Category Archives: Recipes

Green Pancakes

Makes 6

Ingredients

2 large eggs
200ml milk
2 tbsp melted butter
75g frozen spinach, partially thawed, or 150g cooked fresh spinach, drained 

Pinch of salt 

110g plain flour.

Method

Sift flour and salt into mixing bowl.
Break the eggs into a well in the centre.
Start to whisk the eggs, gradually adding the milk (or use a blender).
Add spinach and whisk until incorporated. Just before cooking stir in melted butter. Cook the pancakes in the usual way. Serve scattered with grated cheese or fill with tuna in white sauce. 

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Spring Greens with Olive Oil and Lemon Dressing

Ingredients

1 bunch of spring greens, tough stalks removed and leaves shredded.

Dressing: 

100ml olive oil
Juice of 1 or 2 lemons, to taste
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp chopped dill
1 garlic clove, crushed.

Method

Mix all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the juice of 1 lemon to start with, taste and add more as you prefer. 

Cook the greens in a pan of boiling water for about 3 mins, until just tender. Drain and toss them in just enough of the dressing to coat, and then serve straight away. 

If there is any dressing left over, it can be stored for a while in a screw-topped jar in the fridge.

Crispy curly kale

Ingredients

200g curly kale, shredded, washed and dried
Olive oil
Salt
1tbsp. sesame seeds – optional
Demerara sugar – optional

Method

Heat oven to 200 degrees.

In large bowl, mix kale, oil, salt and sesame seeds, so the kale is coated.

Spread out on baking tray, sprinkle with a little demerara sugar, and roast for 15–20 mins, turning halfway through. The kale should be partly crispy, partly soft.

 

Stuffed Tomatoes

Ingredients

4 large tomatoes
85g cooked peas
85g cooked sweetcorn

Method

Halve the tomatoes, scoop out the pulp and mix in a bowl with the peas, sweetcorn and a little salt and pepper. Pile this mixture back into the tomato cases. These can be served at room temperature or cooked for a short while in a moderate oven.

Pear and mincemeat crumble cake

 

Use up any mincemeat you have over from Christmas for this tasty cake.

Ingredients

4 pears
3 tbsp. golden caster sugar
1 tsp. mixed spice
250g softened butter
250g golden caster sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 large eggs
200g self raising flour
100g ground almonds
7 tbsp. plain flour
6 tbsp. mincemeat

Method

Peel and core the pears. Cut into thumb-size pieces.

Put the pears, 2 tbsp. of caster sugar and 2 tbsp. of water in a saucepan and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes to tenderise.

Add the spice and leave to cool.

Heat the oven to 160C(140C fan)/Gas 3.

Grease and line the base and sides of a round, deep 20cm cake tin.

Cream the butter, sugar, vanilla and a little salt together.

Beat in the eggs and self raising flour. Then fold in the ground almonds.

Remove 85g of the batter into a small bowl and mix in the plain flour to make a crumbly looking mix.

Spoon half the cake batter into the cake tin. Top with half the pears and dot over half the mincemeat. Add the remaining batter, top with the rest of the pears and mincemeat and then the crumble mix. Sprinkle over the last tablespoon of sugar.

Bake for 1½ hours. Cover with foil after one hour.

Cool in the tin for ten minutes then cool on a rack.

Chocolate and Beetroot Cake

We enjoyed this one at the 2015 Harvest Festival.

Ingredients

50 g cocoa powder
180g plain flour
1.25 teaspoons baking powder
250g castor sugar
300g fresh cooked beetroot (cook whole with skin on and then remove skin)
3 eggs
200 ml corn oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

Prepare a 7” cake tin – line the bottom with greaseproof paper and tie 2 layers of newspaper round the outside.

Sift cocoa, flour and baking powder together. Stir in the sugar and leave on one side.

Puree or liquidise the beetroot, put in a clean bowl and then stir in the eggs, corn oil and vanilla.

Make a well in the dry ingredients and stir in the beetroot mixture. Mix gently and then pour into the tin.

Bake at Gas Mark 4 / 160 degrees C for approx 40 minutes.

It will be done when a skewer comes out clean and surface is cracked. Dust with icing sugar. If you like, split it open and fill with a chocolate icing.

Chocolate icing – mix together 100 g icing sugar, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 30 g margarine and 1.5 tablespoons of hot milk. Beat well until smooth. Use to ice a cake or fill the middle.

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons sunflower or olive oil
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
Half a teaspoon ground cumin
Half a teaspoon ground cinnamon
Half a teaspoon ground ginger
Quarter teaspoon ground cloves
Ground black pepper
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1kg butternut squash
750 ml vegetable stock
1 tin chickpeas
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (or similar)
1 tbs lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Method

Peel and chop the onion & garlic.
Peel the butternut squash and cut into chunks.
Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onion and garlic
Cook gently for 2-3 minutes until beginning to soften, then add the spices, sugar and butternut squash
Cook for 5 minutes, stirring until fragrant.
Pour in the stock and bring to the boil.
Simmer gently until the squash is tender.
Add the chickpeas, Tabasco and lemon juice.
Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
Puree the mixture in a food processor or with a handheld blender until smooth. Serve piping hot, with a sprinkling of cayenne if liked.