Sweet Mustard Pork

Sweet Mustard Pork

 

Succulent pork tenderloin marinaded in a sweet mustard sauce and then roasted.

 

Sweet Mustard Pork
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: about 30 minutes
  • Marinading time: at least 30 minutes, overnight if possible
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes hob, 30 minutes oven

  • Ingredients
  • 450g (1 lb) pork fillet/tenderloin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Vegetables to serve
  • roasted, diced potatoes and carrots
  • peas

  • You will also need 2 small roasting tins/pans.


  1. Method
  2. For the mustard pork
  3. Mix together the maple syrup, mustard, garlic, oil, and seasoning. Then pour into a shallow dish. Now add the pork and turn to coat in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at at least 30 minutes; overnight if possible.

  4. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6).

  5. Remove the pork from the fridge to bring it up to room temperature.

  6. Meanwhile prepare the vegetables. Parboil a few potatoes and carrots for 7 minutes. Drain and leave for a few minutes until cool enough to handle. Then chop, put in a bowl and toss with a little olive oil.

  7. The vegetables and pork are roasted at the same time. So tip the vegetables into a small roasting tin/pan along with the olive oil and roast for about 30 minutes until they start to brown and crisp.

  8. Transfer the pork to the second tin/pan and pour over the marinade. Cover with foil and roast in the oven for 15 minutes. Then remove the foil and continue cooking for a further 10 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through and the juices run clear when tested with a skewer.

  9. Slice the pork and pour over the sticky pan juices. Serve with the roasted vegetables and accompany with peas.

Updated: February 20, 2019

Angie’s Potato Salad

Angie's Potato Salad

 

I have been making this potato salad for many years and it has now become a great family favourite. Cubed cooked potatoes and quartered boiled eggs are added to a seasoned mayonnaise which also incorporates diced celery, sliced green onions, and chopped parsley. It is a great addition to any salad or as an accompaniment to cold meats.

 

Angie's Potato Salad
Prepares: 6–8 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 900g (2 lb) waxy potatoes (about 6 medium)
  • 3 eggs
  • 240ml (8 fl oz) mayonnaise (1 cup)
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp celery seed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 celery stick, diced
  • 3 spring/green onions, thinly sliced (¼ cup)
  • 2 tbsp flat leaf/Italian parsley, chopped

  • You will also need a large serving bowl.


  1. Method
  2. Peel and cut the potatoes into even-sized chunks. Simmer in a pan of boiled, salted water for 20 minutes until just tender.

  3. The eggs need to be hard boiled, so add them to the pan with the potatoes after they have been cooking for 10 minutes and that way a second pan can be avoided being used.

  4. Once the potatoes and eggs are cooked, lift the eggs from the pan and pop them in a bowl of cold water to keep the yolks golden.

  5. Drain the potatoes, leave to steam dry and become cool.

  6. Meanwhile, in the serving bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, cider vinegar, mustard, celery seed, salt, diced celery, sliced onions, and the chopped parsley.

  7. Now cut the potatoes into roughly 1 inch cubes and add to the bowl. Gently stir them into the mayonnaise mixture so they are well coated.

  8. Finally remove the shells from the eggs and cut each one into four. Carefully add half of them to the potato salad and then decorate the top with the remaining quarters.

  9. Refrigerate until needed.

 

Floating Islands with Spun Sugar

Floating Islands with Spun Sugar

 

I saw Mary Berry create this recipe for floating islands on the Great British Bake Off Masterclass. I have always sprinkled cocoa powder over the meringue eggs (see here) but would certainly recommend this for a change.

 

Floating Islands with Spun Sugar
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 40 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the crème anglaise
  • 240ml (8 fl oz) full fat/whole milk (1 cup)
  • 180ml (7 fl oz) double cream/heavy cream (¾ cup)
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.), yolks only (reserve 3 egg whites for the meringue)
  • 85g (3 oz) caster/superfine sugar (⅓ cup)

  • For the meringues
  • 3 eggs, whites only (reserved from the crème anglaise)
  • 85g (3 oz) caster/superfine sugar (⅓ cup)

  • For the spun sugar
  • 115g (4 oz) caster/superfine sugar (½ cup)

  • You will also need a deep sided sauté or frying pan/skillet with lid and four shallow dessert bowls.


  1. Method
  2. For the spun sugar
  3. Melt the sugar, without stirring, in a small stainless steel pan over a medium heat. Meanwhile, cover a rolling pin with parchment. When the sugar turns a deep golden-brown remove the pan from the heat. Leave to cool slightly, about 30 seconds, then, using the back of a fork or a whisk, quickly flick the caramel backwards and forwards over the rolling pin. (Take care as the sugar will still be very hot.) Gather the strands into a rough ball shape while gently pulling upwards and place on a clean sheet of parchment paper.

  4. For the poaching liquid
  5. This will become the crème anglaise. Pour the milk and cream in the sauté or frying pan/skillet and stir in the vanilla. Then bring to a simmer over a low heat while making the meringue.

  6. For the meringues
  7. In a large grease-free bowl, using an electric hand whisk on fast speed, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form (or use the whisk attachment on a food mixer). Now gradually whisk in the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until stiff peaks form and the meringue is thick and glossy. 


  8. Have a glass or jug of water to hand. Then using two large tablespoons or serving spoons, shape large eggs from the meringue mixture, dipping the spoons in the water to help shape them and keep them smooth. The meringue should make 4 very large eggs. Place the meringue eggs in the poaching liquid as you form them. Cover the pan and, over a very low heat, poach the meringue eggs for about 8–9 minutes, flipping them halfway through. Make sure the poaching liquid doesn’t boil or the meringues will puff up and then collapse. Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a wire rack covered with paper towel to drain. 


  9. For the crème anglaise
  10. Strain the poaching milk through a sieve into a large jug. 


  11. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until pale and fluffy, about 2–3 minutes. Pour over the warm poaching milk, whisking continuously. Then pour the mixture into a clean heavy-based pan and cook over a very low heat for 3–4 minutes, stirring continuously, until smooth and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat.

  12. To serve
  13. Divide the crème anglaise amongst the dessert bowls and then float a meringue egg on top.

    Decorate with a ball of spun sugar.

Teriyaki Steak

Teriyaki Steak

 

Slices of steak are marinated in a teriyaki sauce and then sautéed with mushrooms and tomatoes. Serving on a bed of flavoured brown rice for a very tasty dish.

 

Teriyaki Steak
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 40 minutes
  • Marinading time: 1–2 hours
  • Cooking time: 50 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 575g (1 lb 4 oz) sirloin or rump steak, fat removed
  • 4 tbsp medium-dry sherry
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar/superfine sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 225g (8 oz) button mushrooms, sliced (3 cups)
  • 1 tsp cornflour/cornstarch

  • For the rice
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 200g (7 oz) brown rice (1 cup)
  • 450ml (15 fl oz) chicken stock (2 cups)
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds

  • To garnish
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • parsley


  1. Method
  2. Pour the sherry and soy sauce into a large bowl. Add the sugar and stir until it has dissolved.

  3. Cut the steak into 1.25cm (½ inch) slices and add to the bowl. Turn the steak to coat, then cover the bowl, refrigerate and leave to marinade for at least an hour.

  4. Remove the bowl from the fridge just before preparing the rice to enable steak to come to room temperature.

  5. For the rice
  6. Put the onion, rice, stock, and cumin seeds into a large pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 35–40 minutes until the stock has been absorbed by the rice.

  7. When it is cooked, leave to rest for 10 minutes while cooking the steak and vegetables.

  8. For the steak
  9. First, cut the tomatoes in half and then each half into thirds.

  10. Drain the meat, reserving the marinade.

  11. Blend the cornflour/cornstarch into the marinade and set to one side.

  12. Now heat the oil in a large frying pan/skillet over a medium heat. Add the steak and stir-fry for 2–3 minutes, turning frequently, until lightly browned.

  13. Add the mushrooms and stir-fry for a further minute.

  14. Add the tomatoes and stir in the reserved marinade. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and cook for 1 minute.

  15. To serve
  16. Divide the rice amongst four plates, spooning it around the edge of each plate to form a circle. Now spoon the steak and vegetables into the centre of the rice, and spoon over any sauce remaining in the pan.

  17. Serve immediately garnished with a little parsley.

Updated: February 2, 2019

Chocolate Brandy Slices

Chocolate Brandy Slices

 

A very decadent chocolate dessert to serve with a special dinner. This velvety brandy enriched chocolate slice is filled with cherries, walnuts, and crushed biscuits.

 

Chocolate Brandy Slices
Prepares: 6 slices
 
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Chilling time: 1–2 hours

  • Ingredients
  • 10 digestive biscuits
  • 115g (4 oz) good quality, plain/dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 115g (4 oz) butter, cubed (½ cup, or 1 stick)
  • 1 egg
  • 85g (1½ oz) caster sugar/superfine sugar (3 tbsp)
  • 40g (1½ oz) glacé cherries (¼ cup)
  • 40g (1½ oz) walnut halves (⅓ cup)
  • 2 tbsp brandy

  • You will also need a rectangular mould about 22 x 11cm (8½ x 4¼ inches), a small loaf tin/pan is ideal.


  1. Method
  2. Line the mould with a piece of cling film/wrap, long enough so it extends over the edges.

  3. Now put the digestive biscuits in a plastic food bag and crush coarsely with a rolling pin. Set aside.

  4. Next rinse the cherries and leave to dry.

  5. Then break the chocolate into small pieces and put in a pan along with the butter. Melt over a very low heat, stirring frequently. When the mixture is smooth, remove from the heat.

  6. In a small bowl, beat the egg and sugar together until light and creamy. Beat this into the melted chocolate and butter until the mixture is smooth.

  7. Halve the cherries and reserve 6 halves.

  8. Now reserve 6 walnut halves and chop the remainder.

  9. Fold the cherries, chopped walnuts, crushed biscuits, and brandy into the chocolate mixture.

  10. Spoon this into the prepared mould and decorate the top with the reserved cherries and walnut halves.

  11. Refrigerate for 1–2 hours to become firm and then remove 30 minutes before serving to allow to come up to room temperature.

  12. To serve, remove from the mould by using the edges of the cling wrap/film to help lift it out. Then cut into 6 slices.

 

Mincemeat and Apple Tartlets

Mincemeat and Apple Tartlets

 

Delicious little tartlets made of puff pastry, mincemeat, and slices of apple. Quick to prepare and also a great way to use up any leftover jars of mincemeat from Christmas.

 

Mincemeat and Apple Tartlets
Prepares: 4 tartlets
 
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 250g pack ready-rolled frozen puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 8 rounded tbsp mincemeat (or, 1 small jar about 250ml (8 fl oz))
  • 1 dessert apple
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • ½ tsp caster/superfine sugar
  • icing/powdered sugar for dusting

  • Can be served with whipped cream, thick double cream or ice cream (optional)


  1. Method
  2. Thaw the pastry as directed on the packet.

  3. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6).

  4. Unroll the pastry onto a large baking sheet. Now mark 4 squares, roughly 12cm (4½ inches), leaving as much space around the squares as the pastry allows. Remove the excess pastry.

  5. Next, using the tip of a knife mark a 1cm (½ inch) border around the edge of each square. Then brush the border with the beaten egg.

  6. Now spoon two rounded spoonfuls of mincemeat onto each square and spread it out, keeping within the border.

  7. Quarter each apple and remove the core. Then thinly slice each quarter and lay the slices in a row over the mincemeat, overlapping them to fit. Brush the apples with the melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.

  8. Bake for 20 minutes until the pastry is golden and flaky.

  9. Just before serving dust all over with icing/powdered sugar.

  10. A spoonful of cream or ice cream can be dolloped in the centre of each tartlet.

 

Salmon and Prawn Fish Pie

Salmon and Prawn Fish Pie

 

Flaked salmon and prawns/shrimp with broccoli in a creamy wine sauce, topped with mounds of mashed potato, and sprinkled with a crusty topping, make this a delicious fish pie.

 

Salmon and Prawn Fish Pie
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: About 40 minutes
  • Cooking time: 45 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 800g (1¾ lb) potatoes, peeled (5 medium)
  • 565g (1¼ lb) salmon fillet, skinned
  • 115g (4 oz) cooked prawns/shrimps
  • 240ml (8 fl oz) dry white wine (1 cup)
  • 60ml (2 fl oz) water (¼ cup)
  • few sprigs dill
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 55g (2 oz) butter (¼ cup, or ½ stick)
  • 55g (2 oz) flour (⅓ cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 5 tbsp single cream/table cream
  • 120ml (4 fl oz) milk (½ cup)
  • small head of broccoli
  • 2 tbsp fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • sprigs of dill for garnish (optional)

  • For this recipe you will need a large frying pan/skillet with lid and a 2.25 litre (4 pint) ovenproof dish


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) (gas 5).

  3. Peel and cut potatoes into large chunks. Cook in boiling, salted water for about 20 minutes until tender. Drain and set aside.

  4. Meanwhile, cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets, about 115g (4 oz) (1 cup). Not all the head of broccoli will be needed.

  5. Remove the stalks from the dill and reserve. Chop dill leaves and put to one side.

  6. Now lay the salmon in the frying pan/skillet and pour over the water and wine. Add the seasoning, dill stalks, and lemon slices. Cover the panskillet. Bring the liquid slowly to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes or until the fish is just cooked.

  7. Remove from the heat and discard the dill stalks and lemon slices. Using a slice, lift the fish and lay it in the ovenproof dish. Flake into chunks using a fork and check for bones.Then strain and reserve the cooking liquor.

  8. Now scatter the prawns/shrimps and broccoli over the fish.

  9. Next melt the butter in the frying pan/skillet and stir in the flour to form a smooth paste. Remove from the heat and slowly add the reserved cooking liquor, stirring constantly, until the sauce is smooth. Return to the heat and bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat and cook for a further minute, while continuing to stir, until the sauce has thickened. Stir in the cream. Add the chopped dill leaves and season. Now pour the sauce over the fish.

  10. Mash the potatoes, adding just enough milk to create a creamy mash. Season well. Cover the fish with spoonfuls of the potato. Don’t flatten the spoon shapes out as you are after a bumpy look.

  11. Then sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and pour the melted butter over the top.

  12. Bake for 40–45 minutes until piping hot and lightly browned.

  13. Serve garnished with sprigs of dill (optional).

Updated: January 25, 2019

Crossover Pancakes

Crossover Pancakes

 

Small English-sized pancakes that are made with a thicker North American-style batter. These are served one on top the other with sweetened butter and maple syrup poured generously over the top.

 

Crossover Pancakes
Prepares: 12 pancakes
 
  • Preparation time: about 10 minutes
  • Standing time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: about 45 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 250g (9 oz) plain/cake and pastry flour (2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2½ tbsp caster/superfine sugar
  • 2 eggs, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.), lightly beaten
  • 475ml (16 fl oz) milk (2 cups)
  • 115g (4 oz) butter (½ cup, or 1 stick)
  • pinch of salt

  • To serve
  • 85g (3 oz) butter, softened (³⁄₈ cup)
  • 1 tsp icing/powdered sugar, sifted
  • maple syrup to pour

  • You will also need a 20cm (8 inch) nonstick frying pan/skillet.


  1. Method
  2. Melt 85g (3 oz) of the butter and set aside to cool.

  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt into a large bowl. Then mix in the sugar.

  4. Next make a well in the centre and gradually whisk in the eggs, milk, and melted butter, incorporating flour from around the edges. Using a rubber spatula, push down any remaining flour from the sides of the bowl and whisk again until there is a smooth, thick batter.

  5. Leave to rest for 20 minutes.

  6. Preheat oven to 140°C (275°F) (gas 1) and place five plates in the oven to warm.

  7. Meanwhile prepare the sweetened butter In a small bowl beat the softened butter together with the icing/powdered sugar and set aside.

  8. Now to cook the pancakes. Get the frying pan/skillet really hot. Remove from heat and melt the remaining 28g (1 oz) (2 tbsp) butter. Pour the butter into a small bowl which should leave the pan with a lightly greased surface. After cooking each pancake, smear the pan with a little melted butter, using a wodge of kitchen paper, to keep it lightly greased.

  9. For each pancake you will need about ⅓ cup of batter. A ladle makes it easy to scoop out the batter and pour into the pan. So for the first pancake, scoop ⅓ cup of batter into the ladle and this will be a guide for the rest.

  10. Now return the pan/skillet to a fairly hot heat. Quickly ladle the batter into the centre of the pan, lift the pan from the heat, and tip it from side to side to even out the batter. The batter won’t cover the surface of the pan but should make an even round pancake. Then return to the heat and cook the pancake for 1–2 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface and the underside is starting to turn golden in colour. Flip it over using a palette knife and cook the underside for another 1–2 minutes. Now slide onto one of the warmed plates and cover loosely with foil. Return to the oven to keep warm. Repeat using the rest of the batter, overlapping the pancakes on the warmed plate.

  11. To serve, stack three pancakes on each of the other warmed plates and top each stack with a spoonful of the reserved sweetened butter.

  12. Serve with maple syrup.

Updated: January 23, 2019