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Ingredients

400ml apple juice

30ml Highland Black 8 Year Old Scotch Whisky

8 teaspoons clear set honey

4-8 teaspoons – lemon and lime juice 3 cloves

1 inch fresh ginger

2 pinches- stonemill ground cinnamon Methodology

1. Heat all the ingredients except the whisky over a low heat until all the flavours have infused

2. Add in the whisky Decoration / to serve Serve in a heat proof mug with a slice of green apple and a sprinkle of Stonemill Ground Cinnamon.

Tasting notes A delicious alternative to mulled wine. The warming mix of apple, honey and cinnamon has the added advantage of being a delicious mocktail by simply omitting the whisky. Great to make in batches ahead of time and heat when needed.

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Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

2tsp sesame oil
2 chicken breasts sliced into thin strips
4 shallots thinly sliced
250g Brussels sprouts shredded
1 clove garlic finely diced
Half tsp chilli flakes
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp soy sauce

WHAT TO DO:

1. In a wok or large frying pan heat the oil till very hot then throw in the chicken strips, stir fry then for 1-2 minutes until brown on all sides.

2. Add the shallots, sprouts, garlic and chilli to the pan and continue to stir fry for 3-5 minutes until the sprouts are tender.

3. Stir through the lemon zest and soy sauce and serve.

Thanks to www.loveyourgreens.co.uk

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This delicious mild sauce is a great base which can be added to leftover cooked poultry, meat or vegetables.

Recipe serves: 10 | Preparation Time: 40 min| Cooking Time: 45 min

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Ingredients

25g plain flour

2 Knorr Chicken Stock Pots

25g unsalted butter

½ a large pineapple, peeled and chopped into chunks (including core)

2 Cox apples (approx. 250g), unpeeled, roughly chopped

1 banana

1 small onion, finely chopped onion

3 tbsps mild or medium curry powder

25g unsweetened desiccated coconut

75ml double cream (optional)

1kg leftover cold roast turkey

Toasted flaked almonds

Coriander leaves, picked

 

Method

1) Pre-heat the oven to 220˚C/425˚F/Gas Mark 7. Sprinkle the flour in an even layer in an ovenproof frying pan and place it in the oven for 12–15 minutes until lightly browned.

2) Meanwhile, as the flour browns, begin cooking the curry. First, take the 2 Knorr Chicken Stock Pots and mix them with a litre of boiling water, stirring until thoroughly dissolved. Set aside.

3) Now heat a large, heavy-based casserole dish on the hob. Add in the butter. Once melted, add in the pineapple and sliced apple. Peel and slice in the banana. Add in the chopped onion.

4) Stir with a spatula over a low heat for around 10 minutes until the fruit begins to break down.

5) Add in the curry powder and mix well. Stir ingredients for 2–3 minutes over a low heat. Add in the desiccated coconut.

6) Remove the lightly browned flour from the oven and add it into the curry paste mixture, mixing it in thoroughly.

7) Pour in 250ml of the chicken stock, stirring it so that the paste dissolves into the stock.

8) Gradually add in the remaining stock, 250ml at a time, stirring in thoroughly after each addition to make sure the sauce is free from any lumps.

9) Bring to the boil, simmer for 8–10 minutes, and stir in the double cream if using.

10) Using the back of a ladle to press it down, pass the curry sauce through a fine sieve if you wish or liquidise until smooth.

11) Return the sieved or liquidised curry sauce to the casserole dish. Add in the cooked turkey chunks, bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until the turkey is heated through.

12) Garnish with toasted flaked almonds and fresh coriander leaves and serve at once.

 

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Homemade mincemeat is absolutely delicious and this version is very quick and simple to make. The mincemeat and pastry recipe can also be used to make a large tart, which works very well as a Christmas dessert served with ginger ice cream or brandy flavoured crème anglaise.

More recipes like this in the latest issue of Chaat!

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For the pastry:

225g/8oz plain flour

140g/5oz butter, cut into cubes

Pinch of salt

 

For the mincemeat:

 

1 apple

85g/3oz sultanas

85g/3oz raisins

45g/1½ oz currants

85g/3oz dried cranberries

45g/1½ oz flaked almonds

Grated zest of 1 lemon

Grated zest ½ orange

1 ½ tsp mixed spice

2 tbsp whisky or brandy

55g/2oz melted butter

1 ripe banana

 

To serve:

 

Icing sugar

 

  1. Make the pastry by sifting the flour into a large bowl. Add the butter and salt and rub in until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.  Add approximately 5 tablespoons of ice cold water. Bring together to a ball of dough adding a little more water if necessary. Flatten into a circle and wrap in cling film. Chill for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Wash and grate the apple, including the skin. Put into a bowl and add the sultanas, raisins, cranberries, almonds, lemon zest, orange zest, mixed spice, whisky and melted butter. Mash the banana and add to the mincemeat.
  3. Roll out two thirds of the pastry and cut into medium sized circles using a pastry cutter. Line a 12 hole patty tin with the pastry. Place a spoonful of mincemeat into each pastry case. Roll out the rest of the pastry and cut into stars. Top each open pie with a star lid. Chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 190˚C/Fan oven 170˚C/gas mark 5.
  5. Bake in the centre of the preheated oven for 15-20.
  6. Cool slightly and remove carefully from the tin. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

 

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Santa’s Christmas Treat

Ingredients 50ml Tamova Vodka

100ml tomato juice

100ml the pantry lemon juice Pinch of cracked black pepper

185g 2 dash fiesta peri peri 1

dash the pantry lime juice

1 dash bramwells horseradish sauce Methodology

1. Add all ingredients to a mixing jug and stir over ice until cold

2. Take a tall Collins glass filled with cubed ice and add cracked black pepper to the rim

3. Pour in the mixed Bloody Mary and garnish Decoration / to serve

Add cracked black pepper to the rim of the glass and garnish with a stuffed bell pepper, pickled gherkin, and fresh basil

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