Bill Farmer

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Turkey Cabbage Wraps

by Bill Farmer. Categories: Recipes .

Our neighbour has been giving us large kale–like leaves from his purple sprouting broccoli plants, which are quite tasty. I decided to look up what could be done with large cabbage leaves and decided on wraps with a tomato sauce over the top. Ingredients 250g minced turkey thigh An onion, finely chopped A garlic clove, crushed A carrot, grated 50g porridge oats Small stick of celery, chopped A mushroom, chopped finely An egg Black pepper Olive oil Enough cabbage leaves for six wraps A jar of pasta sauce or tin of chopped tomatoes Grated cheese for topping Method Cut the tough stems out of the leaves and cook them gently in just enough water until limp enough to wrap around the ingredients.

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Risotto Milanese

by Bill Farmer. Categories: Recipes .

This is not authentic Risotto Milanese, that requires beef marrow and saffron. I refuse to pay the exotic prices demanded for saffron in the UK, and I don’t have any beef marrow. Lunch for two. Ingredients Olive oil Butter, small knob 3/4 cup arborio rice Medium onion, chopped finely Mushrooms, chopped, if liked Chicken stock pot 1/2 teaspoon turmeric Boiling water, about 1 1/4 cups Cheddar cheese, grated Method Add the knob of butter to a medium heavy bottomed pan, add a good glug of olive oil and place on a low heat.

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Pea and Ham (or Bacon) Soup

by Bill Farmer. Categories: Recipes .

This soup is somewhat complicated to make, but delicious. Marrowfat peas need to be soaked overnight. Ingredients Olive oil 1/3 cup dried marrowfat peas 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1/3 cup frozen or fresh peas 1/2 cup chopped ham or bacon pieces A medium sized onion, chopped finely Two or three cloves of garlic, chopped A stick of celery, chopped finely A medium sized carrot, grated 1/2 vegetable stock cube Milk Method Soak the marrowfat peas overnight in a bowl of water with the 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda.

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Caldo Verde

by Bill Farmer. Categories: Recipes .

This is not the traditional method of making caldo verde. The cabbage should something like spring greens, collard greens or cavalo nero. Roll up the leaves and slice thinly. Delicious lunch for two. Ingredients Olive oil Two or three green cabbage or kale leaves, sliced thinly A medium onion, chopped Two or three cloves of garlic, chopped A medium sized potato, preferably floury type, chopped into cubes About half a dozen slices of chorizo, chopped into small pieces and another half dozen slices left whole Half of a vegetable stock cube Milk Method Cover the bottom of a small saucepan with olive oil and place on a low heat Add the chopped chorizo and allow to warm up until bubbling merrily Add the onion and garlic, the stock cube, the potato, and the cabbage/kale on top Cover and allow to steam until the potatoes mash easily with a fork Add milk to cover and mash most of the potato with the fork Allow to warm through until the milk starts to froth Meanwhile, warm up the chorizo slices in a small skillet over a gentle heat Season to taste and ladle into bowls, add the slices of chorizo and oil from the skillet on top Serve with toast or crusty bread

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Turkey Gammon Broccoli Bake

by Bill Farmer. Categories: Recipes .

This is a recipe for using up a Christmas turkey or chicken, gammon joint, veg etc. You will need a large saucepan for the veg and pasta, a small saucepan for the sauce and a casserole dish or similar to bake it in. Ingredients Cooked turkey/chicken, chopped Cooked gammon, chopped Broccoli, cut into florets Any other veg that needs using Penne pasta Cheddar or Red Leicester cheese Plain flour Onion, chopped Garlic, chopped Celery, chopped Black pepper Dried oregano Olive oil Milk Method Meat, Broccoli and Pasta First cook the broccoli and any other veg in a large saucepan in the minimum of water.

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