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I love mackerel especially simply cooked on a griddle pan our BBQ. This is a delicious combo with the courgette casserole and full of good fats, vitamins and flavour.

Mackerel with Courgette Casserole

Serves 4

Courgette Casserole
200g Yellow Courgette sliced thinly
200g Green Courgette sliced thinly
1 cooked red pepper from a jar deseeded and sliced
100ml Tomato passata
2 cloves of garlic peeled and mashed
2tbsp pesto
1tbsp olive oil

4 Mackerel Fillets, deboned and seasoned

Brush the bottom of an oven proof casserole dish with some oil and cover the bottom with half the courgette slices by overlapping in circles
Cover with the sliced red pepper
Season with salt and pepper
Pour over the tomato passata and cover with the rest of the courgette and season again
Dilute the pesto with the oil and brush over the top of the courgette
Bake at 180C for 30 minutes

After the casserole has been in the oven for 25 minutes, season the mackerel fillets, brush with a little oil and cook on a griddle pan or barbeq until done. Serve with the courgette casserole and some couscous if you want a little more substance.

Bakewell Flapjacks

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A delicious variation on our flapjack covered with a fruit compote and a sprinkle of almonds. These are really easy, nice and crunchy and very moreish so restraint is needed

For the Compote Topping

125gr each raspberries and blackberries
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp water

Add everything to a pot, bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer until the fruit is soft and some of the liquid has reduced. Set aside to cool.

For the Flapjacks
Oven at 180C

500g porridge oats
150gr butter
125gr honey
200ml water
100gr dried fruit of choice

35gr flaked almonds for top.

Melt the butter and honey together over a gentle heat. Mix the oats with the dried fruit.
Make a well in the middle, add the melted butter honey mix and the water and mix together until all the oats are incorporated. If it is a bit dry, don’t worry just add some more water until it is all mixed in.
Tip into a flat baking tray which has a lip all round, dampen your hands and press the mixture firmly flat, pressing into all the corners.
Top with the fruit compote and sprinkle over the almonds.
Bake for around 20 minutes until golden brown.
Leave to cool for about 5 minutes then cut and leave to cool completely.

Mango and Avocado Salad

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This is fresh, delicious and easy. Would be great as a starter for when you are having friends over 🙂

Serves 2 for lunch

200g Raw prawns cleaned
4tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Juice of a lime
1 tsp chopped chillis in oil
1 ripe mango sliced
1 avocado sliced
4 handfuls of mixed salad leaves
1 Pitta Bread halved horizontally
1tsp ground cumin

Heat 1/2tbsp of oil over a high heat, add the chopped chillis and dump in the prawns and cook until they are opaque.

Squeeze in the juice of 1/2 a lime and take of the heat and set aside while you prep the rest.

Toast the pitta, brush with some olive oil and sprinkle over a few pinches of cumin.
Whisk the rest of the oil and lime juice together and season

Split the salad leaves across 2 plates, add the mango and avocado slices and top with the cooked prawns. Drizzle over the dressing. Slice the pitta into long pieces and arrange on top and serve.

Bean Burgers with Raita and Pickles

Bean Burgers with Raita and Pickles

I love bean burgers but they do need lots of fresh herbs and seasoning to help them along and are delicious with the sharp tang of some crunchy pickles as well as the raita. Simply delicious.

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Makes 4
1 tin each of butter and haricot beans net weight 240g each
3 spring onions trimmed and sliced
20g sun dried tomatoes rehydrated and roughly chopped
1tbsp each of chopped mint and parsley
1tsp ghormez sabszi (optional – it is a mix of dried med style herbs)
1tbsp sesame or rapeseed oil
Salt and pepper
20g panko breancrumbs

Tip everything into the blender bar the panko and blitz
Tip out and with wet hands form into 4 burgers
Coat them in the panko by pressing down gently into it and then put into the fridge to chill
To cook heat 1tbsp oil and cook on both sides for 1 minute to brown then finish in the oven for 10 minutes.

Raita
3tbsp Greek style natural yoghurt
1tsp garlic puree
1tsbp fresh chopped mint
6cm piece of cucumber washed deseeded and diced
Mix everything and season to taste.

Date and Hazlenut Bars

No Bake Date and Hazelnut Fudgy Bars

This are a cinch with only 4 ingredients and a stint in the fridge plus an optional melted chocolate topping, are a perfect sweet bake for when you just have to have something. The dates while bringing the sweetness to these also add some fibre and minerals to the party. Just don’t eat the lot

Date and Hazlenut Fudge Bar
Makes 12
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250g dates
120g hazlenuts (skinned)
35g cocoa butter
20g cacao
Pinch of good quality salt
Blend everything, stopping and scraping down between blends, until everything is incorporated and it looks like a thick fudgy mix.
Scrape into a cling film lined deep dish and spread out to 1.5cm thick approximately
Put in the fridge to set then cut into 12 bars
You can melt some good quality chocolate (about 50g with 1 tsp coconut oil) and spread over the top if you need an extra hit of chocolate.

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