Eggless Vegetable Fritters

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A gooey cheesy fritter without egg!.. Loaded with vegetables of your choice.  I preferred courgette, sweetcorn and spring onion.  You could use tomato to give it a bit more and some chili to jazz it up a bit!

Simply done…quickly eaten! Enjoy friends..Much love, D x

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INGREDIENTS

1 grated courgette
1 tin sweetcorn drained
100g mature cheddar cheese grated
1 spring onion sliced
Handful of chopped chives
4 tbsp plain flour
200ml milk
Paprika
Chilli powder
Salt
Oregano to taste
Olive oil

METHOD

Combine all ingredients except milk and flour, mix well into a large bowl

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Whisk the milk and flour. Slowly add this mixture to the large bowl

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Heat up a little olive oil in a non stick frying pan.  Place a heaped table spoon of fritter mixture into the pan and flatten to make a disk

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Gently flip over. Making sure both sides are golden brown

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Serve with a coriander chutney

Roasted pepper, caramelised onion & feta bread

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An all in one Mediterranean bread with exciting ingredients that blend so well together. The charred juicy pepper, the sweet and sour caramelised onion along with a hint of saltiness from the feta cheese makes this bread something very special, even though I do say so myself! Lovely with a light soup or just with a little butter on its own. I will definitely be experimenting more with these flavours and more breads are still to come!

INGREDIENTS

1 medium white onion sliced crescents
1/2 tbsp olive oil for onion
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 red bell pepper
1 clove garlic crushed
30-40g feta cheese diced or crumbled
250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs lightly beaten
100ml milk
100ml olive oil
Oil and flour for pan

METHOD

1. To roast the red bell pepper, preheat oven to 200c/400f/gas mark 6 and cook directly on the top shelf for 15-20 minutes until the skin starts to peel and a little charred. Deseed the pepper and take off skin, slice into thin strips and then halve the strips. Set aside

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2. To caramelise onion, heat 1/2 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan, add the onions, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar. Mix well and reduce to a low to medium flame and cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Stirring occasionally, The onion will have taken on a lovely brown colour and a sweet aroma. Set aside to cool.

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3. Turn the oven to 180c/350f/gas mark 4. Mix the eggs, milk and olive oil together. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the egg mixture and stir. Do not over work just make sure the mixture is combined

4. Throw in the roasted pepper slices, caramelised onion and garlic and gently bring together

5. Grease a bread loaf pan with a little oil and flour it to avoid sticking. Place in the oven for 35-45 minutes making sure it is cooked on the inside by sticking a skewer into the middle of the loaf. Once it comes out clean it’s ready and will have taken on a golden colour. Leave in the pan for 20 minutes to cool and then ease out, slice and serve with some butter

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Chilli Cheddar Cheese & Beans “In Toast”

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One of the best things in life that I totally like to eat and feel comforted by, is a jacket potato with baked beans and cheese. It’s that gooeynesss of cheese that completely surrounds and coats the beans that I just can’t get enough of. So what better to start your day off with your most favourite food.

Instead of beans on toast, I made a “beans in toast” as a toasted sandwich plus cheddar cheese not forgetting the chilli aspect! I recently found these wonderful slices of chilli cheddar cheese slices at my local supermarket and absolutely have fallen in love with them. It gives the cheese extra bite which only the red chilli can do, as well as giving it such a Mexican influence to it too. Ummm I’m one happy chick!

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Simple, fast, delicious and it’s the weekend! Let’s eat, drink and enjoy! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

Slices of whole wheat bread
Chilli cheddar thin slices
1 tin baked beans
Butter
Smoked paprika

METHOD

Butter one slice of bread liberally. Place a slice of chilli cheddar cheese on top

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Transfer to the grill/panini maker. Spoon on a couple of tablespoons of baked beans and sprinkle with a little smoked paprika

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Close the grill lid, cook on a medium setting for about 5 to 7 minutes, checking how toasted you would like the bread

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Once done, remove slowly, slice into half. I couldn’t resist a dollop of mayonnaise with it!

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Mini Garlic Jacket Potatoes

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I had bought some mini baby potatoes that are good for boiling or steaming but my love of roasted/jacket potatoes got in the way! And rightly so! The outcome was gooooood! I didn’t want to peel them and roast them in the usual way but instead wanted to serve them as mini mini jacket potatoes with a crisp skin, that I just adore!

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Again such a versatile ingredient and so cute and small that there was no need to parboil them. Just straightforward oil, garlic and herb coating and roast til perfection.

I also made hasselback potatoes but this time a healthier version with olive oil and not butter. We enjoyed both types with mature Cheddar cheese omelettes and freshly boiled veg! Superb comfort food for a cold Saturday evening!

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INGREDIENTS

500g mini baby potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp dried oregano
salt to taste

METHOD

• Preheat oven to 190°c and pour the oil into a baking tray lined with foil, place in the oven to warm the oil through

• Meanwhile prep by scrubbing the potatoes and pierce each of them

• Take the baking tray out of the oven, add the oregano and crushed garlic, mix into the oil

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• Gently place in all the mini potatoes, sprinkle salt all over them and massage the oil into the skins with the herbs and garlic too

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• Roast in the oven for 40-50 minutes until the potatoes are nice and crispy and golden on the outside and super fluffy on the inside

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