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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Steamed Golden Syrup Sponge

A real taste of childhood, at least here in the UK, the classic steamed pudding is a proper British tradition. It might even be considered a bit retro, but there's nothing out of date with this beauty. Moist sponge, sticky sweet syrup, this is definitely an occasionally treat, and a great way to finish a special Sunday feast. Steamed Golden Syrup Sponge A classic British steamed pud, with lashings of golden syrup and a hint of spice 1.2L or 2 pint pudding basin, with lidGreaseproof paperKitchen FoilCooking TwineBowl and wooden spoon or mixer or electric hand whisklarge saucepan with lidtrivet or saucer 175 g unsalted butter (softened)25 g unsalted butter (for greasing, cold)125 g golden caster sugar125 g golden syrup1 tsp vanilla…

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Pulled Pork Tacos

Everyone loves pulled pork don't they? Especially when you can use the slow cooker to do all the work. And who doesn't love a taco? So bring them together and you get a family meal that everyone is going to love sharing. You can also make the pulled pork in advance and freeze it, meaning even less effort on the day. Pulled Pork Tacos A quick and easy take on pulled pork, with everything thrown in the slow cooker, that's great with tacos and sauces 1.5 kg pork shoulder (boned with rind removed)3 cloves garlic (peeled and sliced)2 tbsp tomato puree2 tbsp chipotle chilli powder2 tsp sweet smoked paprika1 tsp ground coriander1 tsp ground cumin2 tsp dried oregano.5 tsp fresh grated nutmeg30…

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Haggis, Neeps and Tatties

There's no doubt that Scottish food and drink very much come to the fore on January the 25th, the anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland's national bard. Burns Night celebrations can take the form of a small gathering of friends of family, right the way through to complex and elaborate ceremonies as part of a large gettogether. Regardless of the size or formalities observed though, the star of the meal is always the haggis, Scotland's national dish, served with neeps and tatties. The other key ingredient to a modern Burns night supper is humour. It's definitely a light hearted affair, and no one's going to be upset if you settle just for the food and a couple of wee drams…

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Haggis and Beef Burger

Like many specialty dishes, haggis suffers from being pigeon-holed as a once a year special. It's such an incredible shame. It doesn't just have to be served boiled or steamed alongside potatoes and swede. It's an incredible versatile ingredient in it's own right, bringing an incredible depth of flavour to some of our favourite dishes. This beef burger doesn't require any additional seasoning, the haggis provides everything, and wow, is it good! Haggis and Beef Burger Scotland's finest, used to add a serious depth of flavour to everyone's favourite. 500 g steak mince907 g haggis4 brioche burger buns8 leaves romaine lettuce (washed)2 large tomatoes (sliced )1 medium onion (white or red, peeled and thinly sliced)4 large dill pickles800 g oven chipsfavourite sauces…

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Pork Casserole with Dill Dumplings

As winter well and truly hits, what better way to keep the chills at bay than a warming pork casserole. Add in some fluffy dumplings, and you're talking next level comfort food. This recipe is designed for the oven, but you can easily adjust for the slow cooker. The main cook will take 6 hours on high, or 8 hours on low, with perhaps another 30-45 minutes to finish the dumplings. Pork Casserole with Dill Dumplings A great dish for a midweek family meal. Tasty pork shoulder and vegetables, flavoured with mustard, herbs and cider vinegar to create the ultimate winter warmer Large casserole dish 2 tbsp olive oil900 g pork shoulder (but into large chunks)1 large onion (peeled and chopped)1 medium…

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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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Leftover Lamb Shepherds Pie
Beautifully Golden Brown Leftover Lamb Shepherds Pie

Leftover Lamb Shepherds Pie

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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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Chicken and Mushroom Pie

A perennial pub classic, the Chicken and Mushroom pie is always a family favourite. Tender, tasty chicken thighs, white wine, cream, and juicy mushrooms, all encased in a crispy and indulgent short crust pastry. You can make the component parts a day in advance, spreading out the whole affair to make it easier. And you can do the final assembly of the pie in the morning and stand in the fridge until you’re ready to cook. Just remember to give twenty minutes at room temperature before it goes into the oven. That way you ensure that the filling can cook through properly, and the pastry won’t shock and shrink too much. Tastes even better reheated in the oven the next day!! Chicken…

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