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Chicken with Creamy Mushrooms

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Ingredients For The Chicken: 1 1/2 pounds (700g) boneless skinless chicken thighs (around 6-8 fillets) 1 teaspoon each onion powder and garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon each of dried thyme and rosemary 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil For The Sauce: 1 tablespoon butter 8 ounces (250 g) sliced brown […]

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Best Ports For Christmas

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Port is one of those drinks that, for some reason, has become entwined with Christmas in the UK. Perhaps it’s the rich, fruity, slightly spiced flavour of the fortified wine that makes it feel so festive, or the fact that Christmas is the only time of year when it somehow feels essential to have a […]

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Beef Hachee with Red Cabbage

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Hachée is a traditional Dutch stew based on diced meat, and vegetables. Hachee based on beef, onions and acid is a typical example of traditional Dutch cuisine. Clove and bay leaves are added to the thick gravy. It is usually served with potatoes and red cabbage. Ingredients 1.5 kilos of stewing steak 1 tbsp flour 2 […]

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Cottage Pie

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Here’s another dish that the good people of The Netherlands had never heard of until I arrived on the scene. Wilma has given the recipe to many of her friends and family who love it as a mid-week easy to make dish. Ingredients 2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil 350 gms minced beef 1 white […]

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Burgundy Wines

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The grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produce the best wines on the planet. Nearly everyone who has tasted these wines from various regions will confirm what sommeliers and wine experts have long accepted: the optimal place to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is Burgundy. The region’s terroir and climate are ideally suited for these grapes. […]

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Sweet Potato with Lemon and Oregano

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My wife had never heard of sweet potato until I arrived in The Netherlands. Also unheard of was parsnips. Now both a firm favourite with her and the numerous friends she has told about these lovely vegetables. Ingredients 1 large sweet potato 1 tsp of oregano 2 tsp of olive oil 1/2 lemon Method Warm […]

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Beef Bourguigon Style

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A mixture of different versions of Beef Bourguigon recipes which I find works best for me. I am not a lover of carrot which is in most recipes but not one from James Martin who I trust because he trained in France. Ingredients 500 gms of stewing beef 2 bay leaves 2 tbsp plain flour […]

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Valdepenas Wines

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Valdepenas is a wine-producing zone in the south of Castilla-La Mancha, central Spain. It is almost entirely surrounded by the larger La Mancha region. Valdepenas takes its name from the ancient city of the same name that lies in a sunbaked river valley dotted with small rocky formations – the reason it was named ‘Val de peñas‘ (‘Valley of […]

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Broccoli and Mushroom Noodles

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This is a combination of recipes from over the years, but the basic recipe came from my tutor at Chinese cooking evening classes back in the 1980’s. Ingredients 250g lardons 1 vegetable stock cube 2 nests medium egg noodles 1 small head broccoli, broken into florets 1 tbsp sesame oil, plus extra to serve 250g pack […]

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Liver, Bacon and Onions

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Liver, bacon and onions. Love it or hate it.  As a child, I hated it. Now I’m all grown up, this happens to be one of my favourite meals. It’s strange how our taste changes over time. My mother used to make this mid-week when I was a child and I would always enjoy the mashed potato, […]

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Five-Spice Roast Chicken Drumsticks

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Chinese five spice powder is an Asian spice mix that usually contains star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and fennel seeds. As with anything, there are variations, even when you buy the spice mix pre-made. Ginger, nutmeg, turmeric and even orange peel can show up in your five spice powder. This baked chicken recipe is a […]

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Cooking Hints

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Do Not Refrigerate Did you know that if you keep cucumbers, tomatoes and green peppers out of the refrigerator they will keep fresh longer. Easily Break Down Poultry A butcher’s trick for breaking down poultry: First, separate the legs from the body. Next, separate drumsticks from the thighs. Then, separate the wings from the body. Place […]

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