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Makes 16 slices                                                    Printable Version

Recipe

40g / 3 tbsp sunflower margarine

60ml / 4 tbsp clear honey

Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon

150ml / 2/3 cup milk

150gm / 1 ¼ cups of plain flour

7.5ml / 1 ½ tsp of baking powder

2.5ml / ½ tsp grated nutmeg

50g / ¼ cup of semolina

2 egg whites

10ml / 2 tsp sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 200c / 400f/ Gas 6. Lightly oil a 19cm/7 ½ in square deep cake tin and line the base with non-stick baking paper

Place the margarine and 45ml/ 3 tbsp honey in a saucepan and heat gently until melted.

Reserve 15ml / 1 tbsp lemon juice, then stir in the rest with the lemon rind and milk.

In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and nutmeg, then beat into the milk mixture with the semolina. Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks, then fold evenly into the mixture.

 

Spoon into the tin  and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown on the top. Mix the reserved honey and lemon juice and drizzle over the cake while warm. Cool in the tin,  then cut into fingers to serve

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Makes 2

70ml gin (or more!)

Juice of 1 lemon

2tsp rosewater

2 tsp elderflower cordial

2 tbsp honey syrup

8 dashes Peychaud’s bitters or

4 dashes Angostura bitters

For the honey syrup

4 tbsp honey

4 tbsp water

Make the honey syrup, combine the honey and water in a saucepan simmer for 1-2 minutes. Cool before using.

To make the cocktail, combine everything in a cocktail shaker along with lots of ice, shake. Strain into glasses, garnish if you like.

Drink and enjoy.

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Serves 4

A tagine is ideal but a shallow pan with a lid (sauté pan) can be used and I can’t see why any other pan can’t be used as long as it has a lid!

1   tbsp Olive Oil

1   medium onion thinly sliced

2   cloves of garlic crushed

4   large boneless chicken breasts, skinned

½  level tspn ground ginger

1   tspn ground cinnamon

2  tbsp clear honey

2  tbsp lime juice

1  tbsp red wine vinegar

250ml  (1 cup) chicken stock

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

60g  (1/3 cup) raisins

60g  (1/3 cup) whole blanched almonds

Flat leaf parsley to garnish

Heat the oil in the tagine base, fry the onion and garlic without colouring.

Cut the chicken into bite size pieces, add to the tagine and brown evenly. Stir in the spices and cook for 1 minute.

Mix together the honey, lime juice, vinegar and stock, pour over the chicken. Season well, cover and cook very gently for 1 ¼ - 1 ½ .

When the chicken is cooked, remove the lid and boil the liquid rapidly to reduce to a syrupy consistency.

 

Stir in the raisins and almonds and garnish with a little flat leaf parsley.

Ingredients                                                               PRINTABLE PAGE

180g Honey
200g Walnuts
500g Shiptons Organic Irish Soda Bread Flour* plus extra for dusting
10g   Fine Sea Salt
4tsp Baking Powder
300ml Water
2 tblsp Sunflower seeds

Equipment

Baking Stone or
Metal Tray and Baking Parchment

Method

Pre-heat oven to 200 C / Gas Mark 6. Soften the honey (place jar in warm water)
Chop 100g walnuts very finely almost to a powder – this will spread flavour through the bread
Coarsely chop the remainder – this will add texture to your finished loaf.

Combine the flour, salt, baking powder and walnuts in a bowl.
Add the softened honey and water and mix together using a wooden spoon, until evenly combined.
Turn out onto a well floured boardand knead briefly into a firm dough.

Halve the mixture into 2 two rustic rounds and flatten to about 5cm in height.
Score a deep cross in both, and sprinkle with sunflower seeds.
Place onto pre-heated baking stone and bake for 20-25 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped on bottom.

If you don’t have a baking stone. Place onto parchment on baking tray.

 

*As an alternative use wholemeal flour.

 

The recipe also works well with plain or strong bread flour.

 SERVES 4*                                                                                     PRINTABLE PAGE
Oven 160C gas mark 3   (I always do mine in a slow cooker)

 

8 chicken thighs  see below                                 2-3 tbs olive oil

2 tbs wholegrain mustard                                    300g parsnips peeled and chopped

1 tbs English mustard                                         a few sprig of fresh thyme

2 tbs runny honey                                             1 1/2 pints chicken or veg stock

2 med-large onions sliced                                    salt  & pepper to taste    

 Mix mustards and honey together in a bowl plus salt and pepper.  Coat thighs in this mix and leave for 3-4 hours to marinate.  The original recipe says leave skin on, but I always take mine off.  

 Using a heavy base casserole dish, brown the chicken in half the oil-take care as the honey will burn if the heat is too high.

Set thighs aside, and then in the remaining oil, fry onions for 3-4 mins. Stir to scrape off any pieces from the bottom of the pan, then add in parsnips and thyme, pour in stock and and remaining marinade left in your original bowl, and 

bring to the boil.  Reduce to a simmer, return the chicken and any juices, making sure that everything is covered in the liquid.  Season, cover and cook for about 1 1/2 hours, checking occasionally to make sure that it is not drying out-top up with boiling water if necessary.

Serve with creamy mash and leeks

 

* I always do mine in the slow cooker-if you do, reduce the liquid to 1 pint or I always add extra thighs usually 4 depending on size, and obviously, the capacity of your slow cooker. It freezes well.  The slow cooker version sometimes need a little thickening a couple of hours before it is ready - I use  cornflour.  I cook it on low for about 6 hours.

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