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  • Complexity: easy

Meat Puffs

Ingredients

3 tablespoons self-raising flour | 3 eggs, beaten | 5-6 tablespoons water | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced beef | 1 bunch spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced | 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped | 1 teaspoon turmeric | vegetable oil, for frying | salt, to taste

Lentil & Orange Soup

Lentil--Orange-Soup_cIngredients:
* 113g/4 oz split red lentils
* 852 ml / 1 1/2 pt stock made with Vecon
* 1 onion, finely chopped
* 2 celery sticks, chopped
* 1/4tsp dried thyme
* 142ml / 1/4 pt orange juice
* grated rind of 1/2 orange
* 1 bay leaf
* salt & ground black pepper
* orange rind, to garnish

Braised chanterelles

Braised-chanterelles_cIngredients:
* 15 g (1/2 oz) butter
* 50 g (2 oz) rindless bacon, chopped
* 750 g (1 1/2 lb) chanterelles (if unavailable, use shiitake or chestnut mushrooms), rinsed, trimmed and halved if large
* 2 teaspoons plain flour
* 150 ml (1/4 pint) beef stock
* 125 mi (4 fl oz) dry red wine
* 1 parsley sprig, chopped
* salt pinch of cayenne pepper

Alabama Chilli with Rice or Pasta

alabama-chilliIngredients:

1 tablespoon oil
500 g (1 lb) lean minced beef
2 onions, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 red or green pepper, cored, deseeded and diced
1 fresh chilli, deseeded and diced
425 g (14 oz) can tomatoes
2-3 tablespoons tomato puree
150 ml (1/4 pint) stock
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
250 g (8 oz) packet frozen sweetcorn
425 g (14 oz) can kidney beans, drained
salt and freshly ground black pepper
boiled rice or pasta, to serve

Beef Noodle Casserole

beef-noodle-casseroleIngredients:

175 g (6 oz) green noodles
750 g {1 1/2 lb) lean minced beef
2 tablespoons oil
2 onions, chopped
1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 teaspoons cornflour
425 g (14 oz) can tomatoes
150 ml (1/4 pint) beef stock
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon tomato puree
1 teaspoon dried oregano
25 g (1 oz) butter
25 g (1 oz) flour
300 ml (1/2 pint) milk
40-50 g (1 1/2-2 oz) mature Cheddar cheese, grated
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Plum Pudding with Brandy Sauce

Plum-Pudding-with-Brandy-Sauce_cIngredients:
* 250g mixed dried fruit
* 125g pitted prunes
* 1/4 cup cold tea
* 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 1 teaspoon mixed spice
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/4 cup brandy
* 1 cup plain flour
* 1/3 cup brown sugar
* 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs (preferably made from 1-2 day old bread)
* 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
* 2 eggs, lightly beaten
* 2 teaspoons canola (or vegetable) oil

Brandy Sauce:

* 1 egg
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 2 teaspoons plain flour
* 1 cup hot low-fat milk
* 2 tablespoons brandy

Pumpkin pie

Pumpkin-pie_cIngredients:
For the pastry:
* sweet short crust pastry case (or a packet of ready made sweet short crust pastry with 40g / 1 1/2 oz crushed pecans mixed in)

For the filling:

* 450 g/1lb prepared weight pumpkin flesh, cut into 1 in / 2.5 cm chunks
* 2 large eggs plus 1 yolk (use the white for another dish)
* 3 oz/75g soft dark brown sugar
* 1 tsp ground cinnamon
* 1/2 level teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
* 1/2 tsp ground allspice
* 1/2 tsp ground cloves
* 1/2 tsp ground ginger
* 10 fl oz/275 ml double cream

Steamed plum pudding

Steamed-plum-pudding_cIngredients:
* 1500 ml strong tea brewed with lemon and a bayleaf
* 2 kg mixed fruit including prunes and dates
* 500 grams unsalted butter
* 200 grams black or dark brown sugar
* 55 grams ground cinnamon
* 55 grams ground mixed spice or allspice (ground pimento)
* 25 grams ground cardamon pods
* 700 grams SR flour
* 700 grams plain flour
* 6-8 eggs
* vanilla essence
* 250 ml strong flavoured sweet sherry, muscat or a mixture of rum and bourbon

Plum pudding

Plum-pudding_cIngredients:
* 12 plums, pitted and halved
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1/2 cup water
* 2 tablespoons tapioca
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 2 1/4 cups all-purpose baking mix
* 3 tablespoons white sugar
* 2/3 cup milk
* 3 tablespoons margarine, melted

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry-Sauce_cIngredients:
* 1 cup (200 g) sugar
* 1 cup (250 mL) water
* 4 cups (1 12-oz package) fresh or frozen cranberries
* Pecans, orange zest, raisins, currants, blueberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice (optional)

Mushroom & nut loaf

Mushroom--nut-loaf_cIngredients:
* 2 tablespoons corn oil
* 250 g (8 oz) onions, chopped
* 250 g (8 oz) open cup or large open mushrooms, chopped
* 250 g (8 oz) shelled Brazil nuts, coarsely ground
* 125 g (4 oz) fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
* 1 egg
* 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
* salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bechamel Sauce for Lasagne

bechamel-sauceIngredients:

600 ml (1 pint) milk
1 small carrot, sliced
1 onion, quartered and stuck with 4 cloves
6 peppercorns
1 bay leaf
50 g (2 oz) butter
50 g (2 oz) flour
salt and pepper

Spaghetti alia Bolognese always popular

spaghetti-alla-Bolognese
Ingredients:

375 g (12 oz) spaghetti
25 g (1 oz) butter
1 quantity hot Ragu Bolognese Sauce
salt and freshly ground black pepper
grated Parmesan cheese, to serve

Ragu Bolognese Sauce (minced beef, chicken livers)

spaghetti-alla-BologneseIngredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
50 g (2 oz) smoked streaky bacon, derinded and diced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 small carrot, diced
1 celery stick, diced
375 g (12 oz) finely minced beef
125 g (4 oz) chicken livers, finely chopped
4 tablespoons dry vermouth or white wine
300 ml (1/2 pint) beef stock
1  tablespoon tomato puree
grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons single cream
salt and pepper

Lentil Mince with Pasta and Parmesan

lentil-mince-with-pastaIngredients:

375 g (12 oz) lean minced beef
1 onion, chopped
1 large carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stick, chopped
75 g (3 oz) button mushrooms, sliced
250 g (8 oz) tomatoes, skinned and chopped
450 ml (3/4 pint) beef stock
150 ml (1/4 pint) red wine
50 g (2 oz) split red lentils
2 tablespoons tomato puree
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
250 g (8 oz) tagliatelle or spaghetti
salt and pepper
grated Parmesan cheese, to serve

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