1cm wide. To blanch them, cook in a saucepan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes or until just beginning to wilt, then drain well.
  7. Add the oil to the saucepan, turn the heat to high, then add the cavolo nero. Season, then cook for a couple of minutes, tossing frequently, until tender. Serve immediately.

 

December Recipe – Easy Fruit Christmas Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 300g  plain flour
  • 250g  butter, softened
  • 250g  light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 410g jar of mincemeat
  • 3- 4 tbsp brandy (Can be substituted with orange, grape or apple juice)
  • 500g dried mixed fruit, soaked overnight with a tbsp of brandy
  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 20cm round or 18cm square cake tin, lined with baking parchment

Method

  1. To ensure the cake is positioned centrally in the oven, put one of the shelves just below the centre of it. Set the oven to 140°C/280°F/Gas Mark 1.
  2. Lightly grease the base and sides of your chosen tin and line with baking parchment. To prevent the outside edges of the cake drying out, tie a double band of brown paper, 3cm deeper than the depth of the tin, around the outside of the tin.
  3. Break the eggs into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients, except for the remaining brandy. Beat the mixture until smooth, then spoon it into the lined cake tin. With a wet spoon, press the mixture into the tin and smooth on top, so that it’s level then in the centre make a slight hollow as this will help the cake to have a level top when cooked .
  4. Bake the cake in the centre of the oven for 3 – 3.5 hours, or until the cake feels firm to the touch and a skewer comes out clean after being inserted into the cake. If the top is getting too brown, cover with foil or greaseproof paper.
  5. Remove the cake from the oven and place the tin on a wire rack. Leave the cake to cool for about 15 minutes, then spoon over the brandy. Leave it to cool completely in the tin.
  6. Remove the cake from the tin and wrap it in more baking parchment and then foil, and store in a cool place for up to 3 months, until ready to cover with icing and decorate. If desired once a week ‘feed’ the cake with a drizzle of brandy.

Cook’s Tip

Soak your dried fruit overnight in a glass bowl if you’re choosing to make a non-alcoholic Christmas cake to avoid the cake being too dry.  Keep the cake in an airtight tin and don’t feed the cake with brandy.

November Recipe – Apple & Pecan Flapjack

Ingredients

  • 2 eating apples (unpeeled), cored, cut into quarters and roughly chopped
  • 150g (5oz) butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 150g (5oz) light soft brown sugar
  • 50g (2oz) porridge oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g (7oz) self-raising flour
  • 50g (2oz) pecans, plus 12 to decorate

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Gas mark 4, then grease the sides of the Swiss roll tin with butter and line the base with baking parchment.
  2. Place the prepared apples in a food processor and pulse a few times until they’re in small pieces.
  3. Add the butter and sugar and cream together for 20 seconds or so, then add all the remaining ingredients and pulse just until mixed.
  4. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and place the pecans on top, spaced apart to form an even grid (4 x 3). Bake for 25-30 minutes or until risen and golden, then remove from the oven and leave in the tin to cool down completely.
  5. When cool, cut into 12 bars, each with one pecan on top, and remove from the tin.

Non-food processor method

  1. Chop the apple into small chunks. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together, add the oats and self raising flour and apples and thoroughly mix everything together.
  3. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and place the pecans on top, spaced apart to form an even grid (4 x 3). Bake for 25-30 minutes or until risen and golden, then remove from the oven and leave in the tin to cool down completely.
  4. When cool, cut into 12 bars, each with one pecan on top, and remove from the tin.

 

October Recipe – Chicken Yakitori Skewers

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp miso paste
  • 3 tbsp  soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 3 chicken breast fillets, cut into 2cm pieces
  • Ground white pepper, to season
  • 2-3 large spring onions, trimmed and cut into 2cm (¾in) pieces
  • 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 spring onion, extra thinly sliced on the diagonal

Method 

  1. Bring the miso paste, soy sauce, mirin and sugar to a simmer in a saucepan over a medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally for 2-3 mins, or until the sauce thickens slightly. Set aside to cool.
  2. Combine the chicken and half the sauce in a bowl. Season with ground white pepper. Chill in the fridge for 30 mins to marinate.
  3. Thread the chicken, and spring onions alternately onto metal or (pre-soaked) bamboo skewers.
  4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the skewers to the pan and cook, turning once, for 6 -8 mins, or until cooked through.
  5. Transfer to a platter and sprinkle with the remaining spring onion. Serve immediately with the extra sauce for dipping.

 

 

 

September Recipe – Vegetable Biryani

Ingredients

  • 1 small carrot, peeled, cut into small cubes
  • 1 medium potato, peeled, cut into small cube
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 25g/1oz French beans, finely chopped
  • 50g/2oz frozen peas
  • 1 tsp tomato purée
  • ½ tsp finely chopped green chillies
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • 225g/8oz cooked basmati rice
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 roasted cashew nuts, chopped
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds, toasted
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • yoghurt, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/235F/Gas 3.
  2. Cook the carrot, potato, peppers, French beans and peas in a pan of boiling water for 3-4 minutes, or until tender. Drain and return to the pan.
  3. Add the tomato purée, green chillies, garam masala and turmeric to the vegetables and mix until well combined.
  4. Place half of the rice at the bottom of an ovenproof dish, spread the vegetable mixture on top, and then place the rest of the rice on top, spreading it evenly.
  5. Sprinkle the top layer of rice with the chopped onions, cashew nuts, cumin seeds and red chilli powder. Cover with aluminium foil and bake for 15 minutes. Serve with yoghurt.

 

August Recipe – Black Pudding Scotch Eggs

Ingredients:

400g Sausage meat
220g Black pudding
20g finely chopped parsley
7 large eggs (2 whisked in a bowl)
80g breadcrumbs
80g plain flour
Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Mix the sausage meat, black pudding and parsley with a pinch of salt and pepper until you have a smooth texture.
  2. Split into 5 even portions and roll them flat between sheets of baking paper. Aim for 3-4 mm thick
  3. Boil 5 eggs for 6 minutes then add straight to ice water for 10 minutes.
  4. Peel the eggs and wrap tightly with the meat mix, trimming any excess.
  5. Dip the wrapped eggs in the flour then dip in the whisked egg and breadcrumbs until the eggs are coated all over.
  6. Deep fry at 170°c for 5 minutes, turning regularly.

 

 

July Recipe – Roasted Beetroot and Goats Cheese Salad

This Roasted Beetroot and Goats Cheese Salad delivers a heavy hit of earthy flavours from the beetroot, tempers it with creaminess from the goats cheese and sharpness from balsamic vinegar to deliver a wonderfully balanced salad  bursting with Summer flavour. Serve it up on its own or as a side dish.

Ingredients:

250g cooked beetroot (not pickled)
4 tbs olive oil
3 tbs balsamic vinegar
200g green beans, trimmed
145g mixed leaves
1/2 cucumber, peeled into ribbons
100g goats cheese round, halved horizontally
50g walnuts, roughly chopped

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 200c/180c fan/gas 6 and put the beetroot in a roasting tin with 1 tbs oil, 1 tbs vinegar and plenty of seasoning. Roast for 8-10 minutes until sticky.
  2. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the green beans, cook for 1 minute, then drain. Toss in with the beetroot and roast for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Make the dressing by combining the remaining oil and vinegar in a small bowl. Season well. Put the mixed leaves and cucumber in a bowl and toss together with a little dressing.
  4. Dip the cheese halves in the chopped walnut so the tops are covered, then pop in the roasting tin with the beetroot and green beans for a few minutes, to soften and toast the nuts.
  5. Pile the salad onto plates and serve with the remaining dressing drizzled over the top.

 

June Recipe – Vegeterian Haggis

Haggis (From Scots Gaelic taigeis) is a savoury pudding that traditionally contains sheep’s offal, specifically the heart, liver and lungs, combined with onion, oatmeal, spices, suet and seasonings. Baked in a casing, traditionally a sheeps stomach, the haggis is a dish infamous for sounding off-putting but tasting delicious. After all, the haggis is a fantastic savoury dish that isn’t just filling, but absolutely packed with flavour. Traditionally served with neeps and tatties (Turnips and Potatoes, respectively) and a dram of whiskey, the haggis is a favourite amongst the Scottish and Scots diaspora across the world.

There are some variations on the haggis, most commonly the vegeterian haggis. This vegeterian haggis makes this delicious dish accessible to more people.

Ingredients:

200g plain flour
200g breadcrumbs
150g butter
1 small onion, chopped
250g small oatmeal
125g cooked lentils
2 eggs
Vegetable stock to combine

Method:

  1. Melt the butter and add to the dry ingredients, stir
  2. Moisten with enough stock to make a soft mixture.
  3. Season with white pepper and a little salt.
  4. Boil in a covered pudding basin for about 3 hours
  5. Serve with tatties and neeps.

 

May Recipe – Chicken Cacciatore

Ingredients

  • 250g plain flour for coating
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • A whole 2 to 2.5kg chicken, cut into pieces or use chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 125ml white wine or Chicken stock
  • 200g punnet fresh mushrooms, quartered
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Method

1. Combine the flour, salt and pepper in a plastic bag.
2. Shake the chicken pieces in flour until coated.
3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan (one with a cover/lid). Fry the chicken pieces until they are browned on both sides. Remove from pan.
4. Add the onion, garlic and pepper to the pan and sauté until the onion is slightly browned.
5. Return the chicken to the pan and add the tomatoes, oregano and wine or if using, chicken stock. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes over medium low heat.
6. Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 more minutes and serve.

April Recipe – Rhubarb and Almond Cake

Ingredients:

150g Self Raising Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
225g Caster Sugar
50g Ground Almonds
125g Butter, melted
2 Large Eggs, beaten
350g Rhubarb, sliced
25g Flaked Almonds

Method:

1.Preheat the oven to 170C, Gas 3.
2. Butter and base line a loose-bottomed deep 20cm (8in) cake tin.
3. Sift the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl.
4. Stir in the sugar and almonds.
5. Beat in the melted butter and beaten eggs to give a soft dropping consistency.
6. Spoon half the mixture over the base of the cake tin.
7. Arrange the rhubarb over the cake base then drop the rest of the mixture over in spoonful’s, leaving gaps.
8. Scatter with the flaked almonds.
9. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 ¼ – 1 ½ hours until well risen and golden. Insert a skewer into the centre, if cooked the skewer should be clean and dry.
10. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes then remove and leave on a wire rack to cool.
11. Serve with cream or ice cream.