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Crust: 12 Tablespoons butter ½ cup castor sugar 1 egg 1 Tablespoon oil 2 ½ cups flour 1 Teaspoon baking powder ½ Teaspoon salt 150g dark chocolate melted with 3 tablespoons milk Preheat oven to 180c Cream butter and sugar, add egg and oil, continue beating Add dry ingredients and process until dough forms Press into bottom and up sides of 24cm loose tart tin or 25 cm loaf tin Prick and bake 10 – 15 minutes Remove from oven and spread with melted chocolate mixture cool slightly Topping: 1 ½ cup treacle brown sugar 2/3 cup milk 12 Tbs butter 500 glace fruit mix 250g red glace cherries Photo credit: www.bbcgoodfood.comRead the rest

Parma Ham and Goat Cheese Flatbread (Makes 3 flatbreads)

INGREDIENTS Dough:  600g Bread Flour 10g Instant Yeast 5ml Salt 5 ml Dry Herbs (optional) 50g Butter, Room Temperature 350ml Warm Water 10ml Olive Oil Topping: 250g of Caramelized Onions (optional) 250g Shaving Parma Ham 250g Goat Cheese Finely chopped Chives for Garnish   INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.… Read the rest


(Serves 8) Oven 150C INGREDIENTS: 3kg oxtail Seasoned flour – (flour, salt, pepper, mixed herbs) Sunflower oil 3 large onions – sliced 3 cloves garlic – chopped 1 bottle good red wine Beef stock – enough to cover oxtail 1 bouquet garni (thyme, parsley) Salt and cracked pepper 2 bay leaves 3 tablespoons red currant jelly Peel of ½ lemon Peel of ½ orange 600g carrots – sliced 1½ tablespoons lemon juice 1½ tablespoons tomato paste METHOD: Trim oxtails of as much fat as possible.… Read the rest


INGREDIENTS: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion –peeled and chopped 2 small leeks 4 tomatoes ( take skin off – hot water) Handful of fresh green beans 1 or 2 carrots 1 stick celery 1 cup cut green or red  cabbage 2 garlic cloves 1 tin mixed beans (drained) 1 ½ litre boiling water 3 teaspoon vegetable stock powder ½ cup soup mix ( barley, split peas etc) Crack black pepper 1 teaspoon salt – taste 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley Grated cheese to serve METHOD: Prepare all your vegetables.… Read the rest

Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

INGREDIENTS: 4 Chopped Onions 6 Chopped Celery Stalks 6 Tablespoons Vegetable Stock Powder 2 Tablespoons Crushed Garlic 2 Tablespoons medium Curry Powder 10 Ripe Tomatoes cut in quarters 2 Sprigs of Fresh Basil 3KG Tin of whole peeled Tomatoes 2LT Water Sugar, Salt & Pepper to taste Olive Oil for frying METHOD: In a roasting pan; add the onion, celery, garlic, quartered tomatoes, fresh basil.… Read the rest
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