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Recipe from Tyler

Ingredients

  • Recipe adapted from John Young’s – “Chinese Curry Sauce like you get from the takeaway – 1 “
  • Makes around 2 portions
  • 2 tbsps coconut oil (AKA coconut butter)
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • approx. 400ml chicken stock
  • A dash of soya sauce
  • 1 medium onion, cut into large chunks
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 heaped  tsps of curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • A pinch of ground star anise
  • A pinch of ground cummin
  • A few slices of green chilli
  • 1/2 cup of frozen/fresh peas
1. Using a small wok or frying pan, heat the coconut oil till hot then add the onions to the pan. 2. Fry over a high heat for about 3 -4 mins, till lightly browned. Turn down the heat (low) then add the chopped garlic and sliced chilli to the pan. 3. Fry for just a few seconds before adding all of the spices and flour to the pan. 4. Cook over a gentle heat for approx. 1 minute, stirring the whole time. 5. Pour over the chicken stock and add the peas  and soya sauce to the mixture. 6. Stir well then allow to cook over a medium heat for approx. 12 – 15 mins, stirring regularly. If it starts to get too thick, add another little splosh of chicken stock or water. 7. The sauce is now ready to use.

This  recipe produces a  Chinese takeaway style curry sauce to which you can add prawns, chicken, vegetables etc. once the sauce has finished cooking. You can stir fry the chicken or prawns first if you like, but i prefer to just cook them gently in the sauce, that way the chicken/prawns stay juicy and tender 🙂

How to make spaghetti

Preparation method

  1. Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and once hot add the beef mince and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the mince until well browned over a medium-high heat (be careful not to burn the mince. It just needs to be a dark brown colour). Once browned, transfer the mince to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Add another tablespoon of oil to the saucepan you browned the mince in and turn the heat to medium. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and fry gently for 5-6 minutes, or until softened and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another two minutes. Add the grated carrot then pour the mince and any juices in the bowl back into the saucepan.
  3. Add the tomatoes to the pan and stir well to mix. Pour in the stock, bring to a simmer and then reduce the temperature to simmer gently for 45 minutes, or until the sauce is thick and rich. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
  4. When ready to cook the spaghetti, heat a large saucepan of water and add a pinch of salt. Cook according to the packet instructions. Once the spaghetti is cooked through, drain and add to the pan with the bolognese sauce. Mix well and serve.

Less than 30 mins preparation time

30 mins to 1 hour cooking

by Tiana

Italian spaghetti (by Oliver)

1lb of Ground beef or Italian sweet or hot sausage cut up in 3/4″ pieces
  • Two large cans of crushed tomatoes.
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, diced.
  • 1 medium onion, diced.
  • 1 tbs dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp ground black pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Olive Oil.
  • 1 lb dried spaghetti
  • Optional flaked Parmesan cheese
  • Optional 1 diced bell pepper
  • Optional 4 ounces diced mushrooms (or an 8 ounce can)
  • Put on a pot of water to boil with 8-12 cups of water. While it is heating, cook your sauce:
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      In a separate pot heat up 2 table spoons of Olive Oil on medium heat.

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      Sauté your sausage or ground beef until browned (drain and return to pot), then add bell peppers and mushrooms and cook until lightly browned.

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      Add onions into the pot, continue sautéing until edges are browned. Then add fresh diced garlic and cook another minute (overcooked garlic is bitter and loses its flavor).

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      Add the tomato sauce and spices, stir and let it simmer for 15 to 20 min.

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      Once the water in the first pot boils, add 1tbs. olive oil, spaghetti noodles and a 1 tsp of salt.

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      Stir gently and constantly until the water boils again to keep it from sticking together.

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      Let the spaghetti boil for 10-12 min (once spaghetti is done, rinse and drain).

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      9Mix with sauce and serve immediately.

Jerk Chicken (Jamaica)

Ingredients:

3tsbp Jerk seasoning powder
2tsp hot pepper sauce
2tsp vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic
4 Spring Onions trimmed and chopped
1tsp fresh thyme
4 chicken thighs

Mix together all the ingredients except the chicken in  a shallow dish and mix until well combined
Make 3 deep diagonal cuts in each chicken thigh and place into the marinade, turn well to coat all over. Leave in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight is best.

Heat the oven to 200 degrees and place the chicken in a lightly oiled roasting tin, skin side down and roast until juices run clear about 35-40 mins.

Serve with rice and peas

 

Niamh Ollier K4

Chicken Chow Mein (Chinese)

Ingredients

150g of egg noodles

dash of toasted sesame oil

300g of chicken breast fillets sliced into strips

dash dark soy sauce

1 tsp five-spice powder

1 tsp chilli sauce

1 tbsp cornflour

1-2 tbsp groundnut oil

1 red pepper

150g bean sprouts

1 large spring onion, sliced

2 tbsp light soy sauce

ground black pepper

Method

Cook the noodles in a pan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes.  Drain and rinse under cold running water.  Drizzle with a dash of sesame oil and toss through to prevent noodles sticking to each other.

Place the chicken strips in a bowl and season with a dash of dark soy sauce, five spice powder and chilli sauce.  Mix well, then lightly dust the chicken strips with the cornflour.

Heat a wok until smoking and add the groundnut oil, then add the chicken and stir fry for 3-4 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.

Add the red pepper and stir fry for one minute and then add the bean sprouts and spring onion and stir fry for 30 seconds.  Stir in the cooked noodles and season with the light soy sauce, a dash of sesame oil and freshly ground black pepper.

By Olivia

Christiana’s lamb rogan josh.(indian)

Ingredients                                                                                                             Method

1kg boned leg of lamb                                                                                         1.Trim the lamb or any excess fat and cut into large cubes

2.Heat the ghee or oil in a large pot, add the onion, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until                                                                                                                                              soft.Stir in the yoghurt, chilli,coriander, cumin, cardamom, cloves, tumeric, garlic and ginger.

1 tablespoon oil or ghee                                                                                       Add the tomatoes and salt and simmer for 5 minutes.Add the lamb and stir until coated.

2 onions,chopped                                                                                                  3.Cover and cook over low heat for 1 hour. Add lentils and water, stir well, cover and cook,                                                                                                                                               stirring occaisionally  for another hour, or until lamb is tender and lentils are cooked.

125g natural or greek yoghurt                                                                            4.Add garam masala to the curry and mix through well. Serve with steamed rice, sprinkle with

1 teaspoon chilli powder,or to taste                                                                    chopped coriander.

1 tablespoon ground coriander                                                                                                                                          By       William

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground tumeric

3 cloves garlic,crushed

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1(400g)tin chopped tomatoes

1 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons lentils

225ml water

1 teaspoon garam masala

chopped fresh coriander leaves.

Egg fried rice

What you will need    

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

200 g/7 oz long-grain rice cooked and left to be coll

100 g /4 oz of defrost peas reined in warm water quickly

4 spring onions chopped

1-2 tsp soy sauce

ground white  pepper

1 egg

Method

Beat together the egg and sesame oil and put to one side Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan. When it’s shimmering and almost smoking, add the rice and stir-fry for about 3-4 minutes until completely heated through.Add the peas, spring onions and beansprouts, if using. Stir-fry, turning the rice constantly around the pan, for about 3 minutes. Season well with soy sauce and pepper, then push to one side of the pan. Pour the beaten egg mixture into the other side and leave for about 10 seconds so it begins to set. Using a chopstick, briskly swirl around the egg to break it up and then toss around with the rice. Stir-fry for a further minute and serve straight away.

 

Egg-fried rice

Eliza

Mexican Nachos

A tasty snack to enjoy with your friends.
nachos
Ingredients
To make the Guacamole topping:
2 avocados
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 chopped tomato
1/4 teaspoon salt

Other
Corn tortilla chips
Grated cheddar and mozzarella cheese
Sour cream
One jar of salsa sauce
Green jalapeno pepper
What to do
Guacamole:
1) Mash up the avocados and add a tablespoon of lemon juice.
2) Add half a tomato, chopped into very small pieces.
3) Add ¼ teaspoon of salt.
4) Put the guacamole in the fridge
Nachos
5) Put the corn tortillas in an oven proof dish
6) Sprinkle with grated cheese all over in layers
7) Put them in a preheated oven to 180 degrees.
8) Cook for about 15 mins (until cheese has melted)
9) Add toppings of guacamole, salsa and sour cream.
10) Chop some jalapeno peppers on top.
Serve and enjoy! 

by Daniel Harrison

 

Fluffy American pancakes!

Fluffy American pancakes great for a weekend nibble,

Ingredients

To serve

Preparation method

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl or jug, lightly whisk together the milk and egg, then whisk in the melted butter.
  2. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and, using a fork, beat until you have a smooth batter. Any lumps will soon disappear with a little mixing. Let the batter stand for a few minutes.
  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter. When it’s melted, add a ladle of batter (or two if your frying pan is big enough to cook two pancakes at the same time). It will seem very thick but this is how it should be. Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown and the pancake has risen to about 1cm (½in) thick.
  4. Repeat until all the batter is used up. You can keep the pancakes warm in a low oven, but they taste best fresh out the pan.
  5. Serve with lashings of real maple syrup and extra butter if you like.

Ted

Zoom Jelly

ZOOM JELLY (MULTICOLOURED JELLY)

For the banana layer    For the raspberry layer         You ‘ll also need

2 bananas chopped       200g raspberries                    1 litre jelly mould

100 ml double cream    250ml cloudy apple juice     Pomegranate

50g caster sugar             50g Caster sugar

Yellow food colouring

METHOD

First make the blackcurrant layer. Put 6 of the gelatine leaves in a small bowl and cover with cold water, then soak for 1-2 minutes until soft. Gently heat the cordial, lemon juice and 50ml cold water in a pan until nearly simmering, then remove from the heat.Remove the softened gelatine from the water and squeeze any out any excess water , then stir in a few drops of blue food colouring  to give a deep purple colour. Grease the jelly mould with a little oil then pour in the jelly. Chill for 2-3 hours until set.

Ariyan