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Roasted Sea Bream with Fennel, Cherry Tomatoes & New Potatoes

Roasted Sea Bream with Fennel, Cherry Tomatoes & New Potatoes Plaice is a sustainable fish but when buying it make sure that it has been caught in trawls to reduce the impact of disturbing bottom dwelling species (check labels, or buy from a good fishmonger like Moxon’s, or the lovely fish van on North Cross Road Market). Make sure fillets are over 30cm, anything smaller is too young. It has long been overlooked in higher end gastronomy and rarely features on the menus of top restaurants, but it really is a superb fish, possessing a fine, moist texture and subtle but distinctive flavor. Other options to Plaice are Flounder, Dab or Sea Bream. Preparation time 10 mins Cooking time 35 minutes Ingredients 2 Sea Bream – filleted 1 Red Onion – sliced 2 Small Garlic Cloves 1 Red Pepper – chopped 1 Bulb of Fennel – sliced 2 Courgette – sliced 10 Cherry Tomatoes – halved Small Handful of Dill – chopped 1/2 Lemon squeezed 1/2 Lemon sliced New Potatoes – boiled & sliced Salt …

Courgette Spaghetti

Courgette Spaghetti Serves 2 More and more people are changing their diets, eating less meat and even becoming vegetarians or vegans. There is no doubt that there are health benefits but it does take time and research to make sure you still follow a balanced diet. Over the past two months I have been trying to stick to a pescetarian diet, and I have now given up meat for lent so please help me! Some days are easier than others, but I have been surprised by how much I am enjoying it, and I am definitely getting more creative with my recipes. We will be serving Courgette “Spaghetti” as a starter at our March Supper Club, and it is definitely one of my favourite veggie options so far (though maybe not the healthiest due to the double cream – I will keep working on that!). Ingredients 50g Sundried Tomatoes Olive oil spray 1 tsp dried oregano 500g large wonky courgettes, spiraliser to resemble spaghetti (or use a peeler to create fine strips if you don’t …

Mincemeat & Marzipan Couronne recipe

Christmas is over, and isn’t it annoying when you discover you have left over mincemeat in your cupboard that never made it into a mince pie? Not any more! Here is a really lovely way to use up your supplies! Mincemeat & Marzipan Couronne Ingredients for the Couronne 250g Strong white bread flour 5g Salt 8g Yeast 50g Unsalted butter, softened 135ml Whole milk 1 egg, lightly beaten Ingredients for the Marzipan 90g Caster sugar 149g Icing sugar, plus extra for dusting 220g Ground almonds 1 Orange, finely grated 1 egg, beaten Ingredients for the Filling & Topping 400g Mincemeat 50g Apricot jam 200g Icing sugar 50g Chopped pistachios Method To make the couronne, mix the flour, salt, and yeast together in a bowl. Then, add the softened butter, the milk and egg to the mixture and work the mix with your hands until it comes together as a soft dough and the sides of the bowl are clean. Lightly flour a surface and knead the dough for about 5 or 6 minutes. At this …

Wine Words

Did you give up wine in January? The undisputed worst month of the year, in the cold and the dark of post Christmas exhaustion – you deprived yourself. In the month where you resolved to achieve this year what you failed to do last year – you decided it was a challenge best accepted without enjoyment?  A wise friend proposed an alternative: “Gentle January”. Instead of deprivation, guilt and pressure – it would be a month of moderation, of quality not quantity, of balance and being kind to yourself. Chief Executive of the British Liver Trust, Andrew Langford agrees. Dry January isn’t the answer. “There’s little benefit if you see it as a penance, cross the days off the calendar and then return to unhealthy drinking.” Meet the girls: Stella eats processed food all year round. Mass produced and factory made, she knows it makes her feel sluggish and has real health implications – but she takes a month off to detox and cleanse each year. Isabelle tries to eat mostly real food, not necessarily …

Barley & Lentil Soup

Happy New Year! It is, inevitably the season of fitness videos and diets, but I am here to tell you that there is another way. Most of us tend to go a little bit crazy in December, we eat lots of rich food, sit around more, and probably drink quite a bit of alcohol too (guilty)! So, setting a new regime for the new year is absolutely the right thing to do, but rather than go on the latest fad diet think of it as improving your lifestyle! First of all, make sure that the amount of food you eat is correct based on how active you are, and secondly eat a good range of foods to ensure you are getting a balanced diet including plenty of fruit, vegetables, starchy foods such as whole meal bread and wholegrain cereals, protein rich foods like meat, fish, eggs and lentils, and finally some dairy foods too. This can all seem a bit daunting, but if you feel you need help there are lots of nutritionists around and …