No. 53 - March 2007

 

Welcome to the Recipes4us Newsletter.  If you have any suggestions, additions or interesting questions  for the newsletter, please write to me at  Newsletter@Recipes4us.co.uk

 

Happy Cooking ! 

 

 

Florence Sandeman, Editor

Food Funny


A friend got some vinegar in his ear,
now he suffers from pickled hearing.
 

This Month's Features

 

Ingredient Analysis

 

 

Peanuts

March is National Peanut Month (US) Click the picture to find out about Peanuts including its origin history and of course lots of recipes

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Food in Film

 

 

Click the film to see the next in the series. This month it coincides with National Noodle Month.... depending on your point of view!

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What's in Season

Rhubarb, beetroot, broccoli, carrots, leeks, mint, parsley, parsnips, purple sprouting broccoli Leeks, Onions, parsnips, Parsnips, Pears, Potatoes, Spring cabbage, Turnips, Walnuts, naval oranges,

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How does your  Kitchen Garden grow

Even if you haven't decided yet what you want to grow, bought your seed and planned your planting you still have plenty of time. And don't fret about ordering your seed: today's garden centres have an increasing range of vegetable seeds to choose from including the miniature varieties.

 

Although March is thought to be the usual time for sowing many vegetable seeds, do keep an eye on the weather. At the moment we have had some extremely cold days and nights over here in the UK and I for one am certainly not even contemplating  sowing any seeds until the very end of the month.

 

If you are enjoying more clement spring weather then below are some of the seeds you can start to sow.

 

Outdoors

Broad beans, Brussels sprouts, dill, summer cabbage, carrots, turnips cauliflowers, Kohl Rabi, Leeks, peas  lettuce, marjoram, parsnips,  radish, spinach, spring onions

 

Indoors

Aubergines, Capsicums (Sweet peppers), Chives, mint,  oregano parsley, rosemary, sage,  sweet basil thyme, tomatoes

 

Although I’ve given you a list of suitable seeds to sow indoors, once again you should take into consideration outdoor conditions. Once they’ve germinated, it won’t be long before indoor sown plants start to romp away but delays in planting them out could leave you struggling with weak lanky plants. If in doubt, sow a couple of weeks later than you had anticipated.

For detailed growing instructions on the above-mentioned  visit growing herbs and vegetables section

 

 

 

* * * Winners of January subscriber prize draw * * *

FA of Brigg, N. Lincolnshire and  SB of  Australia

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March 1st is St. David's Day

St. David is the patron saint of Wales. Visit our St. David's Day page for lots of Welsh recipes

>>>>>  more      

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March is National Noodle Month (US)


The eating of noodles is often associated with Asian cooking in particular Chinese and Thai, but the term “noodle” covers a multitude of items, as the definition below shows:-

“A noodle is a thin strip of pasta, usually cut or extruded from some kind of dough. It is the basic unit in dishes like spaghetti, linguine, soba, and Udon. The term often refers to moist, cooked pasta, since it has connotations of curviness and slipperiness, but also to dried noodles that must be reconstituted by boiling or soaking in water.”
                                                                                                         Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noodle

> > > >  more    

Why not try making your own with the aid of these specialist kitchenware items  

 

 

 

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Food in the News . . . .

 

Organic food sector under threat from new GM rules
New UK government proposals to allow up to 0.9 per cent GM in organic food without it being labelled threatens a highly lucrative industry, claim campaigners

 

>>>>> more    (External Link)

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March 17th is St. Patrick's Day

Even if you're not Irish, why not celebrate this world famous day by cooking up something from the Emerald Isle. We have a section dedicated to the Patron Saint of Ireland with a little background information about him plus LOTS of recipes. AND if you want to know about Ireland's rich culinary history you can visit the Ireland Cooking by Country page.

   >>>>> more      

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March is National Sauce Month (US)

A good sauce can make or break a meal. Sauces come in all sorts of formats, from very simple e.g. cream which is heated and slightly reduced with a hint of mustard added which can be made in 3 minutes,  to the more complicated such as Demi-Glace based sauces which can take hours of preparation and cooking.  We have over 100 sauce recipes on the site, so you're bound to find one to accompany whatever you're cooking.

 

Don't forget salsas too which is the Mexican word for SAUCE. Click the links below to go directly to the index pages where the recipes are listed in order of preparation time.

Savoury Sauces       Sweet Sauces and Butters      Salsas

 

     

 

Whether you're looking for everyday,  exotic or unusual food and drink,  visit

UKFoodOnline.co.uk  Food shopping has never been easier !

 

Recipe of the Month

 

 Rhubarb Biscuits

 

As March is National Flour Month and rhubarb is coming into season, here’s a wonderful recipe using both. If you like rhubarb too, click here for lots of  information and more recipes.

 

Makes 24-28 Biscuits

 

Ingredients
100g/4oz Butter
200g/7oz Demerara Sugar
1 Egg
200g/7oz Stewed Rhubarb, drained
225g/8oz Plain Flour
A large pinch of Salt
1 teasp Baking Powder
1 teasp Grated Nutmeg
1 teasp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teasp Ground cloves
100g/4oz Sultanas

Instructions
 

1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4 and lightly grease several baking trays.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.

3. Add the egg a little at a time and beating until well incorporated.

4. Stir in the rhubarb and mix well.

5. In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder.

6. Add the flour mixture to the rhubarb mixture and mix until well blended then fold in the  sultanas.

7. Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing well apart, and bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned at the edges.

Cool on wire racks.

 

 

New and featured Recipes 

V = Vegetarian       GF = Gluten/wheat Free      DF = Dairy Free

Accompaniments

Homemade Tahini     Vegan   GF   DF

Homemade Peanut Butter     Vegan   GF   DF

Vegetables in Peanut Sauce       V

Malay Mixed Salad       V   DF

Phad Thai       V

Peanut Rice      Vegan   GF   DF

Traditional Sate Sauce     Vegan   DF

Crispy Noodles with Aubergine      V

Rhubarb Salsa      V  GF   DF

Rhubarb Pilaf       V

 

Desserts Cakes & Bakes

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies     V   DF

Peanut Fool        V  GF 

Peanut Butter Biscuits        V

Peanut Ice Cream        V   GF  

Silky Apples     V   DF

Peanut Pie       

Peanut Bread       

Apple and Cinnamon Kugel      V

Pear and Ginger Pudding        V

Pear Flan        V   GF  

Rhubarb Biscuits       V

Rhubarb Parfait        GF

Soups, Appetisers & Starters

Prawn and Pork Spring Rolls

Squid and Mango Salad   GF   DF

African Peanut Soup   GF   DF

Laksa

Thai Chicken Sates   GF   DF

Rhubarb and Mint Soup   Vegan   GF   DF

Rhubarb and Spinach Salad    Vegan   GF   DF

Foie Gras with Rhubarb     GF   DF

 

 

Main Courses 

Green Tomato Salad   Vegan   GF   DF

Pork with Peanut    GF   DF

Gai Pad Nam Tua Chicken

Fish with Noodles

African Peanut Stew     Vegan   GF   DF

Peanut Crusted Beef    GF   DF

Chicken with Shrimp and Peanut    GF   DF

Vegetable Croquettes     V

Trout with Rhubarb Sauce

Cidered Mackerel with Rhubarb

Mohinga

Udon Salad

Four Cheese Fettucine     V

Chilled Soba Noodles      V

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