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Tasty Recipes from Simon & Alison Holst

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Little Pineapple Christmas Cakes

Little Pineapple Christmas Cakes

This is without a doubt Alison’s most popular recipe Christmas cake recipe. From letters she has received, we know that it is the only Christmas cake in many households, and, has also seen service at many weddings and christenings.

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Christmas Mince Pies

Christmas Mince Pies

To some people, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a mince pie! While there are some good bought ones out there, they’re seldom as good as your own homemade version.

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Star Attractions

Star Attractions

Star shapes make this look extra special, or any other shape taste just as good.

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Pavlova

Pavlova

Everybody’s grandmother probably had her own secret pavlova recipe, but here’s our favourite version. It’s a simplified version where everything goes into the mixer at once, but still works really well.

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

These delicious, fresh spring rolls are effectively a salad in a roll. They make an interesting change. The rice paper wrappers (which come in different sizes, smaller ones being ideal for finger food and larger ones for main-sized rolls) can be found in larger supermarkets or in stores.

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Fatoush with Lamb

Fatoush with Lamb

Traditionally, fatoush is a Lebanese tomato and cucumber salad. The addition of roasted lamb may not be traditional, but we think it works well the middle eastern flavours. The result is substantial salad that makes a great meal on a warm evening (hopefully there are still some left!)

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Almond Crusted 'Tandoori' Salmon

Almond Crusted 'Tandoori' Salmon

I’ve seen several recipes for Tandoori-style salmon recently, but I have to confess I had reservations about the curry-salmon combination until I actually tried it for myself.

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Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

From “100 Favourite 20 Minute Dishes”, by Simon & Alison Holst We make several versions of this quickly cooked meal for different occasions. On a special occasion try using very tender fillet steak, or for an everyday version use a cheaper (lean) cut. Even using expensive beef you may well…

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Caramelised Chicken Thighs on Rice

Caramelised Chicken Thighs on Rice

This chicken recipe is unusual and really delicious! For ease and speed, cook rice in a microwave oven while you cook the chicken and its sauce in two frying pans, at the same time. You should be eating your meal twenty to thirty minutes after you start cooking.

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Home Made Easter Eggs

Home Made Easter Eggs

Since Easter seems to have become increasingly about chocolate, we decided to ‘go with the flow’ and try something a little different! These rich and somewhat decadent eggs are a fun (and delicious) little project to try in the run up to Easter.

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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

This couldn’t actually be much quicker to make, and it’s so good! Not surprisingly perhaps, it is a fairly dense loaf, but served warm from the oven (less than an hour from when you start mixing) with lashings of butter, it really is delicious.

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Kumara, Coconut & Lentil Soup

Kumara, Coconut & Lentil Soup

This soup is great! It is comforting, delicious and easy to make – surely a winning combination.

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Mussels in Red Curry Sauce

Mussels in Red Curry Sauce

Fresh (live) mussels must be about the best value for money seafood around. Better still, as well as being delicious, they also high levels of all sorts of vitamins and minerals, including iron, and like most seafood, are low in fat.

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Mussels in Tomato Sauce

Mussels in Tomato Sauce

In this simple recipe, mussels, wine, garlic, tomatoes and basil combine to make a beautiful and delicious topping for pasta, rice or to serve on their own with crusty bread. Amazingly, asides from the very little in the mussels (predominantly good oils anyway), it’s also virtually fat free.

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Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera

Well, technically at least, spring has now begun. We may be jumping the gun a little, but hopefully the first spring vegetables, especially asparagus, are not too far away, and our minds can turn to delicious Spring recipes like this simple pasta dish.

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Alison's Lazy Lasagne

Alison's Lazy Lasagne

This is a variant of one of Alison’s most popular recipes. It’s almost too good to be true – a lasagne with no precooking, just a little assembly!

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Filo Tartlets with Lemon Cloud Filling

Filo Tartlets with Lemon Cloud Filling

From: ‘100 Favourite 20 Minute Dishes’, by Simon & Alison Holst.

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Jerk Lamb with Kiwifruit Salsa

Jerk Lamb with Kiwifruit Salsa

Caribbean and Jamaican flavours are ‘hot’ (fashion-wise) flavours presently. The seasonings in this Jamaican Jerk mixture go well with the semi-tropical flavours of the kiwifruit in the salsa. From Simon’s ‘Fast & Fantastic’ cookbook.

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Simon’s Butter Chicken

Simon’s Butter Chicken

From “100 Favourite ways with Chicken”, by Simon & Alison Holst Butter chicken must be one of the most popular dishes in Indian restaurants – and not without good reason, the combination of chicken and a creamy, spiced tomato sauce really is delicious.

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Spiced fruit shortcake

Spiced fruit shortcake

This is a plain shortcake with an interesting spicy filling. It may be made ahead and frozen in one large piece or individual squares, if desired.

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Spicy Fish Cakes

Spicy Fish Cakes

Delicious little Thai-Style fish cakes. Recipe from Simon Holst’s ‘Fast & Fantastic’ Cookbook

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Sweet Chilli Salmon on Sesame Noodles

Sweet Chilli Salmon on Sesame Noodles

Like most fish, salmon cooks very quickly so this tasty and elegant meal for two really can be prepared quickly.

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Thai-Style Chicken & Noodle Salad

Thai-Style Chicken & Noodle Salad

This Thai-style salad is quick to prepare and makes a great meal on a warm evening. From: ‘Pasta Rice & Noodles’ by Simon Holst

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Alison's Bagels

Alison's Bagels

Let the plane to New York leave without you! Make your own wonderfully chewy bagels for about an eighth of the price of bought ones, and in a surprisingly short time!

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Cinnamon Swirls

Cinnamon Swirls

The warm, inviting smell of yeast and cinnamon wafting through the house as these rolls cook is a promise of a treat to come. Reward your family after they have finished all the jobs you want done.

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Lemon Yoghurt Cake

Lemon Yoghurt Cake

Because this cake contains oil rather than butter, it is very easy to mix, either in a food processor, or in a bowl using a whisk or fork.

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Louise Cake

Louise Cake

A favourite cafe slice, this is not hard to make!

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Spiced Pumkin Soup

Spiced Pumkin Soup

Soup is one of the ultimate comfort foods, and at this time of year, pumpkin soup is our favourite kind!

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Slow Cooker Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Simon rates this as one of his all time favourite chocolate cakes! It may look like an unusual combination of ingredients, but it really does make a delicious, large, moist, cake which you can serve to friends or family with pride.

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Peppery Chickpea & Potato Curry

Peppery Chickpea & Potato Curry

The spiciness in this simple curry comes largely from black pepper, which gives an interesting heat that is quite different from chilli. We make it using a fairly mild curry powder, which gives flavour but does not mask the pepper effect.

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Orange Syrup Cakes

Orange Syrup Cakes

In the relatively short space of time this really easy cake recipe has become a “stand by” dessert for our entire family!

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Rice Paper Rolls

Rice Paper Rolls

These simple and delicious rolls can be served in a number of different ways – you can assemble them in advance and serve them made up, or arrange the fillings in bowls and let your diners make them at the table.

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Thai-style Green Curry

Thai-style Green Curry

With a little practice, it’s possible to make this quick, tasty and popular curry – Thai curry paste is available at most supermarkets – in less than half an hour!

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Baking Mix

Baking Mix

Alison Holst’s Baking Mix seems to be unavailble at all supermarkets. Here is an equivalent recipe that is easy to make at home.

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Easy No-knead Pizza

Easy No-knead Pizza

With the ingredients on hand, you will find that this is a really quick pizza to make. From start to finish it takes less than 30 minutes!

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