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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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,...
  4.  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...
  5. 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...
  6. Recipe from the Midlife Kitchen: Monkfish and Fennel with herbs, tomatoes and anchovies

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    The Midlife Kitchen cookbook   by Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice offers 160 recipes all aimed to help boost midlife health, and all using accessible ingredients. The recipes aim to restore, rejuvenate and revive.   I’m looking to try out some of the recipes myself over the coming weeks – I might even try on video – if I’m brave enough to give cooking, talking and filming at the same time another go! Here is one of the recipes – just to get started – it looks delicious – and really easy to make Monkfish and Fennel with herbs, tomatoes, and anchovies (page 154 in the book) WHY WE LOVE IT We’re forever on the hunt for speedy suppers that are just a bit special – and this fits the bill perfectly....
  7. Gousto Recipe Kit Review

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon A very busy friend has been using the Gousto recipe kit delivery service for ages and has sung its praises, so when I was asked if I would like to try out some of the recipes- with the pre-measured ingredients delivered fresh to my door, I just had to say yes! I love to cook, but have fallen victim to my weekly menu becoming a bit repetitive, so I saw trying Gousto as a good way to cook something new, without having to buy lots of new spices- some of which I might not use again too often in the future. With Gousto, you choose from a selection of recipes – for 2 or 4 ( the recipe options change weekly) and the ingredients arrive, complete with easy to...
  8. Recipe: Jennifer Irvine’s California Prune Energy Balls

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    Recipe by Jennifer Irvine It can be really hard trying to get – and stay – in shape. Your body is adjusting to your new regime, and it can feel like hunger can strike at any time! Usually this coincides with an energy slump mid morning or mid-afternoon, when it’s all too tempting to reach for something sweet and crunchy lurking in the cookie jar! These are the perfect alternative – healthy, tasty, and packed with energy. The nuts give you a protein and energy fix, which will sort out the low-blood sugar levels which are causing your energy slump. Most people think that you need a sugary snack for this, but this is a common misconception – in fact all that happens is that you’ll get an...
  9. Recipe: Rosemary Shrager’s Guinea Fowl with Herbs, California Prunes, Walnuts and Braised Fennel

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      Recipe by Rosemary Shrager   GUINEA FOWL Ingredients:  Serves 4 1 plump guinea fowl 4 leaves sage 1 sprig rosemary 10 California Prunes 2 sprigs thyme 4 rashers dry cured streaky bacon chopped 8 walnuts, chopped in quarters Juice of 1 lemon Olive oil, salt and pepper Instructions:  Oven 200C First cook the dry cured streaky bacon and put into a bowl. Cut the California Prunes into half and add to the bacon, chop the herbs and mix in with the walnuts and salt and pepper. Take a large sheet of foil and put it in a roasting tin, then lay the fowl on top, stuff and cover the guinea fowl with the mixture. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and olive oil the close the foil tightly and roast for an hour, pulling back the foil for the last 20 minutes to allow...
  10. Using an Artisan Gin for Cocktails : Slingsby Artisan Gin Review

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon I often struggle to find presents for family members who have everything, but tend to pick up as ‘stocking filler’ presents local gin  (last year from Cornwall) for my mother and whisky for my father, so that they can enjoy a slightly different weekend tipple – although I am yet to get the feedback on  the welsh whisky I bought at a recent county show. When I was asked if I would like to try Slingsby Artisan Gin from Harrogate , I knew the perfect person to do the tasting would be my mother as not being a gin drinker  myself I wouldn’t really be able to tell how it differed from  Gordon’s. I’m not suggesting my mother is a drinker, but she took on the task very enthusiastically!...
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