North Europe

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

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

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

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

Mushroom terrine

Mushroom-terrine_cIngredients:
* 625 g (1 1/4 lb) firm cepes or large open mushrooms
* 50 ml (2 fl oz) olive oil
* 500 g (1 lb) sausagemeat
* 2 garlic cloves, crushed
* 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
* 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
* 50 g (2 oz) fresh white breadcrumbs
* milk, for soaking
* 6 slices of Bayonne ham
* salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pizza mushrooms

Pizza-mushrooms_cIngredients:
* 1 dessertspoon olive oil
* 2 garlic cloves, quartered
* 1 teaspoon freshly ground coriander
* 12 fresh green peppercorns in brine
* 5 ripe tomatoes, skinned, seeded and chopped
* 50 g (2 oz) can anchovy fillets, drained and chopped
* 20 open cup mushrooms, about 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter
* 75 g (3 oz) Edam cheese, grated
* 50 g (2 oz) fresh brown breadcrumbs
* 20 capers
* salt and coarsely ground black 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

Spiced chicken salad

Spiced-chicken-salad_cIngredients:
* 454g/1 lb cooked chicken breast fillets, boned and skinned (40 Sins on Green)    
* 1 paw paw or mango, peeled
* 1 small bunch spring onions, sliced diagonally
* 57 g/2 oz bean sprouts
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander (1 Sin)
* 2 tablespoons chopped mint

For the dressing:

* 2 tablespoons nam pla or soy sauce
* juice of 2 limes
* 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
* 2 garlic cloves, crushed
* 2 level teaspoons liquid honey

Mushroom kebabs

Mushroom-kebabsIngredients:
* 36 closed cup mushrooms
* 1 red or green sweet pepper, seeded and cut into 2.5 x 1 cm (1 x 1/2 inch) pieces
* 24 baby pickling onions
* 12 baby courgettes, about 375 g (12 oz) cut into 1.5 cm (3/4 inch) thick slices

Marinade:

* 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
* 3 garlic cloves, crushed
* 3 tablespoons Barbados sugar
* 3 tablespoons soy sauce
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
* freshly ground black pepper

Irish potato salad

Irish-potato-salad_cIngredients:
* 454 g/1 lb new potatoes, unpeeled and halved or quartered (16 Sins on Original)
* 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
* 1 level tablespoon sweet pickle (1 Sin)
* 170 g/6 oz corned beef, diced (18 Sins on Green)
* 6 spring onions, chopped
* 3 celery sticks, chopped
* 85 g/3 oz very low fat natural fromage frais
* 1 level tablespoon reduced calorie mayonnaise (2 1/2 Sins)
* salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
* 2 hard-boiled eggs, shelled and quartered

Wild mushroom soup

Wild-mushroom-soup2_cIngredients:
* 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
* 375 g (12 oz) wild mushrooms, rinsed, trimmed and cut into strips or chopped
* 1/2 onion, chopped
* 1 bunch watercress, chopped
* 1/2 garlic clove, crushed
* 1 litre (1 3/4 pints) chicken or vegetable stock
* 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh parsley
* 2 egg yolks
* 2 tablespoons double cream

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