Pork Goulash

Pork Goulash

 

A pork goulash that all the family can enjoy and only takes forty minutes. Strips of pork tenderloin seasoned with paprika and cooked with red peppers, tomatoes and onions.

 

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Pork Goulash
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 450g/1 lb pork tenderloin, cut into strips
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes/1 x 28 fl oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into strips
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped coriander to garnish
  • 4 tbsp Greek yogurt

  • To serve
  • rice and chopped coriander to garnish

  • Equipment
  • large sauté pan


  1. Method
  2. Heat the oil in the pan and add the onions. Sauté over a medium to low heat for about 10 minutes until golden.

  3. Add the pork strips and sauté for a further 5 minutes, turning frequently to brown on all sides.

  4. Stir in the paprika, flour and tomato purée, and cook for 1 minute.

  5. Stir through the tomatoes, peppers, 2 tablespoons water and seasoning. Simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.

  6. Spoon the goulash between four warmed plates and garnish each one with a little chopped coriander and a tablespoon of the yogurt in the centre.

  7. Serve with rice garnished with a little chopped coriander.

 

Baked Bananas in an Orange Sauce

Baked Bananas in an Orange Sauce

 

For a really quick dessert that is prepared and baked in just 15 minutes. Bananas are sliced and coated with butter, sugar and orange juice and baked with a sprinkling of cinnamon.

 

Baked Bananas in an Orange Sauce
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: Less than 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 8 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 6 bananas, thickly sliced
  • 50g/2 oz butter, melted
  • 4 tbsp soft, light brown sugar
  • 1 orange, juice only
  • ground cinnamon

  • Equipment
  • A medium size gratin dish


  1. Method
  2. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.

  3. Arrange the banana slices in the gratin dish. Pour over the butter, sprinkle over the sugar, then pour over the orange juice and add a little ground cinnamon.

  4. Bake in the oven for 6–8 minutes until tender and syrupy.

 

 

 

Toasted Ham Cheesies

Toasted Ham Cheesies

 

A really quick tasty snack. Toast is topped with ham and a mixture of grated Cheddar flavoured with mustard and Worcestershire sauce then grilled/broiled until the cheese is golden.

 

Toasted Ham Cheesies
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 3 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 40g/1½ oz butter
  • 170g/6 oz Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp English mustard or Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 slices ham
  • 4 slices toast
  • 2 tomatoes, halved


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the grill/broiler to hot.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, cheese, milk, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, egg, salt and pepper.

  4. Lay a piece of ham on each slice of toast, then divide the cheesy mixture between the four slices.

  5. Put under the grill/broiler until golden brown, about 3 minutes.

  6. Serve garnished with tomato halves.

 

Chicken Fricassee

Chicken Fricassee

 

A chicken fricassee where pieces of chicken are cooked in a creamy sauce with sliced carrots, chopped onions and sliced mushrooms, served garnished with bacon rolls and parsley.

 

Chicken Fricassee
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 45 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts, skinned
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely sliced
  • 110g/4 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • bouquet garni*
  • salt and pepper
  • 50g/2 oz butter
  • 50g/2 oz flour
  • 4 rashers streaky bacon/side bacon, rinded and rolled
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsp double cream/whipping cream
  • juice of ½ lemon (1½ tablespoons)
  • chopped fresh parsley to garnish

  • *In Canada these little bags of bouquet garni aren’t available so I make my own. Traditionally, thyme, parsley stalks and bay leaf are wrapped in a small piece of muslin and tied to make a sack.

  • To serve
  • Seasonal green vegetables


  1. Method
  2. Place the chicken, onion, carrots, mushrooms, bouquet garni and seasoning in a pan and cover with water. Bring slowly to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes.

  3. Remove from the heat, strain off the stock and reserve.

  4. Cut the chicken into cubes and set to one side.

  5. Preheat the grill/broiler to high.

  6. Over a medium heat melt the butter in a separate pan. Reduce the heat and add the flour, stirring to form a paste (a roux). Cook for 2 minutes and then remove from the heat. Measure off 600ml/20 fl oz/1 pint of the reserved stock and gradually stir it into the roux until smooth. Bring to the boil and continue to stir until the sauce thickens.

  7. Reduce the heat, add the chicken and vegetables and heat through, about 2 minutes.

  8. Meanwhile, grill/broil the bacon rolls until crisp on the outside.

  9. In a small bowl, blend the egg yolk and cream together. Stir a little of the sauce into the mixture and blend until smooth. Add the mixture to the sauce and stir through, being careful not to let the sauce boil. Then stir in the lemon juice.

  10. Serve the fricassee garnished with the bacon rolls and chopped parsley.

 

Strawberry Liqueur

 
  • Ingredients
  • strawberries, hulled
  • caster sugar/fine white sugar
  • vodka

  • Equipment
  • A preserving jar or wide necked bottle


  1. Method
  2. Choose enough perfect strawberries to fill the jar or bottle.

  3. Prick each berry a couple of times with a fine skewer or preferably a clean darning needle which is finer. Pop into the jar or bottle as you go.

  4. Add the sugar to cover a third of the berries and top up with the vodka.

  5. Seal and keep in a cool, dark spot for at least a month. The sugar will melt and the fruit will give up its colour to the spirit.

  6. Strain the liqueur and rebottle. It can be used in dessert dishes, for example, fruit trifles, over ice cream or in fruit salads.

 

Framboise Liqueur

Framboise

 

Framboise Liqueur
 
  • Ingredients
  • raspberries
  • caster sugar/fine white sugar
  • vodka

  • Equipment
  • a preserving jar or wide necked bottle


  1. Method
  2. Choose enough perfect raspberries to fill the jar or bottle.

  3. Prick each berry with a fine skewer or preferably a clean darning needle which is finer. Pop into the jar or bottle as you go.

  4. Add the sugar to cover a third of the berries and top up with the vodka.

  5. Seal and keep in a cool, dark spot for at least a month. The sugar will melt and the fruit will give up its colour to the spirit.

  6. Strain the liqueur and rebottle. It can be used in dessert dishes, for example, fruit trifles, over ice cream or in fruit salads.

 

Salmon Provençale

Salmon Provençale

 

Salmon Provençale is a super tasty dish. Salmon fillet is roasted with baby potatoes, sweet cherry tomatoes, courgettes and olives tossed in olive oil and herbes de Provence.

 

Salmon Provençale
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation and cooking time: 50 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 575g/1 lb 4 oz salmon fillet, skinned
  • 450g/1 lb baby potatoes
  • 2 courgettes/zucchinis
  • 450g/1 lb cherry tomatoes
  • 20 black olives, pitted (optional)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp, plus ½ tsp herbes de Provence
  • salt and pepper

  • Equipment
  • A large baking tray/sheet


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.

  3. Toss the potatoes in a small bowl with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and a little salt. When coated, spread on the baking tray and put in the oven to roast.

  4. Meanwhile, pat dry the salmon with kitchen paper, sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of herbes de Provence and season. After the potatoes have been roasting for 15 minutes, remove from the oven and turn leaving a space in the centre of the tray to lay the salmon. Return to the oven.

  5. Then slice the courgettes/zucchinis into ½ inch rounds and put in a bowl. Add the tomatoes, olives (if using), the remaining olive oil, 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence and season. Toss together to coat. After the salmon has been baking for 10 minutes, remove the pan from the oven, turn the potatoes and spread all the vegetables around the salmon. Return to the oven and continue cooking for a further 10–12 minutes until the tomatoes are just starting to burst but still holding their shape and the salmon is cooked through.

 

Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

The first chocolate chip cookies were baked by Ruth Graves Wakefield in Massachusetts in 1930. These ones use milk chocolate chunks and are crisp on the outside but still slightly soft in the middle – they don’t stay around for long!

 

Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prepares: 24 cookies
 
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Standing time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10–12 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 110g/4 oz butter
  • 100g/3½ oz light muscovado sugar/soft light brown sugar
  • 85g/3 oz granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g/9 oz plain flour/cake and pastry flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
  • 140g/5 oz milk chocolate

  • Equipment
  • 2 large baking trays lined with parchment paper


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.

  3. Put the butter in a pan over a low heat until just melted. Set aside and leave to cool for 5 minutes.

  4. Pour the butter into a large mixing bowl and, using a wooden spoon, beat in the sugars, egg, salt and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth.

  5. Next, sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda/baking soda and stir into the mixture to form a firm dough.

  6. Then cut the milk chocolate into small chunks and mix into the dough until evenly distributed.

  7. Spoon equal amounts of dough, evenly spaced, onto the baking sheets to make 24 cookies. Give them space to spread during baking. Flatten the mounds of dough a little and then bake for 10–12 minutes. The edges should just begin to turn golden but the middles will still be soft. Leave to cool on the trays for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Whole Wheat Milk Bread

Whole Wheat Milk Bread

 

Milk bread is ideal for sandwiches or for toasting. It produces a softer, tighter crumb and a softer crust than breads made with water. Made with wholemeal, or wholewheat, flour, this loaf smells and tastes as real bread should!

Bread isn’t difficult if you break the process down into 3 steps. Each step involves a ‘wait period’ during which you can get on with something else. For more information about the technique I use, here’s a link to my page on Breadmaking.

 

Whole Wheat Milk Bread
Prepares: 1 loaf
 
  • Step 1
  • Preparation time: 5–10 minutes
  • Waiting time: 30 minutes
  • Step 2
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Waiting time: About 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Step 3
  • Preparation time: 10–15 minutes
  • Waiting time: 1 hour
  • Cooking time: 35–40 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 455g (1 lb) wholemeal/whole wheat flour (3 cups + 2½ tbsp)
  • 65g (2 oz) strong white/all purpose flour (½ cup)
  • 360ml (12¾ fl oz) semi-skimmed/2% milk (warm, about 40°C/100°F) (1½ cups)
  • 10g (1 tbsp) instant yeast
  • 10g (1½ tsp) salt
  • 1 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 56g (2 oz) unsalted butter (¼ cup, or ½ stick)
  • olive oil for oiling the bowl and tin


  1. Method

  2. Step 1
  3. Pour the flour into a mixing bowl and make a well in the middle. Add most of the milk and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon or a plastic dough scraper. If some flour is left in the bottom, add the remainder of the milk. It may not need it all. Just make sure that all the flour has been taken up.

  4. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave it to stand for 20-30 minutes.

  5. In the meantime, prepare for the next step by weighing out the salt, yeast, sugar, and butter.

  6. Step 2
  7. At the end of the 20–30 minutes, melt the butter and add it with the salt, yeast, and sugar to the mixture, making sure that the yeast doesn’t come into contact with a wodge of salt, and mix well.

  8. Cover the bowl with the tea towel and leave for 10 minutes.

  9. Lightly oil your hands and the work surface, and tip the dough out. Take the edge of the dough that’s furthest away from you and fold it towards you to meet the near edge. Push it into the dough with your fingers or the heel of your hand, stretching it gently away from you. Give the dough a quarter turn and repeat. Do this 8 to 10 times, then rotate the dough into a ball and put it back in the bowl.

  10. Cover with the tea towel again, leave for 10 minutes, and repeat the fold and stretch.

  11. Cover again and leave for 10 minutes. While waiting, lightly oil another large bowl for the dough to rise in. Then fold and stretch the dough for a third time.

  12. The dough should now be smooth and silky. Tip it out and shape it into a ball. Put it into the lightly-oiled bowl and cover with a tea towel or cling film.

  13. Leave it to rise until it's at least doubled in size.* At room temperature, this should take a minimum of an hour but it's fine to leave it for 2–3 hours. The longer the better – it improves the flavour.

  14. Depending on the kind of loaf you want, prepare for the shaping while you wait. If you want a classic rectangular shape as shown in the photograph, prepare a loaf tin. (For this amount of dough, I use one which measures 23.5 × 13.3 × 7cm /9¼ × 5¼ × 3 in. Lightly oil the whole of the inside to prevent the loaf sticking.) If making a natural-shaped loaf, say a cob or a boule, line a baking tray with baking parchment.

  15. Step 3
  16. Tip out the risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and knock the air out by folding it in on itself a few times. It should feel smooth. Then flatten it out into a rectangle, with a short side towards you. Lift the dough from the furthest edge and fold it down towards you about half way. Press the edge down with the heel of your hand. Turn the dough round and repeat. Then shape the dough.

  17. For the classic shape
  18. Flatten the dough into a rectangle, short side towards you, with the width about the length of the loaf tin. Roll the dough up away from you making sure that the join ends up at the bottom. Place the dough in the tin, moulding as necessary to make sure it's even along its length.

  19. For a natural shape
  20. Rotate the dough into a ball and shape appropriately. Place on the baking tray.

  21. Cover with the tea towel or cling film and leave to prove for at least another hour. You can tell when it's ready when it's doubled in size again and the dough springs back readily if you poke it gently with your finger.

  22. Before the end of the hour, preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F (gas mark 6).

  23. Dust the top of the dough with flour and slash the top lengthways with a sharp knife. Then bake for 35–40 minutes or until nicely browned. Turn out the loaf and tap it on the bottom – it should sound hollow. Allow to cool on a wire rack.



  24. * Doubled in size means doubled in volume. This means that if the dough is in the shape of a ball, the diameter increases by about 25%.

Updated: March 10, 2017

White Milk Bread

White Milk Bread

 

If your day-to-day bread is used for sandwiches or for toasting, you might want to try this milk bread. It produces a softer, tighter crumb and a softer crust than breads made with water.

Bread isn’t difficult if you break the process down into 3 steps. Each step involves a ‘wait period’ during which you can get on with something else. For more information about the technique I use, here’s a link to my page on Breadmaking.

 

White Milk Bread
Prepares: 1 loaf
 
  • Step 1
  • Preparation time: 5–10 minutes
  • Waiting time: 30 minutes
  • Step 2
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Waiting time: About 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Step 3
  • Preparation time: 10–15 minutes
  • Waiting time: 1 hour
  • Cooking time: 35–40 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 500g (1 lb 2 oz) strong white/all purpose flour (3½ cups)
  • 335ml (11¾ fl oz) semi-skimmed/2% milk (warm, about 40°C/100°F) (1⅓ cups + 1 tbsp)
  • 10g (1 tbsp) instant yeast
  • 10g (1½ tsp) salt
  • 25g (1 oz) caster sugar/fine white sugar (2 tbsp)
  • 32g (1¼ oz) unsalted butter (2 tbsp, or ¼ stick)
  • olive oil for oiling the bowl and tin


  1. Method

  2. Step 1
  3. Pour the flour into a mixing bowl and make a well in the middle. Add most of the milk and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon or a plastic dough scraper. If some flour is left in the bottom, add the remainder of the milk. It may not need it all. Just make sure that all the flour has been taken up.

  4. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave it to stand for 20–30 minutes.

  5. In the meantime, prepare for the next step by weighing out the salt, yeast, sugar, and butter.

  6. Step 2
  7. At the end of the 20–30 minutes, melt the butter and add it with the salt, yeast, and sugar to the mixture, making sure that the yeast doesn’t come into contact with a wodge of salt, and mix well.

  8. Cover the bowl with the tea towel and leave for 10 minutes.

  9. Lightly oil your hands and the work surface, and tip the dough out. Take the edge of the dough that’s furthest away from you and fold it towards you to meet the near edge. Push it into the dough with your fingers or the heel of your hand, stretching it gently away from you. Give the dough a quarter turn and repeat. Do this 8 to 10 times, then rotate the dough into a ball and put it back in the bowl.

  10. Cover with the tea towel again, leave for 10 minutes, and repeat the fold and stretch.

  11. Cover again and leave for 10 minutes. While waiting, lightly oil another large bowl for the dough to rise in. Then fold and stretch the dough for a third time.

  12. The dough should now be smooth and silky. Tip it out and shape it into a ball. Put it into the lightly-oiled bowl and cover with a tea towel or cling film.

  13. Leave it to rise until it's at least doubled in size.* At room temperature, this should take a minimum of an hour but it's fine to leave it for 2–3 hours. The longer the better – it improves the flavour.

  14. Depending on the kind of loaf you want, prepare for the shaping while you wait. If you want a classic rectangular shape as shown in the photograph, prepare a loaf tin. (For this amount of dough, I use one which measures 23.5 × 13.3 × 7cm /9¼ × 5¼ × 3 in. Lightly oil the whole of the inside to prevent the loaf sticking.) If making a natural-shaped loaf, say a cob or a boule, line a baking tray with baking parchment.

  15. Step 3
  16. Tip out the risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and knock the air out by folding it in on itself a few times. It should feel smooth. Then flatten it out into a rectangle, with a short side towards you. Lift the dough from the furthest edge and fold it down towards you about half way. Press the edge down with the heel of your hand. Turn the dough round and repeat. Then shape the dough.

  17. For the classic shape
  18. Flatten the dough into a rectangle, short side towards you, with the width about the length of the loaf tin. Roll the dough up away from you making sure that the join ends up at the bottom. Place the dough in the tin, moulding as necessary to make sure it's even along its length.

  19. For a natural shape
  20. Rotate the dough into a ball and shape appropriately. Place on the baking tray.

  21. Cover with the tea towel or cling film and leave to prove for at least another hour. You can tell when it's ready when it's doubled in size again and the dough springs back readily if you poke it gently with your finger.

  22. Before the end of the hour, preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F (gas mark 6).

  23. Dust the top of the dough with flour and slash the top lengthways with a sharp knife. Then bake for 35–40 minutes or until nicely browned. Turn out the loaf and tap it on the bottom – it should sound hollow. Allow to cool on a wire rack.



  24. * Doubled in size means doubled in volume. This means that if the dough is in the shape of a ball, the diameter increases by about 25%.

Updated: March 10, 2017

Salmon Fish Cakes

Salmon Fish Cakes

 

These salmon fish cakes are very easy to put together and, as they can be frozen, are always a good standby for a light supper or a special lunch.

 

Salmon Fish Cakes
Prepares: 4 servings for a light supper and 6 for a lunch
 
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Refrigeration time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 340g/12 oz potatoes, peeled and cut into equal sizes
  • 25g/1 oz butter
  • 2 x 213g cans red Pacific salmon
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • milk to bind
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50g/2 oz fresh breadcrumbs
  • oil for frying


  1. Method
  2. Put the potatoes in a pan of boiling, salted water and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.

  3. Cream the potatoes with the butter. Drain the salmon, removing any bones and skin and then mix into the potatoes with the parsley. Season to taste and bind with a little milk. Shape into 8 cakes for a light supper or 12 for a lunch. Chill for 15 minutes to firm up.

  4. Put the egg in a shallow bowl and spread the breadcrumbs over a plate. Dip the fish cakes in the egg and then coat with the breadcrumbs. (You may need more egg and breadcrumbs if you are making 12)

  5. Heat a little oil in a pan over a gentle heat and cook the cakes for about 5 minutes until golden brown. Turn and cook for a further 5 minutes. Garnish with parsley.

  6. To freeze
  7. After they have been coated with the egg and breadcrumbs, open freeze them until hard then pack in a container, seal and return to the freezer. To thaw, place on a tray, cover loosely, and leave at room temperature for about 3 hours. Cook as above.

 

Macaroni Cheese with Bacon

Macaroni Cheese with Bacon

 

This macaroni cheese is ideal for a filling snack or for a supper served with a salad. The bacon really adds some additional flavour to the sauce and it has a crunchy, cheesy breadcrumb topping.

 

Macaroni Cheese with Bacon
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 225g/8 oz macaroni
  • 110g/4 oz cheddar cheese, grated
  • 850ml/1½ pints milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 70g/2½ oz butter
  • 70g/2½ oz flour
  • 6 slices smoked streaky bacon/side bacon
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 handfuls fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
  • pepper

  • Equipment
  • A 2 litre/3½ pint ovenproof dish


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.

  3. Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling salted water for 1 minute less than recommended on the packet of the brand you are using. Drain and set aside.

  4. Meanwhile, pour the milk into a pan and add the bay leaves. Bring to the boil, then immediately remove from the heat.

  5. In a separate pan, melt the butter. Add the flour and stir until there is a smooth paste (a roux).

  6. Remove the bay leaves from the milk, then gradually add the milk to the roux, stirring constantly, until blended and smooth. Simmer to thicken to a double/whipping cream consistency. Remove from the heat.

  7. Grill the bacon until just crispy. Let it cool a little then cut into small pieces.

  8. Stir the pasta, bacon, cheddar and mustard into the sauce and add the pepper.

  9. Spoon into the ovenproof dish. No need to smooth the top.

  10. Toss the breadcrumbs and Parmesan together. Scatter over the top, completely covering the macaroni cheese mixture. Bake for 40 minutes until the top starts to brown.