Happy St Patrick's Day everyone, and what better way to celebrate than this delicious Steak and Guinness pie!

We all know that the classic combination of steak and ale goes well together when it comes to making a pie, but the combination of steak and Guinness is mouth wateringly good! This recipe includes a rather small amount of ingredients but it certainly won’t lack in flavour. This steak and Guinness pie is something you can prepare and leave in the oven to cook while you carry on with something else, and a perfect way to celebrate St Patrick's Day 2016!



  • 675g of diced braising steak
  • 4 sticks of celery
  • 2 heaped teaspoons of plain flour
  • 1 bottle of 500ml Guinness
  • 1 small handful of herbs (rosemary, thyme and bay leaf)
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 500 of pre packed puff pastry
  • 1 egg
  • Olive Oil


Step 1-Start by taking the your beef and seasoning to taste with the salt and pepper. Sprinkle the beef with flour and ensure it is well covered.

Step 2-Pour 2 to 3 large glugs of olive oil in to heated casserole dish or frying pan and fry the beef until it is browned.

Step 3- Add in the onion and fry for a minute or so, then add the carrots, celery and the herbs in to the pan. Cook all of this for a further 5 minutes before adding in the bottle of Guinness.

Step 4-Add the chopped tomatoes and bring to the boil. Give it a good stir and allow it to slow cook for a further 2 hours until the meat is tender.

Step 5-After 2 hours check how it is doing. The sauce should have thickened and all of the ingredients should have provided a delicious flavour. Add further seasoning if you think it needs it.

Step 6-Now it is time to pre heat your oven. Set it to 190 degrees Celsius or gas mark 5. Place the meat filling and sauce in to a large pie tin.

Step 7-Roll out your puff pastry and place it over the pie tin. Please make sure it is slightly bigger than the tin itself.

Step 8-Beat the egg and then brush the edge of your tin with it. Place the pastry on top of the large pie tin and use the extra pastry around the outside of the dish to secure it. Use a knife to score the pastry on top and brush with more of the egg.

Step 9-Place the pie on a baking tray or in a roasting tin and place in the middle of your pre heated oven for around 45 minutes. You will know it is done when it turns a golden colour and starts to bubble around the edge of the pastry.

Step 10-Allow the pie to cool for a few minutes before serving, and that’s it! This delicious steak and Guinness pie is ready to be served. We recommend serving with some delicious new potatoes and some green beans!

Source: All Recipes 

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To celebrate Chinese New year, we thought we would release this delicious Char Siu recipe! It is also referred to as Chinese Barbecue Pork, and this recipe is sure to be a popular choice to help the celebrations!

Char Siu combines a host of fantastic flavours including garlic, hoi sin sauce and sesame oil, bringing a real mix of sweet and sour flavours to the dish. This Char Siu Pork dish may look rather daunting in terms of preparation and cooking, but it is in fact rather easy to prepare. So if you are celebrating the Chinese New Year or just fancy cooking something different at home, give this Chinese Barbecue Pork recipe (Char Siu Pork) a go!



For the Pork

  • 800 grams of Belly Pork cut in to 3cm thick large strips
  • 100g of Malt Sugar
  • 25ml of Water (Cook water with the sugar until dissolved)

For the Pork Marinade

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp of yellow bean sauce (mince taucho)
  • 1 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp of Hoi Sin sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp of chopped shallot
  • 1 tbsp of Oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp of chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp of black sauce
  • 2 tbsp of Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 and a half pieces of Reddish cheese


Step 1-To start making this delicious Char Siu, wash your pork belly and pat dry with kitchen towel once you have done so. To allow the marinade to penetrate the meat, use a fork to pierce some holes in to the piece of pork. Take all the ingredients for the marinade and place them in a mixing bowl. Stir together until they are well mixed.

Step 2-Add the 3cm strips of the pork belly to the marinade and ensure each piece has a good covering of the marinade. Allow the pork to sit in the marinade for around 2 hours, or if you have the time, allow it to sit in the fridge over night.

Step 3-When you are ready to cook, take the pork belly out of the fridge and allow it reach room temperature for an hour or so before you start cooking. Preheat your oven to 220 degrees celcius.

Step 4-Take the 3cm strips of pork belly and place them on a roasting rack. Be sure to put a baking tray or roasting tin underneath the pork to catch any delicious juices that fall while it is cooking. Proceed to cook the pork for about 15 minutes.

Step 5-While the pork is happily cooking away, take any remaining marinade and cook it with the malt syrup on a low heat to form the Char Siu sauce, stirring well to avoid it sticking. You will notice the sauce is done when it starts to thicken nicely.

Step 6-Once the pork has been in the oven for 15 minutes, remove it from the oven and start to cover it with the Char Siu sauce you have just prepared. It is important to cover all of the meat with the sauce, so don’t forget to flip the meat over and cover the other side! Once you have done this, place the pork back in the oven for roughly 7 minutes. Repeat this process 4 times and cook the pork until it starts to become charred at the edges.

Step 7-Allow the meat to cool before cutting in to thick slices. Serve with any remaining sauce.

Step 6-That’s it, all there is left to do now is enjoy this delicious Char Siu Pork for Chinese New Year!

Source: Yummly 

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Chicken Kebabs

If you want a deliciously healthy and very fast meal for you and your family, these grilled lemon chicken kebabs are perfect! They can be prepared and cooked in under 30 minutes, which is perfect for when the family return home from work and school

The next instalment of our low fat recipes are these grilled lemon chicken kebabs with a side of gremolata. These kebabs may see simple, which they indeed are when it comes to preparation, but they are also bursting with flavour! The refreshing zest of the lemon is backed up by the sweet taste of the white wine vinegar and the fresh parsley. So if you are keen on trying a low fat recipe this month, and want something easy and tasty to ease you in, these grilled lemon chicken kebabs are perfect. Enjoy!

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  • 2 chicken breasts
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of grated lemon zest
  • 3 thick slices of lemon, quartered
  • 55ml olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 dessertspoon of chopped oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of white wine vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves torn in half
  • Salt and black pepper for seasoning

For the Gremolata

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest, grated
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley,chopped


Step 1-Preheat your grill at least 10 minutes before you plan to use it. Slice each chicken breast in to 5 rather chunky pieces, then place them in a mixing bowl with the lemon juice and the zest of the lemon, as well as the oregano, olive oil, garlic, white wine vinegar and as much of the salt and pepper as you want. Leave to marinate for as long as you want.

Step 2-Then start assembling the kebabs by threading half a bay leaf on to a skewer, followed by a quarter slice of lemon, then a piece of chicken. Repeat this until you have used all 5 pieces of chicken. Finish the end of the kebab with another half bay lead and another quarter slice of lemon. Ensure nothing will be able to fall off the kebab.

Step 3-Repeat with the other kebabs, and once finished, place them on a grill pan with a rack for 10 minutes before flipping them over and cooking for another 10 minutes on the other side. You will need to baste the kebabs when they are cooking, so have the remaining marinade ready. You will know the kebabs are done once they start to crisp at the edges.

Step 4-For the gremolata, combine the freshly chopped parsley, the lemon zest and the chopped garlic in another bowl. Once the kebabs are done, place them somewhere to keep warm.

Step 5-Take any remaining marinade plus the juices from the kebabs and put them in a saucepan. Reduce for a few minutes until it is the consistency of a syrup. Pour this on to the kebabs as well as the gremolata, and that’s it, all done! Now enjoy these deliciously healthy grilled lemon chicken kebabs.

Source: Delia Online 

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These quick quesadillas are a fantastic idea for your party this New Year’s Eve, they take virtually no time at all to prepare and cook, and your party guests will love the flavours from the pineapple salsa and guacamole!

After a busy Christmas with a lot of complicated food, we can imagine that you want to keep the food simple for New Year’s Eve without losing any of the flavour of the food. Well these quick quesadillas are a fantastic dish to serve your guests! The recipe is courtesy of Jamie Oliver, so you know it is going to be fantastic! The sweet finish of the pineapple is backed up with the heat from the chilli, and this is excellently complimented by the creamy taste of the cheese in the quesadillas themselves. So have a go at this fantastic recipe and your guests won’t be disappointed!



  • 250g cottage cheese
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 finely chopped yellow pepper
  • 1 finely chopped red pepper
  • 1 red chilli
  • Half a bunch of fresh coriander
  • 120g cheddar cheese
  • 4 large flour tortillas

For the Pineapple Salsa

  • 227g tinned pineapple rings, chopped
  • Olive Oil
  • Half a Lime
  • Half a teaspoon of black mustard seeds
  • Half a red chilli

For the Guacamole

  • 2 ripe avocados (halved and stoned)
  • Half a bunch of fresh coriander
  • Half a red onion, grated
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped


Step 1-Start with your pineapple salsa. Set your hob or hotplate to a medium-high heat and add a dash of oil, the mustard seeds and the chilli. Once the smell starts to release, add the pineapple and the juice and some black pepper. Cook until this solution turns thicker and starts to bind and become sticky. Squeeze the juice of the lime in and set aside in a dish to serve later.

Step 2-The next part to do is the guacamole. Take the already halved and stoned avocados and scrape the flesh of both avocados in to a mixing bowl. Add in the grated red onion, lime juice, chilli and coriander. Add as much salt and black pepper as you want, then add the tomatoes. Mix it together well either using an electric blender or just your hands.

Step 3-Add the lime juice and salt and pepper in to the cottage cheese and stir together. To make the quesadillas, mix the cheddar cheese in with the coriander, peppers and chilli and spread across two of the flour tortillas, and then add the other two tortillas on top.

Step 4-Cook in your oven or grill for 3 minutes or so on either side of the quesadilla until they turn a delicious golden brown colour and the cheese melts.

Step 5-That’s it, simply cut up and serve with the pineapple salsa and guacamole. Enjoy!

Source: Jamie Oliver 

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These Lamb and Feta Burgers are extremely simple to make, but your guests will love the fantastic flavours from the mince, feta cheese and the accompanying mint yoghurt dip.

If you want to do something different to the conventional Beef burger, these lamb and feta burgers are right up your street. A simple yet scrumptious recipe, these burgers are guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s’ face when you serve them at your New Year’s Eve party! The succulent taste of the lamb will be backed up by a slight kick from the chilli and couple with the taste of the feta cheese, you’ll have to be disciplined when it comes to not eating too many!



  • 500g of lamb mince
  • 2 tsp of ground coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 red chilli
  • Chopped parsley, about a handful
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 100g feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp of sunflower oil
  • 200ml of natural yoghurt
  • Small bunch of mint leaves, chopped


Step 1-Start by making the mint yoghurt dip. Simply mix together the yoghurt and finely chopped mint leaves in a bowl and season to your own taste. Put aside until you are ready to serve it.

Step 2-Take a large mixing bowl and add the 500g of lamb mince along with a good measure of Worcestershire sauce, the egg (which should have been beaten before adding), spices, chilli and herbs. Again, add as much salt and black pepper as you like before mixing it all together with your hands.

Step 3-Once well mixed, start making the burgers. There should be enough for around 16 burgers from this list of ingredients. Take the 100g of feta cheese and cut in to cubes, before adding a cube of cheese to the middle of each burger.

Step 4-Turn your oven on to a temperature of 200 degrees celcius/180 degrees in fan oven/gas mark 6 and heat some oil in a frying pan. Add the burgers to the frying pan to seal them for no more than 2 minutes until they start to brown. Then, transfer them to a baking tray and cook through for no longer than 10 minutes or so until they are piping hot in the middle

Step 5-Serve on a large plate or bowl with the mint yoghurt dip on the side. Place alongside the rest of your delicious New Year’s party food and let your guests get stuck in!

Source: BBC Good Food 

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