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Lancashire Hot Pot

Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 1kg/2lb 2oz neck of lamb, chopped into bite-sized pieces 4 lambs’ kidneys, cleaned, trimmed, cut into quarters 2 onions, peeled, sliced ½ tsp salt 1 tbsp plain flour 250ml/9fl oz lamb stock 1 sprig fresh thyme 2 fresh bay leaves 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 50g/2oz butter, cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing 2 x 250g/7oz black pudding rings, outer casing removed, th...

Spaghetti Bolognese

Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil or sun-dried tomato oil from the jar 6 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, chopped 2 large onions, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1kg/2¼lb lean minced beef 2 large glasses of red wine 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes 1 x 290g jar antipasti marinated mushrooms, drained 2 fresh or dried bay leaves 1 tsp dried oregano or a small handful of fresh leaves, chopped 1 tsp dried t...

Thai-style Chicken Curry

Ingredients 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp mild curry paste, from a jar 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinned, sliced into strips 250ml/9fl oz low-fat coconut milk 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce (nam pla) 2 medium onions, sliced 2 green peppers, cored and seeds removed, cut into strips packet fresh bamboo shoots 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil Preparation method Heat oil in a wok over a high heat. Add the curry...

Chicken and Ham Pie

Ingredients For the pastry 675g/1lb 7oz flour Salt and ground white pepper 50ml/2½fl oz full-fat milk 50ml/2½fl oz warm water 225g/8oz lard, chopped 1 free-rage egg yolk, beaten For the filling 4 x 175g/6¼oz chicken breasts, diced 450g/1lb pork sausage meat 225g/8 oz pancetta, chopped 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg Salt and ground white pepper Pinch ground allspice 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary 1 tbs...

Q Guild gold winner 2015

C Johnson and Sons have just won another NINE awards at the annual Smithfield Awards. Our Writtle Sausages have now won a total of four consecutive Gold medals, on top of a silver European medal. We at C Johnson and Sons Butchers strive to produce the best hand-made foods that we can, and by receiving these awards we get an industry “seal of approval”. Monica Galletti judge the product...

Beef and Guinness Pie

Ingredients 750g lean braising steak, eg, skirt of beef 4 tbsp plain flour Freshly ground salt and pepper 4 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp tomato purée 500ml Guinness 350g shallots, peeled Few sprigs of thyme 2 bay leaves 2 garlic cloves, peeled 500g shortcrust pastry 1 free-range egg yolk mixed with 1 tbsp water Method Dice the beef into 2.5cm cubes. Place the flour in a medium-sized bowl and season well ...

Liver and Bacon Casserole

Ingredients 1 Tbs butter 1/2 tsp dried basil 2 Tbs flour for coating 2 cups hot chicken stock 3 rashers of bacon chopped 3 medium carrots thinly sliced 375 g calves liver cut into strips 1 large onion quartered and finely sliced Method Toss the liver in flour to coat then preheat a browning dish to maximum according to manufacturers instructions. Brown the liver and bacon and put into a casserole ...

Belly of Pork

Ingredients 1.5kg pork belly Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 red onions, halved 2 carrots, peeled and halved lengthways 2 sticks of celery, halved 1 bulb of garlic, skin on, broken into cloves A small bunch of fresh thyme, leaves picked 600ml water or vegetable stock Method: How to make pork belly roast Preheat your oven to full whack, it needs to be at least 220°C/425°F/gas mark 7. Pla...

Chicken Chausseur with Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients small handful fresh tarragon, half left For the chicken as sprigs, half finely chopped 1.5kg/3lb 5oz chicken, cut into 8 2 tomatoes, peeled, seeds removed, pieces chopped salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tbsp fresh flatleaf parsley, finely 50g/2oz plain flour chopped 2 tbsp olive oil For the mashed potatoes 110g/4oz butter 1kg/2lb 2oz floury potatoes (such as 175g/6oz button mush...

Peppered Steak and Chips

Ingredients For the chips 2 tbsp olive oil ½ large baking potato, peeled and cut into chips salt and freshly ground black pepper For the steak 125g/4½oz rump steak salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp olive oil Preparation method Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. For the chips, spread the potato chip pieces out onto a baking tray. Drizzle over the oil and season, to taste, with salt and ...

Sweet and Sour Pork

Ingredients For the pork 3 tbsp roasted whole soya beans or dry roasted peanuts few pinches ground white pepper 1 tsp crushed dried chillies 2 pork loin steaks, fat removed 2 tbsp groundnut oil For the sweet and sour sauce 125g/4oz canned pineapple, in natural juice 125ml/4fl oz pineapple juice 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice light soy sauce splash of Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry ground whi...

Steak and Kidney Pudding

Ingredients 675g/1½lb chuck steak, cut into 2.5cm/1in cubes 225g/8oz ox kidney, cut into 2.5cm1in cubes 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped large pinch celery salt salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves 2 tbsp plain flour 150ml/¼pt fresh beef stock For the Suet pastry 400g/14oz self-raising flour 200g/7oz beef or vegetarian suet ½ tsp salt freshly ground black pepper 29...