Food & Wine

Chicken, Mushroom and Bacon Pie

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Nothing is more delicious on a rainy winters night than a tasty pie and this chicken, mushroom and bacon pie takes longer to cook and than a more conventional version, but the flavour is still SO good. Great winter comfort food for a few, or many.This makes enough for 2 pies in 6 inch pie […]

Wines

Montepulciano Wines

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My wife and I and some friends spent a wonderful holiday in Umbria many years ago, and one day decided to visit this ancient town. It just happened to be on the day of the barrel races. The wine from this area is still a favourite of mine. Standing high atop a hill in southern […]

Hints & Tips

Perfect Batter

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Nothing beats the crispy crunch and delicate flavor of batter-fried fish and seafood. While the simplest coating for fried fish is simple seasoned flour, batters form a protective coating that seals in flavor and has a pleasing texture. For those of you with a fat phobia, properly deep fried foods should never be greasy. Just […]

Chinese

Slow Cooked Spare Ribs

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If you’re in a hurry, forget this recipe – it takes four hours to cook. You might think that there are far too many ingredients for the sauce, but once tasted you will never make any of the quick versions again. Try this recipe – you’ll love it as the meat just literally falls off […]

Hints & Tips

Perfect Pasta

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The formula for pasta seems oh-so-obvious: water + pasta = dinner—right? But sometimes it’s the supposedly simple things that prove to be the trickiest. It turns out the window for pasta perfection — not too mushy yet not too chewy — is dangerously slim. And then there are all the other factors to consider. Should […]

Food & Wine

Indonesian Sate

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Forget bunging together some peanut butter and some soy sauce and then dipping some bits of pork in it. This authentic recipe came from a supermarket give away magazine and is the pukka thing. I don’t cook this, my wife does, and let me tell you it takes two days to prepare. But it’s worth […]

Food & Wine

The Full English Breakfast

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The Full English. The Full Monty. A fry-up. Call it what you want, but there are few nations in this world that do breakfast better than the British. Just look at what the French eat for breakfast! Digging into a piping hot fry up is a is an experience that can set you up for […]

Chinese

Authentic Chow Mein

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Chow mein, (in Mandarin “ch’ao mien”) meaning “stir-fried noodles,” originated in Northern China. While the chow mein served in takeaways and Chinese restaurants has been altered to appeal to Western tastes, Some people confuse chow mein with stir fry and add lots of veg, but chow mein is a noodle dish and should be kept very simple but tasty. This […]

Chinese

Essential Chinese Sauces

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Whatever you do, do NOT buy chinese sauces from your local supermarket. In practically every town or city you will find a chinese supermarket. This is the place to buy your sauces. They are full strength and not watered down. Soy Sauce(酱油) Soy sauce should be come firstly since it is the basic for many […]

Meat Dishes

Toad in the Hole

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Toad in the Hole is a classic British recipe and a meaty variation on a Yorkshire pudding when filled with delicious British sausages. … There is no definite origin to the name Toad in the Hole but originally as the dish used sausage meat the finished dish probably resembled toads in the batter. Ingredients For the batter 225 gms/8 oz plain flour salt […]

Food & Wine

Cod wrapped in Prosciuto

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An alternative to fried fish and chips on a Friday night. I’m always drawn to recipes that are simple, yet impressive. This prosciutto-wrapped cod recipe is definitely that. Who says elegant dinners need to take all day? Seriously, no one has time for that. This delicious meal only takes 20 minutes to make. Total. It couldn’t be […]

Chinese

Sweet and Sour Pork

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Sweet and sour pork is a Chinese dish particularly popular in westernised Cantonese cuisine and may be found all over the world.  It is also common to find the sweet and sour sauce cooked with sliced green peppers, onions and pineapple before it is poured over the meat. but this is more simple. Ingredients 1/2 kg boneless pork […]