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  1. Easy entertaining recipe: Smoked haddock fishcakes with Asian salad

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    Recipe by Jane Padwick. This is a great way with smoked haddock – a meal in one! ?? Once the fishcakes are made, they can stay in the fridge for a day at least, until ready to eat. The salad gives the meal a fresh, light vibe. Yummy for a summer’s eve anytime?? . 4-6 fishcakes INGREDIENTS 100g breadcrumbs 400g potato, peeled 450g smoked haddock 1 lemon, zested Handful parsley, roughly chopped 2 tsp capers, chopped 1 tsp horseradish sauce Pinch chilli flakes 1 egg, beaten For the salad: Leaves 1 cucumber 2 carrots 1 large red chilli, finely sliced 3 spring onions, sliced 3 tbsp white wine vinegar 1/2 tbsp caster sugar Sprinkling black sesame seeds to garnish . . METHOD Toast the breadcrumbs in a dry frying pan until pale golden Set aside Cut the potatoes into small chunks and boil...
  2. Easy entertaining: Fig and prosciutto salad

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    Recipe by Jane Padwick So… I’ve not been posting much recently as I’ve managed to sneak in a bit of a life in the last couple weeks. What a tonic to eat out again! The weather’s been amazing! The sales are insane. I suspect we’re in a little hiatus before more restrictions are announced as the autumn sets in…Then I’ll be back in the kitchen full-time. Until then, here’s a totally scrumptious salad that feels like a full-on summer treat. It’s so special and so simple. Perfect  . To serve 4 INGREDIENTS 200g lambs lettuce 4-6 ripe figs 6 slices prosciutto 75g saint agur (any blue cheese would work or buffalo mozzarella if you prefer) 25g toasted pine nuts Dressing: 100ml extra virgin olive oil 1 lemon, juiced 1 tbsp runny honey Salt &...
  3. Recipe: Charred chicken & goat’s cheese salad with rocket & strawberries

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    Recipe by Jane Padwick We’ve eaten so many salads over the last few months with all the gorgeous weather – sometimes it’s difficult to think of something completely new. This is it!! It sounds strange to put strawberries together with chicken but it works!. This salad is full of fabulous summery flavours and it’s so substantial with the addition of walnuts and goat’s cheese. A real winner  .   Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 300g strawberries, halved 140g rocket 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp olive oil 120g soft goats cheese 4 free range chicken breasts 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds 2 tbsp sunflower seeds 1 tbsp sesame seeds 50g broken walnut pieces 1/2 tsp Cajun spice 1/2 tsp olive oil 1 tsp runny honey Pinch salt   METHOD Put the strawberries in a large bowl with the vinegar and olive oil and leave for 15...
  4. Easy Entertaining Dessert Recipe: Semi-Freddo with Balsamic Berries

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    Recipe by Jane Padwick   This is a fabulous make-ahead pudding just perfect for a summers eve. Really easy and fun to make and the beauty is you just pop it in the freezer until you’re ready to serve. Full of summer flavours and looks pretty good too- always helps! ?.   INGREDIENTS 175g raspberries 70g caster sugar 80g blanched almonds, toasted & ground to fine crumbs 600ml double cream 2 tsp vanilla extract 3 eggs, separated To top: 300g mixed berries 2 tbsp caster sugar 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar . . METHOD Mix the raspberries with 1 tbsp of the caster sugar and set aside for 15 mins Mash with the back of a fork Pour the cream and vanilla into a large bowl and whisk until silky Separate the eggs into 2 bowls...
  5. Thai Red Salmon Curry Recipe

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    Recipe by Jane Padwick How about a super quick & easy Thai fakeaway? This one is the best and a delicious change from chicken (although can be interchanged of course!). This is my go to curry when I’m strapped for time and don’t want to think too much!! It’s so easy and punches some amazing flavours with very little effort. And, it’s so full of goodness – it’s a total win win ? To serve 4 INGREDIENTS One large fillet or 3-4 salmon steaks, skinned and cut into large chunks 1 onion, finely chopped 1 tbsp red curry paste (i use Thai Taste from a pouch) (Optional garlic & ginger, finely chopped) 1 lemon grass, finely chopped 1 can coconut milk Fish sauce, a few shakes 1 tbsp sugar 1 lime, juice &...
  6. Beer battered Cod and Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

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    Recipe from Jane Padwick Missing your takeaways in Lockdown? Beer battered cod & sweet potato fries ?? A fantastic fakeaway option. The whole meal really is very quick and easy and good fun when you get to the deep frying ?   For 4-6 pieces of cod:   To make the batter: 100g plain flour 100g cornflour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp turmeric 150ml lager beer 150ml sparkling/soda water   Combine the flours, baking powder & turmeric in a large bowl, season well. Put aside 2 tbsp on a plate. Gradually pour the beer and water into the bowl stirring with a wooden spoon till the batter is smooth. Set aside for 30 mins.   Heat 1 litre veg oil in a deep saucepan till a drop of batter sizzles and crisps immediately. Pat...
  7. Easy Chicken Korma Recipe

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    Recipe from Jane Padwick Easiest ever chicken korma !! I have made this curry SOO many times. It’s just soooo good and unbelievably easy. No grinding spices, no making pastes, just a few choice ingredients added at the right time and voila, the most delicious curry EVER ?   The ingredients can be adjusted to taste (more chilli, more chutney – esp good for a child’s palette)   INGREDIENTS (serves 6) 2 skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3 6 skinless thighs, cut in half 1 large onion, finely sliced 2 tsp turmeric 2tsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ginger 1/4 tsp black mustard seeds 1/2 tsp chilli flakes 1 can tinned tomatoes 150ml chicken stock 2 bay leaves 75g ground almonds 2 tbsp mango chutney 4-6 tbsp creme fraiche Toasted flaked almonds & coriander to serve METHOD Brown the chicken in oil in...
  8. Kimchi, Asian Sauerkraut recipe from Dr Clare Bailey author of the Fast 800 recipes

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    During our video chat with Dr Clare Bailey, wife of Michael Mosley, a GP who has pioneered the Fast 800 diet and the Blood Sugar Diet , Clare shared with us not just the best  and most effective way to lose weight, but also how to provide ourselves with the best natural defence against the coronavirus through nutrition. Embracing fermented foods as part of an anti-inflammatory diet is  one part of the armour available to us. Clare explains why fermented foods are so beneficial in our chat show. She has also very kindly shared her recipe for Kimchi- just one of many that can be found on the Fast 800 website. Otherwise known as Asian sauerkraut, Kimchi is a spicy,...
  9.  Review of The Italian Regional Cookbook by Valentina Harris – with sample recipes

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon If you want to add just one cookbook on your kitchen shelf , let it be this one. It is absolutely gorgeous.  The Italian Regional Cookbook by Valentina Harris has 325 recipes with 1500 photographs. It is not just a cookbook, but a journey through Italy. The photographs are stunning. The book takes you on a culinary tour of 20 regions of Italy – from the flavours of the Mediterranean to the Trentino region where cuisine is somewhat heartier. The photos of the food combined with the images and history of the food from each region inspire you to want to cook something new -and book your next holiday to...
  10. Midlife Kitchen Recipe: Raw Pad Thai from Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice

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    Midlife Kitchen Recipe: Raw Pad Thai from Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice   Another recipe from the Midlife Kitchen cookbook. All the recipes are designed to promote midlife health. Enjoy!   Raw Pad Thai  Recipe   WHY WE LOVE IT One of our Midlife mantras is to embrace variety – and the sheer abundance of flavour, texture and colour here will clearly do wonders for you. It’s a rainbow of raw excellence, brought together with a terrific tangy dressing guaranteed to transport you to a Koh Samui beach. You’ll need a bit of time to chop and slice, but otherwise it’s a doddle. Add cubes of tofu or cooked prawns for a more substantial meal.   SERVES 2 1 small carrot, peeled andcut into thin strips, shaved or shredded 1 small courgette, finely sliced or cut into thin strips 50g red...
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