Having tried to make bread once years ago, and ending up with something hard and tasteless, I gave up and decided that bread making was probably not one of my strengths.
However, recently I was browsing the flour section of the local supermarket (as you do), and looking at all the types of bread flour, I decided to forget my previous failure and try again. Picking up the cheapest own-brand white flour, I saw it had a simple recipe on the side which looked pretty fool-proof. So hurriedly throwing it into my shopping basket, along with a small tin of dried active yeast, I made my way to the check out. Continue reading Making Bread, trying again
I first came across this celebration cake as an alternative Christmas cake for diabetics. (The portion details are given below.)
The only sugars in this are in the fruit. If you’re used to very sweet Christmas cakes,. then this might taste a little odd, but once you’ve got used to the taste of the fruit without the mouth-cloying sugary confections that are usually passed as Christmas cakes, it’s hard to go back.
I have been told that this can be made dairy-free if margarine is used instead of butter. However I have not tried this variant, so I can’t attest to its taste.
This cake makes 64 equal servings.
Each serving provides approximately: 1.5 Carbohydrate choices, 0.5 fat & oil choice, 13g carbohydrate, 1.5g fat, 2g dietary fibre, 71 kcal (100kj).
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Now we’re approaching the Christmas season, it’s time to dig out the festive recipes. Children love getting involved, and this simplest Christmas recipe I know.
Sticky mince pies – sticky, because when kids fill the pie they are usually very generous (not like shop-bought), so the mixture tends to coat the outside of the pie as well, making them, well, sticky.
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Cocido is popular dish in Spain, and now that it’s getting colder, it makes a great evening meal in cold London also. From this you get a very satisfying meat-y drink (or you can add some vermecilli to get a satisfying soup also) and a hearty meal of vegetables and meat. Here is an easy cocido recipe.
This is cooked in a pressure cooker, so you can use cheaper cuts of meat, and they will become very tender after cooking.
Here is a recipe I was shown; It’s easy and and this one serves 3~6 people.
- 1 cup dried chick peas (or you can use tinned ones)
- 1 potato
- 1 carrot
- 1 leek
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 Garlic Clove
- olive oil
- vegetable stock (cube or about 1 teaspoon of powdered stock)
- Meat. I’ve used brisket and shin. Shin tastes the best. about 750gm to 1kg
- 50gms tocino. This is a Spanish cured pork belly product (If you can’t find tocino, you can substitute with either streaky bacon makes a good substitute; use 3 or 4 rashers, or some pork belly)
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