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 Posted: Sat Oct 3rd, 2009 01:48 pm

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Here's a filling healthy soup for the winter months a head.

Vegetable Soup with Pasta
Complexity: Easy
    Gluten freeLow saltLow saturated fatSuperfoodsVegetarian
Servings, Preparation and Cooking TimeNumber of servings: 6
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1litre vegetable stock
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 125g cauliflower
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 75g small pasta shapes
  • 125g frozen peas
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. 01 Sauté onion, garlic and red pepper in the olive oil for 5 minutes.
  2. 02 Add all the other vegetables, except peas, and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the vegetable stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. 03 Add pasta shapes and frozen peas 10 minutes before the end of cooking time. Season and serve.
Additional Information and TipsCut vegetables into chunky pieces, then why not try steaming or boiling in the minimum amount of fast-boiling water until tender-crisp to preserve the maximum amount of vitamins.


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 Posted: Sat Oct 3rd, 2009 01:53 pm

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Plum Custard Tarts

We may need to reduce our intake of sugar and saturated fat but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a treat now and then. Red plums are a useful source of betacarotene.

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Complexity: Easy

* Low Calorie
* Low salt
* Low saturated fat
* Vegetarian

Servings, Preparation and Cooking Time

Number of servings: 4

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

* 8 small sheets filo pastry, cut into 16 x 13cm (5in) squares
* Low-calorie cooking spray
* 250g (9oz) low-fat fromage frais
* 2 egg yolks
* 50g (2oz) caster sugar
* 1tsp vanilla extract
* 2 red plums, thinly sliced

1. 01 Heat the oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan/Gas 6.
2. 02 Spray a little cooking spray over each pastry square.
3. 03 Stack the pastry squares in twos. Layer one stack on top of another at an angle to create an 8-point star shape, spraying with oil between the layers. Repeat with the remaining pastry to give 4 star shapes and use to line 4 x 10cm (4in) loose bottomed, deep-fluted tart tins. Bake for 5 minutes.
4. 04 Beat together the fromage frais, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla and divide between the pastry cases. Return to the oven and cook for a further 10 minutes until set.
5. 05 Cool slightly and then top with the plum slices.

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Start the day with a breakfast smoothie

Recipe for Pear, Banana, Oat and Honey Breakfast Smoothie

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Complexity: Easy

* High fibre
* Low Calorie
* Low fat
* Low saturated fat
* Superfoods
* Vegetarian

Servings, Preparation and Cooking Time

Number of servings: 2

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Ingredients

* 1 ripe juicy pear, cored
* 1 ripe banana, peeled
* 30g Porridge Oats
* 1tbsp clear honey
* 110g low fat natural yoghurt
* 250ml apple juice
* Handful of ice cubes

1. 01 Place all the ingredients in a smoothie maker or food processor and blend till smooth.

2. 02 Serve chilled in a tall glass.

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 Posted: Fri Jul 16th, 2010 02:23 pm

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How to make your own peanut butter.  The main reason for me is that I don't like all the salt and sugar and the butter that is added to our English versions.  So I looked it up on google and got the below video link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZnLp6kr4Hg&feature=related

Unfortunately over here you can only get roasted monkey nuts in their schells, so I buy salted ones and rinse off the salt in sieve. Then I dry them in kitchen towel.

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Dragonflygurl wrote:
Unfortunately over here you can only get roasted monkey nuts in their schells, so I buy salted ones and rinse off the salt in sieve. Then I dry them in kitchen towel.


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Angel wrote: Dragonflygurl wrote:
Unfortunately over here you can only get roasted monkey nuts in their schells, so I buy salted ones and rinse off the salt in sieve. Then I dry them in kitchen towel.


Those poor nutless monkeys....:c030a:

I think they call them that because one has to schell them your self.  And they have the skin on them too so my poor little fingers can't take all that schelling.  It really pisses me off that is the only way you can buy unsalted roasted peanuts.

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What's in my Fridge, no it's not a game.

Go to the below link and type in a few things that are in your fridge and it will come up with recipes for it

http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/447900/What-s-in-my-fridge-

The only thing is one now has to find someone to cook it as well.

I put some really strange things into my one, for example I put in thin air and water, becasue that's about what I got in there, and it came up with loads of recipes but when I put something rather rude in there, it said sorry we can't find a recipe for it, lol.

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This sounds like fun. I'll have to give it a try.



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One of my favorite sandwiches (other than PB&J)

MIGHTY MOUSE

1 oz Provolone
1 oz cheddar
lettuce
cucumber slices
black olive slices
alfalfa/onion sprouts



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May I ask what is Provolone?

What's PB&J stand for?

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Peanutbutter & Jelly



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Provolone is a rather yummy Italian cheese...

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I'll have to see if tesco has that then and try it.

I make my own peanuts butter, trouble is I've gone off it and I'm not sure how long to keep the home made stuff for. I always put it in my fridge. I guess the birds will be dinning on it soon.

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Posting this on a craft board about chocolate, I thought I'd post it here. Some things you can do with chocolate.

Chocolate has to be one of the most popular things in the world and apart from easting it, there are many more uses. Below we look at several things you can do with chocolate.

1. Body Painting - The art of body painting is becoming more and more popular these days and using chocolate for body painting can be a huge amount of fun. The paint should be real chocolate which is melted.

2. Chocolate massage - is now also becoming popular and you have to give it a go. Normally you bathe in a bath of melted and prepared melted chocolate and you are then asked to lie on the massage table, where you are massaged using traditional massage techniques.

3. Chocolate wrestling - might not be everyone's idea of fun but as an alternative to mud wrestling, chocolate wrestling can be a huge amount of fun. It is surely one of the things you have to or maybe perhaps shouldn't do once in your life.

4. Watch it - because there are some very good movies which have been made to do with chocolate including 'Charlie and the Chocolate factory', 'Chocolat' and 'Like Water for Chocolate'.

5. Give some as a present. Giving chocolate as a gift can be really win hearts, especially on Valentines Day. Easter, Christmas and birthdays will always also be great chocolate giving days. Few people will not appreciate some nice chocolates.

6. Travel to see it. Chocolate travel is something you can certainly do with some great chocolate travel tours possible. Tours such as the York Chocolate Tours or Cadburys World can be a good way to spend a day.

7. Have a party. Why not hold a chocolate party where you can talk, eat and think about chocolate. A party which is based on a common interest can be a lot of fun and what better subject than this.

8. Listen to it. The group 'Hot Chocolate' are still arguably one of the great bands from the 1970s and their music is still well worth listening to. Songs such as 'Heaven Is In The Back Seat Of My Cadillac' are worth listening to again.

9. Make it. Why not experiment and learn and enjoy making your own chocolate. There are some wonderful things you can make which are delicious including logs, cakes, buns and desserts.

10. Sell it. If you really love chocolate as much as I do then you might want to actually go into business and make money from it. Why not write a book about it or start selling it?!

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Dragonflygurl wrote: I'll have to see if tesco has that then and try it.

I make my own peanuts butter, trouble is I've gone off it and I'm not sure how long to keep the home made stuff for. I always put it in my fridge. I guess the birds will be dinning on it soon.

Don't they have peanut butter in the UK?  It's very common over here, good brands are Skippy and JIF.



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