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Mozzerella and Tomato Foccacia Recipe

Serves 10

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
500g strong white flour
7g fast action yeast
2 tsp salt
325ml warm water
1 tbsp olive oil
6 baby plum tomatoes, halved
1 ball mozzerella, shredded
sea salt
1 stalk rosemary

– Put the garlic and olive oil in a small bowl.  Put to one side. 
– Combine the flour, yeast, salt and water in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until combined. 
– Add the oil and continue to mix.
– Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until smooth. 
– Place in an oiled bowl an leave in a draft free warm place* for an hour or until doubled in size. 
– Knock down the dough and turn out onto an oiled baking tray. 
– Press out into a rough rectangle, cover and leave to rise for another 30 minutes
– Heat the oven to Gas Mark 7. 
– Once the dough has risen again use your fingers to poke the indentations into it all over.
– Press tomato pieces into these holes and drizzle with the garlic andolive oil. 
– Bake for 10 minutes then remove from the oven and poke the shredded mozzerella into the indentations too.
– Scatter with a pinch of sea salt and the rosemary. 
– Return to the oven for 15 minutes. 
– Remove from the oven and serve straight away. 

* On a warm day I find that putting the bowl, covered in a teatowel, inside a basket in the conservatory is perfect. 

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Easy Tomato Sauce Recipe

Serves 4

1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tins chopped tomatoes
3 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp herbes de provence

– Gently fry the onion and garlic with a pinch of salt in oil until soft. 
– Add the tinned tomatoes and half a can of water then add the rest of the ingredients and bring to the boil. 
– Cover and simmer on a low heat for half an hour stirring periodically.*
– Serve with pasta and mozerella. 

* The full flavours will develop in this time, if you’re in a rush just don’t add the extra water and heat until it’s bubbling then serve.

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Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

Serves 4 hungry people

1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
400g minced beef
2 tins chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 beef stock cube
3 tbsp herbes de provence
good pinch pepper

– Fry the onion and garlic in olive oil with a pinch of salt in a large pan for a few minutes until soft. 
– Add the beef and cook until browned.
– Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly so all the ingredients are evenly combined. 
– Simmer for 45 minutes with a lid on stiring periodically to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. 
– Serve with spaghetti and grated parmesan.  

Variations – I like to have mushrooms in this, I think it’s a hang over from school dinners.  Just add a few sliced ones along with the tomatoes.

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Bruschetta Recipe

Makes 12

1 Ciabatta

1 mozzerella ball

2 salad tomatoes

1/2 a red onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 tsp basil leaves shredded

olive oil

– Slice the ciabatta on the diagonal into slices about 1.5cm thick and rub a split garlic clove all over. 

– Brush with olive oil on both sides.

– Place on a health grill or very hot griddle or even under the grill.

– Chop the tomatoes, mozzerella and red onion into small chunks and mix together. 

– Crush one garlic clove into the mix and combine thoroughly.

– When the bread slices are thoroughly toasted and crisp place on a plate and spoon a tablespoon of the mixture on to the top.  

– Enjoy!

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Chilli Turkey Burgers and Red Onion and Tomato Salsa Recipe

An excellent low fat burger option.  Delicious and nutritious!


Chilli Turkey Burgers

Makes 4

500g turkey mince
1 egg
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tbsp fresh corriander, chopped
1 tbsp mint, chopped
1 red chilli, chopped

– Mix together all of the ingredients in a large bowl using your hand.  Make sure all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. 
– Divide the mixture into four and shape into patties by slapping the mixture between your hands to remove the air, then shaping it into round burgers. 
– Place the burgers on a plate and cover then leave to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. 
– Cook under the grill or on a bbq for 10 minutes, or until cooked through. 
– Serve on buns with lettuce, Red Onion and Tomato Salsa and creme fraiche. 

Red Onion and Tomato Salsa

1/2 a red onion, chopped
12 baby plum or cherry tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp fresh corriander, chopped
1 red chilli, chopped
2 tbsp lime juice

– Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl, mix thoroughly and leave at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.


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Oven Baked Risotto Recipe

Makes enough for 4

1 onion, chopped
300g risotto rice
100ml white wine
400g can chopped tomatoes
2 red peppers, chopped
500ml vegetable stock
a handful of fresh parsley, chopped

– Heat the oven to gas mark 6.
– Fry the onion in a little oil in a large, ovenproof pan until softened.
– Add the rice and fry for 1 minute.
– Add the wine an stir until absorbed.
– Add the tomatoes, peppers and 400ml of the stock. 
– Cover and bake for 40 minutes in the oven.  
– Take out of the oven and stir in the parsley.  Serve with grated parmesan and creme fraiche.  

For a more varied dish add other vegetables like mushrooms or meat like cooked chicken or smoked sausage.  It’s a great throw it all in one pan dish and you can add just about anything you like to it.

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