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Vegetarian Cottage Pie

Vegetarian Cottage Pie

This is a lovely, warming dish which is really filling and therefore does not need anything else.  I have used Quorn Mince which is really versatile to use.  For Non Vegetarians you can use minced lamb. It is a very healthy and wholesome dish.

Serves 2-4

Ingredients for the Mince

  1. 2tbsp Olive Oil
  2. 2 Cloves of Garlic- Finely Chopped
  3. 1 Red Onion- Finely Chopped
  4. 1 Tin/400g Tinned Tomatoes- Blended
  5. 1 Medium or 2 Small Carrots- Finely Chopped
  6. A Good Handful/28g Fresh Chopped Flat Leaf Parsley
  7. 1tbsp Worcester Sauce
  8. 1tbsp Soy Sauce
  9. 1tsp Dried Thyme
  10. 1tsp Dried Oregano
  11. 1tsp Dried Basil
  12. 2 Large Handfuls of Frozen Peas
  13. 250g Quorn Mince
  14. Salt
  15. Pinch of Dried Red Chilli Flakes
  16. ½ tsp Paprika

For the Mashed Potato You Will Need:

  1. 6 Medium Potatoes- Boiled in Salt Water and Mashed with;
  2. 1tsp Mustard
  3. Salt
  4. Fresh Grounded Pepper
  5. Good Knob of Butter
  6. Some Milk to Loosen


Take the oil in a pan and add the onions. Cook until translucent. Add the garlic and stir. Then add the carrots, dried herbs and cook for a few minutes until the carrots have slightly softened. Add all the other ingredients for the mince. Give this a good stir and add enough water to cover the mince but not over that you cannot see the mince. Cover the pan and let this sauce reduce on low heat for a good 25-30 minutes. Do check in-between that you still have enough water. You will know when it is done when the sauce has reduced and the colour has darkened. Please make sure that you do not completely evaporate the sauce as this dish should still be saucy. Once done leave aside to cool a little.

Transfer the mince into a deep casserole dish and spread the mashed potatoes on top evenly. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 190c until the top turns golden in colour. Serve hot! Yummy.

For a slight variation: You can add some grated cheese in the mash to make it richer. Also what is nice is grated cheese sprinkled on top whilst you are eating!


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Homemade Coleslaw with Chives

Homemade Coleslaw with Chives

This is such an easy and quick accompaniment to make; it makes me wonder why people would but this readymade. Once you have seen how quick and delicious this is you will definitely make this at home. You can use this with so many main meals and it has a lovely fresh taste. I have used chives to make it more subtle and I think it works extremely well. Left over coleslaw can also be used up with different fillings in sandwiches!

Serves 2


  1. Small Cabbage- Only need ¼ of the cabbage- Finely Shredded
  2. 2 Shredded Carrots
  3. 2 Finely Chopped Spring Onions
  4. 1 Pack/15g Fresh Chives- Chopped
  5. 2-3tbsp Mayonnaise
  6. Salt
  7. Freshly Grounded Pepper


Take all the ingredients into a bowl and bind with the mayonnaise. You can make it richer by adding more mayonnaise if you prefer.

It’s as simple as that!!

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Moroccan Mezze Platter

Moroccan Mezze Platter

This is a great, sociable dish. It works very well as a salad or as a main dish. You can share this with friends and family; even sit around it and dig in!! I have tried to create a good balance of bread, houmous and couscous all in one dish!

Ingredients 1

Serves 4-6

  1. Pitta Bread- 1 or 2
  2. 1 Tub Houmous
  3. Cucumbers to decorate
  4. Paprika to decorate

Ingredients 2

  1. 1tbsp Olive Oil
  2. 1 Small Red Onion
  3. 1 Handful Sultanas
  4. 1 Orange Pepper- chopped finely
  5. 1 Can Chickpeas- Washed and drained
  6. 2 Cloves Crushed Garlic
  7. Juice of 1 Lemon
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Freshly Grounded Pepper
  10. 1 Handful fresh Coriander
  11. ½ Cup Cubed Feta Cheese
  12. 9oz Couscous
  13. Flaked Almonds to decorate

To Variate this: you can add pieces of grilled Halloumi or even black/green olives in the couscous, which also taste delicious.


Prepare the couscous as per packet instructions. Leave aside and break it up with a fork.

Take a pan; add olive oil and all the ingredients in Number 2 apart from the couscous and almonds. Warm through so that the rawness is slightly taken out. You do not want to cook it, only warm!

Once this is done, add the couscous and gently stir through.

This is a cold platter, so leave the couscous to cool.

To decorate, take a large serving plate and place the couscous in the middle. Sprinkle the flaked almonds on top.

You will need all the ingredients in number 1. Slice the pitta bread into strips and decorate with the houmous and cucumbers all the way round the dish as shown in the main picture. Finally sprinkle a little paprika on the houmous.

Again you can be as creative as you want and find a style that suits you!

Ready to share!!!

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