Meatloaf Recipe

Ingredients: 750g/1lb 10oz lean beef mince 175g/6oz pork sausage meat 1 egg, beaten 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon sage leaves, chopped 1 tablespoon mustard 1 heaped tablespoon tomato purée 110g/4oz fresh breadcrumbs ½ tsp paprika salt and freshly ground black pepper   Method: Heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas4. Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix … Continue reading Meatloaf Recipe

Glorious Cream

BY AMANDA CUMMINS So many of our favourite puddings in the summer have one ingredient in common. Cream. Specifically, double cream. Fools, mousses, possets, syllabubs. And luscious, seductively moreish homemade ice-cream. The idea of homemade ice cream might seem a bit of a faff if one lacks an ice-cream maker but, frankly, an ice-cream maker is one of those kitchen gizmos which seem a good idea … Continue reading Glorious Cream

Crayfish & Mango Salad

Ingredients: 200g frozen shelled soya beans Juice 4 limes, plus extra wedges to serve 4 tsp toasted sesame oil 3 tbsp sweet and spicy chilli sauce 400g cooked and ready to eat egg noodles 300g cooked crayfish tails 200g ripe mango, peeled and diced 200g cucumber, sliced 200g radishes, finely sliced Handful mixed fresh herbs, finely chopped (mint and coriander are good choices)   Instructions: … Continue reading Crayfish & Mango Salad

Sazerac Cocktail

Ingredients: 50ml Rémy Martin Cognac 10ml Absinthe One sugar cube 2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters Crushed ice Lemon peel to garnish (optional) Method: Begin by rinsing a chilled old-fashioned glass with 10ml of absinthe, add crushed ice and set the glass aside. Secondly, mix the cognac, sugar and Peychaud’s bitters in a separate glass and stir with ice. Discard any excess absinthe and ice from … Continue reading Sazerac Cocktail

Caraway Seed Loaf Cake

Ingredients: 170g golden caster sugar 170g butter, softened 3 large eggs ½ tsp vanilla extract 170g self-raising flour 45g ground almonds 4 tbsp milk 4 tsp caraway seeds 1 tbsp demerara sugar 1 tbsp flaked almonds Method: Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Line a 2lb/900g loaf tin with baking parchment. Beat the caster sugar and butter using an electric whisk or wooden spoon. Whisk … Continue reading Caraway Seed Loaf Cake

Onion Bread

Ingredients: Makes 1 loaf 1 large onion, chopped or thinly sliced 2 tbsp olive oil salt 500g strong flour 1 tsp salt 25 g fresh yeast 1 bunch spring onion leaves, finely chopped 320 ml warm water Rosemary (optional) Method: In a frying pan heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion until soft and caramelised. Season with salt and set aside to cool. In a … Continue reading Onion Bread

Hand Mask Recipes

Some tried and tested homemade hand masks to soothe and calm those hands during this COVID19 pandemic.  No need to venture out to the shops, just look in your pantry and treat yourself.  Hand masks work just like face masks; they sit on your skin, infusing and trapping in moisture and nutrients. Avocado Avocados contain lots of healthy fats and phytonutrients that are incredible for … Continue reading Hand Mask Recipes

Shiso Fine

Ingredients:  For the Cucumber Vinegar: 1/2 cup sliced cucumber (peel on) 1 cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar  For Each Drink: 2 shiso leaves, plus 1 extra for garnish 8 mint leaves 1/4 ounce simple syrup (see note) 3 ounces fresh Granny Smith apple juice (see note) 1 ounce Cucumber Vinegar 1/4 ounce fresh juice from 1 lime  Instructions: For the Cucumber Vinegar: In a small … Continue reading Shiso Fine