Filo Fruit Tart

Rick Stein went to Thessaloniki and adored the fresh peaches which were in season, and made a lovely pie (his BBC series of Long Weekends might not still be available to view).

It’s autumn now, so I’ve substituted apples and pears, but any fresh (or tinned/frozen) fruit would be absolutely fine. This is the easiest posh pud I’ve ever made.

Serves: up to 10
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Fajitas with Chicken, Veg, Spices and Herbs

This isn’t a recipe so much (other than making tortillas): It’s a stepping-stone for you to unleash your own creativity. Go wild with your choice of spices, herbs, and fillings (see footnotes).

Children will LOVE making the flatbreads and filling them with their choice of ingredients, spices, and herbs. This is a fantastic way to introduce them to new flavours, too.

Serves: 6 – 8 depending on appetite
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Pizzas – Individually Sized

This is the Great Italian Chefs’ pizza dough recipe although I changed the preparation to show you how to create 4 generously-sized individual pizzas with your choice of toppings.

I made this recently with children aged 5 to 12 and they loved participating in every step, kneading dough, smelling herbs, and deciding on their own toppings/presentation.

Makes: 4 (large-ish) pizzas
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Poussin and Wild Rice

A poussin is a young chicken, typically sold at 1lb (450g or so). I found one in the discount shelf at the supermarket, dug out some wild rice which needed to be used, and stumbled into a fab meal for two (or, one and 2 Airedales) using bits ‘n bobs of herbs & spices.

Serve this with steamed and buttered vegetables (broccoli, green beans, mangetouts, etc) or plain crispy lettuce leaves, for a hearty main meal.

Serves: 2
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Canine Peanut Butter Crunchies

Wanting another crunchy biscuit for dogs in my repertoire, I reviewed Dog Treat Kitchen’s recipe. However, several people told me their dogs can’t digest oats, so I substituted dried carrot. My recipe uses GF flour but you could use regular.

These are minimal fuss but definitely crunchy, peanutty, & delish (for both man and beast!).

Makes: 2-3 dozen cookies depending on size

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Canine Crunchy Biscuits

My Canine Liver Treats are the bomb. But I keep getting asked to make crunchy biscuits for dogs. I’ve done the research and practice, so you don’t have to; you can make these at home for a fraction of the cost of posh treats. Drying the vegetables is necessary, so start the night before.

Several veg & herb/spice suggestions are in the footnotes, as well as an option to add meat or fish.

Makes: 40+ treats depending on size
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