Welcome to the first Recipes4us Newsletter of 2008.
As well as the usual February features including Valentine's Day, Pancake Day,
National Chip Week and National Bramley Apple
Week, it gives me great pleasure to add a new Food Day which
was conceived and launched by Recipes4us, namely BRITISH
YORKSHIRE PUDDING DAY on 3rd February. You can read more
about it below and no matter where you live, I hope you'll
join in and celebrate with family and friends.
Once again this year I am hoping to
introduce new sections to the website and newsletter in
2008. As usual, if you have any suggestions,
additions or interesting questions for the newsletter,
please write to me at
If you come across any
publications mentioning Recipes4us.co.uk, don't forget to
let me know.
Don't forget to celebrate
the first ever British Yorkshire Pudding Day on
3rd February 2008 which is the brainchild of
In future years the
day will be held on the 1st Sunday in February, and
it is hoped that it will become an established and
popular British food day for years to come, when
everyone can join in to remember, celebrate and
enjoy one of the most iconic of British dishes,
famous not only in the UK but also internationally.
The day has already
received lots of interest both from the media and from
organisations willing to promote the day such as The
English and Yorkshire Tourist Boards, English Beef &
Lamb, the Flour Advisory Bureau. and British Lion Quality Eggs.
Click the logo to go
to the BYPD page where you'll find lots of
information plus recipe ideas ....and don't forget
to tell EVERYONE you know about it.
As well as the one below, we have
lovely recipes for dessert and savoury pancakes
including seafood, chicken, meat and vegetarian fillings
plus some background information about the tradition.
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You Didn't Know You Can Cook with
The microwave has become nearly as common
to find in the kitchen as an oven or a dishwasher. And yet, despite
its popularity, most people don't appreciate the full range of
possibilities for cooking in a microwave oven.
Here are five things that you can do with your
microwave to create unusual meals that most people make on the
Since the last
newsletter, Recipes4us got mentions in
various publications including Country Kitchen and House & Home Ideas Magazines
(Feb Issues), The Publican and The Mirror
(National). You can see them all
. . . or at least the ones I know about.
This is a NEW
SECTION featuring recipes using all manner of
leftover food to help you save money and our
planet's resources. Click the picture.
Click the picture to
find this month's weekday menus to help you
plan your meals and shopping weeks ahead. Each weekday
has a main course, suggested vegetable accompaniments plus a dessert
which have been planned to supply you with a balanced diet..
It's also been designed so that you can interchange one
day's menu with another in the same grouping. Furthermore,
most of the main courses are ready to serve in less than 40
minutes - great for working people.
to see what's in season this month and to find a UK Farmers'
Market near you. There are Lots of seasonal recipes too
This is the latest
addition to the Kitchen/Cookware sectionwhere we tell you everything
you need to know about
microwaves. Click the picture.
How does your Kitchen Garden grow
If you're thinking about
growing potatoes you should buy "seed" potatoes now. These
are just small potatoes which have been certified as virus
free. When you've got them, set them with the rose "eyes"
uppermost in a light frost-free place. They will begin to
sprout in about 6 weeks.
You can start sowing the seed
of Aubergines and peppers, including chillies, in late February indoors in small pots
7.5cm/3" diameter filled with compost.. Peppers in
particular require a relatively long growing season so to
avoid disappointing crops it's a good idea to start them off
indoors before acclimatising them to outside conditions.
Hold off sowing outdoor seed
until the end of February and even then, sow with caution as
cold soil conditions hamper germination. Unless the weather
has been very clement, it's best to wait until March.
By now you should have
ordered all your veggie seeds, but even if you haven't, they
will be appearing in garden centres and stores very soon and
you still have time to order them online.
1. Microwave Scrambled Eggs For the longest time, I thought that eggs and
microwaves didn't mix. Why? I have no idea, it was just the sort of thing that
everybody knows. But the truth is that eggs in the microwave are quick, easy,
and quick to clean up. Start by microwaving a little bit of butter until it’s
melted. Add eggs and your favourite extras and seasonings, like chopped chives,
grated Parmesan, and parsley. Whisk the ingredients together until mixed, and
microwave for about 2 – 3 minutes, stirring once in the middle. What could be
2. Microwave Fudge If you love the taste of fudge but hate to
stand over a hot stove stirring (and stirring, and stirring…) then
you should try how easy it can be to make this tasty candy in your
microwave. All you need to do is to combine sweetened condensed
milk with a package of chocolate chips, microwave until all is
melted, add a bit of vanilla flavouring and stir. Then you put the
mixture into a square pan and refrigerate until hardened. You can
also add mini marshmallows, nuts, candied cherries, or other extras
to the mix.
3. Microwave Hamburgers Make delicious hamburgers in five minutes
without the fuss of cleaning and heating a grill, just by using your
microwave. To do it, mix 1lb of minced beef with your favourite
additions, like bread crumbs, diced peppers, eggs, and seasonings.
Microwave for three minutes loose, then shape into patties and
microwave for an
additional two minutes. This helps to ensure that the meat is
4. Microwave Onion Soup Soup is delicious, satisfying, and low in
calories, especially when you make the ingredients yourself – which
is quick to do if you use your microwave. Simply slice five sweet
onions, like Vidalia or Maui onions, into thin slices. Microwave
the onions in a microwave-safe casserole dish until the onions
become soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add 3 cans of beef
broth and seasonings like salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and
thyme. Microwave until the mixture boils, about 10 minutes. Top
with slices of baguette and mozzarella cheese and microwave until
cheese melts, about half a minute.
5.Microwave English Muffin Bread Baking bread in the microwave? Why yes, it is possible! Try
combining 2 cups of milk with one cup of water and microwaving until
the mixture reaches 130°F. Add 1 tablespoon sugar, 4 cups of flour,
¼ tablespoon baking soda, and 2 packages fast-rising yeast. Beat
thoroughly, and then add an additional cup of flour. Dough should
be stiff. Pour dough into two greased and cornmeal-sprinkled
microwave-safe loaf pans. Help the dough to rise by microwaving at
medium power for 1 minute and then allowing to rest for 10 minutes.
Stop when the dough doubles in size. Then microwave each loaf on
high for 6 minutes until flat and hard on top.
Bramley apples are widely considered
to be the cook's choice for cooking apples and have become one of
the most popular cooking apples used since their discovery in the
1850's . Below are some sweet and savoury recipes using Bramleys (or
other cooking apples) and you can read more about Bramley apples
including their history, by following the link.