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CHRISTMAS RECIPE: Mince Pies – back by popular demand!

You know it’s officially Christmas when you can smell the sweet smell of pastry firming in the oven and can see the mincemeat bubbling away underneath the star shaped lids. Here’s our recipe that makes about 50 mini mince pies using a sweet, rich shortcrust pastry.

MINCEMEAT

INGREDIENTS

  • 450g/1 lb raisins
  • 450g/1 lb currants
  • 225g/½ lb candied peel
  • 225g/½ lb finely chopped vegetable fat e.g coconut
  • 450g/1 lb finely grated cooking apples
  • 450g/1 lb sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1½ teaspoons allspice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 250ml/8ozs brandy or rum

 

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RECIPE: Asparagus risotto

Asparagus Risotto –  (as taken from the Cookery School Handbook.)

Risotto follows the same principle as other rice recipes in that liquid is used to cook the rice and is absorbed by the end of the cooking time. But risotto always cooks in stock and/or wine and not water. Unlike when cooking plain or basmati rice, risotto is stirred continuously during cooking to release the starch in the rice grains,

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RECIPE: Pizza

It’s National Pizza Day on 9th February (yes that is such a thing!) so we thought it no better time to share our homemade pizza recipe. It’s really easy to make and so much tastier than anything store bought (with no nasty preservatives!).

This recipe serves four as a main course.

To make the dough…

 

INGREDIENTS

– 450g/1 lb strong white flour

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Happy 15th Birthday to us!

To celebrate our 15th birthday this February, we wanted to compile a list of 15 of our favourite Cookery School facts – but we got carried away!

 

Did you know…

 

ENVIRONMENTAL

1. We make sure that our suppliers deliver our produce in containers that we use again and again so to eliminate one-use plastics. We store all our food in glass containers and never use cling film!

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RECIPE: Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

This soup is one of our favourites! Jerusalem artichokes are often underrated but to us they are perfectly delicious when in season. This soup is very good for your gut as it contains strong prebiotic properties that stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the body. Antioxidents are abundant so these root vegetables do you the world of good!

INGREDIENTS

– 450g/1lb Jerusalem artichokes

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Chasing The Sunshine

We’ve transported ourselves from the grey British skies to the blue Mediterranean seas by sharing our calamari recipe with the wonderful people at Villa Plus, one of the UK’s leading travel companies.

Villa Plus are highlighting recipes from the top European foodie destinations and have showcased one of our favourite seafood dishes.

‘Eat Like a Local’ is a campaign by Villa Plus, inspired by their customers’ love of immersing themselves in culture,

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A VEGGIE CHRISTMAS RECIPE: Vegan Nut Roast

This recipe is perfect for a vegetarian Christmas meal. It’s super healthy and great for the gut as it includes ingredients such as chickpeas, nuts, parsley and olive oil. The chickpea water is used instead of eggs for binding the nut roast, making it vegan.

INGREDIENTS

1 tin chickpeas (450g)

Good handful of finely chopped thyme or oregano

1 medium onion finely chopped

1 large carrot very finely grated

¼ cup olive oil 1 teaspoon salt

250g nuts of choice finely chopped

A good dash of tobasco

4 tablespoons polenta

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

A good handful of chopped parsley

Serve with cranberry relish for a wonderful Christmas treat

 

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CHRISTMAS RECIPE: Mulled Wine Cabbage

One of our favourite side dishes for this time of year! It has a rich flavour and looks so striking!

 

INGREDIENTS

1½ lb red cabbage finely shredded 3 apples finely diced
2 onions finely chopped 3 tablespoons tomato sauce
3 cloves garlic finely chopped ½ cup tomato passata
¼ cup olive oil juice of 1 lemon/1tablespoon wine vinegar
1 cup red wine 1 tablespoon sugar –

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CHRISTMAS RECIPE: Mince Pies

Nothing says ‘Christmas’ more than the warming scent of mince pies baking in the oven. What could be more festive!  We have included our recipes for both the mincemeat and the pastries below.

The pastry uses a sweet, rich shortcrust. Makes about 50 mini mince pies.

Mincemeat

INGREDIENTS

  • 450g/1 lb raisins
  • 450g/1 lb currants
  • 225g/½ lb candied peel
  • 225g/½ lb finely chopped vegetable fat eg coconut
  • 450g/1 lb finely grated cooking apples
  • 450g/1 lb sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1½ teaspoons allspice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 250ml/8ozs brandy or rum

 

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Gut Health + Mixed Pulse Salad Recipe

‘Gut health’ is the word on everyone’s lips – and with good reason! UK’s top gut expert, Tim Spector, was at Cookery School and loved our Mixed Pulse Salad. It’s great to boost prebiotics and utterly delicious.

 

The key for this salad is that we brown lots of leeks lightly in loads of extra virgin olive oil and use that as the oil to dress the salad alongside lemon juice,

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