Archive | June, 2013

Cured salmon canapé with oyster mayonnaise

Summer has just begun and there is nothing better than a glass of pimms on the patio with a few canapes. This canape is a little more complexed than my previous canape posts but the finished article is well worth the effort. 2 lemon 550g Sea Salt 250g Sugar 2kg Salmon fillets 1 handful Finely […]

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Fresh Pea, Ham Hock & Duck Egg Frittata

This is so quick and easy to make. Ingrediants: 6 duck eggs A dash of milk 90g cooked ham hock 100g fresh peas Heat your oven to 185 Firstly pod your pea’s, this can be time consuming but worth it for fresh seasonal pea’s. Quickly blanch the pea’s and then drain in iced water. This […]

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Smoked Mackerel Fish Cakes

Ingredients 300g cold mashed potatoes 6 spring onions, thinly sliced 1 tbsp horseradish sauce 250g / 9oz peppered mackerel fillets, skinned and flaked 2 tbsp plain flour 1 egg, beaten 85g dried breadcrumbs Sunflower oil, for frying (optional) Salad and lemon wedges, to serve 1. In a large bowl, mix together the potato, spring onions; […]

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British Asparagus at its best

At the fresh direct farm they have been plugging away at harvesting some of the best quality asparagus on the British isles.  The Markham family are an arable farming family just a few miles down the road from Fresh Direct’s Bicester headquarters in the village of Newton Purcell, and grow fresh asparagus spears. The Markham’s […]

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Ice cream

You scream, I scream, we all scream for an ice cream maker!

Yep – we’re giving away a Cuisinart ICE30 ice cream maker. Summer is FINALLY here!  And what better way to celebrate than to treat yourself to an ice cream? But why restrict yourselves to the usual ‘same old same old’? We all know of Heston Blumenthal’s infamous “Bacon & Egg ice cream” or maybe @etcchefshane’s […]

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Confit Rhubarb and custard ice cream

Although the fruit and vegetable growing season is behind by about 3-4 weeks this year due to our spring cold snap rhubarb is just right bang in its prime just now. So as the hot weather is now upon us, try this cracking wee recipe. 800g rhubarb cut into short 1-2″ lengths 6 or so […]

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Caramel Amaretti Ice Cream

Yields 1 litre 400g Caster Sugar 500ml Double Cream 500ml Milk 9 Egg Yolks 5 Amaretti Biscuits Method Place the sugar in a saucepan and put on the heat to caramelize you will need to watch the sugar and stir regularly so that it doesn’t burn. Once all the sugar has turned a golden colour […]

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Raspberry Yoghurt Ice Cream

500g Fresh or Frozen Raspberries 250g Caster Sugar ½ Fresh Lemon Juice 500g Greek Yoghurt Method Bring to the Raspberries and sugar with 2 tablespoons of sugar to the boil. Blend the mixture to a puree then pass through a sieve (to remove seeds) Re-boil and reduce by 1/3. Add the lemon and cool. Whisk […]

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Value for money in Cornwall

I had a short break in Cornwall last week & took the opportunity to have a stroll through Cardinham Woods, which was really short with a three year old tagging along. Before we started we had lunch at the Woods Cafe a massively charming converted cottage with seating indoors & out, a childs play area […]

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Green pumpkin oil

Green pumpkin seed oil has an intense nutty taste and is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids. Browned oil has a bitter taste. Pumpkin seed oil serves as a salad dressing when combined with honey or olive oil. The typical Styrian dressing consists of pumpkin seed oil and cider vinegar. But the oil is also used […]

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