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Energizer breakfast or brunch

There is nothing better than starting the day with a good breakfast or brunch. I was never been a big fan of porridge as a child but as I learned to cook I used my granny’s recipe and adapted it to my own taste. Back then they used water and a pinch if salt and […]

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Coffee cream Layer Pudding

Just because it’s national coffee day!   Ingredients:   – 6 digestive biscuits ,broken – 2 tsp  instant coffee granules -2 tablespoons cocoa – 284 ml double cream – 3 tablespoons icing sugar – 200 ml Greek style yogurt – 1 ladyfinger biscuit   Method: 1.Place the biscuits,coffee and cocoa in a food processor and […]

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Seared Tuna Salad, Bombay Spinach Aloo

As its National Salad week I thought I would roll out this simple “salad”  for everyone to try. We have this on our mezze menu at etc venues 155 bishopsgate over the spring/summer menus instead of the standard Nicoise offering and its been a huge hit with our clients. It is served Chilled! INGREDIENTS 600g New […]

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Buttermilk, Honey and Chia Seed Bircher Muesli

Spring is in the air and so here is something a bit different to help get your day off to a great start. Top Tip: In most shops they only sell English buttermilk in 250ml pots for about 50p, you can buy 1ltr of polish buttermilk in Sainsburys for £1. It’s called Maslanka and normally […]

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Why buy Icing sugar?

To be honest with you, I have always purchased icing sugar for convenience but as the price of sugar is constantly rising quicker than a Victoria sponge something needs to be done. With a little effort and a spice grinder. Why not just make your own icing sugar? Most food processors come with a spice […]

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Paul’s Cranberry Hot Cross Buns

Easter is here and there is nothing better than a piping hot homemade Hot Cross Bun, Check out these bad boys from one of our leading chefs in the business, Mr Paul Onions. Delicious! INGREDIENTS For the buns 300ml full-fat milk, plus 2 tbsp more 50g butter 500g strong bread flour 1 tsp salt 75g […]

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Fruit soda bread

Irish Soda bread comes in many variations, farls, loaves and batons but this simple recipe is so easy and boy does it satisfy. I use maslanka, 1ltr cartons of (polish buttermilk) available from most supermarkets and much cheaper than your dale farm product of 275ml. Preheat oven to 160oc fan assisted 320g soda bread flour […]

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Auntie Liz’s Scotch Panakes

Scotch Pancakes I have a lot to thank my Auntie Liz for but one of them is making these delights, i remember sitting in her scullery waiting for these coming straight off her 60cm, 1″ thick cast iron griddle. As i write this, the smell of the buttermilk and lemon are embedded in my memory. We sat there like sea gulls […]

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Marg’s Swedish Meatballs

Just last weekend I was diving into my vast collection of cookery books for some inspiration for Spring summer menus when I stumbled across a real classic piece of work…… This book was compiled by the whole etc venues team for our clients, Just a collection of our family favourite we ‘mastered’ Over the years […]

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How to shell a coconut

All the hype in supermarkets and adverts is about coconut oils and its properties but I prefer it fresh. I find most people avoid fresh coconut as they find it ‘challenging’ to remove the shell without smashing it everywhere. I have produced a short step by step video on how to get the shell off your […]

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