13. “Oat couture” granola bars

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Remember the mantra: baking is not always quick, but it is always easy (see fatless sponge for the exception). It’s certainly true for this recipe which takes about 15 minutes to assemble and then 20 minutes in the oven. Continue reading “13. “Oat couture” granola bars”

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10. Party time chocolate fridge cake

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This fridge cake is a no-cook treat that takes about 20 minutes to make and then 2 hours to set in the fridge. Lorraine would make good use of that 2 hours to do some serious posing around the kitchen. Leaning on the worktop, pouting and chatting on your mobile could use up at least half an hour, leaving you an hour and a half to fill in your own creative ways! Continue reading “10. Party time chocolate fridge cake”

9. Thai green chicken curry

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By the end of this year, I will have a cupboard full of strange ingredients I had to buy for one recipe, such as truffle oil, japanese rice wine and juniper berries. Perhaps I shall actually set aside one cupboard for it, and it will become a sort of shrine. This week’s interesting ingredient was kaffir lime leaves. There were no fresh lime leaves to be had in our local shops, “not even for ready money,” so I had to use dried ones. It was, therefore, a relief to find Delia says “Fresh kaffir lime leaves can be hard to track down, but they also come freeze-dried rather like bay leaves, but with that unmistakable oriental-Thai flavour. Use dried, pounded in a pestle and mortar or soaked in a little hot water, and they’re almost as good as new. Fresh leaves can be kept in the freezer.”

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8. Roasted butternut squash soup with chilli and ginger

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This is the recipe that “broke” Lorraine Pascale, and turned her from being a model into wanting to be a chef. I would like to claim a similar epiphanal career-changing moment for myself (Houses of Parliament, here I come …) but it wouldn’t be true. The best I can claim is a slowly dawning realisation that I quite like butternut squash. And on that bombshell … Continue reading “8. Roasted butternut squash soup with chilli and ginger”