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Roast Pumpkin Soup


 Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic clove crushed Pinch dried oregano – or fresh from the herb garden 250g Roma tomatoes – halved length ways 850g butternut or pumpkin – unpeeled and chopped 250g carrots  – peeled and roughly chopped 2 onions  – chopped 200g sweet potato- peeled and chopped Salt and pepper to taste 6 cups homemade chicken stock   Method:   Preheat the oven to 190°C Mix the oil, garlic, salt ( about ½ tsp)  and oregano Put the tomatoes cut side up in roasting tin with pumpkin, carrots, onion and sweet potato Brush with oil mixture and bake for about 1 ½ hours Cool and scrape the flesh from the pumpkin and put into large pan with the vegetables, oregano and stock Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes Cool and puree Check seasoning and serve with fresh crouton and a swirl of cream… Read the rest

Karin’s Homemade Mayonnaise


Ingredients: 2 whole eggs 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoons castor sugar 3 teaspoons mustard powder 2 tablespoon white grape vinegar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 500ml sunflower oil 1 tablespoon boiling water   Method: Beat eggs in a food processor till light.… Read the rest

Date and Coconut Squares


(This recipe makes about 25 squares) Ingredients: 115g butter ½ cup sugar 1 packet of dates without pips – chopped small (250g) 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 packet of Marie biscuits ½ cup of grated coconut to cover squares  
Method: Prepare a baking tin / tray (about 4cm deep, 30 cm long and 20cm wide) line with foil and spray with spray and cook and sprinkle with some of the grated coconut Melt the butter and sugar over a medium heat Add the chopped dates and boil until soft – take off heat and allow to cool a little bit Break the egg into a small cup and add vanilla essence and mix lightly Add to the date mixture Break the Marie Biscuits into small pieces – not powder Mix all together and press into the dish tightly Sprinkle a little coconut on the top of the biscuits Put in the fridge to set properly – leave for at least 1 hour Cut into little squares – best kept in the fridge  … Read the rest

Baked Sweet Potatoes and Mexican Bean filling


(This recipe serves 8) Ingredients: 4 sweet potatoes 1 Tablespoon oil 1 onion – finely chopped 2 cloves garlic – crushed 2 red chillies – deseeded and chopped finely 2 tablespoon vinegar (red wine preferably) Pinch sugar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 600g canned tomatoes – mash 1 can mixed beans – kidney / borlotti etc.… Read the rest

Autumn Apple Pie


(This recipe makes 1 Pie of 8 portions) Ingredients 1 (375g) packet ready rolled shortcrust pastry sheets 750g thinly tinned apples 1 lemon, juiced 110g light brown soft sugar 100g caster sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 3 tablespoons plain flour 50g unsalted butter, chilled and diced 9 toffees, unwrapped and quartered or 2 tablespoons hot fudge sauce 1 tablespoon caster sugar   Preparation method Prep: 30 mins | Cook: 40 mins In a large bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, sugars, spices, flour, butter and toffees/hot fudge sauce.… Read the rest
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