Home Knitted Yogurt

Please, only eat this wearing sandals and socks and a kaftan and being pretentious 😉

For 4-6 servings you need:
500ml milk
25g dried milk powder
3 tbsp live yogurt

Heat the milk to blood temperature (or heat it to boiling and then allow to cool to blood temp) then add the milk powder and yogurt. Place in a thermos overnight and eat for breakfast the next morning. Feel smug.

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Irish Pie (v)

So called cos it’s basically colcannon…

For 2 portions you need:
1 onion
1-2 bunches kale
knob vegan marge
little sunflower oil
little soya milk
potatoes
salt and pepper

Cook the potatoes and make in to mash using some of the marge and the milk. Season. Meanwhile chop the onion and sautee in the marge and butter. Wash and finely shred the kale and add to the onions. Cover and wilt for 5 mins or so. Place in the bottom of an oven proof dish. Top with mash and bake in a hot oven for 20-30 mins.

Child’s Hot Toddy

Lex moaned at me for not making him a hot toddy earlier in the week, so this is for him.

For one person you need:
1/2 lemon cut into thick slices
2 tsp honey
boiling water
a little love

Place everything in a mug and add the boiling water about 2/3 up the side of the mug. Mix well and then top up with cold water and love. Serve with a hug.

Cauliflower and Broccoli Risotto

This is a variation on the usual risotto bianco.

For 4-6 portions you need:
For 4-6 portions you need:
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
50g butter
2 tbsp olive oil plus extra for the squash
250g risotto rice
1 litre veggie stock
125ml white wine
salt and pepper
100g Parmesan, grated
1/2 head cauliflower
1 small head broccoli

Fry the onion in the oil and butter till soft and translucent. Add the garlic and rice and cook for a further 2-3 mins till the rice is lightly toasted. Add the wine and bubble off. Add the broccoli stalk (finely chopped) and then add the stock a ladle at a time till all absorbed and the rice is plumed up and delicious. About 10 ins before the end add the cauli and broccoli florets. Season and stir through a touch more butter. Serve with parmesan.

Risotto Bianco

This is the base to many a delicious risotto.

For 4-6 portions you need:
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
50g butter
2 tbsp olive oil plus extra for the squash
250g risotto rice
1 litre veggie stock
125ml white wine
salt and pepper
100g Parmesan, grated

Fry the onion in the oil and butter till soft and translucent. Add the garlic and rice and cook for a further 2-3 mins till the rice is lightly toasted. Add the wine and bubble off. Then add the stock a ladle at a time till all absorbed and the rice is plumed up and delicious. Season and stir through a touch more butter. Serve with parmesan.

Hugh’s Pancakes

Apparently these scored an 8/10 on the Lex Pancake Scale ™. Don’t tell Hugh 😉

For about 12 pancakes you need:
250g plain flour
pinch salt
2 eggs
600ml milk

Mix everything together and leave to rest, preferably overnight but for at least 30 mins. Cook as per usual and scoff with lemon and sugar. Yum.

Cranberry Chutney (v)

This is another St Delia recipe. Yes, we’re having a Delia and not a Nigella Xmas this year…

For 4 small jars you need:
450g cranberries
1 red onion, diced
1 large cinnamon stick
2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
350g demerara sugar
5 whole cloves
grated zest and juice of 2 oranges
425ml red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt

Place everything in a wide pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 45 mins or until the vinegar has evaporated. Pour in to sterilised jars and leave to mature for 4 weeks or so.

Cherry and Almond Mincemeat (v)

Yes. It’s that time of year again… This is a variation of St Delia’s Christmas Mincemeat.

For about 6-8 jars (so oodles of pies…) you need:
450g bramley apples, finely chopped (cored but not peeled)
225g shredded veggie suet
250g raisins
250g sultanas
250g currants
250g chopped mixed peel
250g glace cherries
50g flaked almonds
350g dark soft brown sugar
grated zest and juice of 2 lemons and 2 oranges
4 tsp ground mixed spice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2/3 grated nutmeg
250ml southern comfort
250ml sweet sherry
125ml brandy

Place everything apart from the brandy into a tub and leave overnight to mingle. The next day, preheat the oven to 120 degrees and place the mincemeat mixture into an ovenproof dish and bake for 3 hours. Remove from the oven and mix from time to time as it cools to allow the fat to cover everything (this is what keeps it fresh). When it’s cold stir in the brandy and pack the mincemeat into sterilised jars. Use as you wish.

Hot Toddy (v)

We had no lemons so this was made with oranges. It was nice. Use agarve nectar if you’re vegan…

For one person you need:
1/2 orange cut into thick slices
1-2 tsp honey or 1tsp agarve nectar
Boiling water
1-2 shots whisky

Place the honey/nectar, oranges and alcohol in a mug. Pour over boiling water and leave to steep for 2-3 mins, crushing the orange as you do so. Sip and feel better.