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Eat Out, In Valentine’s Day

Eat Out, In this Valentine's Day


Eat Out, In: The easiest and tastiest Valentine’s Day menu ever

The whole point of Valentine’s Day is to enjoy time with your other half. So if you choose to eat at home rather than visit a restaurant (who may well inflate their prices for the privilege of dining with them on February 14th!), you will want a menu that gives you maximum time together rather than hours slaving in the kitchen.

These delicious recipes deliver maximum
flavour but allow you to prepare ahead, so
that you can enjoy each other’s company.


This speedy salad takes only 5 minutes to prepare yet tastes divine. The mix of textures and the contrast between the sweet pears and the salty Stilton works beautifully.

Pear & Stilton Salad

Starter: Pear & Stilton Salad

Time required 5 mins.
Per portion: 493 Kcal, 39g fat (11.4g saturated)
Suitable for vegetarians
Serves 2

Mixed leaf salad 50g (2oz)
Chicory 1 head, halved, leaves separated and torn into large pieces
Conference pears 2, cored and sliced
Stilton cheese 75g (3oz), crumbled
Walnut pieces 25g (1oz)
Walnut oil 1 tbsp
Extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp
Lime 1, juice only
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Par-baked rolls 2, warmed, to serve, optional

1 Put the prepared salad and chicory leaves in a bowl. Add the pears to the bowl with the Stilton followed by the walnut pieces. Drizzle with the oil and lime juice, mix gently and season with salt and pepper.

2 Arrange the salad neatly in the centre of two large plates and serve at once with a warmed par-baked roll per person.

Recipe taken from Clever One Pot cookbook.


Cod loin is a really meaty fish, which works brilliantly with Pancetta. The veg is cooked in the oven with it, so all you need to do is heat a pre-prepared packet of rice or mixed grains and your whole meal is done.

Cod in pancetta

Main: Roasted Cod Loin wrapped in Pancetta

Time required 30 mins.
Per portion: 358 Kcal, 23g fat (4.8g saturated)
Serves 2

Cod loin 2 pieces, 150–175g (5–6oz) each
Smoked sliced pancetta 8–10 slices, weighing about 50g (2oz)
Olive oil 2 tbsp
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Asparagus tips 125g (4½oz), trimmed
Ready-to-eat mixed grains 250g packet (found in the couscous/rice aisle of the supermarket) to serve, optional
Light mayonnaise 2–3 tbsp
Lime ½–1, juice only

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Generously wrap the cod loins in pancetta. Drizzle a little oil in a roasting tin and pop the cod loins on top of the oil. Drizzle the loins with a little more oil, season with pepper and roast in the oven for 10 minutes.

2 Meanwhile, tip the remaining oil into a plastic food bag. Add the asparagus tips and season with salt and pepper. Shake gently so the asparagus is lightly coated in oil.

3 Remove the cod loins from the oven, baste the pancetta with the juices in the pan and add the asparagus spears, making sure they are in a single layer. Roast for a further 8–10 minutes until the cod loins are cooked through and the asparagus is tender.

4 Heat the mixed grains (if using) in the microwave according to the packet’s instructions. Flavour the mayonnaise with lime juice, adding it gradually so it doesn’t split the mayonnaise, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

5 To serve, set a spoonful of mixed grains on each plate, pop the cod loin on top and arrange the asparagus spears neatly to the side. Serve at once with the lime mayonnaise.

Recipe taken from Clever One Pot cookbook


Make ahead and chill until you’re ready to pop it into the oven and then take time to saviour this decadent treat, served warm with a good drizzle of ready-made custard.

Marmalade Bread & Butter Pudding

Dessert: Marmalade Bread & Butter Pudding

Time 45 minutes.
Per portion: 574 Kcal, 25g fat (13g saturated)
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians
Serves 2

White bread 6 slices, crusts removed
Butter 40g (1½oz), softened
Marmalade 2 tbsp
Caster sugar 2 tbsp
Sultanas 2 tbsp
Eggs 2
Milk 200ml (7fl oz)

1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5 and lightly butter a 600ml (1 pint) pie dish.

2 Spread the bread with butter and then with the marmalade and then cut each slice of bread into four triangles. Arrange the triangles in the prepared dish, sprinkling the layers with sugar and sultanas.

3 Beat the eggs and milk together in a jug, then pour into the dish. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until golden brown and set. Serve warm.

Recipe taken from Fantastic Food For Less cookbook.


Have a Happy Valentine’s Day.







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Eat Out, In: Easter | Fantastic foolproof recipes for a relaxed Easter lunch

Foolproof recipes for Easter lunch


Eat Out, In: Easter 


Foolproof recipes for a relaxed Easter lunch


After a morning of Easter egg hunting, enjoy a relaxed Easter lunch at home with succulent roast lamb followed with a delicious trifle.

If you can squeeze in a small slice of something, here’s a recipe for an exquisite Simnel Cake too.


Simple Roast LambSimple Roast Lamb

Serves 6
Time 2½–3 hrs plus resting
Calories 625
Fat 34g of which 13g is saturated

Half leg of lamb weighing about 1.8kg (4lb)
Garlic 4 cloves, peeled and chopped
Fresh rosemary 4 sprigs, leaves plucked and chopped
Olive oil 6 tbsp
Small new potatoes 750g (1lb 10oz), scrubbed
Chantenay carrots 500g (1lb 2oz), trimmed and scrubbed
Asparagus 2 bundles weighing about 500g (1lb 2oz), trimmed

1 Preheat oven to 190ºC/Gas 5. Place lamb in a roasting tin. Mix together garlic, rosemary and 2 tablespoons of olive oil with freshly ground black pepper. Spread all over lamb. Roast for 2–2½ hours, depending on how you like your meat cooked.

2 When lamb has an hour left to cook, bring potatoes (cut any big ones in half) and carrots up to boil in pan of water and simmer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, put remaining oil in a roasting tin in the oven above lamb to heat up. Drain vegetables, add to hot oil and roast for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and add asparagus. Stir well and cook for a further 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

3 Leave lamb to rest for 10 minutes before carving. Serve with gravy made from juices.


Rhubarb Syllabub TrifleRhubarb Syllabub Trifle

6 servings
1 hour preparation time
2 hours or overnight chilling time
580 Kcal per portion
23.4g fat per portion of which 14.4g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians

Lemon 1 large, a little grated rind to garnish and the rest finely pared and strained juice
Caster sugar 250g (9oz)
White wine 150ml (1⁄4 pint)
Rhubarb 900g (2lb), washed, trimmed and cut into 2.5cm (1in) pieces
Trifle sponge cakes 1 packet of 8
Raspberry jam approximately 175g (6oz)
Double cream 284ml carton
Finely sliced pistachio nuts optional

1 Place the pared lemon rind and juice and 75g (3oz) of the sugar in a bowl. Add the white wine and stir until dissolved. Cover and chill.

2 Put the rhubarb into a wide, stainless steel, lidded frying pan or flameproof casserole. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and add 2–3 tbsp of cold water. Cover and cook over a moderate heat until the rhubarb juices flow, and the fruit is softened but not broken up. Remove from the heat, carefully drain and reserve the juice.

3 Slice each sponge cake in half horizontally. Spread jam over half of the slices, then cover with the remaining slices and place, in a single layer, in six individual glasses, trimming the sponge to fit. Spread any remaining jam over the top of the sponge cakes.

4 Spoon approximately two-thirds of the rhubarb juice over the sponge cakes. Use enough to moisten them well, but not to saturate. (Any left-over juice can be chilled and diluted with soda or tonic water to make a refreshing drink.)

5 Spoon the cooked rhubarb over the sponge cakes, cover and refrigerate until cold.

6 To make the topping, remove the lemon rind from the wine and discard. Then pour the cream into the

wine and whisk until it is thick enough to hold a trail – but take care not to over-whisk or the mixture will curdle.

7 Pour the syllabub on top of the chilled rhubarb and mark with a deep swirl. Cover the glasses and put in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours, or even overnight. Serve scattered with pistachio nuts, if using, and grated lemon rind.

Cook’s tip
Preferably choose younger stalks of rhubarb and those with the reddest colour. Younger stalks are more tender, whereas older ones can be stringy and drier. Redder stalks also give the trifle a better colour.


Simnel CakeSimnel Cake

Preparation time – 30 minutes
Cooking time – 2¼ hours
Calories per slice – 722 Kcal
Fat per slice – 30g
of which saturated – 13.2g
Makes – 11 slices
Suitable for vegetarians

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

1 Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas 2 and line a 20cm (8in) cake tin with baking parchment.

2 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.

3 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.

4 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.

5 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.

6 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.



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