Scottish Tablet

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This is the ultimate sweet treat in my opinion!

What can you not love about a four ingredient recipe that gives you the Scottish equivalent of fudge?

Where as fudge may have a bit of chewy ness to it, tablet crumbles and has a grittiness that makes it divine!

We often make a batch around Christmas to give away and share if friends are round, this year I have also made it for the school cake stall at our local arts festival so fingers crossed it sells well!

I can’t make it sound healthy but it is gluten free and egg free!

A word of warning, don’t be tempted to make more than double this recipe at once, it becomes much harder to beat and get to the graining stage and the chances of being burnt with the bubbling sugar increase dramatically!

Ingredients

900g granulated sugar

200mls water

110g butter

1 x 380g tin condensed milk

Method

Line a baking tray with baking parchment.

In a large pan over a medium heat the water and butter.

Once the butter has melted add the sugar and condensed milk.

Bring up to the boil.

Simmer, stirring constantly,  for 20mins until a caramel colour and thickened.

Take off the heat and beat until the mixture starts to go grainy.

Pour carefully on to the prepared tin.

Allow to cool completely and then break into small pieces and store in an airtight container.

 

Black Bean and Chorizo Soup

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The  entire family loves this soup, smoky with a little chilli it reminds me of a bean chilli and with that in mind I serve it with a little grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream with corn chips on the side, possibly why the boys like it so much!

I use the stock from the Lime, Oregano and Smoky Chipotle Chilli Roast Chicken recipe in my blog, this stock instantly gives a hint of chilli to the soup.

If you are using regular stock add 2 teaspoons chipotle chilli powder and 1 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika at the same time as adding the ancho chilli.

To make this vegetarian, omit the chorizo, use vegetable stock, 2 teaspoons chipotle chilli and 5 teaspoons smoked paprika.

Serves 8-10 so, I freeze the leftovers for another day.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, chopped finely

100g chorizo, skinned and chopped finely

1 large dried ancho chilli

1 x 800g tin, chopped tomatoes

1.5l chicken stock

2 x 425g tins black beans

1 x 400g kidney beans

3 tablespoons tomato paste

Method

Bring the kettle to the boil.

Pop the chilli into a heat proof bowl and pour the freshly boiled water over.

Allow to stand for 30 minutes.

Remove the chilli, I take the skin off and deseed at this point and chop it finely. Set aside.

In a large pan, heat the oil over a medium heat, add the onion and garlic and cook until softened.

Add the chorizo and cook for a further 5 minutes until it has released its fat.

Pour in the tomatoes, ancho chilli, beans, tomato paste and stock, bring to the boil.

Allow to simmer for 30 minutes.

Serve with grated cheese, sour cream and avocado slices with tortilla chips on the side

Tofu, Broad Beans and Paneer in a Spicy Tomato Sauce

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Bit of a long name for this one I’m afraid!

This started life as a Mattar Paneer but over the years has developed more to suit our tastes and what I have to hand in the kitchen.

This is not a hot curry, it’s full of flavour and I think, only needs some rice to go with it. This quantity serves 8-10 on its own but if you serve with another curry and dhal you have enough food for 25-30!

I have made this up until the paste has been made, allowed the paste to cool and stored it in the fridge for a couple of days to make at a more convenient time.

Ingredients

6 large tomatoes, chopped

50g peeled, fresh ginger, cut small

5 garlic cloves, skin removed

200mls water

4 tablespoons ghee

4 teaspoons cumin seeds

2 cinnamon sticks

6 cloves

8 peppercorns

2 large onions, peeled, halved and sliced thinly

1 green chilli, deseeded and cut into small pieces

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

4 teaspoons ground coriander

3 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons Kashmiri chilli powder

750mls milk

500g firm tofu, cubed

500g broad beans, blanched and skins removed

200g paneer, cubed

Method

Process the tomatoes, ginger, garlic and water, I use my stick blender, set aside.

Heat the ghee in a large frying pan over a medium to high heat, add the cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns and fry until the cumin seeds are darkening.

Add the onion and chilli and cook until the onion is soft, this will probably take 15-20 minutes.

Add the turmeric, coriander, ground cumin and chilli powder, cook until fragrant.

Pour the tomato mix into the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer slowly until all the water has evaporated and a paste is left in the pan with the ghee leaching from it.

Now, pour in the milk and stir well.

Bring up to the boil and simmer, uncovered for 5 mins.

Add the Tofu, cook gently for 5 minutes.

Add the beans and paneer, cook gently for 5 minutes.

Serve with rice.

 

Coconut Shortbread

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I grew up with this shortbread on the biscuit barrel regularly.

Mum always baked it in a tin, marked with a knife into wedges and using fork prongs to make a decorative pattern. This quantity makes four wheels.

The boys like biscuits rather than wedges, go figure, so I now roll the dough by hand and then roll it in coconut.

You can freeze the unbaked dough, I roll it into a fat sausage, double wrap in cling film and label. To bake, allow to defrost, roll the entire sausage in coconut and then cut slices and bake as below.

Makes around 36-40 depending on size.

Ingredients

450g butter, at room temperature

225g caster sugar

450g plain flour

225g desiccated coconut, plus extra

225g cornflour

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Centigrade.

Line three baking sheets with baking parchment.

Cream the butter and sugar.

Add the remaining ingredients and beat to form a dough.

Pour a little extra coconut into a bowl.

Take a small piece of dough, size of a ping pong ball.

Roll it into a ball, roll it in the coconut and then gently flatten with your hand, place on the prepared baking sheet.

Repeat until all the dough is used, pop the first two trays into the oven and bake for 20-25 mins., keep an eye on them!

Once they are golden brown, allow to cool for 5mins and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely, store in an airtight container.

Buckwheat Crepes with Persian Feta – Gluten Free

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Normally, when I make these crepes I add a little melted butter but, as these were for a savoury filling I used a little garlic infused oil. With gluten free crepes you really need a little butter or oil to stop the crepe sticking to the pan.

Persian feta is a beautiful creamy cheese and as no one else in the family likes it I get to eat the whole pot! Feel free to change the cheese, soft goats cheese works really well too.

This recipe makes 8 large crepes. I haven’t given quantities for the filling, just suggestions as to what to add.

Ingredients

Crepes

110g buckwheat flour

2 eggs

200mls milk

100mls water

2 tablespoons garlic infused olive oil

Filling

mixed salad leaves

sundried tomatoes

stoned olives

pinenuts

Persian feta

Method

Heat a large non stick frying pan over a medium to high heat.

Measure the flour into the bowl, make a well in the centre.

Add the eggs to the well and, using a whisk, gently begin to whisk the eggs in, drawing flour from the edges.

As this thickens, add the milk and water gradually until all is combined.

Pour the oil into the batter and whisk well.

Pour enough batter into the pan to just cover the base as you swirl it around.

Allow to cook through and as you see the edges darken, using a fish slice, flip the crepe over and cook for a further minute until the crepe has a few golden spots on it.

Set aside on a plate, covered with a tea towel and repeat until all of the batter is used.

To fill, lay a crepe on the work surface, top one half with the filling ingredients, fold over the other half. Holding it firmly, fold this half into a quarter and pop on the plate.

Lime, Oregano and Smoky Chipotle Roast Chicken

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I seem to be cooking with a lot of limes at the moment, maybe it’s with the start of summer and the temperature rising. This chicken is in the oven for longer than normal, this is to allow me to runaround picking up and dropping off the boys at their various playing fields and it makes the most succulent chicken that I pull off the bones and chop, skin and all, and serve with tortilla chips, guacamole, salsa and sour cream. Leftovers are perfect for filling quesadillas and the stock from the bones  makes an amazing stock for black bean soup. Serves 8-10. Ingredients 2 x 1.2-1.4kg chickens 3 limes 4 tablespoons oil A handful of fresh oregano 4 cloves garlic 4 teaspoons chipotle chilli powder 2 tablespoons sweet smoked paprika 2 teaspoons salt freshly ground pepper Method Preheat the oven to160 degrees Centigrade. Process the zest and juice of the limes, oil, oregano leaves, garlic, chipotle powder, paprika, salt and pepper to make a smooth sauce. Place the chicken in a roasting tin. Take the squeezed limes and oregano stalks and place them in to the chickens cavity. Pour the sauce over the chooks and rub well in with your hands. Take a piece of baking parchment, the size of your roasting tin, scrunch it up and run it under a tap. Squeeze the water out and place it over the top of the chicken, tucking it into the sides. Now, cover tightly with foil. Pop in the oven for 2 hours. After two hours, remove the foil and paper and baste, return to the oven. Baste regularly for a further hour. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 20-30mins before taking the meat off the bone, with the skin attached, and chop into bite sized pieces.

Lime Cookies – Gluten and Egg free

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I came up with these as we were using lime in our dinner, Pad Thai, and I didn’t want to waste the lovely lime zest!

These little morsels are gluten free,  egg free and lovely and crumbly.

Makes 30.

Ingredients

200g butter, softened

100g caster sugar

200g ground almonds

50g coconut flour

zest of two limes

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.

Cream the butter and sugar.

Add the almonds, coconut and lime zest and beat to a smooth dough.

Roll into small balls.

Place on the prepared tray, use a fork to flatten.

Bake for 10-15mins, keep and eye on them.

Remove and cool on a wire rack.