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Spiced Toasted Nut and Seeds

A selection of nuts and seeds, like hazelnuts, skinned almonds, pistachios, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, I would allow 1 handful per person. For every handful of nuts or seeds, you will need: Ingredients ½ tsp Chinese five-spice powder ¼ tsp chilli flakes ¼ tsp sea salt Method Heat a frying until fairly hot, and […]


Barbecue-steamed fennel

Fold a double piece of tinfoil in half and seal up the two sides to make a little bag. Cut a fennel bulb in half and then into slices and add these to your tinfoil envelope. Squeeze in the juice of ½ a lemon, leaving the lemon half in the bag. Add ½ a sliced […]


Proper Scampi and Chips

SERVES 4 Ingredients   700-800g of monkfish or other white fish, skinned, filleted and cut into chunks Salt and cayenne pepper to taste Flour for dusting batter 200g polenta 100g tapioca flour 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda 330ml soda water Lemon mayonnaise                             […]


Puy Lentils

Ingredients • 2 tbls olive oil• 3 garlic cloves, crushed• 1 onion, diced• 3 tsp cinnamon, ground• 3 tsp cumin, ground• 3 tsp turmeric• 2 tsp chilli flakes or powder, ground• 1 cup puy lentils, washed and drained• 1 litre stock (or 1 can chopped tomatoes and 1 tbls tomato paste)• 1 bay leaf• Salt […]

Catherine's Family Kitchen

Chilli Cornbread

Makes 1 loaf    Ingredients 3 tbsp butter 150g self-raising flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt                                  1 tbsp caster sugar ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 150g polenta (cornmeal)  2 eggs, lightly beaten 300ml buttermilk    1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped Method Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4 Line a 900g (2lb) […]


Meat Pie

Serves 6 Ingredients 1 x 400g roll Puff pastry Filling 1 kg (2.2lbs) extra lean mince 60ml (¼ cup) oil 1 onion, grated 1 large potato, grated 5ml (1 tsp) cinnamon salt and pepper to taste 10ml (2 tsp) lemon juice coarse salt and black pepper 1 egg, lightly beaten to brush pastry Method: Sauté […]

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Sarah’s Summer Rental

Cottages and second homes are hot, especially if they’re well priced and show rental potential. Home expert Sarah Richardson and her husband Alexander bought a 1950’s era family cottage to be rented out. In six short weeks, she revives the cottage despite structural surprises, bad weather and remote island location. Sarah’s Rental Cottage proves you can have […]


Get it done – Mobile Wooden Planter

  Shopping list: 38mm x 38mm brandering cut to: – 3 pieces of 3,6m lengths 16mm thick Saligna wood x 70mm wide: – 5 pieces of 2,4m lengths Pine 20mm x 70mm: -2 pieces of 500mm long 4 x wheels Outdoor varnish 30mm chipboard screws 20mm chipboard screws Pot plant with 30cm rim Tool list: […]