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Prawn Avocado

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If using frozen prawns, allow the prawns to defrost first! In a frying pan, heat the oil and add the prawns and garlic. Lightly pan fry them for a few minutes. Remove the prawns from the pan and place them on kitchen paper so that the oil is absorbed from them. Wash the avocados and cut vertically through the middle. Remove the stone. Spoon out the avocados and leave the shells intact. Place the avocados in a bowl and cut into small pieces. Add the prawns and mayonnaise, season and add the lemon zest. Mix well. Optional you may also season with pink peppercorns or paprika. Spoon the mixture into the avocado shells. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Chicken and Vegetable Risotto

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In a large, deep frying pan heat up the oil and gently fry the onions and garlic while stirring constantly. Lower the heat and add the peppers and mushroom and fry for a few minutes. Add the chicken pieces and continue cooking the mixture together untill the chicken is cooked all over.

Add the rice and mix well with the ingredients, on low heat, stir well and continue cooking for around 6 minutes until the rice is coated all over and turns transluscent. Add the Pinto’s Pride Chicken Spoon Stock a little bit at a time. Stir constantly. When the stock is absorbed add more stock, always a little at a time. Keep on adding stock until the rice is done. You might not need to use all the stock or you might need more liquid for the rice to be ready – if you need to add more liquid add some hot water, not cold water, as this will otherwise effect the rice. Towards the end of the cooking, add the Mayor Peas.

When the rice is cooked and the mixture is well amalgamated, season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Broccoli and mint soup with fresh H...

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Broccoli and mint soup with fresh Hanini Cheeselet recipe

Sweet Cannoli Shells

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Sieve the flour and add rub in margarine until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the red wine a bit by bit and enough water to form a dough. Working the dough using your hands until soft. Cover with stretch and seal and set aside to rest. On a flat surface, add some flour and spread the dough as thin as it can be. Cut out circular shapes and roll around the cannoli rollers. Before closing the edges together add some water to make sure the dough does not open while cooking. Heat the oil in a deep pan and bring oil to a boil. Gently fry the dough a roll after each other. Cook until dough is nicely golden. When ready, place on some tissue paper to remove excess oils. In the meantime, in an electric mixture, beat the ricotta with the icing sugar until consistency is smooth. Add the chocolate chips and fill the cannoli shells. Decorate with the cherries and almonds at the side and some extra chocolate chips.

Recipe by Anton B. Dougall

Yogurt Jelly Pots

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Place the jelly crystals in a large bowl and add some boiling water. Stir until the crystals dissolve then add the yoghurt a little at a time and keep stirring. Add the grated lemon zest and half the quantity of the fresh fruit. Mix then pour into a measuring cup and mix enough water if necessary to make up the required liquid listed on the jelly packet. Stir and pour into glasses. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours until the content firms up. Garnish with the rest of the fruit and some fresh mint leaves just before serving.

Sweet Apricot Tart

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Heat the oven at 180°C or gas number 4. Grease a flat dish with some margarine or else line with a piece of baking paper. In a mixing bowl, mix the margarine with the sugar. You can use a mixer or else a regular bowl and use a hand blender. Beat well until mixture is creamy and the sugar has blended well. Slowly, add the eggs. Add the ground almonds, the lemon grind, flour and the roughly chopped almonds. Beat well together. After, add the candied fruit and mix gently with a wooden spoon. Divide the pasty into two parts. Roll 1 half and carefully layer it on the dish. Spread a layer of jam on the pastry making sure to have an even layer of jam. Sprinkle some almonds. Roll the remaining part of the pasty and place on top. Close well from the edges. You are free to shape and decorate the pie with any left over pasty. Cook in over from around 45-55 minutes. When be cooled down, take out from dish.

Traditional Almond Biscuits

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Switch on the oven to 1800 C or gas number 4. In a bowl sieve the the flour with the baking powder . Add the whole almonds, the vanilla essense and the lemon grind and mix well. Beat 2 of the egg yolks with the eggs together with the sugar. Mix the two mixtures together and form a dough. Divide the mixture into 2 and form 2 flat rolls of around 5cm long and 1cm of height. Place a piece of baking paper on an oven proof dish and bake the rolls for around 10 to 15 minutes. Take out of the oven and gently slice into small pieces to form the biscuits. Bake again in oven for a further 10 minutes.

Penne with Maltese Sausage

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Cook the pasta in plenty of salted water following the instructions on the pasta packet. Remove the skin from the Maltese sausage and chop roughly. In a saucepan, heat up the olive oil and cook the garlic and onions on gentle heat. Add the sausage meat and cook. Add the Pelati and keep stirring until it is heated through. Add the wine and a few drops of Hot Pepper Sauce and carry on cooking on low heat for 20 minutes until the liquid reduces. Remove from heat, add the rocket leaves and stir. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. Add the cream and stir to blend in well. Garnish with some more rocket leaves. Serve and finish off with freshly ground pepper and a tablespoon of grated Hanini cheeselet.