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Cookbook Confidential

ROASTED CHINESE CABBAGE WITH BLACK RICE & MUSTARD TAHINI SAUCE

COOKING TIME: 45 MINUTES – SERVES 1   INGREDIENTS   PROTEIN/CARB 120g (4 ¼ oz) cooked black rice 2 tablespoons olive oil sea salt, to taste   MAIN VEG 2 tablespoons olive oil plus extra […]

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CORN & BEAN TAQUITOS

These flute-like stuffed tortilla rolls are often also called flautas – you will typically find them deep-fried, but I think that shallow frying yields results that are just as tasty. You’ll get the crispiest taquitos […]

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Christmas Cranberry Cordial

You can, of course, buy cranberry juice everywhere, but this has a much more intense flavour and a vivid scarlet colour that will make you feel fabulously festive. You can save the strained-off fruit and […]

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Spiced Clementine Cocktail

It may sound like a festive favourite, but this drink can be enjoyed all year round. The subtle sweetness of clementines is the perfect sparring partner for the hint of cinnamon in the tonic water, […]

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Christmas Gift Guide 2021!

      With Christmas just around the corner, why not give the gift of wonderful home cooked meals all year around, with the help of some of our top cookery books of 2021? Check […]

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Stock up your freezer – Chilli mac’n’cheese

This all-in-one dish is the perfect comfort food and is packed full of Mexican flavours. It’s great for feeding a crowd and reheats well too.   SERVES 6   Calories per serving: 519   low-calorie […]

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Winter Warmers – Creamy mushroom, rosemary & pea orzotto

I like making risotto-style one-pot dishes using orzo, as it doesn’t involve the constant stirring needed for a risotto made with rice and it cooks much more quickly, but still has a lovely texture and […]

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Festive Slimming Foodie – Slimming Foodie’s Top Tips on Healthy Eating

Healthy eating during the festive period can be overwhelming, especially when we are all so busy preparing for the holidays. As part of Festive Slimming Foodie, Pip Payne is here to share her top tips […]

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A Festive Guide to Wine

Christmas is the time to have some fun with wine, and to try something to surprise yourself and everybody else. I’ve picked three, at different price points, and they’re all amazing value. Look on www.winesearcher.com […]

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POACHED PEACHES WITH CRÈME FRAÎCHE AND TOASTED HAZELNUTS

This is a super simple and elegant dessert. You can use the same method to poach plums or nectarines, depending on what you can get hold of.   50 g (1 ¾ oz) hazelnuts 250 […]

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ROAST FILLET OF BEEF WITH CRIMSON LEAVES, BUTTERMILK, WALNUTS & CASHEL BLUE CHEESE

A very expensive dish, I know, but this is the kind of thing to serve on festive occasions such as Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year. It’s particularly good on those days that aren’t weighed down […]

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Clodagh McKenna’s Top Dinner Party Tips!

The Menu   IN SEASON The first thing that I do is write out a list of foods that are in season. This is so important to me as seasonal ingredients always taste so much better and […]

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