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Brown Rice Noodles

We’re always on the lookout for something a bit different. On a ‘forage’ in a Continental Store we happened on these Brown Rice Noodles.

We though they would add a bit of colour to a sty fry. As neither of us had cooked them before we actually followed the cooking instructions of the packet - Quite unusual for us! It seems that the original Brown Rice has already been cooked and therefore according to the packet you simply pour boiling water over them and drain well. We can’t say we were convinced. Perhaps pouring two kettles of boiling water over and running a little Oil through to separate would have worked. We’ll work them out eventually - Not to be beaten by a pack of Noodles.

We stirred them through a King Prawn and Chorizo stir fry, which was really good. Shame about the rather odd Noodle texture. You can’t win them all!

Pork Fillet Wellington recipe

There’s an offer on British Pork at the local Supermarket at the moment. So a whole Pork Fillet cost a little over £2. We had a few bits & Bobs in the fridge which needed using up including some Polish Paté. So here’s our take on Pork Fillet Wellington.


A whole Pork Fillet
200g of Mushroom Paté
100g of sliced Chorizo
4 Medium Mushrooms, chopped
½ a Red Onion, chopped finely
Puff Pasty (Gluten free Just Roll here – Lazy I know!)
Oil to fry
Salt & Pepper
1 Egg beaten for an Egg wash


(1) Sauté the Onion in a frying pan with a little Oil and add the Mushrooms.
(2) Set aside to cool.
(3) Sear the Fillet on all side to brown slightly and set aside.
(4) When both are cool spread the Pastry out on a board cover in kitchen parchment.
(5) layer the Chorizo over the Pastry allowing space on all side so you can stick the Pastry parcel together.
(6) Spread the Paté over the Chorizo in a generous layer.
(7) Spread the Sautéed Mushrooms and Onion over the Paté in an even layer.
(8) Place the Fillet in the middle of the Pastry and lifting one edge of the Pastry roll to make a cylindrical parcel.
(9) Fold the ends of the parcel in and seal all the edges with Egg wash.
(10) Pre heat the oven to 180c.
(11) Brush all the visible Pastry with Egg wash.
(12) Use the parchment to lift the parcel onto an oven tray.
(13) Place in the oven and cook for 30 minutes until the pastry is browned.
(14) Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a further 10 minutes. The Fillet will continue to slowly cook.
(15) With a sharp knife slice diagonally into thick slices and plate up.

We served ours with a Red Wine Jus, made with a Red Wine Stock Pot and seasonal vegetables. Quite a treat and well within budget as it lasted us for two meals.


Zucchini Noodles recipe

We’ve reached the end of our Vegetarian Alphabet experiment. It’s been fun, but we’re happy to move on now….. So - “Z” was “Zucchini Noodles”


2 Large Courgettes ( Zucchini )
½ a Red Onion, finely Sliced
2 Spring Onions, sliced
6 Cherry Tomatoes, halved
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1/ a Lemon
A dash of Soy Sauce
6 to 8 Basil Leaves
Olive Oil
Grated Italian style hard Cheese to garnish
Salt & Pepper


(1) With a Potato peeler shave the Courgettes into ribbons and then cut into NoodlesThe strong Mediterranean and Basil flavours made this fresh and reminiscent of a very chunky Basil Pesto. A really tasty side.
(2) Place in a bowl and sprinkle with Salt to release the water.
(3) Leave for 30 minutes and then dry on Kitchen Paper.
(4) In a pan add the Olive Oil and from the Onion until translucent.
(5) Add the Garlic, Soy Sauce and season with Salt & Pepper.
(6) Add the Spring Onions, Tomatoes and Basil Leaves.
(7) Stir for a few Minutes.
(8) Add the Noodles and stir gently with tongs.
(9) Add a squeeze of Lemon and garnish with the grated Cheese.

The strong Mediterranean and Basil flavours made this fresh and reminiscent of a very chunky Basil Pesto. A really tasty side.

Superb Gluten free Yorkshire Pudding Recipe

For “Y” in our Vegetarian Alphabet it would be wrong not to include our universal soldier Gluten from Yorkshire Pudding recipe.


100g Cornflour
150ml Milk
3 eggs
Salt & fresh ground Black Pepper


(1) Heat your oiled Yorkshire Pudding tray in the oven at 220c until the oil is smoking.
(2) Whisk all the ingredients vigorously.
(3) Pour into the tray and return to the oven very quickly.
(4) Cook at 210c for 10 minutes the reduce the temperature to 180c.
(5) Cook for a further 25 minutes.

We use this recipe for Yorkshire Puddings with roast dinners. We also use it as a Pizza base and quite often we load a whole roast dinner in one, with lots of Gravy!

Ximenia and Chilli Chutney

“X” in any of our Alphabet gigs is always a bit of a challenge. But with a good deal of artist license this is a good as it get for our Vegetarian Alphabet – Ximenia and Chilli Chutney.

Ximenia is an Indian fruiting bush which is distantly related to the Prunus tress. So a bit like a Plum. They are described as similar to a Greengage. Well clearly York is not the most likely place to find them and Greengages are out of season. So I just substituted Plums!!!! (Read as – I cheated considerably….)


1 Punnet of Plums. Or indeed Ximenia if you know where to get some!
3 Red Chillies
250g of Sugar
1 Tsp of Salt
300ml of Distilled Vinegar.


(1) Cut the fruits and remove the stones.
(2) Pop everything in a large pan and bring to the boil.
(3) Reduce the heat and simmer until everything is well cooked and the volume has reduced by a half.
(4) Use a hand blender if you want a smooth Chutney.
(5) Allow to cool and then pour into a seal-able jar.

According to the recipe this improves with age, but it’s pretty powerful already.

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