Home » Back To Basics

  • Rocky Road

    Rocky Road

    Rocky Road Squares     110g butter, softened. 300g dark chocolate, broken into chunks 3 tbsp Golden syrup 200g digestive or leftover biscuits, crushed to small pieces 100g marshmallows 100g mixed nuts 200g leftover chocolate chopped or crushed 50g glace cherries-halved   Line a 9inch square cake tin with a triple layer of cling film or baking parchment Over a pan of simmering water, melt in a bowl the butter, chocolate and golden syrup.   Meanwhile in a large bowl […]

    Continue reading »

  • Turkey & Ham Pie

    Turkey & Ham Pie

    Turkey and Ham Pie   The perfect way to use leftovers, instead of a pastry topping use leftover mash potatoes for a one pot supper, delicious!     1 tbsp olive oil 30g Butter 1 large onion, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 300g Mushrooms, sliced 2 thyme sprigs 800g leftover Turkey or chicken cut into chunks, 300g left over cooked ham 250ml Cream 300ml chicken stock 1 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley Puff Pastry, rolled out to ½ cm […]

    Continue reading »

  • Ultimate Turkey Sandwich with Apple & Fennel Slaw

    Ultimate Turkey Sandwich with Apple & Fennel Slaw

      Serves 6.       100g mayonnaise 50g cream fraiche 1 lemon juice or cider vinegar   ¼ head green cabbage, shredded 1 carrot, grated 1 shallot, chopped 1 fennel bulbs, thinly sliced 1 Granny Smith apples Salt and pepper   12 Slices sourdough bread 400 g leftover roasted turkey 6 tbsp stuffing (leftovers) or see recipe for lemon & sage stuffing.     In a bowl combine the mayonnaise, crème fraîche, lemon juice and the salt and whisk […]

    Continue reading »

  • Mac ‘n’ Cheese

    Mac ‘n’ Cheese

    Macaroni Cheese   Serves 4   A quick and easy family favourite that’s sure to please.   300g Macaroni pasta 1 onion 150g leftover ham, chopped 25g butter 25g flour 300ml Milk 200ml Cream 2 tbsp Dijon mustard 125g Mature White Cheddar, grated 125g Mature Red Cheddar. Grated Salt & Pepper to season   Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.   Pour the macaroni into a large pan of salted boiling water and cook the macaroni as per pack […]

    Continue reading »

  • Smoked Salmon Potato Cakes

    Smoked Salmon Potato Cakes

    Smoked Salmon Potato Cakes with Salad Serves 4   450g potatoes, well scrubbed 100g smoked salmon, finely chopped 2 spring onions, finely chopped 3 eggs (1 yolk + 2 whole eggs) 25g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 2 tbsp tablespoons olive oil 2 tbsp butter 50g Breadcrumbs (leftovers) salt and freshly ground black pepper     Cover the potatoes with cold water in a pan and add a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15-20 […]

    Continue reading »

  • Cauliflower & Blue Cheese Soup

    Cauliflower & Blue Cheese Soup

        This is a classic combination of flavours. This is quite a filling soup recipe so a little goes a long way. For a varied flavour why not try adding in a little curry powder when cooking the soup for a mild curried alternative.   Serves 4 50g butter 1 large onion, chopped roughly 3 cloves garlic, crushed ½ bay leaves 1 large head cauliflower, chopped 1 large potato, diced 1200ml flavoured chicken stock 150ml cream Seasoning 150g blue […]

    Continue reading »

  • Stuffings


    STUFFINGS     Lemon and Sage Stuffing, Try adding cranberries to this stuffing before placing in the oven, it can be served as a side dish if you prefer not to stuff your turkey.     400g fresh white breadcrumbs 200g butter 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 lemon zest and juice 1 tbsp chopped Sage 1 tbsp fresh thyme 4 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley salt and pepper     To make the stuffing, melt the butter in a […]

    Continue reading »

  • Chocolate Brownie Trifle

    Chocolate Brownie Trifle

        Serves 6 – 10 Vanilla Custard 400ml milk 200ml cream 1 vanilla pod 6 egg yolks 75g sugar 1 tbsp cornflour   Brownie 350g dark chocolate 350g butter-chopped into pieces 5 large eggs 350g demerara sugar 150g self raising flour   To Decorate: 300ml raspberry jelly set 350g Raspberries 250ml freshly whipped cream Selection of Chocolate Truffles and Chocolate pieces     Firstly, prepare the custard. Cut the vanilla pod in half lengthways and scrape the seeds out […]

    Continue reading »

  • Kevin’s Christmas Turkey

    Kevin’s Christmas Turkey

    Kevin’s Christmas Turkey   There is something wonderfully satisfying about putting a beautiful turkey sitting in the middle of the table on Christmas day and serving your salivating family. If cooked properly the turkey can be a deliciously moist bird which can be enjoyed by all the family. Plan every aspect of your Christmas cookery carefully and meticulously and then you can relax a little more on the actual day.   14lb/ 6.5kg approx Turkey 250g Butter 3 tbsp Sage […]

    Continue reading »

  • Crowes Farm Ham with Apple Glaze

    Crowes Farm Ham with Apple Glaze

        Whole ham on the bone (approx 7 ½ lb/3.5kg) 2 x 500ml Kings Bay Pale Ale or Similar 1 Onion 1 Carrot 1 Cooking Apple, chopped 2 bay leaves 2 cloves garlic, chopped   High Bank orchard apple syrup 40 Cloves         Place the ham in a large heavy based saucepan, add the Pale Ale, the onion, carrots, bay leaf, garlic and cooking apple. Add enough water to cover the ham completely. Bring to the […]

    Continue reading »