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The Perfect Autumn Menu

The Perfect Autumn Menu

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The Perfect Autumn Menu

Celebrate the harvest season by enjoying some wonderful seasonal British Food.

Recipes taken from the new Fantastic Food For Less cookbook.

Take a look at our Pinterest page for lots more inspirational recipes.


Parsnip Soup

Piquant Parsnip Soup

Time 1 hr. 
Per portion: 264 Kcal,
15g fat (7.7g saturated).
Serves 4
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Butter 25g (1oz)
Parsnips 675g (1½lb), peeled and sliced
Bramley cooking apple 1, peeled and sliced
Vegetable stock 1.25 litres (2 pints)
Dried sage ½ tsp
Single cream 150ml (¼ pint)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium-low heat and add the parsnips and apple. Cover and cook gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2 Pour the stock into the saucepan and add the sage. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes until the parsnip is softened.

3 Purée the soup with a hand-held blender, and then reheat gently with the cream and season to taste before serving.


Mackerel Fishcakes

Mackerel Fish Cakes

Time 20 minutes. 
Per portion: 681 Kcal, 52g fat (12.4g saturated)
Serves 4
Suitable for freezing

Peppered smoked mackerel fillets 345g pack
Mashed potato 350g (12oz)
Chopped parsley 1 tbsp
Creamed horseradish 2–3 tbsp
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Egg 1, lightly beaten
Milk 2 tbsp
Fresh white breadcrumbs 75g (3oz)
Butter 25g (1oz)
Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
Mayonnaise 4 tbsp

1 Baked potato wedges and salad to serve (optional)

2 Flake the mackerel fillets and stir into the mashed potato, along with the parsley, 1 tablespoon of horseradish sauce and seasoning.

3 Divide the mixture into 8 and mould each portion into shape. Beat the egg with the milk, dip the fish cakes in the egg mixture and then coat in breadcrumbs.

Heat the butter and oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat until foaming and cook the fish cakes for 4–5 minutes on each side (in batches, if necessary) until they are golden brown and warmed through.

4 Stir the remaining horseradish into the mayonnaise and season to taste with salt and pepper.

5 Serve the fish cakes with the flavoured mayonnaise, and with potato wedges and salad, if you like.


Baked Apples

Baked Apples

Time 45 minutes. 
Per portion: 223 Kcal, 8g fat (5.2g saturated)
Serves 4
Suitable for vegetarians

Butter 40g (1½oz), softened
Light muscovado sugar 40g (1½oz)
Chopped glacé ginger 1 tbsp
Glacé cherries 25g (1oz), chopped
Ready-to-eat prunes 75g (3oz), chopped
Dessert apples 4
Custard to serve (optional)

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until soft and smooth. Stir in the glacé ginger and then add the cherries and prunes.

2 Cut a thin slice off the top of each apple and reserve. Core the apples and cut a very thin slice off the bottom if needed, to stop them rolling around.

3 Stand the cored apples in a small 20cm (8in) circular dish, then press the fruit mixture into the cavities, spooning the remainder over the cut top edge. Press the apple lids back in place.

4 Add 2 tbsp of water to the base of the dish, then bake for 30 minutes until the apples are tender. 5 Serve hot with custard, if you like.


Fantastic Food For Less cookbookFantastic Food for Less

Enjoy fantastic food and save money at the same time with the new Fantastic Food For Less cookbook.

It’s about cooking delicious meals more economically – each recipe is simple to cook, tastes fabulous and won’t cost the earth.

Fantastic Food For Less features 100recipes that have been triple-tested to ensure perfect results first time!

  • Soups & Snacks
  • Main Courses
  • Desserts & Bakes

Available now for just £7.99

 

 

Read the blogs on our website. 

Competition: Win 25 superb stack-a-boxes

Win Lakeland Storage Set

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Competition: Win 25 superb stack-a-boxes

 

To celebrate the launch of our much-awaited new cookbook, Fantastic Food for Less  we are offering the chance to win a superb set of Lakeland Stack-a-Boxes.

One of the best ways to waste less food is to store well and this huge set offers you the perfect solution. Giving years of service, these Stack-a-Boxes have become a staple in many kitchens.

They can be used in the fridge, freezer, microwave, store cupboard and dishwasher. All the kitchen storage you’ll ever need!

The Set comprises:

10 Stack-a-Boxes 400ml (12cm sq. x 4cm/4¾” x 1½”)
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Fantastic Food For Less cookbookFantastic Food for Less

Enjoy fantastic food and save money at the same time with the new Fantastic Food For Less cookbook.

It’s about cooking delicious meals more economically – each recipe is simple to cook, tastes fabulous and won’t cost the earth.

Fantastic Food For Less features 100recipes that have been triple-tested to ensure perfect results first time!

  • Soups & Snacks
  • Main Courses
  • Desserts & Bakes

Available now for just £7.99

 

Try these mouthwatering recipes from Fantastic Food For Less

Fantastic Food For Less sample recipes

 

 

Read the blogs on our website. 

Recipe of the Day | Spiced Cottage Pie

Spiced Cottage Pie from Fantastic Food For Less

 

Spiced Cottage Pie

Cottage pie is one of those timeless favourites; this version is flavoured with a little curry powder and mixed with red lentils to produce a delicious take on a classic.

Time 50 minutes.
Serves 6
Per portion: 737 Kcal, 25g fat (10.8g saturated)
Suitable for freezing.

Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
Minced beef 500g (1lb 2oz)
Onion 1, peeled and chopped
Medium hot curry powder 2 tbsp
Carrot 150g (5oz), diced
Red lentils 150g (5oz)
Beef stock 600ml (1 pint)
Tomato purée 1 tbsp
Sultanas 50g (2oz)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Potatoes 680g (1½lb), peeled and cut into chunks
Butter 50g (2oz)
Milk 4 tbsp
Ground turmeric ¼ tsp
Cooked frozen peas to serve (optional)

1 Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and fry the mince and onion, stirring and breaking up the mince, for about 5 minutes until it is evenly browned.

2 Stir in the curry powder and carrot, cook 1 minute and then mix in the lentils. Pour in the stock, tomato purée, sultanas and seasoning and bring to the boil.

3 Cover and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally until the lentils are soft.

4 Meanwhile, put the potatoes into a saucepan with just enough lightly salted water to cover them. Cover with the lid and bring the water to the boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

5 Drain the potatoes, return them to the pan with half the butter and the milk and turmeric and season with salt and pepper. Mash well, adding the milk as needed to make a soft spoonable mash.

6 Preheat the grill to hot. Spoon the mince mixture into an ovenproof dish, cover with the potato and fork the mash into an even layer. Dot the remaining butter over the top and grill for 5–10 minutes until browned. Serve with peas, if you like.

Cook’s tip
Leftover lentils can be used to make a delicious, filling soup. Cook 110g (4oz) lentils with 1 chopped potato, carrot, onion and parsnip (or any other leftover veg you fancy) and 900ml (1½ pints) stock very gently for 1 hour. Purée with a stick blender before you serve.

 

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A selection of fantastic recipes for you to try:

Thai-Style Chicken Satay
Strawberry Trifle with Pimms
Tomato & Artichoke Tart
Wild Alaska Salmon Picnic Fishcakes
Tomato & Rosemary Gnocchi
Pesto Chicken with Petits Potatoes
Coconut & Plum Pavlovas
Gooseberry & Hazelnut Fool
Treacle Tart with Glazed Apples
Kashmiri Butter Chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Favourite Books | Roald Dahl Day

5 favourite books on Roald Dahl Day

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5 Favourite Books | Roald Dahl Day

What best evokes childhood for you?

Recently, I have been reading the Roald Dahl books to my six-year old (except the Witches – too scary!!) and they transport me straight back to my six year-old self, freshly bathed in pyjamas smelling of Persil enthralled by a magical world narrated by my mum (who is a great storyteller). With my children I will be celebrating Roald Dahl Day on Saturday with cosy storytelling and Quentin Blake-inspired drawing.

Isn’t it incredible that good books
can leave such an indelible
impression that they recall
feelings more than thirty years’ old?

Many, many books have had a profound effect on me, but here is my top five.

1 George’s Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl
Though I love most Dahl books this is my favourite and the one that my son and I giggled at the most. It’s wonderful in every way.

2 Dairy Diary
This had to feature in my top five didn’t it??! It’s the book that changed my life (in more ways than you can I imagine) and the book that helps me juggle everything that life throws at me! Visit the Dairy Diary page.

3 To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
I could write a whole dissertation on this book but don’t worry, I won’t bore you! As a family, we try to live by the quote from Atticus Finch “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it”.

4 Around the World in 80 Days, Michael Palin
I absolutely adore Michael Palin; from Monty Python chuckles to admiration of his brilliant travel books/TV programs. Around the World in 80 Days kick-started my love of travel writing and I have read countless travel books since. They continue to be my favourite escapist genre as I am not the most adventurous person so there will be many places in the world that I need to discover through other people as I’m not brave enough to visit them myself.

5 Fantastic Food for Less
This is not a marketing ploy honest!! This is THE cookbook that I had to have in my kitchen before it was even printed. I have loved working on every cookbook that we have produced but the recipes in this one really are exceptional and so straightforward that they perfectly fit into my busy life as a mum. Visit the Fantastic food For less page.

Here’s our family favourite from Fantastic Food for Less.

 

Spiced Cottage Pie

Cottage pie is one of those timeless favourites; this version is flavoured with a little curry powder and mixed with red lentils to produce a delicious take on a classic.

Spiced Cottage Pie recipeTime 50 minutes.
Serves 6
Per portion: 737 Kcal, 25g fat (10.8g saturated)
Suitable for freezing.
Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
Minced beef 500g (1lb 2oz)
Onion 1, peeled and chopped
Medium hot curry powder 2 tbsp
Carrot 150g (5oz), diced
Red lentils 150g (5oz)
Beef stock 600ml (1 pint)
Tomato purée 1 tbsp
Sultanas 50g (2oz)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Potatoes 680g (1½lb), peeled and cut into chunks
Butter 50g (2oz)
Milk 4 tbsp
Ground turmeric ¼ tsp
Cooked frozen peas to serve (optional)

1 Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and fry the mince and onion, stirring and breaking up the mince, for about 5 minutes until it is evenly browned.

2 Stir in the curry powder and carrot, cook 1 minute and then mix in the lentils. Pour in the stock, tomato purée, sultanas and seasoning and bring to the boil.

3 Cover and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally until the lentils are soft.

4 Meanwhile, put the potatoes into a saucepan with just enough lightly salted water to cover them. Cover with the lid and bring the water to the boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

5 Drain the potatoes, return them to the pan with half the butter and the milk and turmeric and season with salt and pepper. Mash well, adding the milk as needed to make a soft spoonable mash.

6 Preheat the grill to hot. Spoon the mince mixture into an ovenproof dish, cover with the potato and fork the mash into an even layer. Dot the remaining butter over the top and grill for 5–10 minutes until browned. Serve with peas, if you like.

 

Cook’s tip

Leftover lentils can be used to make a delicious, filling soup. Cook 110g (4oz) lentils with 1 chopped potato, carrot, onion and parsnip (or any other leftover veg you fancy) and 900ml (1½ pints) stock very gently for 1 hour. Purée with a stick blender before you serve.

 

Recipe taken from Fantastic Food for Less cookbook.

 

 

 

Share your top five favourite books with me. I would love to have a new selection to put on my reading list. Thanks!

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Recipe of the Day: Treacle Tart with Glazed Apples

Treacle Tart with Glazed Apples

 

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Treacle Tart with Glazed Apples 

Serves 6
75 mins plus cooling
555 Kcals/portion
Fat 16g (7.2g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

Plain flour 175g (6oz)
Butter 65g (2½oz), diced
White vegetable cooking fat or lard 40g (1½oz), diced
Golden syrup 454g tin
Ground ginger 1 tsp
Lemon 1, grated zest and juice
Fresh breadcrumbs 110g (4oz)
Cooking apples 2, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
Icing sugar 1 tbsp
Custard or ice cream to serve (optional)

1 To make the pastry, put the flour, 40g (1½oz) butter and fat in a bowl and rub in with your fingertips until you have fine crumbs. Gradually add 2 tbsp water and mix to a smooth dough. Alternatively, you could use a food processor.

2 Knead the pastry briefly, then roll out on a lightly floured surface until a little larger than a 24cm (9½in) diameter fluted loose-bottomed flan tin. Lift the pastry over the rolling pin, place in the tin then ease up the sides, pressing it in place. Trim the top of the pastry so that it stands a little above the tin. Chill for 15 minutes.

3 Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Pour the syrup into a saucepan, add the ginger, lemon zest and half the juice and gently heat. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the breadcrumbs. Leave to cool.

4 Pour the syrup into the tart case. Toss the apple in the remaining lemon juice. Arrange the slices, overlapping, in rings over the top of the tart. Then melt the remaining butter and brush it over the apples. Bake for about 35 minutes until the apples are golden.

5 Sift the icing sugar over the top and return the tart to the oven for a further 5 minutes or until the sugar has caramelised. Leave to cool for 30 minutes, then remove the tart from the tin and cut into wedges. Serve with ice cream or custard, if you like.

Cook’s tips
Place any stale bread you have in a food procssor and whizz into breadcrumbs.
Separate into portions and freeze in polythene bags so that you have a ready-made supply.

 

Fantastic Food For Less cookbook

Recipe taken from Fabulous Food For Less cookbook

 

When you get the book, I would love to know which your favourite recipe is.

 

Read the blogs on our website

Win a copy of Fantastic Food For Less

Save hundred of pounds on your food bills

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Competition | Win a fantastic new cookbook and save hundreds of pounds on your food bills

Money saving cookbook shows you how to stop wasting food

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Save hundreds of pounds on your food bills

Win a fantastic new cookbook

Honestly it’s true!

Did you know that we, as a nation, throw away around 7 million tonnes of food every year?

In financial terms that means the
average UK family wastes nearly £60

per month by throwing away food*.

However, by making a few simple changes to our habits, it is still possible to cook amazing, nutritious food more economically and less wastefully.

Fantastic Food For LessThis week we officially launch Fantastic Food for Less, a brilliant book packed with delicious recipes that use good quality, reasonably priced ingredients and have minimal leftovers. From tasty soups and snacks, to quick and easy main meals, and heavenly desserts, there is something to suit every taste and occasion.

There are two types of recipes: Quick & Easy, which can be on the table in 30 minutes or less, and Take it Easy, which allows you to do something else while they cook slowly.

And as with previous editions of the Dairy Cookbook series, Fantastic Food for Less features triple-tested recipes, simple to follow instructions, easy to source ingredients and full nutritional information.

Using good quality, affordable ingredients we’ll show you how to make fantastic food and reduce waste with careful shopping, clever storage and fabulous recipes. Leftovers are kept to a minimum with tips on how to use them up or store them. Everything is simple to cook, tastes delicious and won’t cost the earth.”

For 20 lucky people, we have a FREE Fantastic Food for Less

Enter here for a chance to win.

Good luck.

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Here’s a taster of what is in the book. Mmmmmm.

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Treacle Tart with Glazed Apple recipe

Treacle Tart with Glazed Apples 

Serves 6
75 mins plus cooling
555 Kcals/portion
Fat 16g (7.2g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

Click here for the recipe.

 

When you get the book, I would love to know which your favourite recipe is.

 

Read the blogs on our website

Win a copy of Fantastic Food For Less

Save hundred of pounds on your food bills

#moneysavingcookbook #foodforless

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