North Europe

Mexicali Golden Corn Pancakes

Ingredients

75 g (3 oz) cornmeal | 25 g (1 oz) plain flour | 2 eggs | 300-450 ml (1/2-3/4 pint) milk | oil or butter, for cooking | salt and freshly ground black pepper | Filling: | 1 green pepper, cored, deseeded and diced | 1 large onion, finely chopped | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 2 tablespoons peanut oil | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced beef | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced pork | 150 ml (1/4 pint) boiling beef stock | 400 g (13 oz) can chopped tomatoes | 1 teaspoon chilli powder (optional) | Topping: | 2 large ripe avocado pears, peeled, stoned and diced | juice of 1/2 lemon | 1 gariic clove, crushed | 150 ml (1/4 pint) soured cream | 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

Beef and Potato Clock Flan

Ingredients

125 g (4 oz) plain flour | 75 g (3 oz) butter or margarine | 125 g (4 oz) mashed potato | 1 tablespoon sunflower oil | 1 onion, chopped | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced beef | 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs | 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce | 250 g (8 oz) can chopped tomatoes | 1 tablespoon tomato puree | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Veal and Apple Pasties with Walnuts

Ingredients

400 g (13 oz) packet shortcrust pastry | beaten egg, to glaze | Filling: | 500 g (1 lb) minced veal | 1 large cooking apple, peeled, cored and diced | 50 g (2 oz) chopped walnuts | 1 small onion, finely chopped | 2 tablespoons chopped mixed fresh herbs, e.g. thyme, parsley, sage, marjoram, rosemary | 50 g (2 oz) raisins | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Spiced Lamb Tart with Apricots

Ingredients

10 sheets filo pastry | 5 tablespoons olive oil | 1 onion, finely chopped | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced lamb | 1 teaspoon ground cumin | 1 teaspoon ground coriander | 2 teaspoons peeled and chopped fresh root ginger | 125 g (4 oz) no-soak dried apricots, chopped | 1 egg, beaten | 75 ml (3 fl oz) Greek-style yogurt | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Raised Pork Pie

Ingredients

1 kg (2 lb) minced pork | 1 onion, finely chopped | 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage | 1 tablespoon juniper berries, finely crushed | 4 tablespoons brandy or dry sherry | beaten egg, to glaze | salt and freshly ground black pepper | Hot-water crust pastry: | 500 g (1 lb) plain flour | 1/2 teaspoon salt | 175 g (6 oz) lard or block margarine | 5 tablespoons milk | 5 tablespoons water

Empanada with minced beef

Ingredients

Dough: | 150 ml (1/4 pint) lukewarm water | 1 teaspoon sugar | 3 teaspoons dried yeast | 250 g (8 oz) strong plain flour | 50 g (2 oz) butter, diced | 1/2 teaspoon salt | Filling: | 2 tablespoons olive oil | 1 large green pepper, cored, deseeded and diced | 1 green chilli, deseeded and chopped | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 1 Spanish onion, chopped | 175 g (6 oz) chorizo (spicy Spanish sausage), thinly sliced | 500 g (1 lb) lean minced beef | 50 g (2 oz) raisins | 425 g (14 oz) can chopped tomatoes | 4 hard-boiled eggs | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Minced Lamb Rolls

Ingredients

250 g (8 oz) lean minced lamb | 1 small onion, finely chopped | 2 tomatoes, skinned and chopped | 2 teaspoons ground coriander | 3 tablespoons finely chopped unsalted peanuts | 8 sheets filo pastry | soya or sunflower oil, for brushing | poppy seeds, for sprinkling | salt and pepper

Pasta shells with salmon and caviare

Ingredients

340 g/12 oz dried pasta shells (60 Sins on Original) | 113 g/4 oz smoked salmon, cut into strips (8 Sins on Green) | 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill | 283 g/10 oz very low fat natural yogurt | salt and freshly ground black pepper | grated zest and juice of 1 lemon | 28 g/1 oz drained red caviare (1 1/2 Sins on Green)

To reduce the costs of making this luxurious pasta dish, some buy smoked salmon offcuts. Although you can use black "caviare" lumpfish roe, the red salmon roe looks much prettier.

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

Fry Light, for spraying | 852ml/172 pt stock made with Vecon | 3 leeks, chopped | salt & ground black pepper | 908g/2 lb butternut squash, peeled, deseeded & flesh cut into 1" cubes | 1 tbsp freshly chopped coriander | 284ml / 1/2 pt skimmed milk | large pinch of ground allspice | very low fat natural yogurt, to serve | large pinch of freshly grated nutmeg | fresh coriander, to garnish

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

Fry Light, for spraying | 852ml/172 pt stock made with Vecon | 3 leeks, chopped | salt & ground black pepper | 908g/2 lb butternut squash, peeled, deseeded & flesh cut into 1" cubes | 1 tbsp freshly chopped coriander | 284ml / 1/2 pt skimmed milk | large pinch of ground allspice | very low fat natural yogurt, to serve | large pinch of freshly grated nutmeg | fresh coriander, to garnish
  • Complexity: medium

Savoury Plait with Minced Beef

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil | 1 small onion, finely chopped | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced beef | 250 g (8 oz) minced pork and beef sausagemeat | 3 teaspoons dried mixed herbs | 1 egg | 2 teaspoons soy sauce | 400 g (13 oz) packet frozen puff pastry, defrosted | beaten egg, to glaze | salt and pepper | To garnish: | watercress sprigs | tomato quarters

Beef and Olive Pasties

Ingredients

75 g (3 oz) plain flour | 75 g (3 oz) wholemeal flour | 1 teaspoon 'easy blend' dried yeast | 25 g (1 oz) soy margarine | 5 tablespoons skimmed milk | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced beef | 1 small onion, sliced thinly | 2 firm tomatoes, skinned and chopped | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 8 stuffed green olives, halved | milk, to glaze | 1 tablespoon bran | salt and freshly ground black pepper | To garnish: | sliced tomatoes | finely chopped basil

Stuffed mushrooms 2

Ingredients

625 g (1 1/4 lb) large open or flat mushrooms, the stalks removed and finely chopped, the caps sprinkled with a little lemon juice | 125 g (4 oz) carrots, diced | 125 ml (4 fl oz) beef stock | 15 g (1/2 oz) butter | 1 tablespoon plain floor | pinch of grated nutmeg | pinch of curry powder | 125 g (4 oz) cooked ham, chopped | 125 g (4 oz) cooked peeled prawns | 125 g (4 oz) Bonbel cheese, diced | 1 red pepper, cored, seeded and sliced | 125 g (4 oz) Parmesan cheese, grated | salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 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

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