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Autumn Vegetable Soup

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A very simple soup but so satisfying and healthy!

I liquidise the soup just to stop fussy children picking bits out but this is a very pretty soup and looks lovely as it is without the stick blender getting to it!

Serves 10.

Ingredients

Splash of olive oil

1 large onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

400g carrots, peeled and roughly chopped

400g potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped

300g parsnips, peeled and roughly chopped

500g beetroot, peeled and roughly chopped

a large sprig of parsley

2.2 litres chicken or vegetable stock

salt and pepper

parsley to garnish

Method

In a large pan, heat the oil over a medium heat, add the onions and cook for 5 minutes until soft.

Add the garlic, carrot, potatoes, parsnip and beetroot and stir through.

Cover with the lid and allow to steam for 10 minutes.

Pour in the stock and bring up to the boil.

Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes until the veggies are soft.

Allow to cool a little and then blend with a stick blender.

Return to the heat and bring back to a simmer, season well.

Serve with a little parsley sprinkled over the top.

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce

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I used to make a regular version of this pudding but with a little fiddling it is now gluten free and you really cannot tell. If you don’t need it to be gluten free, use regular self raising flour.

It makes a nice change from meringues and roulades which are my usual gluten free desserts and the fact that the cooled baked pudding can be frozen saves on time at a later date, I just defrost it and then warm it up in the oven or microwave.

Any leftover toffee sauce is crying out to be poured, warm, over vanilla ice cream!

Ingredients

250g ready to eat dates

120g walnuts

1 carrot, peeled and grated

1 apple, peeled, deseeded and grated

2 tablespoons golden syrup

4 tablespoons brandy

100g cubed butter

2 eggs

120g caster sugar

150g gluten free self raising flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Toffee Sauce

225g soft brown sugar

150g butter

140mls cream

Method

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Centigrade.

Take a 2 litre pudding bowl, grease with butter and cut a small disc of baking parchment that covers the base of the bowl.

In a food processor, process the dates and walnuts.

Add the carrot, apple, syrup and brandy and process again.

Now add the butter, egg and sugar, process again.

Finally add the flour and bicarbonate of soda and process one last time.

Scoop out the pudding batter and fill the pudding bowl, evening out the top.

Place in the preheated oven and bake for 80-90mins.

While the pudding is baking make the toffee sauce.

Combine all if the ingredients in a pan over a medium heat, once the butter has melted, allow the sauce to bubble to ensure that the sugar has completely dissolved.

Once the pudding is baked, turn out onto your serving plate, top with half the toffee sauce and serve the remaining sauce on the side with cream and maybe a little vanilla ice cream for a treat!

To freeze, allow to cool completely in the bowl, wrap in baking parchment and then a double layer of plastic wrap.

Pink Coleslaw

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In a house full of boys it is sometimes nice to have a little bit of pink at the table.

Great with barbecued food and anytime a salad is needed, this is also a handy recipe for using up egg yolks!

If you don’t have a mandolin just grate the carrots and beets on the largest grating setting.

If you would rather use jarred mayo, just add the whole grain mustard to it before stirring through the veg.

To make it vegetarian use an egg free mayo alternative.

Serves 8-10.

Ingredients

1/2 large cabbage, outer leaves removed

2 carrots, peeled and topped and tailed

2 beetroots, peeled and topped and tailed

1 red onion, peeled and topped and tailed

2 egg yolks

10 mls white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

225mls  sunflower oil

3 tablespoons whole grain mustard

Method

Take the stem out of the cabbage and slice very finely, place in a large bowl.

Using a mandolin, finely cut the carrots and beetroots into matchsticks, add to the cabbage.

Finely slice the onion, add to the bowl.

In a small bowl. Whisk the egg yolks, vinegar, Dijon mustard and a little salt.

Slowly add the oil, whisking all of the time.

Once you have a thick mayonnaise, add the whole grain mustard and combine.

Mix the mayonnaise through the vegetables and serve.

Baked Brie With Thyme and Garlic

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This isn’t really a recipe, it’s too simple for that but boy, it’s tasty!

Served with a few crunchy vegetables, fresh bread and gluten free crackers this is a treat and makes a lovely light lunch to share!

I don’t always use garlic as it can overpower a really good cheese but it’s up to your personal choice, the boys love it either way and it’s a great way to get them eating raw vegetables.

Ingredients

a small wheel of Brie, 200-250g

a few sprigs of thyme

1 clove of garlic, very finely sliced

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.

Make small incisions into the top of the Brie.

Gently push a few thyme leaves through and a slice of garlic.

Wrap in baking parchment with the pierced top uppermost.

Wrap in foil, again with the top uppermost.

Place directly on the oven shelf.

Bake for 15mins.

Very carefully, remove the foil. Open the baking parchment, trim any excess paper and place on your serving dish.

Serve with carrot sticks, capsicum strips, apple slices, cucumber sticks, figs, really anything you like eating with cheese.

Shepherd’s Pie

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This is where leftovers get elevated to another delicious dinner.

I have used the leftovers from the Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb with Rosemary and Garlic.

Once we had the roast lamb I stripped the meat and froze it, boiled water in the roasting pan to get all the gooey brown juice off the base and added this to the bones in a pressure cooker, cooked it under pressure for 30 mins, drained the stock and froze it to use with the lamb for this pie.

However, this tastes just as good using stock powder so feel free to save time and get the stock cubes out!

If you have any left over cooked vegetables these can go in to the pie too.

Today I topped the pie with sliced potatoes but to save time you can use left over mashed potatoes, the mash will soak up a little of the juice and will taste delicious.

If you choose to top with the sliced potatoes, you can peel them if you want to be fancy but I don’t, there’s never enough time!

Ingredients

50mls olive oil

2 onions, finely diced

3 carrots, finely diced

400-600g leftover roast lamb

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

600mls stock

80mls Worcestershire sauce, gluten free

80mls tomato ketchup

4 medium potatoes, finely sliced

100mls cream

salt and pepper

Method

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat.

Add the onions and carrot and slow cook until the onion is translucent.

Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Add the meat and cook over medium heat until the meat is beginning to get crispy bits all over as you stir it regularly.

Add the stock, Worcestershire sauce,tomato ketchup, salt and pepper,  mix well and leave to bubble until the sauce has reduced to a minimal amount.

Pour the meat mix into a casserole, set aside.

Bring a large pan of salted water and bring to the boil.

Add the potatoes, bring back up to the boil.

Boil for 3 mins, drain and refresh with cold water.

Layer the potatoes over the pie mix until they are all used.

Pour over the cream and season well.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade.

Bake the pie for 45-50 mins until bubbling and golden brown.

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Crusty Meatloaf

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Meatloaf is so versatile and easy to make gluten free. Left overs can be used for sandwiches the following day.

Gluten free bread is very expensive here so I only ever use it when it is reduced. If it is near it’s use by date I bring it home and make it into breadcrumbs, pour it into a large zip lock bag and freeze it. I don’t cut off any crusts, it would be too much of a waste.

This recipe makes two meat loaves. I tend to bake some potatoes in the oven while it’s on, some to have with dinner and some to make stuffed potato skins with.

I also make a quick dill mayonnaise to spread on the potatoes, truly delish!

Serves 8.

Ingredients

1kg minced pork

1 onion, very finely chopped

1 carrot, finely diced

4 cloves of garlic, crushed

3 tablespoons tomato ketchup

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, gluten free

75g gluten free breadcrumbs

1 egg, beaten

3 tablespoons dill, chopped

2 teaspoons salt

ground pepper to taste

Glaze

3 tablespoons honey

3 tablespoons tomato ketchup

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, gluten free

1 tablespoon soy sauce, gluten free

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.

Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment, make sure it comes up the sides a bit to stop the juice over flowing.

In a large bowl combine all of the meatloaf  ingredients

Divide the meat in half and form two long loaves on the baking sheet.

Combine the glaze ingredients in a small bowl.

Use a brush to paint the meat loaves with the glaze.

Pop the loaves in the oven and bake for 80-90mins basting regularly with the glaze and the pan juices.