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Garlic, love it (as I do) or loathe it, it’s one of the best things to eat through Autumn/Winter due to it’s medicinal qualities. It is commonly used to fight coughs and colds and I absolutely swear by it to keep cold and flu at bay! If you don’t like the taste you can actually buy garlic capsules but I am quite happy chucking in to virtually anything I cook, ha ha! And of course, as I’m sure a few of my readers know, I’m a huge fan of Boursin (garlic & herb cheese) which I liberally spread on toast, crackers & baguettes, yummy!!!

It is alleged that garlic can help prevent fungal infections, lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and treat scurvy due to it’s high vitamin C levels. So if you want to stay healthy this season.. get some garlic into your diet!

WARNING: Eating garlic may severely impair your ability to pull a fit vampire (ie Edward Cullen/Damon Salvatore). Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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Yesterday I got to try some rather interesting dishes at the cook-off for the upcoming new menu for work. One of the more unusual ones, but which I’ve decided I quite like, is Spaghetti Fritti. It’s basically deep fried spaghetti but the one we have has ricotta & parmesan in it so when you eat it warm it’s all oozy & cheesy.. delicious! It’s traditionally served with a tomato sauce & we drizzled lemon juice over it too. It’s definitely a great snack!

I’ve found a couple of different recipes for you if you fancy making it at home.. 

We also got to try Game Ragu (hare, rabbit, venison, boar & pigeon!!!!), Chicken Liver Tortellini, the most incredible Truffled Turkey Milanese… it was a lot of rich food to be trying at 9am!

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Click the pictures to follow the links. I love food illustration. It’s something I’d like to have a go at soon.

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One of my favourite things about this time of year is pumpkins! I love the colours, the size variations & the taste… yum! Yesterday I had butternut squash risotto for lunch  & it inspired me to have a look for some recipes for you… I’ve never cooked pumpkin, but I might have to try the pumpkin ravioli myself!

If you try any of these or you know any great pumpkin recipes drop me a comment!
Happy eating!

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Chilli Con Carne

You will need:
Olive oil
Chilli powder
Ground cumin
Ground cinnamon
Kidney beans
Tomato passata
Minced beef
Sea salt
Black pepper

*Peel, deseed & chop your onions, garlic, mushrooms & peppers
*Pop a large pan (or Wok) on a medium heat. Put in a couple of glugs of olive oil & then chuck your vegetables in.
*Add all of your seasoning.. cinnamon, chilli powder, ground cumin, salt & pepper, adjusting to taste.
*Stir every so often for approx 5 minutes, then drain & add the kidney beans & the tomato passata.
*Add the minced beef, stir in to break down any large chunks.
*Whack the pan on to a high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking as the meat browns.
*After about 10 minutes check seasoning & then pop a lid on to simmer for 20/30 minutes (dependant on how impatient you are!)

Serve with rice, nachos or a jacket potato.


PS. Picture stolen from the BBC website & yes, that is chocolate that you can see! Adding a couple of squares of dark chocolate to chilli con carne or spaghetti bolognese gives it a smoother texture, a slightly richer taste, and a nice boost of antioxidants!

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The Cheats Almost-Carbonara

You will need:
(or similar soft cheese)
*Cubed pancetta
(or diced bacon)
(Traditionally carbonara isn’t served with many vegetables but I added spring onion, asparagus, yellow pepper & mushrooms)

1. Boil the pasta according to packet instructions, drain & put to one side.
2. Dice pancetta or bacon if necessary.
3. Dice whatever vegetables you have chosen.
4. Put a dash of vegetable oil into a frying pan & put on a low heat.
5. Add the pancetta & vegetables to the pan, stirring occasionally.
6. After approximately five minutes add roughly 2 spoons of philadelphia, stirring to coat eveything.
7. Add the pasta to the pan, ensuring this is also coated. If not, add a little more philly, stirring through gently.
8. Season with pepper to taste & stir for a couple of minutes before removing from the heat.
9. Serve & grate with parmesan.


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