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British Sandwich Week

British Sandwich Week

According to the British Sandwich Week website we Brits eat over 11.5 billion sandwiches each year. If you laid each one end to end, they would go around the world about 44 times!

British Sandwich Week is a week-long celebration of the greatest food-to-go and one of the most iconic British culinary inventions; the Sandwich.

The great British sandwich is such a central item in our psyche and culture that we have more different names for it than Eskimos do for snow.

From Sarnies, butties and barms to baps and baguettes, everywhere you go there’s a local term for this icon. Ever since John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich ordered cold beef between slices of toast, to avoid getting up from his cards game, his name has become synonymous with the delectable dish.

So what’s your favourite?

Do you prefer to make your own or do you have a favourite café? We love our local bakery. It’s certainly not hip and trendy but it produces the most gorgeous bread and fillings. But when we’re not indulging in purchases from

But when we’re not indulging in purchases from Food for Thought our favourite seasonal sandwich recipe is Asparagus Torpedoes (see below).

 


 

 

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Asparagus Torpedo

Asparagus Torpedoes

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 641 per portion
Fat 29g (9g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Ready-to-bake baguettes 2
  • Asparagus spears 6–8, depending on size
  • Mayonnaise 3 tbsp
  • Finely shredded basil 3 tbsp
  • Finely chopped parsley 3 tbsp
  • Beefsteak tomato 1, sliced
  • Mozzarella cheese 90g (31⁄2oz), thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. As instructed on the packet, preheat oven and bake baguettes, then allow to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, snap off white woody ends of asparagus. Cook spears in gently boiling water for 3–5 minutes until tender. Drain, cut in half lengthways, then into thirds.
  3. Cut baguettes almost into two lengthways. Mix mayonnaise with basil and parsley and spread over cut sides. 4 Alternate slices of tomato, mozzarella and pieces of asparagus in the baguettes. Season with freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately while warm.

 

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Recipe of the Week: Hummous

Dairy Diary Hummous recipe

With reports in the press of hummous being removed from the supermarket shelves, play it safe and make your own delicious dip.

Yum!

Please let me know how you get on.

 

 


 

Hummous

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Chickpeas 410g can, drained
  • Lemon 1, juice only
  • Garlic 3 cloves, peeled and crushed
  • Ground cumin ½ tsp
  • Ground coriander ½ tsp
  • Natural yogurt 150g (5oz)
  • Crunchy peanut butter 3 tbsp
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Chopped coriander 1 tbsp, optional

Instructions

  1. Place chickpeas, lemon juice and garlic into a food processor and whizz to a coarse mixture.
  2. Tip mixture into a bowl and stir in cumin, coriander, yogurt and peanut butter and season to taste.
  3. Spoon into a serving bowl and chill until ready to serve. Drizzle with oil and garnish with coriander, if liked.

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Top 3 Dips to Share

Top 3 Dips to Share

I love a relaxed evening with friends – the impromptu sort when you decide you really need a catch-up, so you throw a few nibbles together and chill a bottle of fizz.

One of the best sharing foods is dip.

I like to serve with a range of crudité (how virtuous we feel eating carrot and cucumber sticks!), breadsticks and some warm pitta triangles.

crudité

Here are the top 3 Dairy Diary dips of all time…

 


 

Hummous

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Chickpeas 410g can, drained
  • Lemon 1, juice only
  • Garlic 3 cloves, peeled and crushed
  • Ground cumin ½ tsp
  • Ground coriander ½ tsp
  • Natural yogurt 150g (5oz)
  • Crunchy peanut butter 3 tbsp
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Chopped coriander 1 tbsp, optional

Instructions

  1. Place chickpeas, lemon juice and garlic into a food processor and whizz to a coarse mixture.
  2. Tip mixture into a bowl and stir in cumin, coriander, yogurt and peanut butter and season to taste.
  3. Spoon into a serving bowl and chill until ready to serve. Drizzle with oil and garnish with coriander, if liked.

 


 

Stilton & Walnut Dip

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Curd cheese or quark 150g (5oz)
  • Stilton cheese 150g (5oz), crumbled
  • Soured cream 150g (5oz)
  • Snipped chives 2 tbsp, plus extra to garnish
  • Chopped walnuts 50g (2oz), plus extra to garnish
  • Paprika to garnish

Instructions

  1. Put cheeses and soured cream into a bowl and beat together until combined.
  2. Fold chives and walnuts into mixture and spoon into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with paprika, chives and walnuts and chill until required.

 


 

Hot Artichoke & Chive Dip

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Artichoke hearts 390g can, drained
  • Parmesan cheese 75g (3oz), grated
  • Light mayonnaise 125ml (4fl oz)
  • Soured cream 125ml (4 fl oz)
  • Snipped chives to garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except chives into a food processor and whizz until smooth. Season to taste.
  2. Spoon mixture into a saucepan and heat gently until hot but not boiling.
  3. Pour into a serving bowl, sprinkle with chives if you like, and serve immediately.

 


 

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5 Favourite Easter Recipes

Easter gives us the perfect excuse to get together with friends and family and enjoy some quality time.

Try one or two of these delicious recipes – they’re sure to meet with your guests’ approval.

 

Baked Salmon recipe

Often informal gatherings are the best. Serve a couple of salads, some buttered new potatoes and this gorgeous salmon for an effortlessly delicious lunch.

Baked Salmon

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 465 per portion
Fat 35g (11g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Salmon fillets 4, each approx. 150g (5oz), skin removed
  • Lemon ½, juice only
  • Fresh dill 15g (½oz)
  • Butter 20g (¾oz)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cucumber ½, thinly sliced
  • White wine vinegar 2 tbsp
  • Caster sugar 1 tsp
  • Chives 15g (½oz), finely snipped
  • Chopped watercress 2 tbsp, plus sprigs to garnish
  • Soft cheese 110g (4oz)
  • Light mayonnaise 2 tbsp
  • Steamed new potatoes to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Line a large baking tray with foil.
  2. Place the salmon fillets on the foil, drizzle with the lemon juice, sprinkle with a little torn dill, dot with the butter and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Enclose the salmon in the foil then bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the fish flakes easily and is even in colour when pressed with a knife.
  4. Meanwhile, add the cucumber slices to a bowl with the vinegar, sugar and a little salt and pepper. Reserve a few more dill sprigs for garnish, chop the rest and add half to the cucumber and the remainder to a second bowl. Add half the chives to the cucumber and the rest to the second bowl. Gently toss the cucumber together and set aside.
  5. Add the chopped watercress, soft cheese and mayonnaise to the bowl of herbs and stir together until well mixed. Spoon into a serving bowl.
  6. Stir the cucumber once more then spoon onto a large shallow platter. Arrange the cooked salmon on top then garnish with the watercress sprigs. Serve with the sauce and new potatoes, if using.

Cook’s tips
Thick cut pieces of smoked cod loin could also be cooked in the same way in the foil then served with the sauce on a bed of stir-fried or microwaved spinach.

 

Lamb Crown Roast

This show-stopping lamb dish will be sure to impress on Easter Sunday.

Lamb Crown Roast

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 90 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 429 per portion
Fat 30g (13g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Racks of lamb 2, with 6–8 cutlets each
  • Butter 50g (2oz)
  • Onion 1 large, peeled and chopped
  • Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and crushed
  • Celery 3 sticks, sliced
  • Dried apricots 50g (2oz), chopped
  • Dried cherries 50g (2oz), chopped
  • Pistachio nuts 50g (2oz), chopped
  • Fresh breadcrumbs 110g (4oz)
  • Chopped mint 3 tbsp
  • Lemon 1, grated zest and juice
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Steamed new potatoes and vegetables to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6.
  2. Bend the racks to form a crown, fat side inward, and secure with string.
  3. Melt the butter in a pan and fry the onion, garlic and celery for about 5 minutes until softened. Stir in the chopped apricots, cherries, pistachios, breadcrumbs, mint, lemon zest and juice, egg and seasoning. Leave to cool slightly, then fill the crown centre.
  4. Weigh the filled crown, then transfer to a roasting tin, cover with foil and roast, allowing 15 minutes per 450g (1lb), plus 15 minutes. Leave to rest for 5 minutes before carving. Serve with new potatoes and a selection of vegetables, if you like.

Cook’s tip
To make gravy, transfer the lamb to a warm plate and keep hot. Pour off any fat to leave the juices then stir in 2 tbsp plain flour, cook briefly then stir in 300ml (½ pint) lamb stock, 150ml (¼ pint) dry white wine and 1 tsp Dijon mustard. Season, bring to the boil and cook for 2 minutes then strain into a gravy boat and serve.

 

Strawberry Puffs recipe

A favourite of our Divisional Manager, this creamy pastries are a real treat.

Strawberry Puffs

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 40 minutes plus cooling
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Calories 356 per portion
Fat 25g (14g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Ready-rolled puff pastry 320g pack
  • Icing sugar 50g (2oz), plus 1 tbsp, plus extra to dust
  • Mascarpone 250g (9oz)
  • Fromage frais 200g (7oz)
  • Lemon 1, grated zest and juice
  • Strawberries 450g (1lb)
  • Caster sugar 25g (1oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°fan/Gas 7. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Roll out the pastry to about 36 x 23cm (14 x 9in), then sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of icing sugar. Cut into 16 equal-size rectangles. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until risen and golden. Cut into two lengthways and leave to cool.
  3. Mix together the mascarpone, fromage frais, 50g (2oz) icing sugar and the lemon zest. Chop one third of the strawberries and stir into the mascarpone.
  4. Put the remaining strawberries in a food processor with the caster sugar and lemon juice and whizz to a purée, then sieve.
  5. Sandwich four pastries with three layers of the mascarpone mixture. Repeat to make eight puffs. Drizzle each serving plate with the strawberry coulis, add a strawberry puff, dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.

Cook’s tips
Vary the fruits depending on what’s in season; autumn blackberries with a little chopped fresh mint, or forced rhubarb mixed with frozen strawberries in early spring.

 

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Simnel Cake recipe

A classic for Easter.

Simnel Cake

  • Servings: 11
  • Time: 30 mins prep, 2¼ hours cooking
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Calories 722 per portion
Fat 30g (13.2g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Butter 250g (9oz), softened
  • Light muscovado sugar 250g (9oz)
  • Eggs 4
  • Plain flour 300g (11oz)
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Ground mixed spice 2 tsp
  • Ground almonds 50g (2oz)
  • Luxury dried mixed fruit 500g (1lb 2oz)
  • Lemon 1, finely grated zest and 2 tbsp juice
  • White marzipan 500g (1lb 2oz)
  • Apricot glaze or sieved apricot jam 2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas 2 and line a 20cm (8in) cake tin with baking parchment.
    Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a spoonful of the flour along with each egg. Sift in the remaining flour, baking powder and spice and fold the almonds, dried fruit and lemon zest and juice into the mixture. Spoon half into the cake tin and smooth the surface level.
  2. Roll out one third of the marzipan until it’s a circle, just smaller than the cake tin, and lay it on top of the mixture in the tin. Spoon the remaining mixture over the top and level the surface.
  3. Bake the cake in the centre of the oven for 2–2¼ hours, or until a skewer comes out clean after being inserted into the cake. Cover with a sheet of baking parchment if it starts to brown. When cooked, remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool.
  4. Remove the cake from the tin and peel away the lining paper. Spread the apricot glaze or jam over the top. Roll out half of the remaining marzipan to fit the top of the cake. Place it on the cake and smooth down, taking care not to trap any air pockets underneath. Pinch around the edges.
  5. Divide the remaining marzipan into 11 pieces and roll each into a ball. Brush a little apricot glaze or jam onto the base of each and evenly space around the top of the cake. Place under a hot grill to brown the marzipan lightly. Remove from the grill and leave to cool before serving.

Cook’s tips
The cake will keep in an airtight container for up to a week.
If you have a choice of marzipan, choose white marzipan, which has a more natural flavour than golden marzipan.

 

 Chocolate Lolipos

Looking for something to make with little ones? These ‘sheepish’ chocolate lollies are great fun. 

 

Chocolate Lolipops

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 45 mins plus setting
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 231 per portion
Fat 12g (7.4g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • White chocolate 200g bar, chopped
  • Lollipop sticks 8
  • Giant chocolate buttons 10-11
  • White mini marshmallows 50g (2oz)
  • Black and pink gel food colour to decorate

Instructions

  1. 1 Using the base of a mug, draw eight circles on a sheet of baking paper. Turn over paper and weight each corner.
  2. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water.
  3. Spoon chocolate onto drawn circles. Place a lollipop stick onto each, turning once to coat. Place a button onto each circle near stick and snip remaining buttons into ear shapes and place one on each side of each button. Snip marshmallows in half with scissors and gently push into chocolate in concentric circles. Use gel to create eyes and mouth. Leave to set.

 

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3 Easy Recipes for Two

3 easy recipes for two on Valentines Day

Enjoy a romantic dinner at home with these delicious recipes.

The starter and main can be prepared in advance (cook the main while eating your starter) and the pud only takes 10 minutes to create.

Giving you more time to spend gazing into each other’s eyes!!

 Potted Shrimp

Potted Shrimps

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 15 minutes plus chilling mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 281 per portion
Fat 21g (14g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter 50g (2oz)
  • Shrimps 150g (5oz), shelled weight
  • Ground nutmeg a pinch
  • Ground mace a pinch
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Brown bread or hot toast to serve

Instructions

  1. Gently melt the butter in a small saucepan over a very low heat. Simmer gently until a foam rises to the top then remove the foam with a spoon.
  2. Carefully pour the clarified butter from the top into a jug and discard the milky residue underneath.
  3. Melt half of the clarified butter and stir in the shrimps, nutmeg, mace and seasoning to taste. Spoon the mixture into two ramekin dishes and chill until the mixture has set.
  4. Melt the remaining clarified butter and spoon over the top of the shrimps. Chill once again until the mixture has set.
  5. Serve with toast or crusty brown bread, using the butter layer on top of the ramekins to spread on the toast first.

Cook’s tips
If you can’t find shrimps buy small prawns instead.
For special occasions, multiply the quantities by the number of people you are feeding and make the ramekins look pretty with sprigs of dill and a little caviar.

Baked Salmon

Baked Salmon Tricolore

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 726 per portion
Fat 61g (11g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Firm avocado 1 large
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Tomatoes 2 large, thickly sliced
  • Olive oil 2 tbsp
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Garlic mayonnaise 2 tbsp
  • Grated Parmesan cheese 3 tbsp
  • Chopped basil 2 tbsp
  • Salmon fillets 2 x 150g (5oz)
  • Rocket leaves to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Line a baking dish with baking parchment.
  2. Cut the avocado in half and prise out the stone. Peel off the skin and then slice thickly. Arrange in a single layer in the baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Put the tomatoes in the dish and drizzle with half the oil. Season well.
  3. Mix the mayonnaise with the Parmesan cheese and chopped basil. Lay the fish on top of the avocado and tomatoes and spread the mayonnaise mixture on top of the fish. Then drizzle with the remaining oil.
  4. Bake the salmon in the oven for about 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, until cooked through and tender. Drain and serve immediately with fresh rocket leaves.

Cook’s tips
Choose a slightly under-ripe avocado for this recipe – it will be easier to peel and slice; the flesh will soften slightly on baking.
If you don’t have garlic mayonnaise, mix ordinary mayo with 1 crushed garlic clove.

 Fruits with Chocolate Dip

Fresh Fruit with Chocolate Dip

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 255 per portion
Fat 11g (6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate 75g (3oz), broken into pieces
  • Milk 2 tbsp
  • Mixed fruit, such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries 350g (12oz)

Instructions

  1. Put the chocolate and milk in a heatproof bowl and set it over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until it has melted, making sure it doesn’t overheat.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and stir to make a smooth thick glossy sauce.
  3. Carefully remove the bowl from the pan and pour the chocolate into a small pot. Serve immediately with the berries to dip into the chocolate sauce.

 


 

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Recipe of the week: Pigs in Blankets, perfect for Bonfire Night!

Pigs in Blankets

 

Wrap these gorgeous little morsels in napkins and enjoy whilst huddled around the bonfire.

Stay safe folks.

Pigs in Blankets

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 40-50 minutess
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 328 per portion
Fat 22g (9.7g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Medium-sliced white bread 6 slices
  • Butter 50g (2oz)
  • Tomato ketchup 4 tsp
  • Mild Dijon mustard 1 tsp
  • Cumberland sausages 6, skins removed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6. Cut the crusts off each slice of bread, then gently roll out each slice, using a rolling pin, to make it thinner.
  2. In a small saucepan, gently heat the butter and tomato ketchup together until melted, then stir in the mustard.
  3. Brush some of the butter mixture over one side of each slice of bread, then place a sausage diagonally across each one. Bring the opposite corners up and over the sausages to meet in the centre, and secure with wooden cocktail sticks.
  4. Place on a baking tray, brush with the remaining butter mixture and bake for 30–40 minutes until the sausages are cooked. Check halfway through cooking and if the bread is browning too much cover with strips of foil.

Cook’s tips. The points of the bread tend to brown more quickly in the oven than the rest of the bread, so check on the progress once or twice during cooking and cover with strips of foil if needed to stop them browning too much.

 

 


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