Lamb Doner Kebab

A post pub classic, over the last 30 years or so the Doner Kebab has firmly ingrained itself in the national conscience, almost an end of night ritual for some. But in the cold, hard light of day, how many of us have wondered just what was in it? Wonder no more. This mini fakeaway version of the shop classic may not be entirely authentic, but in our opinion it's all the better for that. Great quality ingredients, and a fantastic dish for big gathering (remember those), served with lot of fresh salads and zingy pickles and sauces, this is a perfect spring and summer dish. Lamb Doner Kebab A fakeaway version of that post pub classic that makes for a great…

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Char Siu Beef with Broccoli

Beef mince is such an incredibly versatile ingredient, but I think we all tend to get a little bit stuck in terms of inspiration. So this dish really turns everything on it's head. It's such an easy dish to make, just a quick blitz in the food processor to make the sauce, and then everything into a wok for a few minutes. Plus, the noodles almost cook themselves. And on top of that, it tastes sensational, full of fresh Asian flavours with a decent kick to really get your taste buds going. Char Siu Beef with Broccoli A great midweek supper, and a refreshingly new way to use beef mince. Plus, about as quick as it gets. Large WokHeatproof bowl 120 ml…

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Lamb Koftas

As the weather starts to brighten, even if we're not quite there yet, those tantalising glimpses of summer alongside the easing of restrictions have got us thinking about great summer dishes for sharing with friends and family. Lamb koftas are a Middle Eastern classic. Super quick and easy to make, full of fresh flavours, and ideal for serving outdoors buffet style. Shape into balls, burgers, or use a skewer or stick to create kebabs. Cook them on the BBQ, under a very hot grill, or in a chargrill pan, and serve with flatbreads, chili sauce, yoghurt, salad, and plenty of pickles. Lamb Koftas A firm favourite from the Middle East, full of fresh flavours and great to serve with company 1 kg…

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Savoury Mince Cobbler

This is one of those dishes that we don't eat that often, but everytime we do, we wonder why on earth we don't have it more often. Tasty, easy to make, cheap and very cheerful, this is a real midweek family treat! Savoury Mince Cobbler An proper retro classic, this recipe will take you right back. Minced meats, onions, vegetables and stock create a wonderful stew, topped with cheesy scones. Easy and economical Large casserole with lid that can be used on the stoveLarge bowlPastry Brush 3 tbsp olive oil2 medium onion (peeled and finely chopped)3 cloves garlic (peeled and finely chopped)450 g minced beef150 g minced pork1 large carrot (peeled and diced)1 large parsnip (peeled and diced)50 g celery (finely sliced)3…

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Another much loved comfort food staple, meatloaf is considered an 'all-American classic' but actually has a much longer history, with versions found in Roman cookery books. Meatloaf in it's present form is very much a northern European dish, but honestly, who cares when it's as good as this. The blend of breadcrumbs, yoghurt and eggs help to keep this version deliciously moist, and the addition of spinach with the honey Dijon really brings out all the meaty flavours. And don't forget, it tastes even better the following day reheated. Meatloaf One of the ultimate comfort dishes elevated to star status. Blended pork and beef, seasoned and flavoured to become a thing of beauty large frying panLarge bowlBaking sheet with rimGreaseproof paper 2…

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Healthy Spaghetti Bolognese

Healthy Spaghetti Bolognese

The dish that we know of as Spaghetti Bolognese is as British as it is Italian, bearing little resemblance to the Ragu Alla Bolognese that is usually served with tagliatelle or used to prepare lasagna. But that by no means detracts from it's significance as culinary icon. Simple and quick to prepare, using cheap and readily available ingredients, it's a long time favourite here in the UK, whether at home or eating out. In this version a few simple adds and swaps turn it into a super healthy supper. Totalling just 450 calories a serving, it also provides nearly 60% of your daily protein requirements and a quarter of your fibre. Healthy Spaghetti Bolognese The classic British Italian dish, just cooked spaghetti…

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Italian Meatballs with Tagliatelle and Tomato and Basil Sauce

As winter starts to bite, it's all to easy to forget just how comforting and warming a bowl of fresh pasta can be. This American Italian classic is loved by children and adults alike and will really hit the spot on cold evenings. Quick and easy to prepare, it really is worth making your own meatballs, which can be done well in advance. Shop bought meatballs tend to be designed for more robust dishes, when what you're really after here are small delicate bites. Using a blend of pork and beef also gives an extra dimension of flavour, with the pork fat adding a delicious creaminess alongside the cheese. Italian Meatballs with Tagliatelle and Tomato and Basil Sauce Italian Pork and Beef…

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Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne

With the shorter days, and the run up to Christmas, we're all looking for a family dinner that's easy to prepare, and even easier on the pocket, and will have everyone lining up for seconds. Look no further than this super easy slow cooker recipe for Chilli Con Carne. It feels super luxurious if cooked with the diced meats, and the combination of beef and pork gives a real depth of flavour, but you can easily swap it around and use just the one meat. Plus, it works just as well with minced beef or pork, just reduce the cooking times by 10%. If you use minced pork, you should leave it to rest for 10 minutes once cooked, and skim any…

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Beautifully Golden Brown Leftover Lamb Shepherds Pie

Leftover Lamb Shepherds Pie

Slow roast lamb, especially at this time of year, is one of life's ultimate pleasures. But to do it right, you often need a large cut, meaning lot's of leftovers. So what's even better is using those up in this leftover lamb Shepherd's pie. Like so many things, it just tastes so much better second time round. The depth of flavour is really out of this world. With this recipe you can dice it, shred it, or mince it if you have the kit, whatever you prefer. The end result will still be something the whole family rushes to the table for. Leftover Shepherds Pie Slow roasted lamb used to create the ultimate in comfort food. Large casserole 600 g leftover roast…

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