No. 74 - February 2009


Welcome to the first Recipes4us Newsletter of 2009 which I'm sending a little early to remind you about  a couple of food celebration days which occur  right at the beginning of the month.


As usual, if you have any suggestions, additions or interesting questions for the newsletter, please write to me at . Also, if you come across any publications mentioning, don't forget to let me know.


       Happy Cooking !



Florence Sandeman, Publisher




Sunday 1st February

British Yorkshire Pudding Day

Graphic © 

As the price of a joint of beef is so high, why not cook a joint of pork for your family Sunday lunch instead accompanied by sage Yorkshire puddings.  In the UK lean pork joints are around 30% cheaper than beef joints and you may be surprised to know that  oz for oz pork has very similar nutritional and calorific values as beef.


Nutrition Facts Beef


Per 1 oz, boneless, cooked, lean only

Calories 55.95
Calories from Fat 21.72


% Daily Value *

Total Fat 2.41g



Saturated Fat 0.921g


Cholesterol 21.77mg


Sodium 64.9mg


Potassium 106.66mg


Total Carbohydrate 0g


Protein 8g



Nutrition Facts Pork


Per 1 oz, boneless, cooked, lean only

Calories 58.9
Calories from Fat 24.42


% Daily Value *

Total Fat 2.71g



Saturated Fat 0.989g


Cholesterol 22.83mg


Sodium 81.88mg


Potassium 119.78mg


Total Carbohydrate 0g


Protein 8.07g




 I've also done a price comparison below of ready made frozen Yorkshires vs home made. Even more reason to make your own.


This Month

What's in Season in



Click here to see what's in season this month, how to cook it and to find a UK Farmers' Market near you.



February Weekday Menus


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.


Most of the main courses are ready to serve in less than 40 minutes - great for working people.




Aunt Bessies


Tesco (Finest)


Home made




£2.00  (on offer)




Don't make them !

Don't make them!

Don't make them!

Don't make them!


Per 12 individual popovers- prices taken from  www.mysupermarket on 15.1.09


For sage and other alternatively flavoured Yorkshire pudding recipes click here and make your British Yorkshire Pudding day special.




Tuesday 3rd February

National Carrot Day



Did you know that the original carrots eaten were white, purple or red? 


Orange carrots as we know them, were only bred in the 1500s by Dutch scientists and although the main purpose was to create a sweeter more palatable root, the new variety was adopted as the national vegetable and the emblem of the Dutch Royal House of Orange.


Carrots are also said to have been a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, and even the wild carrot, despite being no better than a weed, bears a royal name – Queen Anne’s Lace.


Maybe it should be Royal Carrot day, but if their royal connections don’t impress you, perhaps the following will.


Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene which is linked with reducing the risk of heart disease as well as being beneficial to the eyes. They are also a good source of fibre, potassium and Vitamin C and  contain phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, and calcium. If that's not enough,  for most of us they are cheap and available most of the year.


Here's one of the new Recipes4us videos showing how to cook a delicious side dish of glazed carrots (pictured above). For the full sized video plus the written recipe click here.




14th February is Valentine's Day

Culinary Videos

Click the picture to find the latest additions including the first of Phil Vickery's new Pudcasts and, of course, the latest Recipes4us productions


Food in Film

Click the film to see the next in the series.


Food and Health

Click the picture to find the latest addition to the Food &  Health section


Don't forget to visit our Valentines Day page for information about its history, a list of love foods, tips on what to feed your loved one, recipes and menu suggestions. Here's an example of one of the menus featured



Steamed asparagus with melted butter

Great to feed to each other and needs little prep

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Parsley Lemon and Pine Nut Linguine

The carbohydrates in the pasta are an excellent source of slow released energy

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Champagne Fruit Salad

Pasta can be filling so finish with this light dessert

which can be prepared ahead of time


Make everyday recipes extra special using our specially selected Valentine cookware




Have things mushroomed out of control?


Apparently, by simply swapping meat for mushrooms in just four meals a week as part of a healthy balanced diet, 10 volunteers in a north London (UK) diet study group managed to lose an average 12.71 pounds over five weeks.


The group of dieters swapped meat for mushrooms in various recipes such as:-

·         Spicy Mushroom and Bean Chilli for Chilli Con Carne

·         Mixed Mushroom and Ginger Stir Fry for Chicken Stir Fry

·         Warm Mushroom and Sweet Potato Salad for Warm Chicken Salad

·         Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff for Beef Stroganoff

·         Mushroom Korma for Chicken Korma

·         Indulgent Portabello Burgers for Beef Burgers

·         Squash & Mushroom Tagine for Squash & Chicken Tagine

·         Moroccan Mushrooms for Moroccan Lamb

·         Mushroom Risotto for Chicken Risotto

·         Creamy Mushroom Penne for Creamy Chicken Penne

·         Mushroom Bourguignon for Beef Bourguignon

·         Winter Mushroom Stew for Winter Lamb Stew

You can find all of the above  recipes plus more details about the eating plan and its philosophy at,  but just to whet your appetite, below are a couple of them. If you want to know more about mushrooms including nutritional values visit our Mushroom Analysis page and for preparation and cooking details see our Preparing & Cooking Fresh Mushrooms page.

Mixed Mushroom and Ginger Stir Fry

Preparation: 15 mins -  Cooking: 5-10 mins
Serves 4
Click here for full recipe

Warm Mushrooms and Sweet Potato Salad

Preparation: 10 mins -  Cooking: 25-30 mins

Serves 4
Click here for full recipe



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Here's my very latest video which isn't due for general release until 2nd February so, as a subscriber,  you will be one of the first to see it. It's perfect for Pancake day on 24th February....or any day.

For the full sized video plus the written recipe click here.


Other Food Celebrations

in February


1st - 8th     Bramley Apple Week (UK) (link)

9th -15th   National Chip Week (UK)  (link)

16th            National Almond Day (link)

22nd           National Chilli Day

26th            National Pistachio Day

                     Sweet Potato Month  (link)


Food in the News . . .


How will organic food hold up in the recession?


Market analysis have expressed concern that demand for organic food will shrink in the tight economic situation, as consumers become less willing to part with a premium.

> > > > More  External Link


Recipe of the Month

Apple and Ginger Pancakes

Here's a lovely recipe which combines Bramley Apple Week with pancake day

Serves 2

2 Pancakes (
Click here for basic pancake recipe)
2 small Cooking Apples, peeled and thinly sliced

(or use 1 large Bramley Apple)
1 tbsp Caster Sugar
1 teasp finely chopped Stem Ginger

1. Place apples in a saucepan with 2 tbsp of water and sugar and cook over a gently heat for about 10mins, stirring occasionally. When the apples are soft and reduced to a pulp stir in chopped stem ginger.

2. Lay one pancakes on a plate, spoon half the apple over half then fold the other half over. Repeat the process with the second pancake.

Photo and recipe © Morrisons Supermarket


If this recipe doesn't take your fancy, check out our Shrove Tuesday page for other pancake recipe ideas plus lots of information about Pancake Day.



The Kitchen Garden

Buy all your vegetable and herb seeds online here






Last year I set myself the challenge of growing two items which I had never grown before - a challenge which I have to admit,  I didn't do very well with.


This year, I'm going to do more of an experiment, rather than a challenge.


The practice of sowing seeds according to the phases of the moon began with the Aztecs and through the ages, many farmers have adhered to lunar planting.


Currently there is no scientific or horticultural evidence that this is true, but some still believe that plants respond to the same gravitational pull of tides that affect the oceans, which alternately stimulates root and leaf growth.


So, I'm going to give it a go. I'll be using one large trough container (about 12"x4' ) outdoors and I'll plant half the trough according to the moon phases and half at a time when I see fit.


I'll probably use a "cut and come again" leaf lettuce for the experiment, as it is usually easy to germinate, relatively fast growing and crops over a long period of time.


As with last year, I'll be posting monthly results and pictures so you can see if there's anything it and hopefully the weather will be good enough to sow seeds in March so I can start reporting the results in April's newsletter.


I'll let you know which seed I will be using in the March newsletter...haven't quite decided yet.

February in the Kitchen Garden


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.


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.


 For detailed growing instructions visit our growing herbs and vegetables section




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