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Ricky Murray

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Creamy Vegetable Mascarpone Pasta

This is a real comfort food dish! It will make you go back for more. A fave in my family and im sure once you make it then it will be in yours. Its a no fuss recipe and so easy but so tasty.

1 pack of mediterranean vegetables

Handfull of mushrooms, halved

Handfull of fresh basil, chopped

Handful of cherry tomatoes

3 garlic gloves, chopped

1 tub of mascarpone cheese

3oz  dried fusilli pasta

Pack of feta cheese

Pinch of paprika

Pre-heat oven to 200c (gar mark 6).

This meal really is no fuss and doesn’t take much time at all so get the pasta into salted boiling water straight away.

Next add a glug of oil to a pan over a medium heat along with the garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes, next add the mascarpone, and 2-3 ladles of the starchy pasta water, stir well until the mascarpone has melted and you have a nice sauce then finish off with a pinch of paprika (optional), stir in the basil and never forget to check the seasoning as you might need quite a bit of salt to bring the flavours of the veg out.

In a large mixing bowl mix together the veg, cooked drained pasta, sauce and crumble in half the feta, pour all this into a large baking tray and top with the rest of the feta.

Cover with foil and into the oven for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and cook for a further 10 minutes to brown the cheese.

Enjoy this with a nice slice of garlic bread or i like a nice chunk of bread and butter.

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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

 

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.

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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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Moules Marinière

I’m a huge lover of seafood and it was my dad that got me tasting seafoods when I was younger so I have him to thank for my love of this dish really! The mussels are the only thing that cost but even those are pretty cheap for a treat! the flavours are amazing. Sometimes I just want something to make the dish a little more filling so I went with linguine.

3lb mussels

1 Onion, diced

a bouquet garni of parsley, thyme and bay leaves (you can buy them in little teabag type things now)

1oz (30g) butter

2 1/2fl oz (73ml) fish stock

1 garlic clove, chopped

5fl oz (147ml) double cream

handful of parsley leaves, chopped

12oz (340g) linguine

Add the linguine to a large pan of salted boiling water over a high heat and leave to cook.

Wash the mussels under plenty of cold running water and discard any open ones that don’t close when lightly tapped on the side. Remove and fibrous beard coming from the shells and knock and large barnacles of with a knife, rinse again and remove any little pieces of shells.

Add the onion, garlic, bouquet garni and butter to a large high sided pan over a medium heat and soften, next crank the heat up, add the mussels and fish stock and cover to steam for 2-3 minutes, giving the pan a shake every now and then.

Remove the bouquet garni, drain the pasta and add to the mussels along with the cream and parsley.

Give everything a good stir and leave it cooking just for a further 1-2 minutes.

Enjoy

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Naan Bread With A Twist

Seen as the local farm has sent me their eight different flavours of soft cheeses I thought it was time to experiment again. Ever tried making naan bread with cheese? Nope I haven’t either! But it worked so good.

1tbsp ‘Rickett field’ garlic soft cheese

2tbsp milk

7oz plain flour

1tsp dried yeast

1tbsp veg oil

1tsp sugar

3tbsp butter

1tbsp black mustard seeds

In a jug add the yeast, sugar and 2 tbsp warm water, stir and leave in a warm place for 10 minutes until you have froth on the top.
While that’s happening, put the cheese and milk into a small bowl and stir to loosen it up then set aside. Next place the flour into a mixing bowl, stir in the cheese mixture, oil, mustard seeds then the active yeast mixture.
Mix together until you can tip it out on the side to knead for 10-15 minutes until you have a smooth dough.
Place back in the mixing bowl with a little oil, cover with a damp cloth then place in a warm place for 10-15 minutes to rise a little.
When risen, divide into 3 balls on a floured work surface but you can make more i just wanted large ones.
Roll out into oval shapes to about 1/2cm thick, you can cook in the oven but I like to do them in a frying pan.

Add 1tsp butter into a large pan over a high heat, when melted add the naan and fry until golden brown, flip over and add another tsp butter and cook the same.

While that’s cooking you can whip up some mint yoghurt to go nicely with them.

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Spinach and Cheese Lasagne

This week a local farm to me were kind enough to bring me some of their soft cheeses to cook with and create some recipes with. There’s eight different flavours as can be seen in the photos. “Rickett Field” soft cheeses are SO creamy and delicious and all the flavours are superb!! I have a few ideas in mind for the cheeses and today I went with a lasagne which turned out brilliant and non was left! These guys are in South Yorkshire, Bradfield, Dungworth and are on Facebook and Instagram. Give them a look!

10.5oz (300g) “Rickett Field” cheese with chives

4 fresh lasagne sheets, 1 extra for gaps

1 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

1 large carrot, diced

1 celery stick, diced

1 medium onion, diced

1tbsp tomato puree

2 garlic cloves, minced

1tbsp mint leaves, chopped

4tbsp hard cheese (I used parmesan)

2tbsp oil

6oz (170g) spinach leaves

Pre-heat oven to 220c (gas 7).

Add the oil, carrot, celery, onion and garlic to a pan over a medium to low heat and soften, you’re best doing it on a low to medium heat so that you don’t colour them.

While that’s cooking, place the spinach in a colander then pour over boiling water to wilt them, place in a tea towel and squeeze all the water out then set aside.

When the veg mix has softened after about 6-7 minutes, stir in the tomato puree and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes then simmer for around 20 minutes to thicken, season well with salt and pepper. Then with a food processor or hand blender puree the sauce which should be nice and thick and set aside.

To make the spinach filling just place the soft cheese, hard cheese of your choice, mint and spinach into a large bowl and mix well and again season with salt and pepper.

Next to build the dish just take a medium size oven proof dish, spread a layer of tomato sauce on the bottom followed by a lasagne sheet then spread a layer of cheese filling followed by tomato sauce and continue the process, top with tomato sauce & the rest of the cheese.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until bubbling nicely! Serve and drizzle over some extra virgin olive oil.

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