Jewelled Chinese 5 Spice Duck Salad

One of my favourite recipes for entertaining, this salad looks fabulous for Christmas with ruby red pomegranate jewels and juicy mango. The ish ingredient is Chinese 5 Spice which is an aromatic blend of spices that marries perfectly with luxurious duck breasts. Toasted sesame oil, another ish factor, and plenty of fresh lime, finishes off this very special sensational salad.

Baked filled pumpkin

This is one of my favourite recipes- it looks really fun and the flavour combination is really moreish. I have had students get up in the middle of the night to eat the leftovers of this recipe!

Apple and Carrot Muffins

Shop-bought muffins are a bugbear of mine, full of sugar and very high calorie! They are really cake without the icing. Definitely not a good breakfast option or a lunchbox filler! These muffins get a fibre boost from apples, carrots and oats, all good sources of healthy carbohydrates too! The recipe uses natural sweeteners like apple, raisins and nutmeg and less sugar. Ideal for breakfast or as a lunchbox treat.

Cheesy Stuffed Mushrooms

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Chutney

While the chutney is still hot, bottle it in warm, sterilised jars.

Ginger hoisin beef

This is the very first stir fry recipe I cooked in the wok that my dad bought me when I was 17. The wok is still going strong and so is this recipe. The ish factor is the sauce and the marinade. Hoisin sauce has a lovely sweet plummy taste and oyster sauce is deep and rich, perfect for beef. The pale dry sherry is the substitute for Chinese rice wine,and really enhances the aromatic heat of the ginger. Use extra veggies if preferred and serve with rice or noodles to mop up the sauce.

'Boerewors' Sausage and Pumpkin Bake

Boerewors is a traditional South African sausage made from beef or lamb and flavoured with special blends of herbs and spices. I like my boerewors quite spicy with loads of coriander and white pepper. You can make it for the rest of the year using butternut squash instead of Halloween pumpkin




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