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Recipes

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Spring chicken in a pot

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
500g boneless, skinless chicken thigh
300g small new potato
425ml low-salt vegetable stock (such as Kallo low-salt vegetable stock cubes)
350g broccoli, cut into small florets
350g spring green, shredded
140g petits pois
bunch spring onion, sliced
2 tbsp pesto

Method

Heat the oil in a large, heavy pan. Add the onion, gently fry for 5 mins until softened, add the chicken, then fry until lightly coloured. Add the potatoes, stock and plenty of freshly ground black pepper, then bring to the boil. Cover, then simmer for 30 mins until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked. Can be frozen at this point.

Add the broccoli, spring greens, petit pois and spring onions, stir well, then return to the boil. Cover, then cook for 5 mins more, stir in the pesto and heat through.

Sausage & spring mash pie

Ingredients

1½kg potato, cut into large chunks
¼-½ Savoy cabbage, shredded
100ml milk
50g butter
1 tbsp Dijon mustard or wholegrain mustard (optional)
2 tsp vegetable oil
16 good-quality pork sausage
10 shallot, peeled and halved if large
4 carrot, thickly sliced
2-3 thyme
sprigs, plus extra to serve
2 x 250g packs mushroom, halved or quartered
400ml full-bodied red wine
300ml beef stock
2 tbsp caramelised red onion (we like English Provender Company Lazy red onions)

Method

Boil the potatoes in salted water for 15 mins, adding the cabbage for the final few mins of cooking. Drain, then allow to steam- dry for a few mins. Add the milk and butter to the pan, warm through, then mash into the potatoes and cabbage with plenty of seasoning. Stir in the mustard, if using.

While the potatoes are cooking, heat a large, shallow flameproof dish or a large non-stick frying pan. Brown the sausages, shallots and carrots for about 5 mins until nicely golden and the shallots are starting to soften. The sausages should be almost cooked through; lift them out, then set aside. Tip off any excess fat released by the sausages.

Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Turn up the heat under the pan, tip in the thyme and mushrooms, then fry until golden, about 3 mins. Splash in the wine, then let it bubble and reduce by half. Add the stock and caramelised onions, then simmer until it has reduced a little to make a shiny gravy, and the carrots are cooked through. Season, then add the sausages to the gravy.

Spoon the mixture into a baking dish or keep in the pan if it’s ovenproof. Top with the mashed potato, spooning it over in even dollops to prevent the gravy oozing up the sides. Can be made up to 1 day ahead and chilled. Bake, covered with foil, for 30 mins (or 45 mins from chilled), removing the foil for the final 10 mins to brown the mash. Sprinkle with a little thyme to serve.

Greek roast lamb

Ingredients

1 large leg of lamb, about 3kg/6lb 8oz
6 garlic clove
1 bunch oregano
zest and juice 1 lemon
6 tbsp olive oil
1½ kg new potatoes
400g can chopped tomato
large handful pitted baby kalamata olives

Method

Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9. Pound the garlic, half the oregano, lemon zest and a pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar, then add the lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. Stab the lamb all over with a sharp knife, then push as much of the herb paste as you can into the holes.

Tip the potatoes into a large roasting tin, then toss in the remaining olive oil and any remaining herb paste. Nestle the lamb amongst the potatoes, roast for 20 mins, then reduce the temperature to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Roast for 1 hr 15 mins for medium-rare, adding another 15 mins if you prefer your lamb medium. Baste the lamb once or twice with the juices and toss the potatoes. When the lamb is done to your liking, remove from the tin and let it rest. Throw the rest of the oregano in with the potatoes, scoop from the tin and keep warm.

Place the roasting tin over a medium flame, add the canned tomatoes and olives to the pan juices, then simmer for a few mins. Serve the lamb with the potatoes and sauce and a simple salad.

 

 
 
 
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