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Traditional Scones

Recipe for Traditional Scones

Making the perfect scone really isn’t that difficult, because all you’re really looking for is that risen look, as though someone has tried, but failed, to pull apart the top and bottom of the scone. If the unknown entity has succeeded in its endeavour, then I’m afraid you have spectacularly failed in yours. To be honest, if followed correctly this recipe should give you the perfect traditional scones straight off the bat. Don’t be deterred if it doesn’t – things don’t always go quite according to plan.

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British Healthy Eating Recipes Vegetarian

Garden Bulgur Wheat Salad

Bulgur Salad

I discovered a recipe a while ago, though I can’t remember from where, for a really simple bulgur wheat salad. The perfect opportunity to make it arose today when I realised I hadn’t soaked my split peas, with which I had intended to make a chana dahl. This dish really is incredibly simple, delicious, healthy and quick. It also contains bulgur wheat which is, at the moment, one of my favourite foods. Bulgur wheat is filling, healthy and very versatile, not to mention the fact it has a much better taste than couscous, its man-made equivalent.

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Italian Recipes

Italian Meatballs with Linguine and Ricotta

Beef MeatballsI had previously posted a recipe for meatballs, but after tasting these I had to replace the original recipe as this dish was incredible. These meatballs were astoundingly succulent, light and delicious – the perfect accompaniment to the tomato sauce I posted yesterday. Alas, they are not entirely my own invention as the recipe is an adaptation of a Jamie Oliver recipe, taken from his first book The Naked Chef. Jamie’s method of cooking his meatballs appealed to me, by doing them in the oven surrounded by sauce there is absolutely no way they are going to dry out.

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Advice European Healthy Eating Italian Recipes Vegetarian

Basic Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce

My dad recently purchased a couple of second-hand copies of Jamie Oliver’s first two books. Although I haven’t followed any recipes to their exact specifications I will have to note, in a few of my future posts, that he has provided me with a little inspiration and culinary guidance. As you have probably guessed this is one such recipe. I get the feeling that there are a couple of fairly common mistakes people tend to make when cooking their own tomato sauce, mistakes I shall attempt to rectify. Firstly, one must remember that chopped tomatoes are entirely useless and that peeled plum tomatoes are simply the only way to go. Secondly, one must cook a tomato sauce for at least an hour in order to remove any bitterness from the seeds. In fact, some Italian chefs cook theirs for up to three hours!

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British Healthy Eating Recipes

Beef in Guinness Casserole

Beef in Guinness

As we all know, summer is about eating light, fresh food like my Caprese salad. However, I really like to continue devouring slow cooked wintry meals during the summer. Having said that, this dish isn’t as wintery or as rich as a steak and ale pie and I personally think it worked rather well considering the time of year – especially on a Sunday, in lieu of a roast. This is so delicious I’ve had it a couple of times in the past few weeks; it has such a good depth of flavour and is incredibly satisfying to eat when it has been cooked for at least 3 hours. Indeed, the most important thing to remember when preparing this casserole, or any meal that includes the cheaper cuts of meat, is to cook it for a long time. After 3 hours the fat should have melted away from the meat, enriching the dish, and the meat will have become incredibly tender. This casserole would also work very well with on-the-bone cuts such as oxtail – meat on the bone is incredibly sweet and when cooked the marrow in the bones will melt into the gravy, enriching it further.