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Date Slices

Date Slices

This recipe really stands the test of time and I have been making it since the late 1970's. It is oat based and has no added sugar in the date filling. Made with a plant based or dairy free fat then it is suitable for vegans. What the current rage of clean eating, vegan and sugar free cakes, breakfast bars and superfoods then I suggest that you just give this old fashioned recipe a try. Dried apples, apricots and prunes all work well in the filling. Just substitute for the dates.

  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Lamb, Onion and Rosemary Skewers

Lamb, Onion and Rosemary Skewers

Leg of lamb is perfect for these dainty little skewers. Use small woody stems of rosemary and thread with the marinated lamb and onion. Make sure that the rosemary sprigs are not too fleshy or the meat will not thread. Grill over hot coals. This recipe makes 8 mini skewers, enough for 4 people as a starter or 2 people for a main course. Delicious served in pitta bread with some tzatziki.

 

  • Time: 30 mins plus marinating and cooking time
  • Complexity: medium

Leek and Parsley Soup

Leek and Parsley Soup

A simple and economical soup which is quick to make. Use oil instead of butter for a dairy free version.

  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Lemon, Garlic and Oregano Marinade

Lemon, Garlic and Oregano Marinade

A quick and easy marinade to use on barbecued/grilled cheese, meat or fish. Delicious to perk up halloumi cheese, salmon or lamb.

  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Pakora

Pakora

Delicious and very easy to make Indian snacks which are vegetarian/vegan and gluten free. Use thinly sliced potatoes in place of some of the spinach and onion for a change.

  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Pitta Bread Crisps

Pitta Bread Crisps

Such an easy way to use leftover over pitta breads or to make to go with dips at a party. These pitta bread crisps will keep in an airtight container for at least a week, if not longer.

  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

A fresh and summery salad which is just delicious by itself or as part of a mezze style meal. Tabbouleh is usually made with bulghur wheat but quinoa makes a great change and is also gluten free.

  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Rabbit (or Chicken) with Thyme

Rabbit (or Chicken) with Thyme

A simple supper dish which can be cooked in one pot.  Stir in creme fraiche or cream at the end of the cooking time for a special occasion.

  • Time: 2 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Red Bean and Cashew Rice

Red Bean and Cashew Rice

A savoury rice dish that can be eaten hot or cold. It makes a sustaining and filling vegan/vegetarian main course.

  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Red Onion Marmalade

Red Onion Marmalade

Sweet and sticky onion marmalade that is delicious with a plate of cheese or with a smooth chicken liver pate.

  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Red Poll Shin and Oxtail Stew

Red Poll Shin and Oxtail Stew

Red Poll is a native breed of Suffolk producing excellent beef. Your local butcher will be able to provide a whole oxtail and cut it into sections for you. Use well sourced meat that has been hung for at least 28 days. The stew must be slow cooked until the meat falls from the bones. Try and use shin if possible as although it takes longer to cook it makes a gorgeous more gelatinous, sticky and lip smacking gravy. It's a cheaper cut too.
This recipe is great for slow cooking on a camp fire fire and I always make it in my South African Potjie over smouldering logs. It works just as well made in a casserole or saucepan and cooked in the oven.

  • Time: Full cooking time is 4 hrs. Can be made ahead.
  • Complexity: medium

Roasted Rhubarb and Orange Compote

Roasted Rhubarb and Orange Compote

You can't beat the flavour and colour of the new seasons' forced rhubarb. Look out for it in January when it brings a welcome lift to the seasonal fruit offering. Eat this compote on yoghurt for breakfast, or with rice pudding, or on top of a cheesecake or just enjoy it as it is.

  • Time: 30 minutes plus cooling
  • Complexity: very easy

Salmon with Sumac, Lemon and Dill

Salmon with Sumac, Lemon and Dill

This is a Middle Eastern inspired dish with Sumac adding lemon citrus flavours and tartness to the fish. Sumac is a coarsely ground powder made from the berries of the Sumac bush, which is native to the Middle East and particularly notable in Iran. It is easy to find in Waitrose and other good supermarkets. Try this recipe with any other firm fleshed fish but make sure that if you plan to cook it on the barbecue that you keep the skin on as it helps prevent the fish from sticking to the grid.

 

  • Time: 15 minutes plus cooking time of about 10/15 minutes.
  • Complexity: easy

Vietnamese Pork Meatballs

Vietnamese Pork Meatballs

 

Fragrant and delicately spicy, these meatballs are quick to make in a food processor and can be steamed or fried. Serve the steamed meatballs in an Asian style vegetable broth and the fried meatballs with a dipping sauce. Makes 45 meatballs. 1 tablespoon of Thai fish sauce in the meatball mix and/or the broth will add a further depth to the flavour.

  • Time: 60 minutes which includes the steaming or frying time
  • Complexity: medium