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Chicken leek and carrot pie with puff pastry

Chicken leak and carrot pie with puff pastry


6 large chicken breast
1 carrot
1 challot
1 leek
1 garlic clove
1 glass rose or white wine
200g butter in knobs
2 tablespoons plain flour for sauce
Milk to mix and add cheese if like cheese sauce




6 large chicken breast cut into small pieces cook in knob of butter till brown leave to cool season with salt while cooking


Meanwhile cut one large carrot into batons

Cook in salted water till tender

Also cut one leak finely put in small pan with knob of butter add one garlic clove chopped and one shallot finely chopped cook till ready
Add one good glass of either white or rose wine let simmer gently
Add the water from the carrots which can now be left to cool in separate dish

Allow to simmer gently for 15-20 mins when carrot water added also put in one chicken stock cube salt and pepper to season also if like add a little mild chilli powder, some extra garlic granules and Italian herb to taste.

While this is simmering down make a white sauce to cover chicken and carrots add cheese if like then add the leak mixture to the sauce.


Decent sized chicken pie casserole dish – add the cooled chicken spread the cooked carrot over chicken then add the sauce.

Use bought ready to roll puff pastry or make own I buy the bought version as quicker cover dish with pastry and brush pastry with milk


Cook in a preheat oven at 200 fan assisted oven for 30 mins till pastry golden brown and inside is piping hot. Serve.


Penne Pasta Mix

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1 lemon (juice only)
Tin of chopped tomatoes
3 challotes finely sliced
Good splash of extra virgin olive oil (fry challotes first in pan)
Good Sprinkle of mixed herbs/ coriander/ garlic granules/chilli powder mild to taste
Balsamic vinegar of Modena good splash at end of 15 mins cooking the sauce


200g penne pasta (cook for 15 mins or to taste)


Fry challotes in good covering of extra virgin olive oil

Add tin of tomatoes, lemon juice along with herbs and seasoning allow to reduce for 15 mins add good splash of balsamic vinegar at end.

Add the already cooked penne pasta cook till all pasta covered put into dish and cover with grated cheese of choice and serve.

Nutty Crunch

Nutty Crunch tray bake
Short cut pastry (this does two trays not just one!!)

1 block stork hard margarine
4 oz sugar
10oz plain flour
4 oz self raising flour
2 tablespoons roughly water

Mix dry ingredients add egg and water put in fridge after made. Only need half of it for nutty crunch. Roll out onto tray

Nutty Crunch

1 cup sultanas
1 cup light or dark brown sugar (usually do half cup each.)
1 cup ground almonds
Quarter cup coconut
1 cup made up off – chopped hazelnut/flaked almonds/little walnut in small pieces – combination depends on what you like!!
2 eggs

Mix dry ingredients then add the two eggs mix together thoroughly for few minutes.

Put on tray turn in edges of pastry and cook at 179 for 25 mins cover for last 10 mins till golden brown.

Pancakes and girdle scones

Rough recipes but work superb!!



1 & half cups plain flour
1 rounded tea spoon of soda and tarter.
3 tablespoons of sugar
Tablespoon syrup
1 egg
Mix altogether

Girdle Scones

3 cups plain flour
1 level teaspoon baking soda
2 rounded teaspoons cream of tarter
Pinch of salt
Walnut size of margarine
Knifeful of syrup

Sift dry ingredients and rub in margarine & syrup add milk mix with knife!!!




Makes medium sized pizza for base –

8 oz self raising flour
Pinch of salt
Pinch of mixed herbs
2oz butter
Milk to mix

Scone base sift flour in bowl add salt and herbs mix together then rub in butter till fine breadcrumbs.

Add milk till soft dough – kneed the dough for further minute

Then roll out till about 1/4 inch thick place onto baking dish

Put in oven of med heat only for 2 mins till dough rises a little then take back out

Tomato purée onto base or half tin of chopped tomatoes (light covering of base)

Then – One small red onion finely chopped and fried along with strips of bacon (3 slices into strips)
Cook then allow to cool. Finely slice one large vine-tomato and use either fresh pineapple rings or a tin (chop four pineapple rings finely)

Also have fresh peppers finely sliced quarter each of green, yellow, red peppers.

Place the fried onion and bacon on top of the tomato purée first spread evenly.

Then add the slices of tomatoes then pineapple and then sprinkling of peppers to finish grate cheese over pizza.

Cook in oven at 170 for 45 mins cover the pizza half way through baking so as does not get to brown.
Note – use a not to deep flan dish for making pizza in. Also it’s nice to have salami as well for topping 2 slices into small pieces.

Some easy recipes

Fruit loaf

Half pound margarine melted in pot combined with half pint boiling water and just over three quarters pound of fruit (sultanas & currants). Simmer for five minutes then let cool.

Put in bowl pound of self raising flour – 4 level teaspoons baking soda and half pound of sugar.
Once fruit and margarine cool add to mixture Along with 4 beaten eggs as well. Mix together does 4 1 pound loaf tins cook at 175 for 40 – 45 mins till ready!!!

Yoghurt loaf

Pound and 10 oz self raising flour
Pound and six oz sugar
4 eggs
2 hazelnut low fat yoghurts usually morrisons own make
1 & half yoghurt pot of cooking oil & no more than 2oz margarine
Mix whole lot together in kenwood mixer or whatever you have!! Does 4 1 pound tins again and cook at 175 for 40 mins give or take

Chocolate sponge

8oz margarine
8oz sugar
Cream together then add
8oz self raising flour + 2 oz drinking chocolate (more if wish)
2 medium to large eggs & 2 small eggs = 4

Add eggs individually along with little flour till everything added including left over flour add splash of milk beat well without over beating!!

Cook at 175 for 35 mins depending on oven does 2 small cake tins.

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