Recipes

Espresso Martini

This classic cocktail is the perfect post dinner-party treat. Made with freshly brewed, coffee liqueur, vodka and sugar syrup. Ingredients (makes 2 cocktails) For the sugar syrup: 100g golden caster sugar For the cocktail 100ml vodka 50ml freshly brewed coffee 50ml coffee liqueur Coffee beans, to garnish Method Make the sugar syrup placing pouring the […]

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5 Recipes to Try This Pancake Day

One of our favourite foodie days has finally arrived – it’s Pancake Day! If, like us, you’re a pancake lover, or ‘fan-cake’ if you will, then try some of these recipes for a guaranteed flipping great Shrove Tuesday. American Blueberry Pancakes These classic USA style pancakes are light, fluffy and fruity. Stack them high and […]

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Flammenkuchen

Leah’s Flammenkuchen

This classic German dish will soon become your new favourite midweek meal, or even wow your guests at parties with its smoky flavours. Traditionally served as large pizzas and cooked on a wood smoke fire, this easy alternative is perfect for you to make from the comfort of your own home. The word “flammenkuchen” literally […]

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Flammenkuchen

Leah’s Flammenkuchen

This classic German dish will soon become your new favourite midweek meal, or even wow your guests at parties with its smoky flavours. Traditionally served as large pizzas and cooked on a wood smoke fire, this easy alternative is perfect for you to make from the comfort of your own home. The word “flammenkuchen” literally […]

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Genoise sponge cake

How to make genoise

If you’ve watched The Great British Bake Off, you’ll have heard the judges asking for the bakers to make a genoise sponge at some point in the competition. If you ever want to enter the Bake Off tent, or even become a baking extraordinaire, knowing how to make a genoise sponge is a useful skill […]

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Strawberry genoise cake

Strawberry genoise cake

Notoriously tricky to make, a genoise sponge is a lighter alternative to a traditional sponge. This strawberry based recipe is a wonderful way to capture the taste of summer! Ingredients For the genoise: 3 large eggs 95g caster sugar 20g butter 95g plain flour Pinch of salt For the compote: 400g strawberries, roughly quartered 4 […]

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Strawberry panna cotta

Strawberry panna cotta

Ingredients For the panna cotta 1 vanilla pod 100g caster sugar 200ml whole milk 450ml double cream 3 gelatine leaves For the strawberries 50g caster sugar 400g strawberries 1½ tsp cornflour Method Soften the gelatine leaves in a small bowl of cold water – this should take about 5 minutes. While you’re waiting for them […]

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Eat the Seasons – February

It’s felt like a long journey, but we’re finally into the last month of winter! Let’s take a look at what ingredients are in season for February. Brussels Sprouts Not just for Christmas, the humble brussels sprout is still very much in season. Victims of an undeserved bad reputation, given to them through years of […]

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Eat the Seasons – February

It’s felt like a long journey, but we’re finally into the last month of winter! Let’s take a look at what ingredients are in season for February. Brussels Sprouts Not just for Christmas, the humble brussels sprout is still very much in season. Victims of an undeserved bad reputation, given to them through years of […]

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Chilli Pork Spare Ribs

Skip the takeaway this weekend, and make this Chinese favourite at home instead. Ingredients 600ml groundnut oil 1kg pork spare ribs, separated into individual ribs For the sauce: 850ml chicken stock 2 tbsp chill bean sauce 1 tbsp granulated sugar 75ml rice wine 1.5 tbsp dark soy sauce 2 tbsp light soy sauce 2 garlic […]

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Chilli Pork Spare Ribs

Skip the takeaway this weekend, and make this Chinese favourite at home instead. Ingredients 600ml groundnut oil 1kg pork spare ribs, separated into individual ribs For the sauce: 850ml chicken stock 2 tbsp chill bean sauce 1 tbsp granulated sugar 75ml rice wine 1.5 tbsp dark soy sauce 2 tbsp light soy sauce 2 garlic […]

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Pink Velvet Cupcakes

The classic flavour combination of raspberry and dark chocolate makes these delicious little cupcakes the perfect sweet treat for your Valentine this February 14th. Ingredients For the cupcakes 140g flour 140g caster sugar 30g dark cocoa powder 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 egg 115ml buttermilk 115ml vegetable oil 3/4 tsp vanilla extract […]

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Pink Velvet Cupcakes

The classic flavour combination of raspberry and dark chocolate makes these delicious little cupcakes the perfect sweet treat for your Valentine this February 14th. Ingredients For the cupcakes 140g flour 140g caster sugar 30g dark cocoa powder 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 egg 115ml buttermilk 115ml vegetable oil 3/4 tsp vanilla extract […]

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Prawn & Avocado Fajitas

Treat yourself to a taste of Mexico with these fajitas. Combining lime, garlic, chilli and coriander they are guaranteed to take your taste buds on a Latin-American flavour explosion! Ingredients 2 limes, juice only 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed Small bunch of coriander, chopped 225g large, raw prawns […]

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Prawn & Avocado Fajitas

Treat yourself to a taste of Mexico with these fajitas. Combining lime, garlic, chilli and coriander they are guaranteed to take your taste buds on a Latin-American flavour explosion! Ingredients 2 limes, juice only 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed Small bunch of coriander, chopped 225g large, raw prawns […]

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Harissa Chicken Traybake

With a spicy kick from harissa paste, this chicken traybake is super simple to make, but lacks nothing in the flavour department! Perfect for an easy midweek meal that all the family will love. Ingredients 3 tbsp harissa paste 250g natural yoghurt 2 tbsp olive oil 4 chicken breasts 1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and […]

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Harissa Chicken Traybake

With a spicy kick from harissa paste, this chicken traybake is super simple to make, but lacks nothing in the flavour department! Perfect for an easy midweek meal that all the family will love. Ingredients 3 tbsp harissa paste 250g natural yoghurt 2 tbsp olive oil 4 chicken breasts 1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and […]

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Gluten-Free Pizza Dough

It’s #WorldPizzaDay, and this pizza dough recipe doesn’t only make an amazing, delicious base to build your favourite Italian treat on but is also 100% gluten free! Ingredients 400g gluten-free bread flour 2 tsp golden caster sugar 2 tsp gluten-free baking powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp xanthan gum 5 tbsp olive oil Method Take […]

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Gluten-Free Pizza Dough

It’s #WorldPizzaDay, and this pizza dough recipe doesn’t only make an amazing, delicious base to build your favourite Italian treat on but is also 100% gluten free! Ingredients 400g gluten-free bread flour 2 tsp golden caster sugar 2 tsp gluten-free baking powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp xanthan gum 5 tbsp olive oil Method Take […]

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Super Green Smoothie Bowl

Loaded with vitamins and minerals, this smoothie bowl is guaranteed brighten up your mornings and prepare you for the day ahead! Ingredients For the smoothie bowl: 2 bananas 1 avocado 1 mango 100g spinach 250ml coconut milk 1 tbsp peanut butter 1 tbsp honey For the seed mix: 1 tbsp chia seed 1 tbsp linseeds […]

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Super Green Smoothie Bowl

Loaded with vitamins and minerals, this smoothie bowl is guaranteed brighten up your mornings and prepare you for the day ahead! Ingredients For the smoothie bowl: 2 bananas 1 avocado 1 mango 100g spinach 250ml coconut milk 1 tbsp peanut butter 1 tbsp honey For the seed mix: 1 tbsp chia seed 1 tbsp linseeds […]

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Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake

Sometimes the stars align and grant us a special day such as World Nutella Day falling on hump day! If, like us, you’re taking part in this very special event then this chocolate hazelnut cheesecake is the perfect way to celebrate. Ingredients 140g unsalted butter 300g digestive biscuits 500g cream cheese 85g icing sugar 300ml […]

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Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake

Sometimes the stars align and grant us a special day such as World Nutella Day falling on hump day! If, like us, you’re taking part in this very special event then this chocolate hazelnut cheesecake is the perfect way to celebrate. Ingredients 140g unsalted butter 300g digestive biscuits 500g cream cheese 85g icing sugar 300ml […]

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6 Food Trends for 2020

With every new year comes a new set of food trends, but what culinary treats are en-vogue for 2020? Take a look at our top six predictions below… Plant Based Foods We’ve written before about the rise of the vegan, and as more and more people become aware of not only the health benefits of […]

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6 Food Trends for 2020

With every new year comes a new set of food trends, but what culinary treats are en-vogue for 2020? Take a look at our top six predictions below… Plant Based Foods We’ve written before about the rise of the vegan, and as more and more people become aware of not only the health benefits of […]

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White Chocolate & Matcha Mousse Cake

Increasingly fashionable in cooking, matcha is made from ground green tea leaves and is a popular ingredient in Asian desserts. Used in this recipe, it adds incredible flavour to this cake with it’s white chocolate glaze. Ingredients For the sponge: 6 eggs, separated 200g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 100g plain flour 25g ground […]

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White Chocolate & Matcha Mousse Cake

Increasingly fashionable in cooking, matcha is made from ground green tea leaves and is a popular ingredient in Asian desserts. Used in this recipe, it adds incredible flavour to this cake with it’s white chocolate glaze. Ingredients For the sponge: 6 eggs, separated 200g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 100g plain flour 25g ground […]

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Asparagus & Ham Puffs

These asparagus and ham puffs wrapped in cream-cheesed puff pastry make the perfect lunchtime snack, or can be served with a side salad for a lighter dinner. Ingredients 375g block of puff pastry 150g cream cheese 4 slices of smoked ham 400g asparagus spears, trimmed 1 egg Sesame and poppy seeds for sprinkling Method Start […]

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Asparagus & Ham Puffs

These asparagus and ham puffs wrapped in cream-cheesed puff pastry make the perfect lunchtime snack, or can be served with a side salad for a lighter dinner. Ingredients 375g block of puff pastry 150g cream cheese 4 slices of smoked ham 400g asparagus spears, trimmed 1 egg Sesame and poppy seeds for sprinkling Method Start […]

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Chocolate & Raspberry Torte

The perfect flavour partners of dark chocolate and raspberries combine to make this delicious torte a real showstopper. Ingredients For the cake: 225g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids) 175g unsalted butter, diced 2 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 tsp instant espresso powder 100g toasted almonds 2 tbsp plain flour 1/2 tsp salt 5 eggs […]

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Chocolate & Raspberry Torte

The perfect flavour partners of dark chocolate and raspberries combine to make this delicious torte a real showstopper. Ingredients For the cake: 225g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids) 175g unsalted butter, diced 2 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 tsp instant espresso powder 100g toasted almonds 2 tbsp plain flour 1/2 tsp salt 5 eggs […]

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Beef Bourguignon

Cooked slowly over a low heat, this deeply flavoured, sumptuous dish is a real winter-warmer! Ingredients 1 tbsp goose fat 600g shin beef, cut into chunks 100g smoked streaky bacon, sliced 350g shallots, peeled 250g mushrooms 2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced 1 bouquet garni 1 tbsp tomato puree 750ml red wine Method Begin by […]

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Beef Bourguignon

Cooked slowly over a low heat, this deeply flavoured, sumptuous dish is a real winter-warmer! Ingredients 1 tbsp goose fat 600g shin beef, cut into chunks 100g smoked streaky bacon, sliced 350g shallots, peeled 250g mushrooms 2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced 1 bouquet garni 1 tbsp tomato puree 750ml red wine Method Begin by […]

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Shortbread

This classic shortbread recipe is super easy to make, and is the perfect accompaniment to any Burns Night celebration! Ingredients 300g soft butter 140g golden caster sugar 300g plain flour 140g rice flour Method Whizz together the butter and sugar in a food processor until you have a smooth mixture. Then tip in both of […]

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Shortbread

This classic shortbread recipe is super easy to make, and is the perfect accompaniment to any Burns Night celebration! Ingredients 300g soft butter 140g golden caster sugar 300g plain flour 140g rice flour Method Whizz together the butter and sugar in a food processor until you have a smooth mixture. Then tip in both of […]

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Chicken Gyoza

Perfect for your Friday night fakeaway! These delicious Japanese dumplings, known as yaki gyoza, are packed full of flavour and are bound to be a sure fire hit with all the family. Ingredients 2 tbsp cornflour 26 ready-made gyoza skins 2 tbsp vegetable oil 4 spring onions, chopped 2 large cabbage leaves, stem removed, roughly […]

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Eat the Seasons – January

The middle of winter is an easy time to get into a slump, food-wise. But these seasonal ingredients are an easy way to inject some colour into those cold, grey days! Beetroot Not only is the gloriously purple beetroot delicious, but also packs a real nutritious punch. Eating beetroot, or drinking beetroot juice, has been […]

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Aubergine Chilli

Containing 4 of your 5 a day, this vegetarian chilli is the perfect dish to hunker down with after a cold day! Ingredients 1 aubergine 1 tsbp olive oil 1 red onion, diced 2 carrots, diced 70g green lentils, rinsed 30g red lentils, rinsed 400g canned kidney beans 3 tbsp dark soy sauce 400g can […]

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Mushroom & Thyme Risotto

This vegetarian risotto uses a mixture of quinoa and rice for delicious, nutty flavour. It’s also super easy to make! Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 350g mushroom, sliced 100g quinoa 1 litre of freshly made vegetable stock 175g risotto rice Handful of thyme, leaves only Handful of grated parmesan 50g rocket Method Take a medium […]

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Salted Caramel Brownies

Gooey, fudgy, chocolately and indulgent. These salted caramel brownies are exactly what you need for that end of the week treat! Ingredients 200g unsalted butter 100g dark chocolate 100g milk chocolate 397g can of caramel 1 tsp sea salt flakes 200g golden caster sugar 4 eggs 130g plain flour 50g cocoa powder Method Begin by […]

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Carrot & Pecan Muffins

Providing 1 of your 5 a day, these delicious low-fat muffins are packed full of carrot cake flavours. Perfect for a healthy-ish treat! Ingredients 800g canned cannellini beans, drained 2tsp ground cinnamon 100g porridge oats 4 eggs 2 tbsp rapseed oil 4 tbsp maple syrup 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 orange, zested 170g carrot, grated […]

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Eggs Benedict

If you’re feeling a little fragile following any New Year festivities, this classic recipe will help to set you on the right path for the rest of the day! Ingredients 3 tbsp white wine vinegar 4 eggs 2 English muffins 4 slices of thick cut ham For the Hollandaise sauce 125g butter 2 eggs, yolks […]

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Champagne & Raspberry Possets

New Years Eve and champagne go hand in hand, and if you’re throwing a dinner party to see 2020 in, these delicious raspberry possets fit the bill perfectly! Ingredients 140g frozen raspberries, thawed 2 tbsp champagne 200ml double cream 4 tbsp golden caster sugar Freeze dried or dehydrated raspberry pieces Shortbread biscuits, to serve Method […]

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Turkey Curry

The ideal way to use up any leftover turkey, this turkey curry is packed full of flavour and the addition of peppers and tomatoes will help you feel a little healthier after all the festivities! Ingredients 1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 onion, sliced 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped 2 tbsp curry paste 2 garlic […]

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Sloe Gin Mulled Wine

An absolute festive classic. The aromas of this perfectly spiced mulled wine will fill the air with the scent of Christmas, and the addition of sloe gin will give it a contemporary twist! Ingredients 750ml bottle of good red wine 1 cinnamon stick 2 star anise 4 cloves 2 strips of lemon zest 4 tbsp […]

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Brandy Butter Yule Log

What’s Christmas without a yule log? This recipe takes the festive favourite to a whole new level by using a brandy butter as the filling, and chocolate truffle icing for that extra bit of indulgence. Well, it is Christmas after all… Ingredients For the sponge: 5 eggs, separated 125g light brown soft sugar 40g cocoa […]

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Brandy Butter Yule Log

What’s Christmas without a yule log? This recipe takes the festive favourite to a whole new level by using a brandy butter as the filling, and chocolate truffle icing for that extra bit of indulgence. Well, it is Christmas after all… Ingredients For the sponge: 5 eggs, separated 125g light brown soft sugar 40g cocoa […]

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5 Festive Sweet Treats

Whether you’re looking to have something stashed away in the cupboard to snack on whilst you’re watching a movie, or impressing friends and family with a show-stopping dessert for your Christmas dinner, one of the best things about Christmas is getting the opportunity to bake (and eat!) a variety of sweet treats. So why not […]

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Christmas Cooking Essentials

One of the most wonderful things about the festive season is being able to provide your friends and family with a table full of delicious food. But, if the idea of cooking for a large group of people seems a little daunting, we’re here to save the day! We’ve put together a list of top […]

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Christmas Cooking Essentials

One of the most wonderful things about the festive season is being able to provide your friends and family with a table full of delicious food. But, if the idea of cooking for a large group of people seems a little daunting, we’re here to save the day! We’ve put together a list of top […]

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Classic Christmas Pudding

A gloriously fruity, rich, homemade Christmas pudding is easier to make than you might think! Serve with the accompanying recipe for brandy and ginger butter for a Christmas dessert your whole family will love. Ingredients For the Christmas pudding 50g blanched almonds, chopped 2 large cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped 200g candied peel, chopped […]

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8 Christmas Party Recipes

Christmas party season is here again! What better way is there to catch up with friends and family than throwing a festive soiree, filled with delicious nibbles and sweet treats? If you’re throwing a Christmas party this year, take a look at these fabulous party food recipes from some of our favourite bloggers, guaranteed to […]

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Ginger Glazed Ham

Perfect for Boxing Day dinner, this ham uses only five ingredients and is super simple to cook, meaning you can spend more time with family and less time in the kitchen! Ingredients 2kg boneless gammon joint 2.5L ginger ale 2 tsp allspice berries, whole 1 tsp allspice berries, crushed 300g light brown sugar 3 tbsp […]

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Gingerbread Christmas Biscuits

Gingerbread is one of those quintessential Christmas foods, and these festive biscuits are perfect for adding to a homemade gift hamper, decorating your tree with or simply as a go-to stash of sweet treats. Ingredients 75g unsalted butter, softened 50g caster sugar 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 50g golden syrup 2 egg yolks 250g plain […]

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Gingerbread Christmas Biscuits

Gingerbread is one of those quintessential Christmas foods, and these festive biscuits are perfect for adding to a homemade gift hamper, decorating your tree with or simply as a go-to stash of sweet treats. Ingredients 75g unsalted butter, softened 50g caster sugar 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 50g golden syrup 2 egg yolks 250g plain […]

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Scotch Eggs

Perfect for parties and buffets, this picnic classic is is extra special thanks to a hidden layer of bacon. Ingredients 12 large eggs 800g cumberland sausages, skinned 5 tbsp parsley, finely chopped 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp English mustard powder 12 rashers smoked, streaky bacon 85g plain flour 200g dried breadcrumbs 1L sunflower oil, […]

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6 Delicious Brussels Sprouts Recipes

We’re into full festive-menu planning here at Cooks Professional, and what’s one of the most famous Christmas dinner components of all? Brussels Sprouts! There’s no denying that Brussels sprouts are a staple of any Christmas dinner, but sadly they’ve been given a bad rep, often seen as the dreaded boiled-to-death, pale green ball your granny […]

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Sweet Chilli Jam

Add a little heat into the mix with this sweet chilli jam! Perfect for serving alongside cold cuts, this also makes a wonderful homemade gift for the chilli fan in your life. Ingredients 8 red peppers, deseeded and chopped 10 red chillies, chopped 3 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped 8 cloves of garlic, […]

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Deep-Filled Mince Pies

There’s no denying it – Christmas is in full swing! And is there anything more ‘Christmassy’ than a good old mince pie? No, we don’t think so either. Ingredients 225g cold butter, cubed 350g plain flour 100g icing sugar 410g jar mincemeat Method Begin by heating your oven to 200°C / 180°c Fan / Gas […]

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Pumpkin Pie

It’s Thanksgiving in America today! To celebrate with our state-side friends, try giving this recipe for pumpkin pie a go – a staple dessert at any Thanksgiving table. Ingredients 750 pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks 350g sweet shortcrust pastry 140g caster sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg 1 tsp cinnamon […]

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12 Perfect Gifts for Foodie Fanatics

The smell of mulled wine and mince pies is beginning to fill the air, twinkling lights are being strung throughout town centres, and we’re starting to get that ‘Christmassy’ feeling. But the idea of trawling the high street or spending endless hours online looking for that perfect gift for friends and family can leave you […]

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Plum Crumble

The addition of ground almonds makes for a delicious, crunchy topping to cinnamon-spiced plums. The perfect dessert for cosying up on a winter’s evening. Ingredients For the filling: 800g plums, halved and stoned 50g light brown sugar 1 orange, zested 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp plain flour For the topping: 250g plain flour 150g butter […]

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Spiced Carrot & Lentil Soup

This delicious, warming soup is guaranteed to bring comfort on a cold night. It’s super easy to make, and can easily be prepared using a soup maker. Ingredients 2 tsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes 2 tbsp olive oil 600g carrots, grated 140g split red lentils 1L vegetable stock, hot 125ml milk Method […]

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Onion Bhajis

Crispy, homemade onion bhajis make the perfect side dish for your Saturday night takeaway, and are surprisingly easy to make! Ingredients 2 onions, finely sliced 100g gram flour 1/2tsp baking powder 1/2tsp chilli powder 1/2tsp turmeric 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped Vegetable oil, for frying Method Begin by soaking the onions in some […]

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

Guaranteed to please all the family, sticky toffee pudding is one of the ultimate indulgent desserts, and is perfect for hunkering down on a cosy winter night in front of the TV. Ingredients For the pudding: 225g medjool dates, chopped 175ml boiling water 1tsp vanilla extract 175g self-raising flour 1tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 eggs […]

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French Onion Soup

There’s nothing better to warm you up on a cold night than a big, comforting bowl of soup and this recipe is guaranteed to do the job! Ingredients 50g butter 1 tbsp olive oil 1kg onions, thinly sliced 1 tsp sugar 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced 2 tbsp plain flour 250ml dry white wine […]

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Christmas Cake

The festive season is right around the corner, and November is the perfect time to start making your Christmas cake so you can feed it with brandy, whisky or rum ready for a rich, delicious cake on the big day! Ingredients 1kg mixed dry fruit 1 orange, zest and juice 1 lemon, zest and juice […]

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Homemade Toffee Apples

It’s Bonfire Night! And what better treat to tuck into on a crisp, autumnal evening than a delicious toffee apple – perfect for nibbling on as you gaze in awe at the firework displays. Ingredients 8 apples (preferably granny smiths) 400g golden caster sugar 1 tsp cider vinegar 4 tbsp golden syrup Method Pop the […]

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Chickpea & Coriander Burgers

This delicious vegetarian burger is super simple to make, and combines coriander, cumin and lemon zest for a real flavour punch. Ingredients 400g chickpeas 1 lemon, zested and juiced 1 tsp cumin Small bunch of coriander, chopped 1 egg 100g breadcrumbs 1 red onion, 1/2 sliced & 1/2 diced 1 tbsp olive oil 4 wholemeal […]

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Halloween Biscuits

A spooky treat that the kids will love joining in and helping with this Halloween, these delicious biscuits also make a unique alternative to the usual trick-or-treat offerings! Ingredients 200g unsalted butter, softened 200g golden caster sugar 1 large egg ½ tsp vanilla extract 400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting Ready made decorative icing tubes Multiple […]

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Bake Off 2019: Episode 10 Round Up

It’s finally here; the Bake Off final. We’ve seen many a talented baker come and go through the tent so far this year, leaving the absolute creme de la creme to reach the final. But who would beat them all to claim the Bake Off 2019 crown? Let’s find out! Signature challenge: Chocolate cake For […]

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Spicy Pork Bao Buns

These classic Chinese fluffy, steamed buns filled with hoisin-spiced pork are the perfect addition to any party buffet or platter of canapés. Ingredients For the buns: 7g fast-acting dried yeast 2 tbsp vegetable oil 2 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp caster sugar 1 tbsp milk powder 350g plain flour For the filling: 400g pork fillet […]

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Vanilla Crème Brûlée

Easier to make than you might expect, this crème brûlée consists of a rich, vanilla custard topped with an irresistible layer of harden caramel. Perfect for your next dinner party. Ingredients 250ml double cream 75ml milk 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out 4 eggs, yolks only 6 tbsp caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract Method […]

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Autumnal Toad in the Hole

Sausages baked inside a giant Yorkshire pudding! No wonder toad in the hole is a traditional family favourite, and this recipe also contains an autumnal twist in the form of baked apples that adds a sweetness to the dish. Ingredients 100g plain flour 1 egg, beaten 300ml milk 1 onion, sliced 1 apple, sliced 6 […]

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Bake Off 2019: Episode 8 Round Up

It was the return of the classic pastry week last night in the Bake Off tent. Pastry has felled many a competent baker; who would rise to meet the challenge, and who would be left with a soggy bottom? Let’s find out! Signature challenge: Savoury tarte tatin For the first pastry challenge, the bakers were […]

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Bake Off 2019: Episode 8 Round Up

It was the return of the classic pastry week last night in the Bake Off tent. Pastry has felled many a competent baker; who would rise to meet the challenge, and who would be left with a soggy bottom? Let’s find out! Signature challenge: Savoury tarte tatin For the first pastry challenge, the bakers were […]

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Chicken & Ham Pie

Packed with flavour, this chicken & ham pie is the perfect family comfort food to tuck into. Ingredients 6 chicken breasts, cut into cubes 3 carrots, chopped 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed 2 stalks of celery, chopped 2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped 850ml chicken stock 50g butter 2 onions, chopped 50g plain flour 300ml milk […]

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The history of chocolate

Every week is chocolate week here at Cooks Professional. Who doesn’t love a tasty treat with a cuppa on your break? Or nibbling on your favourite bar during lunch? And you can’t sit down and watch a film without sampling some decadent truffles, can you? Chocolate has become a popular treat for many over the […]

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

We’ve taken this popular autumn drink and given it a new lease of life in cake form! Pumpkin spiced sponge covered in an espresso butter cream makes this one delicious treat. Ingredients For the cake: 210g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp pumpkin spice 60g unsalted butter, melted 4 tbsp vegetable oil 135g […]

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

We’ve taken this popular autumn drink and given it a new lease of life in cake form! Pumpkin spiced sponge covered in an espresso butter cream makes this one delicious treat. Ingredients For the cake: 210g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp pumpkin spice 60g unsalted butter, melted 4 tbsp vegetable oil 135g […]

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Classic Shepherd’s Pie

Is there anything better than cosying up on a chilly autumn evening and tucking into a delicious shepherd’s pie? No, we don’t think so either! Ingredients 1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 onion, chopped 3 carrots, chopped 500g lamb mince 150g frozen peas 2 tbsp tomato puree 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 500ml beef stock 900g potato, […]

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Classic Shepherd’s Pie

Is there anything better than cosying up on a chilly autumn evening and tucking into a delicious shepherd’s pie? No, we don’t think so either! Ingredients 1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 onion, chopped 3 carrots, chopped 500g lamb mince 150g frozen peas 2 tbsp tomato puree 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 500ml beef stock 900g potato, […]

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Bake Off 2019: Episode 7 Round Up

It was another first in the Bake Off tent this week as we saw the bakers get stuck in with festival-themed bakes. There were some unusual challenges, but who would come out on top? And who would be the next baker to leave the tent? Let’s find out! Signature challenge: Festival buns For the first […]

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Bake Off 2019: Episode 7 Round Up

It was another first in the Bake Off tent this week as we saw the bakers get stuck in with festival-themed bakes. There were some unusual challenges, but who would come out on top? And who would be the next baker to leave the tent? Let’s find out! Signature challenge: Festival buns For the first […]

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Butternut Ravioli

This vegetarian ravioli is made using fresh pasta dough, stuffed with creamy butternut and finished with a sage butter. A truly warming treat for a cosy night in! Ingredients 1 onion, finely chopped 2 tbsp olive oil 50g butter 1 clove of garlic, crushed 600g butternut squash, peeled and diced 60ml dry white wine 1 […]

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Butternut Ravioli

This vegetarian ravioli is made using fresh pasta dough, stuffed with creamy butternut and finished with a sage butter. A truly warming treat for a cosy night in! Ingredients 1 onion, finely chopped 2 tbsp olive oil 50g butter 1 clove of garlic, crushed 600g butternut squash, peeled and diced 60ml dry white wine 1 […]

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Rise of the vegan

It seems everybody and their aunt is going vegan these days. The lifestyle choice has risen in popularity in recent years, and has become the latest food trend. Perhaps thanks to the influence of celebrities or influencers across social media, but for whatever reason, the label “vegan” no longer carries the same hippie connotations that […]

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Rise of the vegan

It seems everybody and their aunt is going vegan these days. The lifestyle choice has risen in popularity in recent years, and has become the latest food trend. Perhaps thanks to the influence of celebrities or influencers across social media, but for whatever reason, the label “vegan” no longer carries the same hippie connotations that […]

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Bake Off 2019: Episode 6 Round Up

After the dramatic double elimination last week, we wondered what Paul and Prue would have next in store for the bakers. This week was the classic dessert week! But how did the bakers get on? Let’s find out. Signature challenge: Layered meringue cake To start off dessert week, the bakers were asked to make a […]

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Bake Off 2019: Episode 6 Round Up

After the dramatic double elimination last week, we wondered what Paul and Prue would have next in store for the bakers. This week was the classic dessert week! But how did the bakers get on? Let’s find out. Signature challenge: Layered meringue cake To start off dessert week, the bakers were asked to make a […]

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Vegan Smoothie Bowl

Made with mango, banana and pineapple, this vegan tropical smoothie bowl is packed full of flavour and will bring a bit of sunshine to a rainy morning. Ingredients 1 mango, peeled and cut into chunks 2 bananas 200g pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks 2 tbsp of coconut yoghurt 150ml coconut milk 2 passion fruit, […]

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Vegan Smoothie Bowl

Made with mango, banana and pineapple, this vegan tropical smoothie bowl is packed full of flavour and will bring a bit of sunshine to a rainy morning. Ingredients 1 mango, peeled and cut into chunks 2 bananas 200g pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks 2 tbsp of coconut yoghurt 150ml coconut milk 2 passion fruit, […]

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Asparagus Soup

This delicious, super-green soup is packed full of nutrient rich, healthy vegetables. Perfect if you’re looking to add a few more veggies (and colour) into your diet! Ingredients 25g butter 1 tsp vegetable oil 350g asparagus, chopped, tips reserved 3 shallots, finely sliced 3 cloves of garlic, crushed 2 large handfuls of spinach 700ml vegetable […]

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