Chocolate fridge cake

Shared by the Family of Gethin Davies (Class of 2017)

Ingredients:
– 100g butter
– 300g dark chocolate
– 4 tablespoons golden syrup
– 200g digestive biscuits
– 100g mini marshmallows
– 100g dried cranberries

Directions:
1. Line a baking tray (approx 15cmx15cm) with greaseproof paper or just grease with butter.
2. Put digestive biscuits in a ziplock bag and crush.
3. Gently melt butter, chocolate and syrup either in a pan or gradually in a microwave (30 sec at a time stirring in-between). DO NOT OVERHEAT.
4. Mix the crushed digestives, marshmallows and cranberries into chocolate mix.
5. Stir well.
6. Empty stirred mixture into baking tin and press down well with back of a spoon.
7. Chill in fridge for as long as you can resist it.
8. Cut into approximately 9 pieces.

Quick and Easy Fajitas

Shared by the Family of Gethin Davies (Class of 2017)

Ingredients (Serves 2-3):
– 2 steaks or chicken breasts
– 1 onion
– 1 bell pepper
– 4 mushrooms
– 1 teaspoon of cooking oil for frying
– shop bought flour tortillas
– 1 tablespoon of cajun spice
– juice of 1 lime or lemon

Directions:
1. Cut the chicken or steak into bite-sized pieces.
2. Cut the pepper and onion into similar sized slices.
3. Cut the mushrooms into quarters.
4. Heat the oil in a frying pan.
5. Add the meat (either chicken or steak) and brown for about 10 minutes.
6. Add the peppers, onions and mushrooms continue stirring until well mixed.
7. Add the cajun spice and stir well.
8. Add 100 ml of water and simmer for another 10-15 min stirring occasionally.
9. Add the lemon or lime juice and cook for another few minutes.
10. Heat the flour tortillas as per packet instructions.
11. Before serving check the meat is cooked through (as cooking time varies dependent on size of pieces).
12. Serve with salsa, sour cream and grated cheese.

GAZPACHO

Shared by the Family of Monica Perezagua Sanchez-Beato (Class of 2017)

Ingredients (4 servings):

– 1 kg ripe tomatoes
– 70 g cucumber
– 75 g red pepper
– 2 cloves of garlic
– 70 g extra virgin olive oil
– 30 g bread
– cumin
– 3 tablespoon mayonnaise
– vinegar
– 120 ml water

Directions

1. Peel and cut garlic cloves in half. Remove the green shoot inside.
2. Fill a small saucepan with cold water and add the garlic. Bring the water to a boil. When the water begins to boil take the garlic out and put into a bowl of ice water to quickly cool.
3. Repeat this twice, always starting with cold water in the saucepan.
4. Peel the onion and cut in half, then cut into large chunks.
5. Peel the cucumber and cut in large pieces.
6. Halve the red peppers, remove seeds and white membranes. Chop and set aside along with the cucumber and onion.
7. Cut the tomatoes into large pieces and put in a bowl with the onions, cucumbers, cumin and peppers.
8. Add the bread in pieces, then pour over the water. Process everything together using a hand-held blender.
9. Strain the gazpacho through a fine-mesh strainer. Add the oil, vinegar, and mayonnaise and blend the soup until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper.
10. Chill in the fridge before serving (at least 2 hours). Serve in soup bowls with croutons, plus an extra drizzle of olive oil.

SPANISH POTATO OMELETTE

Shared by the Family of Monica Perezagua Sanchez-Beato (Class of 2017)

Ingredients (4-5 portions):

– 4 medium potatoes
– 1 onion
– 5 eggs
– ½ tbsp olive oil
– salt to taste

Directions:

1. Peel the potatoes and cut them in thin slices. Chop the onion in small pieces.
2. In a medium frying pan heat the olive oil and cook potatoes and onion together slowly until soft.
3. In a bowl, beat the eggs, add the fried potatoes draining the oil and mix together.
4. Remove the oil from pan.
5. Heat the pan again and put the mixture in it. Once cooked on one side, turn and cook the other side. Don’t overcook!

Classic Nicoise Salad

Shared by the Family of Emma Jannelli (Class of 2017) and Chloe Jannelli (Class of 2020)

Total time: 55 min
Active time: 45 min
Level: Easy

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

– 1 pound red-skinned potatoes, sliced 1/3 inch thick
– Kosher salt
– 2 tablespoons dry white wine
– 10 ounces haricots verts or thin green beans, trimmed
– 4 large eggs
– 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
– 1/2 shallot, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
– 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
– 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
– freshly ground pepper
– 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
– 8 cherry tomatoes or small cocktail tomatoes, halved or quartered
– 1 head Boston lettuce, leaves separated
– 6 radishes, trimmed and quartered
– 2 5 1/2-ounce cans Italian or Spanish tuna packed in olive oil, drained
– 1/2 cup nicoise olives

Directions:

1. Put potatoes in a medium saucepan, cover with cold water and season with salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook until fork-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and transfer to a medium bowl; drizzle with the wine and let cool. Reserve the saucepan.
2. Meanwhile, bring a separate saucepan of salted water to a boil. Fill a bowl with salted ice water. Add the haricots verts to the boiling water; cook until crisp-tender and bright green, 2 to 4 minutes. Drain and immediately plunge into the ice water to cool; drain and pat dry.
3. Place the eggs in the reserved saucepan and cover with cold water by about 1 inch. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then cover, remove from the heat and let stand, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain, then run under cold water to cool. Peel under cold running water.
4. Make the dressing: whisk the vinegar, shallot, mustard, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste in a bowl. Whisk in the olive oil in a slow, steady stream until emulsified.
5. Toss the tomatoes in a small bowl with salt and pepper to taste. Add about 1/4 cup dressing to the potatoes and toss.
6. Quarter the hard-cooked eggs.
7. Divide the lettuce among 4 plates. Arrange the potatoes, haricots verts, radishes, hard-boiled eggs and tuna on top. Pour any juices from the tomatoes into the dressing, then add the tomatoes to the plates. Drizzle with the dressing and top with the olives.

Le Pan Bagnat (Wet Bread)

Shared by the family of Emma Jannelli (Class of 2017) and Chloe Jannelli (Class of 2020)

Ingredients for 4 sandwiches

– Round rustic bread loaf or baguettes
– Tomatoes, cored and thinly sliced crosswise
– Red onion
– Little green peppers
– Artichoke hearts,
– Tuna or anchovies
– Hard boiled eggs
– Basilic,
– Black olives,
– Olive oil,
– Salt,pepper

Directions:

1. Slice the bread horizontally into 2 pieces. Tear out some of the soft bread in the center of each side, making a slight well in the bread.
2. Place the tuna, green pepper, red onion, hard-boiled eggs, olives, basilic and tomato on the bottom side of the bread in that order.
3. Drizzle the oil with salt and pepper over the vegetables, top with the second piece of bread, and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours before serving.

Banana Muffins

Shared by the family of Emily vonBorstel (Class of 2017)

Ingredients:

– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 2 ripe medium bananas, mashed
– 3/4 cup white sugar
– 1 egg, lightly beaten
– 1/3 cup butter, melted

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line 12 muffin cups with muffin papers.
2. In a large bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
3. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter.
4. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Oyakodon (Japanese chicken and egg rice bowl)

Submitted by the family of Emily vonBorstel (Class of 2017)

A popular Japanese dish, both in restaurants and homes, oyakodon is a quick and healthy comfort food. By cooking the egg for a very short time, you can achieve the much sought-after egg texture called “toro-toro” (liquidy, runny).

Ingredients (serves 2):

– 150 ml dashi stock
– 2 tablespoon mirin
– 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
– 1 teaspoon sugar
– a pinch of salt
– 1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
– 120 g skinless chicken breasts (or chicken thighs), cut into thin, bite-sized pieces
– 4 eggs
– Cooked rice
– Sprigs of mitsuba, a Japanese herb, cut into 3cm pieces

Other suggested toppings: pickled ginger threads (“beni-shoga”), chopped green onions, nori flakes

Directions:

1. Combine stock, mirin, soy sauce, sugar, salt, onion in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
2. Add chicken to the sauce, and cook over medium heat for about 4 minutes or until the chicken pieces are cooked. Remove from heat.
3. From this step, you will cook one serving at a time.Beat 2 eggs with fork/chopsticks in a bowl, until the whites and yolks are roughly incorporated.
4. Transfer half of the chicken mixture and sauce into a small nonstick skillet. Bring to a boil, then bring the heat down to medium.
5. Gently pour half of the beaten egg evenly over the chicken. When the edges are cooked, add the rest of the beaten egg, cover immediately, and cook for 30 seconds, just until parts of the egg on the surface remain slightly runny. Remove from heat.
6. Serve rice in a bowl. Gently slide the chicken-egg mixture off the edge of the skillet to cover the rice. Garnish with mitsuba and other desired toppings.
7. Repeat 3) to 6) for the next bowl.

Irish Stew

Shared by the family of Seafra Meenan (Class of 2017)

Total Time: 60 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook:40 min
Plus 2 hours 30 mins to make the stock
Serves: 8 to 10

Ingredients

– 3 middle necks of lamb (ABOUT 1.8KG/4LB). You need to end up with about 950g of pure meat (can use beef also)
– 650g flowery potatoes such as King Edwards
– 650g waxy potatoes such as Desiree
– 1kg carrots
– 2 onions
– ½ TSPN fresh thyme leaves
– chopped fresh chives and parsley to garnish

FOR STOCK:
– bones from the lamb if using lamb
– 1 large carrot quartered
– 1 onion quartered
– ½ celery stick quartered
– 1 bay leaf
– 1 large sprig of thyme
– a generous sprig of parsley
– 6 black peppercorns lightly crushed

Directions

1. Make the stock. Put the lamb bones in a large heavy-based saucepan with the carrot, onion, celery, herbs, peppercorns and 1 tsp salt. Pour in 3 litres/5 1⁄4 pints water. Bring to the boil and simmer uncovered for 2 hours.
2. Strain the stock through a fine sieve to remove bones and vegetables, then return to the pan. Boil until reduced to about 1.3 litres/21⁄4 pints. (You can make the stock the day before – keep it in a covered container in the fridge, or freeze it for up to 3 months.)
3. Make the stew. Cut the lamb into large chunks. Peel the potatoes (keeping both types separate) and cut into pieces of similar size to the meat. Put the two different types in separate bowls of water to keep them white. Peel the carrots and cut into slightly smaller pieces. Slice the onions into thick rings.
4. Put the lamb in a large, clean saucepan. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, skimming off all the impurities from the surface. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
5. Add the floury potatoes, carrots and onions. Season generously and simmer for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Add the waxy potatoes and thyme. Simmer until the lamb is tender (15-20 minutes). Take off the heat, cover (don’t stir) and leave for 15 minutes. (You can make this up to 2 days ahead and keep in the fridge). Garnish and serve.

Eggy Muffins

Shared by Matt Barker (adapted from Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar cookbook)

Ingredients
Makes 2
– coconut oil, for greasing
– 2 rashers bacon
– 2 eggs
– 1 teaspoon mixed herbs

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400°F/Gas Mark 6 and lightly grease two cups of a muffin tray.
2. Use the bacon rashers to line the greased cups, looping or pressing the bacon around the sides and using any small broken bits to line the bottom.
3. If you like your bacon crispy, place the tray in the oven for 5 minutes before continuing.
4. Gently crack 1 egg into each bacon cup, then sprinkle with mixed herbs.
5. Bake for 15 minutes until the egg whites are set. Let sit for a minute and then, using a knife or spoon, gently remove the cupcakes from the tray. Serve hot or warm.