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Chicken Wrapped Grissini

Grissini’s (Breadsticks) are perfect way to present appetisers in a unique shape; People love to snack on them. Grissini (Breadsticks)  Chicken strips, (turkey or whatever you prefer) Rocket (Arugula) Rinse the rocket leaves, pat dry and remove any hard stems. Cook the chicken strips for around 3 minutes until brown. Wrap two rocket leaves around []

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Pappa al Pomodoro

This is a typical dish of Tuscany that you will find served in every Trattoria in Toscana. It’s a family soup – babies and grandparents (both without teeth!) can eat it. It is a rustic dish that tastes of home cooking, so you should try it. The great thing is that it only takes 20 []

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Creamy Mushrooms

This is so quick and easy; Feel free to use any mushrooms you like. The best thing about this recipe is that with all the juices that naturally cook out of the mushrooms and mix with the butter, you only need to add a touch of cream to get a sauce that gives the illusion []

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Slimy Pea Soup

This is quick and easy to make and it tastes fantastic, the peas go really creamy and the spring onions go silky and sweet. These are just two simple flavours, and even though I’m a bit of a fresh herbs boy, this lovely light soup is very tasty. 4 cups frozen peas 1 spring onion []

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French Toast

Hello my lovely people, I do apologise for not posting any new recipes the last few months, was extremely busy and still my should is in sever pain for the last month or so, still on medications, which i personally hate and don’t like using pills, thanks for all your messages  and concerns, anyway lets []

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Red & Yellow Bell Pepper Soup

Nothing matches the flavour and sweetness of yellow bell peppers when they’re in season.. Using them together with red bell peppers for this recipe also gives you a great combination of colours in your soup. 3 red bell peppers 3 yellow bell peppers 2 tablespoons butter 1 onion, sliced 1 large potato, peeled and diced, []

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Garlic Steamed Broccoli

     Serves 4 1 head of broccoli olive oil garlic clove, thinly sliced salt & pepper Cut the broccoli into small florets. Trim the stalk bottom and discard. Cut the remaining stalk into thin slices. Pour enough water into a small  pot to cover the bottom, about 5 cm deep. Add the slices of broccoli []

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Herby Chips (Bastoncini Fritti alle Erbe)

I don’t normally cook chips, but I’ve seen people go to restaurants and order chips! Well it’s difficult to find these herby chips so I’ve started making them at home. To give them more flavour, I coat them in mixed herbs – and they are really yummy! 10 tbsp. finely mixed chopped herbs, (rosemary, sage, []

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Zuppa di Zucca

Pumpkin is so healthy and full of vitamins. It has a silky, sweet taste and it doesn’t take much time to make it into an incredibly satisfying, comforting soup 500g pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes 1 potato, cut into cubes 3 cups vegetable stock 4 Tbs butter 1/2 cup heavy cream freshly grated []

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Homemade Crisps

You can experiment with different varieties of potatoes, here I’ve used waxy red potatoes, you can add a touch of paprika or cayenne pepper gives them a slightly smoky sweet quality. The crisps will get soft if you leave them out for long, so store them in an airtight container until ready to eat 700g []

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Hummus Bi Tahini

A savoury dip made from cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic, that makes a meal in itself. It is a popular snack throughout the Middle East. 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight juice of 2 lemons ¾ cup of tahini (sesame paste) 2 garlic cloves 1 Tsp sweet []

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Pea & Mint Frittata

Frittata’s are like an omelette, however it’s not folded like an omelette and you need to finish cooking it in the oven. You can flavour it with allsorts, just like a risotto really, you can do it with mushrooms, broad beans, cheese, herbs. You name it The Italian word frittata derives from fritto, the past []

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Mozzarella and Red Chilli Crostini

Crostini (meaning "little toasts" in Italian) is an Italian appetizer consisting of small slices of grilled or toasted bread and toppings. The toppings may include a variety of different cheeses, meats, and vegetables, or may be presented more simply with a brush of olive oil and herbs or a sauce. Crostini is typically made using []

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Scotch Bonnet Quesadilla

The quesadilla as a food, has changed and evolved over many years as people experimented with different variations of it. So I gave it a go with these extremely hot peppers from Jamaica and I’ve used Cheddar cheese, obviously not the cheese you will find in a Mexican quesadilla coriander, roughly chopped spring onions, finely []

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Spicy Crunchy Chickpeas

The other night, I was in the mood to watch Gangs of New York (again) and was shocked not to find any popcorn or crisps in my pantry, so obviously you can’t sit and watch a Two and a Half hour long movie without a snack, So, I decided to use what I had, and []

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