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Spicy Salmon and Pea Fishcakes



  • 500g leftover cooked potatoes or mash from the chiller cabinet
  • 418g can pink or red salmon , drained or leftover fresh salmon
  • 140g frozen peas , defrosted
  • handful mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp      sweet chili sauce or 1 tsp hot chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp      tartar sauce
  • about 3 tbsp plain flour, for dusting
  • 3 tbsps   olive or vegetable oil
  • salt to taste
  • lemon wedges to serve, optional


  • 1   If you are using leftover cooked potatoes, mash them until they are smooth. Flake the salmon into a bowl, removing any skin and  bones. Add the peas, mint, tartar sauce and mashed potato, and season to taste. Mix well, then, using floured hands shape into 8 flat fishcakes. Dust with flour.  Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the fishcakes in 2 batches for 3-4 minutes each side, turning carefully with a fish slice or spatula until golden and crisp. Serve with a squeeze of lemon and a green salad.

Servings: 4

 Very easy


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Orange, Almond Semolina Cake

This recipe is an adaptation of a Lebanese dessert called Sfouf
Sfouf is really very similar to a Victoria sponge but with the flavour and the syrup it becomes delicious ,moist and exotic. Variations of this cake can be found from the Middle East along the Mediterranean. I will post a video of another variation at the bottom which i also love.
Semolina Cake


  • 250g    butter
  • 200g    golden caster sugar
  • 2         oranges , finely grated zest and juice
  • 4         eggs
  • 50g      plain flour
  • 2 tsps  baking powder
  • 250g    semolina
  • 200g    ground almonds
  • 120g    Greek yoghurt


  • 2         oranges ,grated zest and juice
  • 2         cinnamon sticks or pinch of saffron (optional)
  • 275g    sugar (caster or granulated)
  • 500 ml  water


  • To make the syrup put all the syrup ingredients in a pan with 500ml water and bring slowly to a simmer, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat and simmer until syrupy, about 15 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 160 C. Butter and base line a 20cm spring form cake tin. Cream the butter, sugar and orange zest until pale and fluffy. Beat the eggs then whisk in one at a time.
  • Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold through along with the orange zest, semolina and almonds. Add the orange juice and yoghurt and stir gently.  Place a few skinned almonds on the top for show if you want to but this is optional of course.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and cook for about 1 hour or until firm to the touch and a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and pierce all over with a skewer. Pour half the hot syrup over the warm cake. Leave to cool.
  • Drizzle the cake with the remaining syrup and serve with a large spoonful of crème fraîche if you like.


Servings: 6/8

Oven Temperature: 160 C/140f/Gas 3
Try this one as an alternative.

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Jo Cooks — Fat Free Pineapple Angel Food Cake

I have to share this recipe with you. Fat Free Pineapple Angel Food Cake and dont feel guilty for eating it

via Jo Cooks — Fat Free Pineapple Angel Food Cake.

You might also like this no egg no butter pineapple cake.

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Moussaka with Yoghurt and Cheese Topping (Greek)

I love Greek food.its very similar to Turkish food. One of my favourites is Moussaka. There are various ways of making this dish and mine is quite standard with just a little of my own input. I hope you enjoy it.



  • 1 tbsp   olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 1          large onion, finely chopped
  • 6/8       garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g     lamb mince
  • 1 tbsp   tomato purée
  • ½ tsp    ground cinnamon
  • 400g     can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsps    dried oregano
  • 1 tsp      dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 600g     (about 2 medium) aubergines
  • for the topping
  • 150ml   Greek yoghurt
  • 1          medium egg, beaten
  • 25g      freshly grated Parmesan
  • 80g      feta (crumbled or grated)
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • a pinch of nutmeg


  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, until soft. Increase the heat; add the minced lamb and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, until browned. Drain off the fat in a sieve and then return the meat to the pan.
  • Add the purée and cinnamon and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, then half-fill the can with water and pour into the pan. Add the oregano, basil, season and bring to the boil. Reduce the Meanwhile cut each aubergine diagonally into 5mm-thick slices. Brush with oil and flash fry them in a large frying pan, turning halfway, until pale golden. Drain on kitchen paper while grilling the remainder.
  • Heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 C. For the topping, mix the yoghurt, egg and half the cheeses. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Spread half the lamb mixture in a deep, 1.2-litre ovenproof dish. Overlap with half the aubergine and the rest of the lamb. Top with the rest of the aubergine, spoon over yoghurt mixture and scatter with the remaining cheeses. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.


Servings: 4

Oven Temperature: 200 C/180f/Gas 6


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