Caribbean Three Bean Salad

Caribbean Three Bean Salad

Caribbean Three bean salad

This week I’ve been cooking up all things Caribbean as it’s Caribbean Food Week and I’ve discovered the perfect easy side dish in this easy Caribbean Three Bean Salad.

The beauty of a bean salad is that is more substantial than many salads and so can fill you up as well as still being very healthy.   As well as the beans, this salad is packed full of fresh coriander and peppers and the garlicy lime and olive oil dressing is perfect for it.

I added a chopped chilli  but kept it on the side as Master Spice loves bean salads but isn’t so keen on raw chillies!   Well, to be honest, he wasn’t keen on the onions and coriander either but don’t let that put you off.   He’s only 1.

I served this Caribbean three bean salad as a side dish but I could easily have eaten the whole dishful as a mainmeal.   I served it alongside some slow roasted pork that had been marinated and coated in Grace Foods Jerk bbq sauce.   It was simple but made a really tasty meal.

Caribbean Three Bean saladThe recipe for this Caribbean three bean salad is an adaptation of the recipe which was on the tin of mixed beans I used (Dunn’s River Peas & Beans).  It contains a mixture of red kidney beans,  blackeye beans and gungo peas but you could use any tin of mixed beans if you don’t have/can’t find this brand. You could even make it with just one type of bean, it wouldn’t be exactly the same but it would still taste as good.

If you’d like to see what else I’ve been making for Caribbean Food Week then have a look at this Chicken and Callaloo curry.  Some of the Caribbean recipes I’ve made in the past include Escovitch Trout and Ackee Stir Fry.   I have a tin of ackee at home at the moment and am hoping to make ackee and saltfish soon.   I won’t manage it this week but hopefully it won’t be too long in the pipeline.   Whatever happens, I will definitely be making this Caribbean three bean salad again!

Caribbean Three Bean Salad

Yield: Serves 2-4 as a side dish

Caribbean Three Bean Salad

Ingredients

  • 400g tin Dunn's River Peas and Beans, rinsed and drained (any can of mixed beans could be substituted
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Large handful of coriander (cilantro), chopped
  • For the dressing
  • Juice of a lime
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 chilli pepper, finely sliced

Instructions

  1. Prepare all the salad vegetables and put them in a bowl with the beans.
  2. Mix up the ingredients for the dressing and pour over the beans.
  3. Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.
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Caribbean Chicken and Callaloo curry

Chicken and Callaloo Curry

Chicken and Callaloo Curry

Caribbean food week in the UK runs from 24-31 August and what better way to join in at home than to make this easy Caribbean chicken and callaloo curry.  It’s packed with healthy vegetables and tender chicken in a spicy coconut milk based sauce.  If you’re new to Caribbean food then it’s a great recipe to start with.

The inspiration for this chicken and callaloo curry came after I was sent a hamper of Caribbean products from Grace Foods UK, the UK’s leading Caribbean food supplier.   I haven’t cooked much Caribbean food Grace Foods Hamperbefore, except this ackee recipe, so I’m not an expert on it at all. Nevertheless,  I do love Caribbean flavours so I was excited to start cooking.  As I love curries and spicy stews,  I immediately wanted to make a Caribbean inspired curry using the Caribbean curry powder, coconut milk and callaloo.  I’d say it’s Caribbean-inspired rather than authentic as I didn’t thoroughly research Caribbean curries before making it.   Even so, despite my limited Caribbean food knowledge , it definitely tasted of the Caribbean to me.

If you’ve never had callaloo before then the nearest vegetable to compare it with is spinach and if you can’t find callaloo then you can easily use spinach, either fresh or frozen, as a replacement.   It was the first time I’d used callaloo and it went really nicely in the curry.  I also used aubergine as I had one that needed to be used up but you could substitute it for other vegetables.   Sweet potato would be lovely.    If you wanted a hotter curry you could add extra chilli peppers too.  I just added one but  of course, it’s up to you.

I’m hoping to share another Caribbean recipe later this week but if you feel inspired to cook some Caribbean food then Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco are all running promotions on Caribbean food products at the moment.

Caribbean chicken and callaloo curry

Chicken and Callaloo Curry

Yield: 4 Servings

Chicken and Callaloo Curry

Ingredients

    Marinade Ingredients
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Jamaican curry powder
  • 500g chicken thigh meat, diced into large pieces
  • Ingredients for the Curry
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Thumb-sized piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 chilli, finely sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 aubergine, diced
  • 400ml tin coconut milk
  • 280g tin callaloo, drained
  • To Serve
  • Coriander (cilantro), chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the marinade at least an hour in advance. Coat the chicken well and leave in the fridge until ready to serve.
  2. Heat a little oil in a saucepan. Add the onions, ginger, chilli pepper and garlic. Cook gently for about 5 minutes until softened
  3. Stir in the extra curry powder and cook for another couple of minutes then add the tomatoes, aubergine and coconut milk. Bring to the boil then simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  4. Add the callaloo and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with rice
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kidney bean and mozzarella stuffed marrow

Kidney Bean and Mozzarella Stuffed Marrow

Kidney Bean and Mozzarella stuffed marrow

This month the theme for Recipe Redux is ‘Back to the Dinner Table’, meaning a dish that the whole family can enjoy together, the type of dish that can get you back into routine after the summer holidays.   Well, we still have a couple of weeks to go until it’s back to school here but I’m getting into practice early with this healthy stuffed marrow recipe.

This summer I’ve been doing a lot of vegetable picking with the children and this marrow is one that we picked ourselves at our local pick-your-own farm.  I never thought I would say this but I really love stuffed marrow.   I only ate it for the first time last summer when I made Spanish Rice Stuffed Marrow but now it’s probably my favourite stuffed vegetable.   I love how the tastes of the filling soak into the marrow.   It doesn’t have much flavour in itself so the stuffing becomes all important.

I decided on a vaguely Italian flavoured stuffing with tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and parmesan. Of course there was the obligatory chilli pepper to add a little heat as well as beans to make it into a more substantial and balanced meal.

Although it’s a very easy recipe to make, it can take a while to prepare as the marrow needs to be roasted first and can take up to an hour depending on how big it is.  Even so, you can make the filling and roast the marrow earlier in the day before stuffing it and baking it again before serving.

It makes a great family meal that can serve up to 6 people but if you don’t want to eat it all at once it keeps for a couple of days in the fridge or can be frozen too.

Kidney Bean and Mozzarella stuffed marrow

 

Kidney Bean and Mozzarella Stuffed Marrow

Yield: 6 servings

Kidney Bean and Mozzarella Stuffed Marrow

A healthy family meal

Ingredients

  • 1 marrow (overgrown Zucchini)
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 red chilli pepper, sliced
  • 400g tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried basil (or use more fresh basil)
  • 1 ball mozzarella
  • A little grated parmesan

Instructions

  1. Sliced the marrow in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon.
  2. Drizzle the insides of the marrow with a little olive oil and then roast in a pre-heated oven at 180C for 45-60 minutes. The marrow should be soft when it comes out.
  3. Prepare the filling by cooking the pepper in a little oil until soft then add the garlic and chilli pepper. Cook for a couple more minutes then add the kidney beans and the tinned tomatoes. Bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Roughly chop the mozzarella and put it inside the marrow. Then fill the marrow with the tomato and kidney bean mixture. Top with a little parmesan.
  5. Bake in the oven for another 30 minutes.
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Turkey pirate ship tacos

Pirate Ship Turkey Tacos

Pirate ship turkey tacos

There was a time when dinner meant dinner.   Just good food to eat.   Nowadays dinner can mean a whole new level of creativity.  Especially when I want the little spices to eat a balanced meal.

These turkey pirate boat tacos turned out to be exactly what I needed after a pirate themed playdate.  Just adding a little pirate flag on the top of each taco turned a simple meal of turkey tacos into a fun pirate themed dinner.

I have to admit that I do eat chicken more often than I eat turkey, but turkey is a really versatile meat too and it’s a shame that often it gets forgotten about.   It’s a healthy low-fat meat and is perfect for marinating.   I was making these tacos for the children so the marinade I used didn’t contain a lot of heat but was still really tasty.   You could easily add a little more cayenne pepper if you wanted to make a more fiery turkey taco.

As these turkey tacos are very quick to cook, it’s a great meal to make when you don’t have much time.   I prepared all the vegetables earlier in the day when I mixed up the marinade so when it came to dinner time I needed less than 10 minutes to get everything cooked and on the table.

The recipe I’ve created is my entry into the #TurkeyTractorChallenge competition to create a delicious and innovative recipe using quality British turkey.   The competition is being run by British Turkey and Red Tractor and the theme for the competition is ‘Pirates’.

The turkey meat I used contained the Red Tractor logo which assures that the product has been produced to the highest food standards .   The Red Tractor logo can also be found on a range of dairy products, fruit and vegetables as well as crop based foods and drinks e.g flour and beer.   As well as the turkey in these tacos, the onions, peppers and garlic are also Red Tractor assured.

pirate boat turkey tacos

 

Turkey Pirate Ship Tacos

Yield: 4 servings

Turkey Pirate Ship Tacos

These turkey tacos make a fun party meal for children or tasty family meal even without the pirate flags!

Ingredients

    Marinade Ingredients
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground all spice berries
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Other Ingredients
  • 400g turkey, cut into strips
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • Handful of coriander (cilantro), chopped
  • 12 taco shells
  • To Garnish
  • Grated cheese
  • Chopped coriander
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Pirate flags

Instructions

  1. Mix together all the marinade ingredients. Taste and add a little extra of some of the spices if necessary.
  2. Add the turkey to the marinade and stir well so all the pieces are coated in the marinade. Put in the fridge for at least an hour.
  3. Heat a little oil in a wok or large frying pan. When it's hot, add the turkey strips. Cook, stirring a little for a 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the vegetables and cook for another 3 minutes until the turkey is cooked through and the vegetables have softened slightly but are still a bit crunchy. Stir in the coriander at the end.
  5. Warm the tacos for a couple of minutes in the oven at 180C or put them in the microwave for 20 seconds
  6. Serve the filling in the tacos with the garnishes alongside.
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tiotina premium oven gauntlet

Review and Giveaway: TioTina Oven Gloves

TioTina premium oven gauntlet gloves

Recently I was asked if I would like to review a pair of TioTina Premium oven gauntlets.  Now, being a little absent-minded at times in the kitchen, I have suffered a few minor oven burns as well as once setting a pair of oven gloves on fire and so I was happy to say yes.

The main features of the TioTina oven gauntlets are:

  • Long heat resistant sleeves
  • Heat resistant up to 350C
  • Fingers with silicone grips
  • Each glove fits either hand as the silicone grips are on each side

I was sent a large pair of gloves but even with small/medium sized hands I found they fitted well enough and certainly gave me more flexibility than traditional oven gloves.  Because the gloves have fingers it really was easier to grip things.  For example I didn’t need to take the oven gauntlet off to use a skewer to test if a cake was properly baked as I would have done with my normal oven gloves.

I liked the fact that the gloves almost reached my elbows.  They stopped about 5cm short and so there was less likelihood of touching anything hot when taking things in and out of the oven.   I have to admit,  I even ‘tested’ them by touching the oven shelves for longer than I normally would have done, just to see how heat resistant they were.   And yes, they were completely heat resistant.   I would have felt very silly if I had burnt myself!

You can buy TioTina Premium oven gauntlets on Amazon, currently for £19.85 but  I am pleased to say that I have one pair to give away.

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Golden oreo raspberry cookie pops

Golden Oreo Raspberry Cookie Pops

Golden oreo raspberry cookie pops

 I have received products from Oreo for this post. It is an entry to the Foodies100 Wonderfilled recipe challenge sponsored by Oreo, which marks the launch of two exciting new flavours: Peanut Butter and Golden. The delicious new flavours are available in all major supermarkets at an RRP of £1.08. To find out more, visit www.facebook.com/oreo

Of course I was delighted to try out the 2 new Oreo flavours, even though I haven’t often eaten Oreos until now. I can never resist  a good cookie!  Both the new flavours are a twist on the traditional Oreo biscuit.  The Limited Edition Peanut Butter Oreos still have the chocolate Oreo biscuit but are sandwiched with a creamy peanut butter filling.  The Golden Oreos still have the traditional vanilla filling but it’s sandwiched between two vanilla biscuits.

The Oreos are delicious to just eat by themselves but I needed to come up with a recipe to make them even more enticing.   As my husband is not a fan of peanut butter I decided that I would just enjoy those ones by myself, straight from the packet.   I then decided on a raspberry flavour combination for the Golden Oreos.

Raspberry and vanillla go so well together and even before the Oreos had arrived I knew I wanted to have a go at some cookie pops.   I’ve made cake pops before and loved them  and cookie pops are just a variation on them.

As Oreos are wonderfilled I felt my cookie pops needed to be wonderfilled too.  I’ve recently fallen in love with raspberry curd and so each of these cookie pops is filled with a little dollop of sharp but sweet raspberry curd.   The raspberry curd is surrounded by a creamy oreo  and cream cheese mixture, which is coated in a layer of sweet white chocolate and covered with little freeze-dried raspberry pieces.   I defy you not to want one of these!   Or two.

Golden oreo raspberry cookie pops

 

Golden Oreo Raspberry Cookie Pops

Yield: 8 Cookie Pops

Golden Oreo Raspberry Cookie Pops

Raspberry filled golden oreo cookie pops

Ingredients

  • 8 tsp raspberry curd
  • 154g packet of Golden Oreos (14 oreos)
  • 50g cream cheese
  • 150g white chocolate
  • 10g freeze dried raspberry pieces

Instructions

  1. Line a baking tray with cling film and put 8 tsp of raspberry curd onto it.
  2. Press a cookie/cake pop stick into each tsp of raspberry curd.
  3. Put the tray in the freezer to set.
  4. Put the cookies in a food processor and process until all the biscuits have broken up into crumbs.
  5. Add the cream cheese and process again until a dough forms.
  6. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces.
  7. Flatten each piece of dough and then wrap it around the raspberry curd on the end of each cookie stick.
  8. Return the cookie pops to the freezer for a couple of hours.
  9. Melt the white chocolate slowly in a microwave. Heat for a minute to begin with then keep taking it out and stirring every 20 seconds until it is all melted.
  10. Line up the melted chocolate, a bowl with the freeze-dried raspberry pieces and a baking tray covered in baking paper.
  11. Dip the cookie pops in the melted chocolate. Use a teaspoon to spoon the chocolate over the area near the end of the stick which is hard to dip in. Let any excess chocolate drip back into the bowl before spooning the freeze-dried raspberry pieces over the white chocolate.
  12. Put the cake pops in the fridge for the chocolate to set.
  13. Store in the fridge
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Thai cucumber salad

Secret Recipe Club: Thai Cucumber Salad

Thai cucumber salad

It’s Secret Recipe Club time again!   This month I was assigned 2 Cookin’ Mamas, a blog written by mother and daughter team, Linda and Christina.  I was really spoilt for choice when trying to choose my recipe.   Their blog features a huge choice of healthy family friendly recipes, and  I loved the sound of the Grilled Salmon with Spicy Orange Sauce and the Quick and Easy Stromboli as well as many of the other dishes.

I’m loving salads at the moment though and this Thai Cucumber Salad was soon my first choice. I love Thai food as it’s so fresh and vibrant and with it being summer I really want to eat healthily and avoid spending too long in the kitchen.

Cucumber is a perfect ingredient for a Thai salad.   It’s refreshing and cooling and goes so well with the coriander and chilli pepper.   If you are looking for an interesting way to serve cucumber then this is definitely something to try.

A great thing about salads is that you can make them earlier in the day and then just keep them in the fridge until dinner time.   I served the Thai cucumber salad alongside some grilled fish, making dinner very quick to prepare.   A definite bonus!

Secret Recipe Club: Thai Cucumber Salad

Serving Size: 4

Secret Recipe Club: Thai Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 2 spring onions, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 carrot, cubed and slightly cooked
  • 1 red chilli pepper, finely sliced
  • Handful of fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
  • 2 tbsp peanuts, roughly chopped
  • Dressing:
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp tamari soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix together all the ingredients for the dressing
  2. Mix together all the salad ingredients except the peanuts.
  3. Add the dressing to the salad
  4. Serve with the peanuts sprinkled on the top
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Samphire with garlic and lemon butter

Buttery Samphire with Garlic and Lemon

Samphire cooked with garlic and lemon

Yum
A few years ago I hadn’t even heard of samphire.  Then it started popping up on various food programmes.   Slowly but surely I started to want to try it.  Every time it was mentioned I told myself I needed to look out for some.  Then promptly forgot.

A few weeks ago I was just doing my online shop not intending to buy samphire at all when suddenly it appeared next to something else I was searching for.  Click.   Into the basket it went.

I hadn’t planned to buy it and certainly hadn’t planned how to cook it.   But lemons, garlic and butter are pretty standard kitchen staples.   It wasn’t long before I had managed to put together a very tasty lemon and garlic samphire side dish.   In even less time we had eaten it all up.

I surprised myself.  It had just been a rather tasty kitchen experiment.  The strong flavours of the salty samphire came together with the garlic and lemon to create a vegetable side dish that I definitely wanted to make again.   I really hadn’t expected it to be quite so tasty and so there were no pictures.   The only evidence of my delicious garlic and lemon samphire was a small dirty pile of washing up.  And possibly some slightly pungent breath.

A couple of weeks later the experiment was repeated, although slightly less experimentally this time.   I could be experimental.   I could vary it.  But I just don’t want to. Not for now anyway.

Lemon and garlic samphire Yum

Ingredients – Serves 2

100g samphire

50g butter

A little olive oil

3 cloves of garlic

Juice of 1 lemon

How to Make Buttery Samphire with Lemon and Garlic

  1. Boil the samphire for 1 minute then drain.

  2. Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan or wok then add the garlic.   Cook it gently for a couple of minute to brown slightly.

  3. Add the samphire and heat through.   Stir in the lemon juice at the end.

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Coleslaw with char siu sauce - chinese bbq Sauce

Lee Kum Kee Char Siu Coleslaw

Coleslaw with char siu sauce

I have to admit I’m ambivalent about coleslaw.   Offer me a spoonful of ready-made bought coleslaw swimming in a gloopy white dressing and I’ll almost certainly refuse.  On the other hand, if it’s homemade and the vegetables are lightly coated in mayonnaise but still clearly visible and identifiable, then it’ll be a different story altogether.

Coleslaw is a perfect side dish for a barbecue and so when I was asked if I would like to take part in the Lee Kum Kee Summer Carnival and create a perfect dish for a barbecue using some of their sauces I was happy to take part.    I was sent samples of Lee Kum Kee Chiu Chow Chilli Oil, Premium Oyster Sauce and Oriental Sesame Dressing as well as Char Siu Sauce.

Lee Kum Kee sauces

For me, when I think of barbecues the first thing I always think of is burgers and I was quite tempted to just go down that old familiar route.   After all,  the Char Siu Sauce mixed with beef mince made a tasty juicy burger.   Fortunately I decided to play around with the sauces a little more.

My lovely husband is always telling me that barbecue sauce goes well with coleslaw.   Although he isn’t talking about Chinese barbecue sauce, I thought why not try a traditional coleslaw but with Asian bbq flavours instead?  I added just enough of the Char sui Chinese bbq sauce to the coleslaw to give it that lovely Chinese bbq flavour and even added some to a burger too!   A double dose of Char Siu flavour.

Char siu coleslaw

Even though I don’t eat a lot of creamy dressings on salads I loved the flavours and from now on, it may not only be my husband who reaches for the bbq sauce whenever we have coleslaw.

If you’d like to take part in the Lee Kum Kee Summer carnival and barbecue your way to Asia then head over to LKKCarnival.com and play a short matching game to win.   There are prizes every week including cooking classes, supermarket vouchers and cookbooks plus one lucky winner really will bbq their way to Asia by winning return tickets for 2 to Hong Kong.

Homemade burger with char siu coleslaw

Ingredients – Serves 4 as a side dish

120g grated carrot

100g finely sliced white cabbage

80g finely sliced red cabbage

1 red onion, finely sliced

80g mayonnaise

2tsp char sui sauce

How to Make Char Siu Coleslaw

  1. Mix all the vegetables together with the mayonnaise.

  2. Add the char sui sauce. Add 1.5 tsp then taste and add an extra half teaspoon if required.

Coleslaw with char siu Chinese bbq sauce

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Gooseberry Cobbler

Recipe Redux: Gooseberry Cobbler

Gooseberry Cobbler

I grew up on a farm and each year in summer my dad would pick lots of the gooseberries that grew in the hedgerows.   My mum would then turn these sour little fruits into delicious pies, crumbles and sponge puddings.

After I moved away from home I didn’t eat gooseberries for a long time but last year I picked some at our local pick your own farm, Garsons.  It was lovely to taste the flavours of my childhood again, but the gooseberry season doesn’t last long and since then I’ve had to wait all year to pick gooseberries again.  But now I have and it’s been worth the wait.

Gooseberry season has also very conveniently coincided with this month’s Recipe Redux.  The theme for July is Fresh from the Garden and we have been challenged to create a recipe using seasonal fruits or vegetables.

Gooseberries

I considered making a light gooseberry yoghurt fool but the warm desserts of my childhood were what I was really wanting to eat.   Hot desserts can be quite heavy but I’ve managed to create this relatively light gooseberry cobbler that still feels like comfort food.

The gooseberries at the bottom of the cobbler are still sharp but just sweet enough to enjoy.   The topping of the cobbler is moist and scone-like.   It’s not the prettiest dessert but it’s easy to make, even while looking after 2 demanding young children and managing to entertain them at the same time.

Gooseberries can vary a lot in sweetness so be careful when adding the sugar.   You’ll need a little sugar but you don’t want the gooseberries to loose their lovely sharp edge. Of course, if you can’t get hold of gooseberries then you can make a delicious cobbler with any other stewed fruit.   Rhubarb is one of my favourites but apples and plums are great too.

gooseberry cobbler 2

Ingredients – serves 9

500g gooseberries

50g sugar

Topping

150g self-raising flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp sugar

50g butter, cubed

80ml milk (I used semi-skimmed)

1 egg

How to Make Gooseberry Cobbler

  1. Wash the gooseberries and snip off the ends.   I just used my nails but you could use a small pair of scissors.

  2. Put the gooseberries in a saucepan with a dash of water and a little sugar.    Be careful not to add too much as you can always add a little more after stewing them for a short time.  Bring the pan to the boil and let it cook for a couple of minutes.  Taste the gooseberries and add a little more sugar if necessary.

  3. Transfer the gooseberries to a greased ovenproof dish.

  4. Put the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl.  Rub the butter in with your fingers.

  5. In another smaller bowl or jug, beat the egg and add the milk.   Then pour this mixture into the bowl with the flour. Stir until it is just combined and then drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the top of the gooseberries.

  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 180C.   Let it cool slightly and then serve warm.

gooseberry cobbler

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