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Horseradish Mash

We’ve returned to the somewhat neglected Ingredients Alphabet we started for few months ago. Or previous “Letters” are here.

“H” is Horseradish Mash.

There not a lot of point in a recipe really. Add two tablespoons of Horseradish it your mashed spud and mix well…..

Fragrant Duck Breasts with Plum sauce and Basmati Risotto

I was in Bury yesterday and they have an award winning market. I spotted a fresh Mallard for £2.99 so we revisited a recipe we created in February, with a few additions. It’s a while since we were all chefy in the kitchen because I’ve been away. This is a recipe well worth having a pop at if you happen to come across some Duck breasts.

The original recipe is here

Our improved version……

2 Duck Breasts ( I cut and scored these from the bird. The remainder will but be Tiggy fodder and we’ll have Duck fat for roast Potatoes and some outstanding Duck stock)
1 ½ tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Grated fresh Ginger
2 cloves of Garlic, grated
Oil to fry
Fresh ground Black Pepper
1 tbsp Butter / Margarine
1 tsp Cumin seeds
100g Basmati Rice
800ml Chicken Stock
85g Frozen Peas
A bunch of Spring Onions, finely chopped
Foraged Chive flowers (Not really needed, but they added a bit of colour contrast)
Home made Plum sauce (See below)
(1) Score the Duck skin and rub with Garam Masala, Ginger and ground Black Pepper.
(2) Chill for 30 minutes to allow the marinade to flavour the meat.
(3) Heat the oven to 200c.
(4) Gently fry the Duck breasts skin side down until the fat runs out.
(5) Transfer to a baking dish skin side up then leave to rest.
(6) Melt butter in a large pan. Add Cumin seeds and fry for 2 to 3 minutes then and add the garlic.
(7) Transfer the Duck breasts into the oven.
(8) Stir in the Rice.
(9) Pour over the Stock and simmer for 10 minutes.
(10) Add Peas in the last 4 minutes.
(11) When the liquid has absorbed folk through and add the Spring Onions.
(12) Season to taste.
(13) Slice the Duck breasts and serve on a bed of the Rice dressed with sliced Spring Onions, Chive flowers and Plum sauce.

Plum sauce


½ of frozen foraged Plums ( A punnet of red supermarket Plums will do the trick!)
1 tbsp Wholegrain Mustard
1 tbsp Sugar
3 tbsp Spirit Vinegar


(1) Add all the ingredients to a pan and bring to the boil.
(2) Reduce the heat to simmer for 40 minutes.
(3) Press through a sieve.
(4) Return to the heat just before serving.

If we were asked to pay £19.95 in a restaurant for this dish we would happily have paid it, if we had the money. But instead we created it at home for less than £4 for two of us and we have Risotto left for the foundation for tomorrows meal.


Trio of Sausage Passata Pasta

I’m pretty sure nobody actually need ingredients and a method for this. The details for Sue’s quite spectacular Passata sauce are here. But apart from that this was the quickest and easiest dish possible.

We had some Passata left over and in the fridge some thin Polish smoked Pork sausages, some Polish Garlic Ham sausage and some Pork Chipolatas. Chop them up, cooking them, heat the Passata, pour over some Rice noodles and melt a bit of grated Cheese over the top.

Hey Presto meal sorted and I didn’t use every pan we had or burn water (This time!)



Turkey Parmigiana with roasted Hazelnuts

I found some Turkey breast steaks for the bank melting price of £0.88 and as I ended up flat bound by the weather yesterday we decided to play in the kitchen. Chicken Parmigiana is one thing, but we think we took it to another level. But I guess we would really?!

Passata sauce


1 jar of Passata
1 squirt of Tomato Puree
1 clove of Garlic, minced
1 Onion, finely diced
2 Mushrooms, finely sliced
Oil to fry
Salt & Pepper


(1) Fry the Onions on a low heat until translucent.
(2) Add the Garlic and stir for a couple of minutes.
(3) Add the Mushrooms and stir again for a couple of minutes.
(4) Add the Passata, Tomato Puree and stir.
(5) Add the Oregano and Basil and season with Salt & Pepper.
(6) Simmer for 5 minutes and stir occasionally.

Turkey Steaks


Turkey Breast steaks
Bread Crumbs (Gluten free in our case)
Toasted and ground Hazelnuts (The last of this years foraged nuts – Sobs a little!)
Grated Italian style hard cheese and grated mature Cheddar.
1 Egg, beaten
Dried Parsley
Dried Basil
Oil to fry
Salt & Pepper
Chilli flakes


(1) Toast the Hazelnuts in their shells at 180C for 10 minutes on a tray and then allow to cool.
(2) Crack the shells and chop the nuts in a food processor.
(3) Mix the Breadcrumbs, half of the grated Italian style Cheese, Parsley and nuts and put in a bowl.
(4) Season the flour with Salt & Pepper, Chilli Flakes and put in a bowl.
(5) Mix the beaten Egg with a little Milk to make an Egg wash and add to a bowl.
(6) Heat the Oil in a large frying pan.
(7) Dip each Turkey steak firstly in seasoned Flour, then the Egg wash and finally the Breadcrumb mix.
(8) Fry on both sides on a moderate heat until the breadcrumbs are golden.
(9) Spoon a little Passata sauce over each steak.
(10) Sprinkle grated Cheddar over the top and then Italian style Cheese and a sprinkling of dried Basil.
(11) Grill until the Cheese has melted and browned slightly.

We really enjoyed the intense flavours and the Turkey was both tender and moist. Serve with scalloped chips and a dressed salad perhaps?

Sprouts and Hazelnuts

Sprouts with Bacon and Chestnuts is a bit of a Christmas classic. But we have no Chestnuts and it’s not Christmas yet. But we do have lots of foraged Hazelnuts. So….


Hazelnuts – Roasted and chopped
Sprouts, chopped
Olive Oil
Red Onion, sliced
Whole Grain Mustard
Lemon Juice
Salt and Pepper


(1) Roast the Hazelnuts on a tray at 180C for 10 minutes. This also cracks the shells and makes them much easier to remove. Set aside.
(2) Gently fry half of the Onion in a little Olive Oil with the Mustard.
(3) Half the Sprouts and added uncooked Onion.
(4) Mix the Nuts, Sprouts Onion etc. and then place on a tray and place in the oven alongside your roast.
(5) When ready to serve drizzle with the Lemon Juice and stir well.

You could use this for a Vegetarian or Vegan side dish.


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