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Hey guys I’ve been away for while with family stuff but I’ve recorded some vids in that time and uploaded them to my youtube channel. Some awesome recipes now in easy to follow videos. Please give them a check out, like, comment and subscribe for more awesome content coming! Thanks guys.

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Almond and apricot samosas

Now and again I feel like something sweet or a dessert so I made some almond and apricot samosas and they’re super quick, cheap and scrummy.

1 packet or spring roll pastry

1 egg, beaten

3.5oz (100g) butter

3.5oz (100g) caster sugar

1 egg, beaten

3.5oz (100g) ground almonds

0.35oz (10g) flour

Pre-heat deep fryer to 180c.

To make the frangipane, cream the butter and sugar until aerated and fluffy, gradually beat in one of the eggs. Mix in the almonds and flour then mix lightly.

Open the pastry packet and cut in half lengthways (cover with a damp cloth to stop it drying out).

Take a piece of pastry and pipe or spoon a little of the filling onto the pastry (just like in my chicken samosa recipe, refer back to that), fold diagonally 3-4 times to form triangular parcels (bushing with the beaten egg to seal.

When you get the end, brush the exposed edge with beaten egg, fold over and seal.

Deep fry for 4-5 minutes until evenly golden brown.

Hardly any cooking involved.

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Spicy Crab Cakes With Brown Meat Mayo

Another dish from the Anglesey visit, ‘the crab shop’ has fresh dressed crab daily so I couldn’t let that pass without having some and it was DELISH!!! you must visit this place.

14.1oz (400g) cooked white crab meat

3 spring onions, chopped

handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1 free-range egg, beaten

5.6oz (160g) mashed potatoes

1 chilli, diced

flour for dusting

2tbsp brown crab meat

3 tbsp mayo

pinch of ‘spicenutrition’ metabolic blend

In a large mixing bowl, combine the white crab meat, potatoes, spring onions, parsley, egg, chilli and a little salt, shape into about 5-6 little cakes and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Dust with flour and shallow fry for about 5-6 minutes either side until golden brown.

While these are cooking, mix the brown meat, pinch of ‘spicenutrition’ and mayo in a little bowl and season with pepper.

Enjoy

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Pan fried Sea bass with a laverbread butter sauce

I recently spent a week in Anglesey with my partner in a family lodge which is right next to the beach and came across ‘the crab shop’ in benllech, it was a tiny little shop but amazing for fresh fish daily! So I thought why not do a fish dish and one to represent wales with laver bread and it was delish…… if I do say so myself!

2 sea bass fillets

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

6 floz (175ml) vegetable stock, make with 1 stock cube

4 shallots, chopped fine

juice of half a lemon

8.8oz (250g) unsalted butter

2 tbsp laver bread

2 tbsp double cream

10.5oz (300g) spinach

pinch of cayenne pepper

1.7oz (50g) extra butter

Put the stock, vinegar and shallots in a saucepan and slowly reduce to by about half, turn the heat down to low then slowly add the butter a little at a time, making sure its melted before adding more, until you have a slightly thick sauce, season with salt, a pinch of cayenne and the lemon juice.

Strain the sauce into a jug and then pour back into the pan and onto a low heat.

In a separate saucepan add the cream and laver bread, bring to the boil and add half the beurre blanc sauce what you just made, then turn the heat to low.

Season the sea bass and place skin side down into a hot frying pan over a high heat for 3 minutes.

While this is cooking, put the extra butter and spinach into a separate pan over a medium heat to wilt then remove.

Flip then fish over for an extra 1-2 minutes.

Serve the sea bass on a bed of wilted spinach then pour the laver bread sauce around it and the beurre blanc around the edge.

Enjoy

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Chinese Sticky beef

Oriental sticky beef with soya noodles

12oz beef, cut thin
Thumb size piece of ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 chilli, chopped
5 spring onions, chopped
2oz edamame beans
1 red pepper, cut thin
2tbsp cornflour
2tbsp Chinese fivespice
3tbsp sweet chilli sauce
2tbsp tomato sauce
1tbsp white wine vinegar
2tbsp soy sauce
3tbsp oil
Salt and pepper

In a bowl mix together the sweet chilli sauce, tomato sauce, vinegar and one 1tbsp soy sauce then set aside.
Place the beef in a large mixing bowl and dust with the cornflour and fivespice, make sure all the beef is covered.
Next in a large frying pan, add the oil and over a medium heat fry for 5/6 minutes. Next add the sauce mix from the bowl along with the chilli, half the ginger and garlic and continue to fry for 6/7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While this is going, in a separate pan over a medium heat, add the soy, noodles, ginger, pepper and half the beans, mix well and heat through.
When the beef thickens up and becomes stick add the beans and spring onions.
Serve.

Sticky Beef

 

Different take on a cheesecake

Cheesecakes are a huge this in my family and everyone loves them so I wanted to make something a little different and use the cheese I was sent, so I thought id go with a jelly cheesecake. Please check the link at the bottom for ‘Rickettfieldcheese’

CHEESECAKE

5.2oz (150g) ‘Rickettfield apricot cheese

4 gelatine leaves

125ml milk

125ml double cream

2.8oz (80g) sugar

BASE

12floz water

9 apricots, peeled, pitted, chopped

14 oz (400g) sugar

4 gelatine leaves

Start by making the base, add the water, apricots and sugar to a large pan over a medium heat, bring to the boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes and remove from the heat.

Place 4 gelatine leaves in a bowl of cold water to soak for 5 minutes, meanwhile crush all the apricots in the bottom of the pan with a potato masher then strain through a cheese cloth or muslin and discard the pulp (I save for making jam), place back on a low heat, remove the gelatine leaves from the water then squeeze out any excess liquid, stir these into the apricot mixture, once dissolved remove from the heat and its now time to decide if you want a big cheesecake or little ones……. I went with little ones so pour the jelly into glasses (about halfway up) then into the fridge for about 1-2 hours to set.

When they’ve set you can get on with the topping.

Put the last 4 gelatine leaves into the bowl of cold water, meanwhile in a large pan over a medium heat add the milk, double cream and sugar heat while stirring until its just about to boil, remove the gelatine, squeeze out any excess liquid and stir into the mixture until dissolved then stir in the apricot cheese.

Pour this into the glasses over the apricot base then into the fridge for 1-2 hours until set and enjoy!

This takes little cooking and if done in a big bowl, its sure to wow everyone!

Rickettfieldcheese

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Courgette and Mint soup

I was asked for a fresh and light soup so I thought mint and courgette, not something I’ve ever thought about using in a soup before but I knew it would be fresh and light. I fell in love with this soup the second I tasted it! Give it a go.

3 medium courgettes, chopped

3 7inch sticks of celery, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

24floz (700ml) vegetable stock (made with 2 stock cubes)

Good handful of mint

salt and pepper

1.7oz (50g) butter

In a large pan over a medium heat, add the butter, onion and celery, cook for 3-4 minutes just to soften the onions and celery a little.

Add the courgettes, stir well and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, pour in the stock and season well with salt and pepper (this soup needs quite a lot of seasoning), turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes.

Add the mint then blend until smooth in a food processor or with a stick blender.

Cooking this is well worth it! Its so tasty and fresh!

Enjoy

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Parsnip soup seasoned with spicenutrition

With the weather just not playing ball and the rain setting in, I wanted something a little warming and I had some parsnips that needed using so this was perfect!

1 medium onion, chopped

1 glove of garlic, minced

1tbsp ‘spicenutrition immune supremacy’ blend of herbs & spices*

24floz (700ml) vegetable stock (made from 2 stock cubes)

26.4oz (750g) parsnips, chopped

1.7oz (50g) butter

In a large pan over a medium heat, add the butter and onions, cook for 3-4 minutes until starting to soften but not colour, add the garlic and ‘spicenutrition’ spice blend and stir well, cook for a further 2 minutes.

Add the parsnips and stir well no cover them in the seasonings, pour in the stock and bring to the boil, turn the heat down to a simmer for 25-30 minutes.

Blend the soup until smooth in a food processor or with a stick blender and serve up with a chunk of bread.

The smells around the house are fantastic while this is cooking!

*If you don’t have the spicenutrition blends then you can substitute with 1/2tsp cayenne powder & 1/2tsp roasted & crushed coriander seeds, although if you check the link below you will see the spicenutrition are a fantastic product and built to help your body naturally, I have to give big thanks to these guys for sending me their products.

Link here Spicenutrition

ParsnipSoup

 

 

Creamy bacon & asparagus fettuccine

3 packs of fresh lasagne sheets, cut into ribbons

13-15 small asparagus spears, blanched and cut into 1cm pieces

1 pack of smoked bacon, cut into batons

handful of fresh parsley, chopped

3 eggs, beaten

5oz parmesan plus a little extra for sprinkling, finely grated

1tbsp vegetable oil

salt & pepper

Add the pasta to a pan of salted boiling water, over a high heat and leave to cook for 4-5 minutes.

In a separate frying pan over a medium heat, add the oil and bacon, fry for 3-4 minutes, add the asparagus for 1 minute just to warm through and set aside.

By this time the pasta should be cooked so drain but save a little of the cooking water in the pan (only half a cup).

Put the pasta back into the pan, add the bacon & asparagus mixture, eggs, parmesan and parsley, season with salt and pepper.

Give everything a huge stir while cooking for only 30 seconds to just cook the eggs a little and serve up with the extra parmesan sprinkled on top.

Enjoy.

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