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How to make mushroom rissotto

Hello everyone and in this post ill be telling you how to make a authentic Italian risotto. Hope you enjoy it and comeback for more. Ingredients 10g dried porcini mushrooms 500 ml vegetable or chicken stock 1 tablespoon olive oil 15g tablespoon butter 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic,crushed 125g mushrooms, sliced pinch of nutmeg 25g parmesan-finely grated 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley 185g Arborio rice Step 1- Soak the porcini in 500ml boiling water for 30 minutes Step 2-Drain,retaining the liquid. Step 3-Chop the porcini mushrooms and pass the liquid  through a fine sieve. Step 4-Put the stock in a saucepan, bring to boil and then maintain at a low simmer. Step 5-Heat the olive and butter in a large wide heavy-based saucepan. Step 6-Cook the onion and garlic until softened but not browned. Step 7-Add the rice and reduce the heat to low. Step 8-Season and stir briefly to thoroughly coat the rice. Step 9-Toss in the fresh mushrooms and nutmeg. Step 10-Season and coo…

How to make a chicken thai green curry

Hi everyone in todays post im going to be telling you how make tai green curry hope you like it and come back for more.

How to make the curry paste Ingredients 8 green chillies, de-seeded and halved 2 shallots, roughly chopped 5cm/2in piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped into smallish bits. 1 garlic clove, crushed small bunch of fresh coriander chopped up. 2 lemongrass stalks ,chopped 1 lime, grated zest and juice 3 tbsp. ground coriander 6 tbsp. ground cumin 2 tsp Thai fish sauce 2 big onions sliced Preparation method Step 1-Place all of ingredients in a food processor and blitz to a paste. Use straight away or store in a jar in the fridge for p to three weeks. This quantity is enough for 10 people. How to make the actual curry Step 1- put a small amount of vegetable oil in a saucepan and let the oil heat up. Step 2- Then chop up your two peppers into slices, then place them in the saucepan leave them to cook for 3-4 minutes and keep stirring so they don't burn. Step 3-Next put in y…

How to make a Itailan loaf

Hi everyone and in this post ill be telling you how to make a Italian loaf, hope you enjoy and come back for more. Ingredients 250g strong plain flour 30g strong dried yeast 2 teaspoons caster sugar 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 cup warm water 9 olives quartered

Step 1-Sift the flour into a large bowl. Stir in yeast and salt Make a well in the centre. Add water. Mix well to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, gradually adding remaining flour, or until smooth and elastic.

Step 2- Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl. cover with lightly greased plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Step-3 Preheat oven to 190oC/170oC fan-forced. Grease a large baking tray.

Step  4-Turn out the dough onto a floured surface. Add olives knead until combined. Shape dough into a 20cm round. Place on the prepared tray. Brush with milk.

Step 5- Bake  for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and hollow when tapped on top. Stand on tray for five …

How to make puff pastry

Hi everyone and in this post  I will be telling you how to make puff pastry 1-2 hours preparation time  10-30 minutes cooking time Preparation method

ingredients  225g/8oz plain flour, plus a little for rolling out 1/2 tsp. fine salt 250g/9oz unsalted butter, cold but not rock hard(or you can use half butter, half lard, 150ml 1/41 pint ice-cold water
Step 1-First sift the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl, then put the bowl in the fridge for a few minutes to chill.(Keeping the flour and bowl cold will help you get a better result later and create nice layers of pastry.)

Step 2- Meanwhile, cut the butter into small cubes

Step 3-Next using a round-bladed knife, stir the butter into the bowl until each piece is well coated with flour.

Step 4- Then pour in the water, then working quickly, use the knife to bring everything together to a rough dough.

Step 5-Next gather the dough in the bowl using one hand, then turn it onto the work surface. Squash the dough into a fat, flat sausage, without …

How to make sweet pastry

Hi everyone in this post ill be telling how to make sweet  pastry I hope you like it and come back  for more.                               Cooking time-1h 50m     Hardness-its not too tricky Ingredients needed  250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting  50g icing sugar  125g good quality unsalted cold butter, cut into small cubes.  1 vanilla pod, halved and seeds scraped out (optional)  1 large free-range egg, beaten  a splash of milk Step 1- Firstly from a height, sieve your  flour and icing sugar into a large mixing bowl. Using your fingertips, gently work the cubes of butter into the flour and sugar until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs
Step 2-next if your using either orange or vanilla for extra flavour, either finely grate in the zest of your orange or  add the seeds from the vanilla pod and mix it again.

Step 3- Then add the egg and milk to the mixture and gently work it together using your hands until you have a ball of dough. But remember not to work the pastry too much at this s…

How to make macaroni chesse with bacon and leek

Hi everyone and in this post ill be telling you how to make macaroni cheese with leek and bacon I hope you enjoy and come back for more. 
For 4 portions
macaroni  400gbutter or oil, optional grated cheese thin b├ęchamel diluted English mustard salt and pepper1 leek2 rashers of bacon

Step 1- First step get your macaroni ready and plunge it into a saucepan containing plenty of boiling salted water.

Step 2 -Allow to boil gently and stir occasionally with a wooden spoon.

Step 3- Cook for approximately 8-10 minutes and drain well in a colander

Step 4- Then finely chop your leek, and chop up your 2 rashers of bacon into small bits. And cook your bacon and leek in a pan until the bacon is brown and the leeks are bright green and gone curly  

Step 5-Return to a clean pan containing butter .

Step 6-Mix with half the cheese, and add the b├ęchamel and mustard  and add the leek and bacon to the mix and season.

Step 7-Place in an earthenware dish and sprinkle with the remainder of the cheese …

How to make a chocolate tart

Hello everyoneand in this post im going to tell you how to make a chocolate tart hope you enjoy and come back for more.
prep time 50 min                1 hour cook time                                                      serves 6-8 Ingredients Tart Shell Pastry 2 cups of self raising flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup(1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small chunks 1 large egg, separated 2 tablespoons ice water, plus more if needed  Filling 1 cup cream 1/2 cup milk 10 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs, at room temperature Method Step 1-To make the pastry: combine the flour, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Step 2-Add the butter and mix with a pastry blender or hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Step 3-Make a well in the middle of the pastry. Step 4-Combine the egg yolk with the ice water in a small bowl ,whisking to blend; pour it into the well and work it in to bind the dough un…

How to make a vegetable lasagna

Hi everyone, in this post ill be telling you how to make a vegetable lasagne hope you enjoy and come to see more recipes of mine.
prep time 25 mins   cook time 1 hour,10 mins
                                                   serves 9

Ingredients needed

300g fresh pasta sheets  a courgette 3 red peppers Handful of cherry tomato's, halved 2 aubergines 8 tbsp. olive oil and a bit extra for greasing 1/2 quantity tomato sauce (see below)1/2 quantity white sauce (see below) 125g mozzarella balls
First heat the oven the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.Then half the peppers, Then cut them into large chunks.Next chop the ends of the aubergines, then cut them into slices of about 1/2cm thick. Then you will want to lightly grease 2 large baking trays, then place the peppers and the aubergines on top. Toss with the olive oil,then season well, then roast them for 25 mins until they are lightly browned.

Next you will want to reduce the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.Lightly oil an ovenproof serving dish …

How to make Mince pies

In this post im going to be telling you how to make some mince pies I hope you enjoy.
prep time 30-40mins          cook time 20 mins
serves 24
easy to make

Ingredients needed
225g cold butter 350g plain flour 100g golden caster sugar 280g mincemeat 1 small egg
The method

First to make the pastry, rub 225g cold butter into 350g plain flour, then mix in 100g golden caster sugar and a pinch of salt. Then combine the pastry into a ball, and you don't need to add liquid and just knead it briefly. The dough will be fairly firm, like shortbread dough. You can also use the dough immediately, or chill for later.

Next preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. line 18 holes of 12 hole patty tins, by pressing small walnut sized balls of pastry into each hole. Next spoon 280g worth of mincemeat into the pies. Then bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden. Then leave to cool for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack. To serve, Lastly this is optional but you could top your mince pies with Viennese…

How to make a orange and cranberry cake

In this post ill be telling you how to make a orange and cranberry cake hope you enjoy
Prep time less than 30 mins    cook time 30 mins to an hour

Serves 8

Ingredients needed
225g unsalted butter plus save some for greasing225g caster sugar 4 free range eggs 225g self raising flour 125g dried cranberries 1 orange zest onlyFor the topping
75g caster sugar 1 orange, juice only
The Preparation method

First preheat the oven to180C/350F/Gas 4. Then grease and line a cake tin. Next cream the butter and the sugar together in a large bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy. Next beat in the eggs, one at a time then fold in the flour until the mixture is well combined.

 Then you will fold the cranberries and the orange zest into the mixture and carefully pour in the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until when a skewer is inserted in the middle of the cake and it comes out clean. Meanwhile to make the icing, mix the sugar and the fruit juice together in a bowl until smooth…

How to make Coronation Chicken

In this post ill be telling you how to make some coronation chicken hope you enjoy
This recipe is nice and quick and easy to make

prep 15 min           ready in 15 min

Ingredients needed
100g mayonnaise 50g sultanas 75g mango chutney 1 teaspoon curry powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 500g skinless and boneless chicken breast cooked and into small strips.
First in a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise, chutney, curry powder and salt .Add chicken and toss with the dressing until coated. if not enough mayonnaise in there add some to bulk it up and if its spicy enough add some more curry powder. Lastly cover and chill until serving.