Chinese beef with noodles

First put the meat on a board, season with salt and pepper, then rub 1 of the garlic cloves, 1/2 the red chilli, the five spice powder and the ginger onto the beef and leave to marinate for 30 mins minimum.

Next cook the noodles in hot water as per the instructions (normally a few minutes, as soon as they are ready refresh under cold water to stop them cooking and sticking together, set aside for now.

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Madras prawn curry

Heat a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil in a pan and put on a high heat.  Add the mustard seeds and fry until they start popping, then add the onion and fry over a medium heat for around ten minutes until they are soft.  Add the garlic and fry for a couple more minutes before adding the other spices and the chilli.

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Thai turkey burgers with pineapple salsa and sweet potato chips

An Asian twist on the traditional burger. Healthier too but no compromise on flavour.  Pineapple is an amazing food and has so many health benefits, if you want to know more then read here

Heat the oven to 200C. Toss the sweet potato wedges with about 1 tbsp of the oil and some salt and pepper and tip out onto a baking tray. Roast for about 45 minutes or until golden and crispy at the edges.

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Focaccia breaded chicken with salad

This is an excellent twist on a simple breaded chicken recipe using an old foccacia to give it an Italian twist.  Its better if you can make your own focaccia.

First make your breadcrumbs by finely blending the foccacia – you need one that was flavoured with rosemary, garlic and salt.  Next mix with 50g of parmesan cheese and set aside in a bowl.

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Greek turkey meatballs with flatbreads

This is a super healthy kebab, aka Greek turkey meatballs, although I also accept it looks like a joby on a stick!

First make the bread as it will take a little time to prove.   Place the flour in a bowl, add the salt to one side and the yeast to the other, pour in the water and mix to a smooth dough.   Continue reading Greek turkey meatballs with flatbreads

Pork belly with minestrone

This is a twist on a classic minestrone using pork belly, its a Jason Atherton recipe and really stunning topped with a poached egg.

First cut the pork into 33 or 4 large pieces, removing any excess fat (it needs to be skinless).  Pan fry the pieces on a high heat until the meat is browned on all sides before setting aside on a large plate.

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Smoked mackerel sushi

This is a really easy smoked mackerel sushi dish and requires hardly any cooking.  You’ll need a rolling mat which you can buy from a Chinese supermarket or specialist (ahem) tobacconists!

First cook the rice, sushi rice is quite short and high in starch so it becomes quite sticky.  This recipe used a rice which had 1 cup of rice to 1.3 cups of water.  basically bring it to the boil then turn down and simmer until cooked, it takes around 20 mins. Continue reading Smoked mackerel sushi

Hake with chorizo and potatoes

Hake is a member of the cod family but has a more subtle flavour and slightly firmer texture than its more well-known fishy relation. It is the perfect foil for strong, punchy flavours such as chorizo here, and indeed it is a popular fish in Spain. This is a simple one-pot supper but its simplicity belies its taste reward. If you’ve never tried hake, I urge you to give it a go and this is the ideal recipe to convert you!

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