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Mexican Hot Sauce

Mexican Hot Sauce

Long ago, we used to visit my sister and watch old black-and-white movies, having nachos and hot sauce along with a glass of wine. Better than takeaway! This is my easy-cooking interpretation of her recipe, though I’ve included equivalent fresh ingredients if you prefer trying that. 1 onion, chopped 1 tsp garlic powder (or 2 cloves […]

Chelsea Buns

Chelsea Buns

Chelsea buns are popular in my family, and these have a strong American influence of Cinnamon Rolls. Best recipe I’ve found, and only slightly altered (and translated into English!) The rapid-mix method is uncommon in the UK, but using a mixer at the start helps to develop the gluten more quickly. Dough 210g (7.5 oz) […]

Oat Apple Pudding

Oat Apple Pudding

This is an easy, inexpensive and filling recipe I found back in the 70s and have re-discovered. Took me ages to track down my recipe, and when I hunted online I couldn’t find anything like it. This recipe yields about 1lb/450g, for 4-6 portions, but of course would multiply up quite easily. With your usual […]

Cov Cakes

Cov Cakes

I came up with this when looking for a lower fat, and easier, alternative to mince pies, as my husband likes to enjoy mincemeat in baking all through the year. I had heard of Coventry Godcakes, which are triangular mince-filled pastries, so the name is a nod in that direction as we live not far […]

Ginger Parkin

Ginger Parkin

This is a traditional Yorkshire treat, dense and chewy, and easy to make Vegan because there are no eggs. If you like ginger, it’s well spiced. Using cut oats instead of porridge oats gives it an unusual gritty texture. 7 oz plain wholemeal flour 5 oz medium cut oats 1 heaped tsp mixed spice 2 […]

Chickpea Madras

Chickpea Madras

Another of my vegetarian experiments, which works well if you like curry. I use Patak’s curry paste, as personal preference, but obviously your choice! I think this is about Medium hot, add more paste if needed. 60g red lentils 280ml water (10 floz) Rinse the red lentils well, 2 or 3 times. Bring water to […]

Coleslaw

Coleslaw

I started making coleslaw as a way to reduce the number of small plastic pots in my life. It’s a good winter salad, with very little plastic involved! This has been evolved from numerous sources to fit with my family’s taste. 1 carrot, grated onto a triple layer of paper towel 4 heaped dessertspoons of […]

Red Dragon Mash

Red Dragon Mash

Continuing my search for vegetarian recipes that suit people who are not very adventurous, I’ve discovered that Aduki beans are fairly inoffensive for us non fans of beans. This recipe is adapted from the book “Not Just  Load of Old Lentils”, and ‘red dragon beans’ is the Chinese name. A lot of scope for varying. […]