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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.

Pilot fish in tomato sauce

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Method

In a large flat plate or container put some flour and coat the fish with the flour all over. In a large frying pan fry the fish, turning occasionally, until they turn golden all over. Remove the fish and place on a plate with kitchen paper so that it absorbs the oil. Add the Mayor Polpa.  Wipe the frying pan you used to cook the fish and add some more olive oil. Pan fry the garlic and onions until the garlic starts to brown and the onions turn translucent. Add the Three Hills Kunserva and mix together with the onion mixture. Add the tomatoes and mix well. Reduce the heat and continue cooking for around 30 minutes, occasionally stirring. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas mark 4. Add the capers to the sauce and stir in. Season to taste. Place the fish in an oven proof dish and cover with the tomato sauce. Place in the oven and cook for around 40 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges and vegetables of your choice.

Gingerbread cookies

Method

Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas 5. Line a large baking sheet with parchement paper. Sift the flour into a large bowl. Add the bicaronate of soda, cocoa powder and ginger and mix well together. Add the margarine and work it well into the flour mixture until you achieve bread crumb consistency. Add the brown sugar and mix well.

Add the beaten egg and golden syrup and knead the mixture until you form a dough. Wrap the dough in cling film and seal it properly and allow to rest for around 20-30 minutes. If more convenient you may prepare the dough a day before and place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.  To prepare the cookies, dust your work surface with flour and roll out your dough with a rolling pin to around 3mm all-over thickness. Use cookie shapes to cut out shapes in the dough and place them on the lined baking sheet. Cook in the oven for around 15-20 minutes. The dough should be still soft and pliable when taken out of the oven. Allow to cool completely before removing from the baking tray. You may decorate the cookies to your liking or just enjoy them as they are.

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.

Homemade Chicken Pie

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Clean the leeks and chop into medium sized pieces. Remove the rind of the bacon and chop into small to medium sized pieces. Cut the chicken breast into small to medium sized pieces too.  Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas 5. In a frying pan melt the margarine and gently fry the bacon and the leeks together, making sure that the leeks do not burn. When the bacon is cooked through, add the chicken and continue frying, stirring continuously, until the chicken is browned all over. Reduce the heat to a very low flame and add the flour, mixing the mixture well. Gradually add the Pinto’s Pride Chicken Spoon Stock whilst stirring. Season to taste. Give the mixture one last stir and remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.

In the meantime grease, a round oven-proof dish of diameter 23cm, with a little bit of oil and dust it with flour or more conveniently use baking paper to line the dish. If using baking paper, lightly wet the paper and squeeze off any excess water, before placing it on the dish so that it remains in place.

 

Lightly dust your kitchen top with flour and roll out half of the pastry in a circular shape. Line the bottom of your oven dish with the pastry. Fill the pastry with the cold chicken mixture.

Roll out the second half of your pastry and place over the pie filling. Gently press the top pastry to the bottom pastry with the end of a fork to seal your pie. Trim off any excess pastry on the outside of your oven dish. Baste the pastry with the beaten egg and sprinkle the pastry with sesame seeds (if using). Prick the top of the pastry with the fork so that any excess steam can escape from inside the pie, allowing the pastry to crisp up. Bake in the oven for around 30-40 minutes or until you see that the top of the pastry has turned golden all over. Allow to cool before removing the pastry from the dish. Serve with vegetables or  salad.

 

Note: you may add 200g chopped mushrooms to the chicken mixture if you like.

November Bones

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Prepare the pastry by rubbing in the butter and the flour with your finger tips. When the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs add the lemon zest, the vanilla, sugar and finally the water. Bring the pastry together, wrap in ‘stretch and

seal’ and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Mix all the ingredients together and bind until the mixture looks like dough. To make the ‘bones’ roll out the pastry with a rolling pin. It needs to be quit thick. Brush the top of the pastry with egg white. Place some filling on top of the pastry and then seal and shape into a long ‘sausage’ Cut into portions of 100 g each and shape each piece into the shape of a bone. Place on a baking tray covered with baking paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 20 minutes. Cover with icing if desired or leave as they are for a healthier option.

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Rubbed fillet of pork on a grilled ...

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Mix together the cumin, paprika, mixed spice, ginger and rub well all over the pork fillet. Heat a griddle pan with a little oil and seal the pork all over. Transfer onto an oven dish and continue to cook to your liking to a core temperature of 68C. In the same pan, grill the aubergine slices and season well with alt and pepper. Add the crushed garlic to the pan and sauté on low heat until slightly  browned. Add in the Mayor Tomatoes with white sauce and sprinkled Parmesan in between. Finish with the tomato cream and cheese on top and grill in the oven until lightly browned. Serve the parmigiana with the sliced pork fillet on top and rocket leaves.