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  • Jackie Harvey
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    My children (like everyone else's) do lots of after school activities and when we arrive home they are really hungry and I like to give them a hot meal. Does anyone have any ideas for tasty meals that be made from scratch in less than 10 minutes? (They are getting fed up with fresh ravioli and pizza!) Thanks in advance. J

    Joanna Thesiger
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    Here are some quick tips for busy mums to make tasty dishes. look for elmlea on the supermarket shelves, healthy alternative to cream, light or full fat whatever takes your fancy. perfect for sauces; fry up some mushrooms or chicken, throw elmlea on top and mix in a crushed up chicken stock cube and maybe a dash of honey or brown sugar and that's all you need to do. it's a winner with my family!

    also great to make a pasta dish with cooked salmon and a handful of grated cheese.

    one more tip, a spoonful of redcurrant jelly in spag. bol. it's delicious!

    Tessa Mackenzie
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    These are fab tips will most definitely try!

    Kiran Reddy
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    Can anyone suggest some good ideas on easy recipes for weekday family dinners please?

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    Have you tried jamie oliver's 30 minute meals?

    Serena Norgren
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    A new family favourite in our house is a twist on bolognaise. instead of spaghetti put the bolognaise sauce into wraps with grated cheese, shredded lettuce, sour cream, sweetcorn, crispy chorizo, lardons, etc etc. the only limit is your imagination. my 8 year old is particularly partial to chilli dipping sauce with this.....??? enjoy!

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    a family favourite in our house is meatballs! the great thing is it is very easy to make this in large quantities and then freeze so you've got several meals without too much extra effort or prep!

    brown 1 large onion (chopped),some garlic (chopped and crushed) and some bacon or lardons and the meatballs - 24 mini ones (you could always make your own if you want to and have the time - i get the waitrose aberdeen angus packs of 24 mini meatballs which are often on offer at 3 packs for £10)

    add in 1 or 2 tins of chopped tomatoes, some tomato puree, fresh basil, s&p and a tablespoon of brown sugar.

    bring to simmering point, cover and leave to slow cook for at least an hour (the longer the better) and then serve with pasta or mash. especially great for hungry boys!!

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    This is a treat to make over the weekend for the family. (an after dinner treat)
    Ingredients for the shortbread: (recipe from the NZ Edmonds cookbook)The difference in making with icing sugar not sugar makes all the difference!!

    250 g butter, 1 cup icing sugar, 1 cup cornflour, 2 cups plain baking flour
    Ingredients for the caramel:
    100g butter or margarine, 100g light muscavado sugar, 2 x 397g cans condensed milk
    For the topping: 200g plain or milk chocolate, broken into pieces

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 180’C/Gas mark 4. Lightly grease a 13 x 9inch (33x23cm) Swiss roll tin.
    2. To make the shortbread: Cream butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy. Sift cornflour and flour together. Mix sifted ingredients into creamed mixture. Knead the mixture together until it forms a dough, then press into the base of the prepared tin. Prick the shortbread lightly with a fork and bake in the pre-heated oven Bake at 150°C for about 30 minutes or until firm to the touch and until pale golden brown. Cool in the tin.
    3. To make the caramel, measure the butter, sugar and condensed milk into a pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil, stirring all the 
time, then reduce the heat and simmer very gently, 
stirring continuously, for about 5 minutes or until the mixture has thickened slightly. Pour over the shortbread and leave to cool.
    4. For the topping, melt the chocolate slowly in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Pour over the cold caramel and leave to set. Cut into squares or bars.

    enjoy. Anna

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    One of my favorites is Tuna pasta.
    Add a tin or two of shredded tuna to your cooked penne, add a little seasoning, a couple of tablespoons of mayonnaise, diced tomatoes (if you wish) and mix everything together. Add more mayo if it's not moist enough. It can be served luke warm or heated up a little with freshly grated cheese on top.
    The same mixture is also delicious on toast.

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    Try adding diced chorizo to your meatball sauce for a change

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