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Easy Pulled Pork

…with the One Pot!

  • Pork (leg or shoulder joint), cut into 2 inch cubes
  • Splash of oil

Brown on Saute setting. Add

Cook on Normal for 60 minutes. Let it de-pressurise naturally. Remove pork and shred. Put the liquid in a pan (remove any fat first) and reduce by half. Mix back into the pork and heat through. Serve on buns with sides (jacket potato, slaw, corn) and more Kansas BBQ Sauce.

Lamb Flatbread

Adapted from a Waitrose card…

For two people: First make your flatbread dough.

  • 250g strong white flour
  • 15g butter
  • 5g dried yeast
  • 5g salt

Whizz in the food processor

  • 150ml warm water

Whizz for 45 seconds. Take out, cover in an oiled piece of clingfilm and leave to rise for an hour in a warm place.

Now get on with the meat part.

  • Half an onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed and chopped

Fry gently in oil until until translucent

  • 250g lamb mince

Fry in the onion pan until brown all over

  • 1 tsp of North African/Lebanese/Israeli spice mix (your choice) Try Baharat

Fry one minute

  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 2 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbs pine nuts
  • 2 tbs raisins
  • 50g cubed halloumi

Mix together.

Heat the oven to 200C. Divide the dough into two, roll out to a pitta shape and put on an oiled oven tray. Spread the meat mixture over like a pizza. Bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle over chopped parsley. Enjoy.

We served this with a North African veg stew on the side.

  • Half an onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove chopped

Fry gently in oil

  • 3 new potatoes, cubed
  • 1 tsp North African spices

Fry for one minute

  • 1 tin chickpeas
  • Half a tin of tomatoes
  • Half a cup of water
  • Half tsp salt

Cook gently for 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender

  • 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach

Cook away until the spinach wilts – about 3-4 minutes. Stir in and serve.


Daddy Burgers

So called because Aedy and Josh loved these from an early age. I like making my own because you can make nice thick juicy burgers and know what is in them. Here’s what you do.

Buy mince to make enough 150g burgers for your needs (i.e. 600g makes 4 large burgers). Preferably buy fatty mince (10-18%) because lean steak mince (5%) will be a bit dry. Put the mince in a bowl with a tablespoon of tomato ketchup per burger, plus salt and pepper. Mush up with your hands and when mixed, form burger shaped burgers. You don’t need anything more special than your hands to do that. Lakeland keep your burger presses! What makes a true Daddy Burger is hidden cheese. Take a chunk of cheese and hide it completely inside each burger – best do that before you flatten it out. Now fry or grill each side until the burger is cooked through. The cheese will melt and ooze out spectacularly when cut.

Serve with all the trimmings – in a burger bun with your choice of tomato relish, iceberg lettuce, sliced tomato, mayo, sliced gherkin, grilled bacon, large flat grilled mushroom, more cheese or all of the above. If you do that spear it with a kebab skewer to look cool. Skin on fries, sweet potato fries or wedges are all legitimate accompaniments.

Ultimate Lasagne

After many years of trialling difference recipes, the method I use from memory seems to work reliably so here it is, committed to posterity. This makes four huge portions or six sensible ones.

  • 750g lean beef mince
  • 1 onion
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 rashers of bacon
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Oxo cube
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 8 basil leaves (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 wineglass of red wine
  • 450ml milk
  • lump of butter or equivalent
  • 30-40g plain flour
  • 1 bay leaf
  • another carrot and stick of celery left whole
  • 200g cheddar cheese grated
  • 9 sheets dried lasagne
  • oil, salt, pepper

First chop the onion, celery, carrots and bacon finely. Heat the oil in a large pan and stir-fry until soft but not coloured. Add the mince and garlic, and continue stir frying until all pink has gone from the mince. Add the tinned tomatoes. Crumble the oxo cube into the tin and fill the tin with boiling water. Tip into the pan. Add the basil, red wine and tomato paste. Simmer covered for one hour.

Meanwhile start the white sauce by putting the milk, bay leaf, extra carrot and celery stick into the milk with four whole peppercorns. It helps to chop the carrot and celery very roughly into big chunks. Bring the milk to the boil then switch off and leave until you make the cheese sauce.

After the meat has been simmering 40 minutes, make the sauce. Strain the flavoured milk and discard the vegetable bits. Heat the butter gently in another pad until melted, add the flour and cook away until it bubbles. Add the strained milk and stir like crazy to mix, then heat the sauce, stirring constantly, until it thickens. You want it to be a thick creamy consistency. You might need to adjust the amount of flour used with practice. Add three quarters of the cheese and melt it in to make a smooth creamy sauce.

When your meat is ready, assemble the lasagne thus: take a lasagne dish and put a thin layer of meat sauce on the bottom. Put three sheets of lasagne over to cover. Repeat three times. Pour the cheese sauce over the top and spread it out. Sprinkle over the remaining cheese and bake at 190C for 30 minutes. Awesome.


Lamb with Peppers and Aubergine

My favourite way with lamb – shoulder or leg.

  • Lamb joint
  • 50g butter
  • 1tbs wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tbs fresh chopped marjoram
  • 500g red peppers approx, chopped into chunks
  • 500g aubergine approx, chopped into chunks
  • Olive oil

Mix the butter, mustard and marjoram. Cut slits in the lamb fat and smear the surface of the joint with butter rubbing into the slits. Put the vegetables in the bottom of your roasting tray and swill about to coat in olive oil. Put the lamb on top on a rack or tuck in if you don’t have a rack. Roast according to weight  ( probably 190C for 20 minutes plus 25 mins/500g ). Watch the veg don’t burn. Stir around from time to time so they don’t char too badly. When the meat is cooked let it rest for 15 minutes before serving. The taste will be amazing and the veg will make a fabulous accompaniment. New potatoes and green beans would be perfect.

Sausage and Lentil Stew

A Quick Version and Longer Version. The quick version uses a tin of lentils but if you are making this for a bunch of people it is a lot cheaper to use dried green or Puy lentils and cook them. This takes another 30 minutes or so but it is no bother.

Ingredients (For One) – easily multiplied up for more people.

  • Tin of lentils (for quick version)or…
  • 75g dried green lentils (for slow cheaper version)
  • 150ml vegetable stock (for slow cheaper version)
  • 2 or 3 sausages
  • One small carrot
  • One stick of celery
  • A quarter of an onion
  • Sunflower oil for frying

Put oil in a frying pan and brown the sausages. When cooked take them out and put to one side. Chop the vegetables fairly small and add to the pan. Fry gently until soft and golden.

Quick version: add the tin of lentils and cooked sausages. Heat through for five minutes, if it is a little dry add a splash of water. Adjust seasoning and serve.

Longer version: add 75g dried green or Puy lentils per person and 150ml stock per person. Cover and cook for 30-40 minutes according to the instructions on the lentils packet. Keep an eye on it from time to time, if it is drying out add a bit more water. Adjust seasoning and serve. Very good with fresh French bread.

Chilli by Hairy Bikers

There are many, many different variations on this. True Texans would not want chilli adulterated with what we regularly put in it but this is a good version for every-day. You can make a big mix of chilli and keep the leftovers to make a tortilla grill or toppings for jacket potatoes. The following is for four hungry people.

  • 2 onions
  • 500g mince beef
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • splash of oil

Fry these up in a pan until all the pink has gone. Add

  • 1 or 2 tsp chilli powder. Olwyn likes it at level 1. I like it at level 2. You can always add but you can’t take away
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbs plain flour

Fry another minute. Then add

  • 450 ml beef stock (Oxo cube is fine). You could use part red wine and part stock.
  • 3 tbs tomato puree
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin red kidney beans
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

Bubble up and simmer 45 minutes, covered. Stir from time to time so it doesn’t stick to the bottom. Add a bit more water if it looks too dry. Serve with cornbread, rice, and if you need to ramp up the heat, some chopped jalopenos.


Merguez Sausages

Spice Mix (makes 10 tbs or 14tbs – it will keep in a jar):

  • 4 tbs paprika
  • 2 tbs fennel (ground)
  • 1 tbs ground coriander
  • 2 tbs salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • Optional: 4tbs sugar

To make the sausages:

  • 500g minced lamb or beef
  • 120 g fat
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped 9or paste)
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 or 3 tsp harissa paste
  • 2 tbs spice mix above

Mix all the above. Make sausages in your sausage machine, with or without casings. If you don’t have a sausage machine, you can hand-roll sausage shapes, mould them around skewers or make little patties like mini burgers. Fry or grill and use with North African sides like couscous, roast vegetables, hummus, olives, flatbread.


Swedish Burgers

You could use any mince for these.

  • 450g mince (beef or pork preferably)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 2-6 tbs grated cooked (not pickled) beetroot
  • 2tbs chopped capers
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1tbs chopped chives

Mix. Form into four patties. Fry or grill both sides. You can either serve conventionally in a bap or do the Swedish thing of serving with mashed potato, a green vegetable and lingonberry or redcurrant sauce. Make a gravy by putting a couple of tablespoons of plain flour in your now oily pan, stir around to soak up all the tasty juices, add 250ml stock, heat until thickened and bubble a bit more. I like to use vegetable or chicken stock and stir in a bit of cream at the end. Very wicked. Don’t forget the lingonberry jelly, this makes the dish special. Oh and a lager too.

Lamb in Palava Sauce (African)

For some reason this really appeals – probably because African recipes are fairly rare. For four, you need:

  • 1 red chilli
  • 2cm root ginger, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
  • 300ml lamb, chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1tbs tomato puree
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 6tbs palm oil (boo hiss, I know, but it is authentic and makes it a great red colour)
  • 500g lean lamb cubed
  • 200g spinach
  • 2 eggs beaten

First make a sauce by blitzing the chilli, ginger, garlic, puree, tomatoes and half the onion.

Stir-fry the other half of the onion and the lamb in the red oil. Add the sauce and stock, bubble up and simmer, covered, for 40-50 minutes. Stir in the spinach and let it wilt. Drizzle in the egg  and simmer two more minutes. Serve with rice or flatbread.

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