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Riverford cabbage recipes

I used white wine in the baked cabbage recipe instead of cider. Worked really well. You do have to do the turning thing.

Creamy mushroom soup

Stick of celery 1 onion 4 big cloves garlic or even more Mushrooms – most or all of a punnet Dried porcini mushrooms – not too much, just for extra flavour Butter Milk Salt & pepper This was an invention, but a really good one!…

Breakfast buns (cinnamon rolls)

Breakfast buns (cinnamon rolls)

Everyday recipe – for 10 rolls: 65g butter 220ml milk 440g plain white flour (you don’t need strong bread flour for this recipe) 65g normal sugar 2 tsp dried yeast salt 2 tablespoons cinnamon 3-4 tablespoons demerara sugar you can try other fillings instead –…

Buffalo Cauliflower

This is a bit complicated to make, but it’s fun and really yummy. Ingredients: 1 head of cauliflower 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup milk 1 cup flour 2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground pepper Buffalo sauce: 2/3 cup…

Thai summer rolls

These are super easy and very adaptable. They’re a really fun packed lunch! Ingredients: Rice paper wraps (can get these at Chinese supermarkets) Peanut sauce (recipe here) Tofu Pickled radishes are nice! Fresh herbs – coriander, mint, basil You can use any raw veg, but…

Tofu pad thai

A little bit complicated but really tasty! Ingredients Sauce: 1.5 tsp tamarind paste (or sub for 1 tbsp lime juice) 1/3 cup coconut aminos (or sub half the amount with tamari) 3.5 tbsp coconut sugar 1.5 tsp chilli garlic sauce 1.5 tbsp lime juice 2…

Miso glazed aubergine

Really tasty side dish, or can be served with rice with sushi seasoning and quick pickled cucumber (recipe here). Ingredients: Aubergine, cut into rounds about 2cm thick and scored Glaze – I kind of made this up, but mixture of: White miso paste (I bought…

Egg fried rice

Yummy and easy weeknight dinner – and great way of using up rice! The rice definitely has to be made ahead of time. Ingredients: Rice (cooked beforehand) Sesame oil Onion Garlic Ginger Egg Tofu Soy sauce Any veg will do, but my favourites are: Pak…

Thai Green Curry

My favourite ever!! And I’ve finally figured out how to make it taste good. The key thing is either to make a paste from scratch (recipe here), or to buy a tub of paste from a chinese supermarket (the best by far is the Mae…

Cantucci

Ingredients (makes around 30): 250 grams plain flour 165 grams granulated sugar 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon grated orange zest squeeze of orange juice 1 teaspoon amaretto or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 2 eggs 125 grams whole almonds Method: Preheat Oven…

Polish butter biscuits

Polish butter biscuits

This is the recipe for use with a patterned rolling pin. 200g butter 150g icing sugar (important that it is icing sugar as it needs to be really fine) 1 egg 2 tabs olive oil 400g plain flour (not self-raising) pinch of salt flavouring if…

Dinner inspiration

Ideas for easy meals when you can’t decide what to cook… Lentil dahl – with rice or naan. Add roasted aubergine or spiced carrots for something extra Stir fry with rice or noodles, add egg or tofu to the veg Roast veg on a tray,…

Puerco Pibil

My friend Ian made me this for dinner a couple of weeks ago and it was AMAZING so I had to ask him for the recipe. I haven’t tried it yet as it takes ages but I definitely want to. Ingredients: Yucatec spice blend: 5…

Mushroom and tofu ramen

Mushroom and tofu ramen

Really love this recipe! It’s a veggie ramen because that’s what I prefer but I’d like to try out a pork ramen sometime. Ingredients: Dried shiitake mushrooms Garlic Shallot Ginger Veg or chicken stock White miso paste Soy sauce Sesame oil Fresh assorted mushrooms, including…

Chorizo Pasta

Have been making this as an easy weeknight dinner, good way to use up chorizo. Ingredients: Chorizo Chilli Red onion Garlic Sour cream Pasta Tomatoes Method: Fry up chopped garlic, chilli and red onion in olive oil. Once soft, add chopped chorizo and cook for…

Pickled Radishes

Recipe here. This is a basic pickling recipe which could be used for any type of veg – I’ve tried kohlrabi which was really nice. Can add in whatever spices you want for flavour! Ingredients: Bunch of radishes 1/2 cup white or apple cider vinegar…

Lamb meatballs in Italian sauce (or Ethiopean sauce)

Serve with rice or pasta Celery Onion Tomatoes Tomato puree Olive oil White wine Herbs – fresh if possible – savory and marjoram are good. Tie up a bundle so you can take them out later. Alternatively, for the Ethiopian version, add a couple of…

Blackberry Financiers

No idea about the name… Makes 12 small cupcakes – use madeleine tin Anna’s quantities for 2 egg whites 50 g butter 1/2 cup almonds (might work with hazelnuts) 1/4 cup plain flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 egg whites 1 tablespoons honey About one cup…

Sarah’s Dutch grandma’s Apple Cake (works with pears or apricots too)

Sarah’s Dutch grandma’s Apple Cake (works with pears or apricots too)

Photo thanks to Chris Lee Grease 8” cake tin Oven at 170 C If you don’t have ground almonds and are using whole ones blanch them (optional) and put them in a majimix with the sugar to grind them up – the sugar helps. Cream the…

Stir Fry

There are lots of ways to go with this, though it is a bit hard to do without onions… It’s lots of veg, cut up in various ways and added in right order – some things need longer cooking. Then it’s good (but not essential…

Baked custard

2 large eggs. If you have any extra egg yolks you can add them as well or instead of some of the whole eggs. 2 cups milk 1/8 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons white sugar (fine if possible) Pinch nutmeg (fresh-grated if possible) Quantities for 4…

Mango Jalapeno Margaritas

Mango Jalapeno Margaritas

Online recipe: https://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/drinks-anyone/spicy-mango-jalapeno-margarita/ Ingredients For one cocktail: 1oz tequila 0.75oz cointreau 1.5oz lime juice 4oz mango juice fresh mango, diced 2 small jalapeno peppers Chilli salt Method: Char jalapeños on the grill or over a flame until blackened. Reserve one for garnish and slice the…

Roast chicken and roast potatoes

Roast chicken and roast potatoes

Set oven to 170 fan. Wash the chicken and pat dry. Put some lemon inside – a whole one chopped in four, or just some left over bits. It’s just to keep the inside moist and give a bit of flavour – mainly from the…

Fish Pie

If using frozen prawns you can defrost in cold water, changed several times. Other ingredients have to be fresh or already defrosted. This recipe is very adaptable, it’s nice to have a mixture of fish and the only thing that won’t work too well is…

Kardemummabullar (Swedish Cardamom Buns)

Kardemummabullar (Swedish Cardamom Buns)

Recipe: http://www.dinnerwithjulie.com/2017/12/18/kanelbullar/ INGREDIENTS (makes about 1 1/2 dozen)For the dough: 1 cup milk, warmed 2 tsp active dry yeast 3 – 3 1/2 cups plain flour 1/3 cup butter, softened 1/3 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp ground cardamom 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp…

Bakewell Tart

Bakewell Tart

Guardian recipe: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2013/apr/17/how-make-perfect-bakewell-tart IngredientsFor the pastry: 140g plain flour, plus extra to sprinkle 85g cold butter, plus extra to grease Pinch of salt Ice cold water For the frangipane: 110g butter 110g caster sugar 2 eggs 110g ground almonds 25g plain flour ½tsp baking powder…

Chocolate Sponge Cake (or Brownies)

Chocolate Sponge Cake (or Brownies)

This is a great cake! I sometimes make it just with the filling, but no icing. It’s quicker, and a better ‘everyday’ cake. Sieve some icing sugar on top as decoration. Or try the mix as brownies by using plain flour instead of self-raising, no…

Coffee & walnut cake

Coffee & walnut cake

Image thanks to Chris Lee For the cake 225g butter 225g caster sugar 4 eggs (can substitute some extra whites or yolks for one egg if you like) 50ml strong coffee 225g self-raising flour 75g walnuts For the buttercream topping 125g butter 200g icing sugar…

Balkan Yogurt Cake

6 oz butter 6 oz white sugar 2 eggs 8 oz yogurt (you can measure fluid ounces or weigh it) 8 oz plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp bicarb 1/4 tsp salt 2 tsp lemon rind (generally a whole lemon, or more if…

Focaccia

1/4 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced Fresh thyme & rosemary (or use dried if necessary, can try other things like sage) Black pepper 260g strong white flour (check this) 1 and 1/2 tsp yeast 1 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp salt 200ml warm water…

Lasagne

A really useful thing about this is that you can assemble everything in advance and then put in the oven much later. But when you are ready to cook it, pre-heat oven to 180 fan. First choose the dish you are going to use –…

Sweet & Sour Pork

Strips of good quality pork Shoyu Cider vinegar Honey Star anise – about one ‘head’ for each two portions. An alternative is crushed fennel seeds. Fresh chilli Maybe garlic – can’t remember what I did Toasted sesame oil Marinade the pork with everything except the…

Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup (spicy or with orange & herbs)

Carrot Sweet potato (roughly the same amount) Onion (again, roughly the same amount or a bit less) Garlic (and fresh ginger if you like, and a little fresh turmeric if you have any) Oil Veg stock cube (1/2 is usually enough) or stock Coriander seed…

Puy and Pomegranate salad

Puy lentils, either pre-cooked or dried (in which case cook in salted water until they are soft but not mushy- about 30 mins, less if soaked first, then drain them) Pomegranate seeds Roast veg pieces – like squash, fennel, carrot, whatever you have around. Toss…

Spicy Bean Pate

For 1 kg 280g blackeye beans 280g onion 100ml sunflower oil 65ml tomato puree/ 20ml wine vinegar 1 plus 1/2 tsp aniseed 1 plus 1/2 tsp paprika 1 tsp garam masala 1/4 tsp cayenne 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 4 tsp black mustard…

Christmas every day cake…

This is the Christmas cake recipe, but with quantities suitable for a long loaf tin (25cm) so that it is good for everyday. You can coat with marzipan if you like (or put a layer of marzipan in the middle). Preheat oven to 140 C.…

Stuffed Peppers

This is a great way of using up rice and meat leftovers, though you could also cook things specially to put into the peppers. Slice the tops off the peppers and take out the inside of the peppers. Salt the inside of the peppers and…

Victoria Sponge Cake

Victoria Sponge Cake

Photo thanks to Chris Lee For the Cake Preheat oven to 170 c fan. If you want a soft crust put a tray of water in the bottom to create steam. Use two 18 cm tins, grease the tin lightly and line at the bottom with…

German Honey Bars

1/3 cup honey 1/4 cup sugar 2 tabs butter 1 cup plain flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp bicarb 1/4 cup almonds, blanched 1/4 cup candied peel 1/4 tsp sugar 1/4 tsp cardamon 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4-1/2 cup more flour Preheat oven to 170C…

Baked fish (cod) with a lemon & herb crust

Thick pieces of white fish like cod or haddock (not thin pieces, or they cook before the crust does) Serrano ham (optional, Martin’s idea…) About 20g of fine white breadcrumbs per portion Finely chopped fresh herbs – parsley and lemon thyme are good. Quite a…

Oven Baked Frittata

Really easy to make – especially in bulk! Ingredients: 10 eggs Onion Mixed veg Bacon or chorizo Salt, pepper and herbs Grated cheese to top Can be made with whatever’s in the fridge but suggestions are: broccoli, kale, sweet potato, spinach, pepper, mushrooms Fry up…

Cranachan

Serves 4 – ideally make in glasses. The proportions of this aren’t great – try with half as much cream and twice as much whisky. Or, better still, ditch the cream altogether, use vanilla ice cream and pour the whisky over. Thinking about it, I’m…

Beetroot and Shitake risotto

Beetroot and Shitake risotto

Make this like normal risotto, but put in cubed beetroot at the same time as the rice and some shitake near the end. Thyme is a good herb for this. It is a dramatic colour!

Refried Beans

An alternate filling for fajitas, or great on their own! Ingredients: x2 tins of beans (traditionally it’s meant to be pinto but I usually use cannelloni. anything works) Olive oil Onion Garlic Salt and pepper Cumin, paprika and cayenne Chipotle tabasco Chopped jalapenos Red pepper Method:…

Maggie’s Chicken Fajitas!!!

Maggie’s Chicken Fajitas!!!

My all time favourite meal! Love to cook it for friends. Ingredients: For the filling Chicken Garlic Red onion Red pepper Cumin, paprika and cayenne Sriracha sauce For the guacamole: Avocado Lime Coriander Chipotle tabasco Salt and pepper Olive oil Additional: Tortilla wraps Creme fraiche…

Saugage Ragu

Saugage Ragu

I made this from my recipe book today and I actually like it a lot more than bolognese with beef mince- it’s super tasty! Ingredients: Pork sausages Olive oil Garlic Onions Fennel seeds, mixed herbs Chopped tomatoes Red wine Salt and pepper Pasta (recipe recommends…

Mushroom and Creme Fraiche Pasta

I find this a really good way of using up creme fraiche that I bought for making wraps!! (and its quick and yummy!) Main ingredients: Mushrooms Onion Garlic Spinach Creme fraiche Spaghetti First soften the onions with the garlic, then add the mushrooms. Once they’re…

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

Super yummy and relatively easy! Recipe here. I made it with kale instead of spinach.

Chicken and Chorizo Jambalaya

BBC recipe here. Great to cook in bulk and then keep for the next day! Can be veggie too.