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Carrot, Apple and Celeriac Soup

Packed full of flavour and low in calories here is a tasty soup to hit the spot when you fancy a light snack.

Carrot Apple Celeriac Soup from Good Food, Fast: Dairy CookbookTime 25 minutes
Calories per portion 99 Kcal
Fat per portion 1gof which saturated 0.1g
Serves 3
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing without the yogurt

Carrot 1 large, peeled and cut into small pieces
Celeriac, ¼ bulb, peeled and flesh cut into small pieces
Onion 1, peeled and chopped
Vegetable stock 600ml (1 pint)
Eating apples 2
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Grated nutmeg a pinch
Low fat natural yogurt 2–3 tbsp
Ready made croutons to serve

1 Put the vegetables in a medium saucepan and pour over the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer the soup for 5 minutes.

2 Meanwhile, peel, core and chop the apples. Stir into the vegetables and continue to simmer for a further 5 minutes until tender.

3 Remove the pan from the heat and blend the soup using a hand-held electric wand or in a food processor or blender until the vegetables are finely chopped. Return to the pan, if necessary, season to taste and add the nutmeg.

4 Stir in the yogurt and heat through very gently for 1–2 minutes without boiling, until piping hot. Ladle into warm bowls and top each with a handful of croutons and a grinding of black pepper.

Celeriac is a knobbly root vegetable related to celery. If unavailable, use 2 sticks chopped celery instead.

Recipe taken from Good Food, Fast: Dairy Cookbook.


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Quick Cottage Pie

The perfect comfort food in an unbelievable time!

Quick Cottage Pie from the Good Food, Fast: Dairy CookbookTime 15 minutes
Calories per portion 736 Kcal
Fat per portion 34g
of which saturated 9.3g
Serves 2
Suitable for freezing

Beef mince 250g (9oz)
Onion 1 small, peeled and chopped
Baked beans in tomato sauce 415g can
Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp
Dried mixed herbs 1 tbsp
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chilled flavoured mashed potato 450g pack

1 Heat a large, dry frying pan over a high heat. Add the beef mince and onion and cook, stirring to break up the meat, for 3–4 minutes, until the meat is browned.

2 Stir in the baked beans, Worcestershire sauce, dried mixed herbs, some seasoning and a good dash of water. Simmer rapidly for 3–4 minutes, until thickened and then tip the pie filling into a deep 1.25 litre (2 pint) baking dish.

3 Meanwhile, preheat the grill to hot. Heat the mashed potato according to the pack instructions, spoon on top of the mince and rough up the surface. Pop under the hot grill for a few minutes, until golden and bubbling.

Cook’s Tip
Supermarkets sell flavoured mash, such as colcannon, in the chilled food section. Use plain mash, if you prefer.

Recipe taken from the Good Food, Fast: Dairy Cookbook.

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Tomato soup with pesto cream

This soup is so rich and tasty you will never want to have canned tomato soup again.

Tomato soup with pesto creamTime 30 minutes
Calories per portion 286 Kcal
Fat per portion 19g
of which saturated 10.9g
Serves 2
Suitable for vegetarians
The soup without the cream topping is suitable for freezing

Butter 25g (1oz)
Onion 1, peeled and chopped
Carrot 1, peeled and chopped
Chopped tomatoes 400g can
Tomato purée 1 tbsp
Vegetable stock 300ml (½ pint)
Caster sugar 1 tsp
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Bicarbonate of soda a pinch
Green pesto sauce 1 tbsp
Crème fraîche 2 tbsp

1 Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the onion and carrot. Cook over a medium heat for 5–7 minutes, until the vegetables have softened, stirring occasionally.

2 Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, vegetable stock and caster sugar to the pan and bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer the soup for 10–15 minutes, until the vegetables are really tender.

3 Remove the pan from the heat and purée the soup using a hand-held electric wand or in a food processor or blender. Return to the pan, if necessary, season the soup to taste and stir in the bicarbonate of soda, which may fizz slightly, but stir until the fizzing stops.

4 Stir the pesto into the crème fraiche. Heat the soup and then pour it into warm bowls. Spoon the pesto crème fraîche on top, swirling it into the soup and serve immediately.

5 Adding the bicarbonate of soda helps to neutralise the acidity of the canned tomatoes and will help to prevent the crème fraîche from curdling as it is stirred into the soup.

Recipe taken from Good Food, Fast Dairy Cookbook

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Lamb Burgers with Figs

Gourmet lamb burgers with style!

Lamb Burgers with FigsTime 20 minutes
Calories per portion 556 Kcal
Fat per portion 23g
of which saturated 8.1g
Serves 4
Suitable for freezing

Lean minced lamb 400g (14oz)
Onion 1 small, peeled and very finely chopped
Ready-to-eat dried figs 150g (5oz), roughly chopped
Medium curry powder 1 tsp
Mixed spice 1 tsp
Chopped coriander 3 tbsp
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil 2–3 tbsp
Large rolls or baps 4
Lettuce leaves such as Frisée or Curly Endive
Coriander a few sprigs

1 Put the minced lamb, onion, figs, curry powder, mixed spice and coriander into a mixing bowl. Add a little salt and pepper and mix together with your hand.

2 Divide the lamb mixture into four equal pieces and then shape each one, on a lightly floured board, into burgers about 2.5cm (1in) thick.

3 Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, then add the burgers and cook for 5–6 minutes. Carefully turn them over and cook the other side for another 5–6 minutes until golden brown, and the burgers are cooked through.

4 To serve, put each burger in a roll or bap together with some lettuce leaves and coriander sprigs.

Cook’s tip
For the best result and flavour, buy lean leg of lamb steaks and chop them very finely (using two large knives), or in a food processor. Bought, ready minced lamb can lack flavour.

A Good Food, Fast Dairy Cookbook recipe.

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Salmon and Ginger Fishcakes with Sweet-and-Sour Salad

Thai inspired flavours without fuss.

Salmon and Ginger FishcakesTime 30 minutes
Calories per portion 281 Kcal
Fat per portion 14.9g
of which saturated 2.6g
Serves 4

Red chilli 1, deseeded and finely chopped
Caster sugar 2 tsp
Thai fish sauce 1 tsp
Lime juice 1 tbsp
Rice vinegar 1 tbsp
Cucumber ½, halved and cut into long, thin strips
Yellow pepper 1 small, deseeded and cut into long, thin strips
Carrot 1 small, peeled and cut into thin strips
Cherry tomatoes 12, halved
Skinned salmon fillets 500g (1lb 2oz)
Root ginger 4cm (1¾oz) piece, peeled and very finely chopped
Spring onions 4, trimmed and finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil 1 tsp
Coriander a bunch, stalks removed

1 For the salad, put the chilli, sugar, fish sauce, lime juice and vinegar into a screw-top jar and shake well. Set aside. Toss the cucumber, pepper, carrot and tomatoes together in a bowl.

2 Chop the salmon until you have a coarse, mince-like mixture. Put into another bowl with the ginger and spring onions and season to taste. Mix together and divide into eight. Using slightly wet hands, shape into eight fishcakes.

3 Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Cook the fishcakes for 1½ minutes on each side, until lightly golden and cooked.

4 Toss the dressing and coriander leaves through the salad. Divide between four plates and top each with two fishcakes.

Cook’s tip
Chopping and preparation is so much easier with good equipment. Buy good-quality knives and always keep them sharp.

Recipe taken from Good Food, Fast: Dairy Cookbook.

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Orange Iced Cup Cakes

Daintily iced buns, perfect for a girly coffee morning or tea party.

Orange Iced Cup Cakes

Time 25 minutes
Calories per cake 180 Kcal
Fat per cake 10.2g
of which saturated 6.1g
Makes 18 cakes
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing without the icing

Butter 125g (4½oz), softened
Caster sugar 125g (4½oz)
Self-raising flour 125g (4½oz)
Baking powder ½ tsp
Eggs 2, beaten

For the butter icing
Butter 75g (3oz), softened
Icing sugar 150g (5oz), sifted
Orange 1, grated zest and 1 tsp juice
Sugar flowers to decorate

1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/Gas 5 and line 18 bun-tin holes with pretty paper cases.

2 Tip all the ingredients for the cake mix in a bowl (it is very important that the butter is at room temperature and thus softened). Using a hand-held electric whisk, mix well until the cake batter is smooth and creamy.

3 Divide the cake batter evenly between the bun cases. There is enough mixture to three-quarters fill each bun case, so don’t over fill or the mixture will go all over the oven. Bake in the oven for 12–15 minutes or until well risen, golden and cooked. Remove from the oven, transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.

4 Meanwhile, make the butter icing. Beat the butter with a hand-held electric whisk or wooden spoon and gradually beat in the icing sugar. Beat in the grated orange zest and enough orange juice to taste and give a soft but not runny consistency.

5 When the cakes are cold, spread the orange icing on top and decorate with sugar flowers. For a special event, pop the iced buns in a pretty tin and pipe a letter on each cake to spell Happy Birthday or Happy Christmas.

6 Check on the internet for some great mail order cake decorating suppliers who stock coloured paper cases and dainty iced flowers to decorate these cakes for a very special occasion.

Recipe taken from Good Food, Fast – Dairy Cookbook.

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