Too many cooks spoil the broth so Albutross  will do the cooking. 

First a few recipes for the cook of the house.

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Fish, Cake, Chips,and peas.

We decided to get one of those Smart Meters so we could Pay online for our Gas and Electric click here to see what happened.

 Christmas cake. 

300gramms bero self raising flour.          1 teaspoon mixed spice.            4 oz's ground almonds

8oz butter                                             8oz caster sugar                        4 beaten eggs

pint milk or milk + half brandy       8oz currents                              8oz raisins

8 oz sultanas                                         4oz chopped cherries                4 oz peel


Sieve flour spice and ground almonds together, then cream [mix] the butter and sugar and stir in flour mixture, add eggs and milk a little at a time, then  add fruit and mix well. Place mixture in a greased lined 8 0z tin. Wrap brown paper around tin. Bake in a  slow oven 150c for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Cover cake after 3 hours with foil to stop burning.

Bon apatite. Albutross

Prawn Toast 

4oz finely chopped prawns                                                                2oz finely chopped pork (optional)

4 oz water chestnuts                                                                          1.1/2 oz finely chopped ginger root

3 tablespoon finely chopped spring onions white part only                1 egg white

1 tablespoon light soy sauce                                                               2 teaspoon sesame oil

2 teaspoons sugar                                                                              salt and fresh ground black pepper

sesame seeds to garnish before cooking                                             groundnut oil for cooking


Chop prawns finely and then mince in food processor. Add pork (if using) then add finely chopped water chestnuts, Add all other ingredients  mix well then put in fridge for half an hour. Spread mixture on stale bread sprinkle with the sesame seeds if required, add oil to hot wok - when oil hot, cook for 2 minutes -- side with prawns on first.

Serve straight away. Bon apatite. Albutross

Cooking Tip.

Chinese secret of  stir fry chicken.

Cube the chicken. Mix in 1 egg white and 2 tablespoon corn flour.   1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon salt

mix together- leave in fridge for 20mins.                                            

Heat wok up until hot - add 5 fl oz vegetable oil, add chicken cook until chicken is white, drain all oil off in sieve, put wok back on heat, cook other ingredients in oil and  add cooked chicken add chopped spring onions and serve.  Salteena

Onion Bahji

One Onion + Chili pepper, 8oz of chickpea flour, 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 2 teaspoons of cumin, 2 teaspoons of coriander, 1 teaspoon of salt, 4 green chilies, 2 cloves of garlic, 6 spring onions, 1/4 pint of water.

chop all onions up, then add all dry ingredients, crush garlic, chop chilis  and mix them all together. Add a tablespoon of mixture to hot fat and cook in small batches until golden brown.     Bon apatite. Albutross


4 Tablespoons of cooking oil. 2lb of diced potatoes, 1 cup of frozen mixed vegetables, 3 fresh chili's finely chopped. 
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon of black mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon of turmeric,1/2 teaspoon of chili powder, a pinch of ginger powder, 1/2 a teaspoon of garam masala, 3 teaspoons of coriander,  salt to taste, 1 bunch of fresh coriander leaves, 1 small  diced onion, the juice of a lemon.


Cook diced potatoes in salted water for 5 minutes.

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin and mustard seeds, fry till they stop popping about a minute, add potatoes and half of the turmeric, stir for 2 minutes, add the mixed vegetables and chili's and stir well for a further 2 minutes, add garam masala, salt, ginger, chili powder, ground coriander and rest of turmeric. stir in well and cook for further 2 minutes.

Turn off heat and leave to cool down completely.

In another bowl - pick off about half of the fresh coriander leaves and chop finely, add the diced onion and the lemon juice. Mix well.

When the spicy mixture has cooled mix all ingredients together.


Take a square of  filo pastry and place a portion of the mixture onto pastry, fold pastry together and seal using flour and water, take care not to put too much mixture in or it will burst in the pan. Cook in hot chip pan or deep fat fryer till golden brown.  Bon apatite. Albutross

This househusband is cooking beefburgers for all the family, it is a treat that is dished out once a week with plenty of vegetables and fruit. You can still eat so called junk food and be healthy at the same time.

To Thaw out frozen chicken, leave it in wrapping, put hole in seal, stand it in a container in the fridge so that no liquid drips onto any other food. Do not run hot water over frozen chicken or bacteria will multiply much quicker.

Thousand Island Dressing.

Three parts salad cream, one part tomato juice, squeeze of lemon juice, sprinkle of black pepper, a teaspoon of brandy [optional] put in bottle and shake well and then put in fridge to cool.

The dressing is used mainly for prawn cocktails or salad.    Bon apatite   Philip Hurd

Spam Fritter's.

ingredients for the batter =

4oz/115g of plain flour with pinch of salt

1 large egg

4floz/125ml of milk or milk with water or water alone, or beer.

340g can of spam

Method = mix all batter ingredients and make reasonably thick to coat spam, then cut spam into desired thickness. then deep fry in hot oil 170dc/340df. coat spam well with batter and drop them into the oil .for about 5mins till golden brown. Bon apatite. Albutross

Steak and Kidney pie { The lads Favourite }

Shortcrust pastry. made with 6oz/175g of plain flour, 1egg whisked.

11/2lb/675g of stewing steak, cut into small pieces.   8oz/225g ox kidney cut into small pieces. Salt and freshly ground black pepper. 2 level tablespoons of plain flour. 11/2/40g margarine. 1 onion, finely chopped.

Method = Mix meats together and sprinkle with the 2 tablespoons of flour and add the salt and pepper until meat is evenly coated, heat margarine in pan and add coated meat and cook for few minutes and add the onions. Transfer the meat and onions to casserole dish and add a pint or 300ml of water to the dish and place in oven for 2 hours in preheated oven at 150c/300f gas mark 2. Make the pastry while the meat is in oven and keep chilled till needed. When you take casserole out of oven place the pastry over top and seal edges with beaten egg and use pastry trimmings to decorate top of pie and prick the surface, then replace into oven for another half hour, serve with potatoes and peas. It's Loverly  Bon apatite Salteena

Raspberry Buns. [Yummy Yum Yum.]

6oz of Self raising Flour. 3oz of Butter. 3oz of Sugar.  1Egg.

Preheat Oven to 200 c  [Electric]

Mix Butter and Flour together with hands until mixture looks like Breadcrumbs, stir in the Sugar, add the Egg, mix all together with your nice clean Hands until it forms like Dough, then add a tablespoon of Milk, make eight Balls out of mixture, put them on floured baking Tray, press down on each ball slightly but not a lot, depress the middle of each ball and add Jam, bake in the Oven for ten to twelve minutes. Bon apatite .  Vera Clegg.

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The Dishwasher has to go into the Kitchen. If you are thinking of getting one then our advice is make sure that you get one that feeds the water into the appliance from the top and not from the back, we have had loads of problems with our dishwasher which had a pipe at the back which needed to fix into the top shelf tightly, otherwise it simply would not spray the water all round, the seal kept going and the thing would not clean dishes as a result. Also make sure that the filter housing that holds the food filter is secure, ours was not and it often floated out of its seat and let food get into the base of the dishwasher. Our previous dishwasher was a gem and did feed from the top, but we did not have any problems with it so we did not realise the importance of the top feeder till we got this other one.

Each year we like to grow our own vegetables, have a look at this years peas. Homegrown Peas.

Onions. Onions 2007   CherriesCherry tree    BlackberriesBlackberries.  Green beans.Green beans

In September 2007 we aquired an allotment, click here to see progress and produce.Allotment.

Speciality Birthday cakes, click here Claire's Cakes.

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