Toad in the Hole

Toad in the Hole is a classic British meal which thankfully contains neither frogs nor potholes. Ingredients * 6 pork sausages * 2 eggs * 100g flour * 50g butter/margerine, melted * 100 mL water * 50 mL milk * a pinch of salt * 1 onion * ¾ teaspoon of sage * a little […]

Spaghetti Bolognese

Yes, I know Spag Bol isn’t actually Italian, but it is Italian-style. The sauce doesn’t just have to be served with spaghetti – any other pasta will do, as would chips, baguettes, garlic bread or jacket potato. Ingredients 450g tin of chopped tomatos 500g of lean minced beef, frozen 4 rashers of pancetta or smoked […]

Penne Gorgonzola

Ingredients 450g tin of chopped tomatoes or pasatta sauce 100g gorgonzola 150g – 200g penne or other pasta Method If using tinned tomatoes, put them in a blender and liquify. Heat over a medium flame. Cook the penne, following the instructions on the packaging. Chop the gorgonzola into 1/2 inch cubes. Drain the pasta. Put […]

Neopolitan Sauce

A very simple Italian tomato sauce, suitable for pasta. Ingredients 450g tin of chopped tomatos 1 medium onion, chopped 2 to 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped some fresh chopped basil or oregano (or both) salt and pepper to taste some olive oil Method Fry the onions and garlic in the olive oil until they […]

Dahl

Ingredients 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon garam masala 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chilli powder 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds 200g red lentils 1 litre of boling vegetable stock (2 veg Oxo{TM} cubes mixed with 1 litre […]

Chicken Curry

This is a korma-like chicken curry. Ingredients 2 to 3 chicken breasts, skins and bones removed 1 medium onion, chopped 450g tin of chopped tomatos 300g unsweetened natural yoghurt 1/2 teaspoon garam masala 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 tablespoon corriander 2 tablespoons vegetable oil some powdered chilli – adjust quantity to taste […]

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Traditionally, Carbonara sauce includes raw egg, but that of course carries with it a risk of salmonela infection. My recipe instead uses white sauce as a substitute. Ingredients 4 rashers of pancetta or smoked bacon 1 medium onion, chopped 2 to 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried chopped basil 1 […]

Thai Pork Curry

Ingredients 350g pork, chopped into 1 inch cubes 1 onion, chopped 1 yellow capsicum, chopped 2 stalks of lemon grass, chopped 140g rice 400 mL coconut milk 2 tablespoons fish sauce 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon basil 1/4 tablespoon mint some powdered chilli – adjust quantity to taste, but remember: […]

Chilli con Carne

Ingredients * 2, 3 or 4 (depending on how hot you like it!) chilli peppers, deseeded and chopped * 500g minced beef * 450g tin of chopped tomatos * 450g tin of red kidney beans or mixed beans, drained * 1 green pepper, chopped * 1 medium onion, chopped * 1 or 2 sticks of […]

Empanadas

Empanadas are the Mexican equivalent of the Cornish Pasty. Fill with any flavoursome tex-mex-style filling, such as Chilli con Carne, Refried Beans, Corned Beef Hash or the potato filling below. Ingredients Pastry 250g plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup of vegetable oil (yes you, read right… 1/2 a cup!) 1/2 […]