Inspired by Portugal – Chorizo Loaf

Makes one loaf – great for picnics!

Prep: 15mins
Cook: 30 – 40mins

Ingredients: 250g plain flour, 150g chorizo (thinly sliced or cut into cubes), 4 large eggs, 150ml olive oil, 100ml semi skimmed milk, 50g plain yogurt, 50g hard cheese like parmesan, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. dried thyme

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160F
  2. Beat your eggs until pale then add all of the rest of the wet ingredients and mix well
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the remainder of dry your ingredients except the chorizo
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture slowly mixing well
  5. When all combined add the chorizo and combine with the batter
  6. Grease a loaf tin and pour in your batter
  7. Cook for 30 – 35 mins checking if it’s cooked by using a knife straight down the middle of the loaf and if it comes out clean your loaf is done, if not give it another 5 – 10mins
  8. Allow to cool
  9. Enjoy!

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Inspired by New Zealand – Orange, Honey and Macadamia Nut Pavlova

Did you know that Pavlova is believed to have originated in New Zealand in the 1920s? After the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, it was thought to be created in her honour after touring throughout Australia and New Zealand during the same time period.

I love pavlova, it’s such an easy but impressive dessert to make, adding any combination of toppings you like, the toppings used here are all inspired by indigenous ingredients found in New Zealand, I hope you enjoy and would love to have your feedback on your favourite pavlova toppings too!

Serves: 6

Prep: 30mins

Cook: 1 hour plus cooling time.

Ingredients: 4 eggs, 250g caster sugar, 2 oranges, 1 tbsp. runny honey, 300ml creme fraiche, 30g Macadamia nuts

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 100f
  2. Mix four egg whites until they form stiff peaks, now slowly add in your sugar mixing until all combined and has a glossy appearance
  3. Spoon your mixture over greaseproof paper making a rough circular shape, do not overwork or spread as you don’t want to lose any of the air from the mixture
  4. Cook in the oven for one hour, after one hour turn the heat off and leave in the oven until completely cooled, this should take a few hours
  5. Prepare your topping by bashing the nuts a little in a pestle and mortar and then lightly toasting in a pan
  6. Peel and cut the oranges thinly, width ways
  7. Once your pavlova is completely cooled and you are ready to serve, spread the creme fraiche all over the top, add your oranges, drizzle over the honey and scatter over the nuts
  8. Dig in!

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Inspired by England – Egg and Bacon Oven Baked Muffins

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This super easy recipe uses only three ingredients and can be eaten hot or cold, breakfast on the go, brunch, lunch or as part of a picnic – perfect!

Makes: 6 Muffins

Prep: 5mins

Cook: 25mins

Ingredients: 6 small to medium eggs (depending on the depth of your cupcake tin), 6 slices of bread such as white, brown, granary, 6 rashers of streaky bacon, a little oil

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your over to 200F
  2. Using a cutter or a mug/cup cut circles into each of your bread slices
  3. Cut your bacon into equal halves
  4. Brush a little oil inside your cupcake tin
  5. Put the two halves of each rasher of bacon into each cupcake hole in the shape of a cross
  6. Push your bread discs down on top of each of the bacon crosses
  7. Top each one with a cracked egg and a little salt and pepper
  8. Cook for 25 mins
  9. Eat…you can even add Ketchup!

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Easter Bunnies with Hazlenut Noses…

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These not too sweet Easter Bunnies are so easy to make…and eat!

Makes 6 – 10 biscuits depending on the size of your cutter.

Prep: 10mins

Cook: 15mins

Ingredients: 300g self raising flour plus a little more for rolling and dusting, 150g caster sugar, 150g low fat spread (I used flora), 50g of coco powder, 1 egg, 6 Hazelnuts (or more if making more biscuits).

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 150F

2. In a bowl add all your dry ingredients and mix well

3. Now add the low fat spread and use your hands to turn into a breadcrumb like consistency

4. Add the egg and mix well, add a little more flour if too wet and bring to a dough

5. Dust a clean surface with some flour and roll out the dough to about the thickness of a £1 coin

6. Line a baking tray with baking parchment

7. Cut out your bunny shapes and place onto the baking tray

8. Cook in the oven for 15mins, remove and before you leave to cool place a hazelnut in the centre of each face to make a nose…

9. Leave to cool and enjoy with a cuppa or a glass of milk20190406_162203-1.jpg

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