Which recipe makes the best Christmas Pudding? Is there a recipe that will guarantee a beautifully moist and tasty Christmas Pudding? What recipe makes a pudding without a bitter after taste? Whose recipe is best? Read on for some tips on how to make a delicious Christmas Pudding.Continue reading “Which Is The Best Christmas Pudding Recipe?”
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Rhubarb is in season now. The tender stalks can be cooked in so many different recipes, from crumbles, cookies and cakes to jams and chutneys. Not only does it have a lovely taste, it is good for you and is easy to grow in your own garden or in a container on your patio.
How To Grow Rhubarb
It really is so easy to grow – it must be because I’ve grown it for many years now, and every Spring it produces plenty of tender and juicy stalks for me!
I grow mine in a small bed at the end of the garden, but you can grow it in a large container. I purchased a crown from a local garden centre and planted it. I’m just your average gardener, or rather my wife Jane is, and growing this fruit takes very little effort. All we do is pick the stems, and then in Autumn we cut back the old stalks and apply well composted chicken manure around the crown of the plant. Our rescued hens provide an abundance of chicken manure!!
Rhubarb Is Good For You
Rhubarb is packed with nutrients and contains few calories (100g contains only 21 calories). Organic Facts lists the following seven health benefits of eating it:
- Reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- Stimulates production of red blood cells.
- Aids in weight loss
- Strengthens digestive system
- Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
- Stimulates bone growth and repair.
- Prevents cancer and macular degeneration.
It is also claimed that it:
- Improves vision as it contains vitamin C and lutein.
- Reduces hot flushes due to the presence of phytoestrogens.
- Delays the signs of ageing and prevents skin infections due to the fact that it is rich in vitamin A.
An easy recipe for this classic British dessert – a crisp and crumbly topping covering sweet juicy fruit underneath. Served with hot custard or double cream, it’s comfort food at its best!
My previous blog referred to the health benefits of apples. Why not mix the fruit and bake a Rhubarb & Apple Crumble?
A delicious moist cake with rhubarb and almonds. One slice is never enough!
These taste incredible! Crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle. A nutritious snack.
If you like freshly made bread then this recipe is a must! A yeast dough layered with a sharp fruit and ginger coated crunchy walnuts. Delicious!!
This chutney is not so well known yet it delivers an incredible tangy flavour. Superb for sandwiches with cold meats or cheese. Why not give it a go?
How To Freeze Rhubarb
If you grow your own rhubarb, after a few years you are likely to have more than you can eat or give away. It is, however, simple to freeze and then you can use it over the winter months.
- Cut off the leaves.
- Remove all the imperfections in the stems.
- Wash & dry the stems.
- Chop into small & even pieces.
- Put into a freezer bag & empty it of all the air.
If you have a patio or garden then I would recommend growing rhubarb. You will then be able to pick the freshest produce possible and there are no food miles. Be aware, however, that the leaves are poisonous. The stems are simply delicious and can be used in a wide variety of dishes. On top of this, it is good for you.
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Rissoles are easy to make but a bit time consuming. They are, however, well worth the effort as they are simply delicious. What better way of using up the meat left over from a Sunday roast?
How To Make Rissoles
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Gingerbread cupcakes with a salted caramel icing – what a better way to start the New Year! These gingerbread cupcakes were made by my daughter, Emily, and were simply delicious. The nutmeg and ginger spices make a pleasant change to the usual vanilla cupcakes.
The recipe makes 12 gingerbread cupcakes.
Chicken and Mushroom Curry is a quick and easy dish to make. It is a favourite of my daughters’ and made in one pan – so less washing up! It’s delicious served with rice and/or poppadoms and mango chutney. I use brown rice because I prefer it, but it can be served with long grain rice or even pasta.
- 1 tbsp Cooking Oil
- 1 Small Chopped Onion
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 2 tsp Tomato Puree
- 1 Chicken Oxo Cube
- 60g Raisins
- 1 dsp Jam
- 2 Raw Diced Chicken Breast
- 120g Chopped Mushrooms
- 2 tbsp Plain Flour
- 300ml Milk
- 300ml Water
- 200g Brown Rice
1 Place the oil in a pan over a moderately high temperature, & when hot, add the chopped onion, garlic, tomato puree, oxo cube, raisins & jam.
2 After 2 minutes, add the diced chicken breast & cook until the chicken shows no sign of pink flesh.
3 Add the mushrooms.
4 Stir in the plain flour.
5 Add the milk & water, stirring well.
6 Simmer over a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
7 In a separate saucepan boil a litre of water. Add the rice & continue to cook for 20 minutes & then drain.
This recipe for Chicken & Mushroom Curry serves two, so is simple to adapt for a single person or a family. As both my daughters are students, I often make the curry in bulk and freeze it in individual portions for them to reheat at university. Having said that, they often use this recipe (sometimes adapting it to use the ingredients they have) and make chicken curry themselves.
For an even simpler recipe for chicken curry for one, click here
Mince Pies are really simple to make and yet so delicious. Christmas would not be the same without mince pies! The recipe I’m sharing uses mincemeat straight from the jar and traditional short crust pastry that melts in the mouth. I also include variations that will make your mince pies special.
Camembert is a delicious soft and creamy cheese. It was first made in the late eighteenth century in Camembert, Normandy – hence its name! When camembert is fried in breadcrumbs the exterior is crispy, but when you cut into it the middle oozes out onto your plate. It is an easy dish to make as a starter that’s guaranteed to please your guests – just serve with redcurrant sauce and a small side salad. I must confess to sometimes serving pan fried camembert as a main course for my family, I simply increase the amount of salad and serve with fresh crusty bread. Here’s how I make the dish for two people.