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Simple recipe ideas when you're feeling tired or lazy

On this site we offer a number of recipes, especially for puddings. Here are some very basic pudding recipes:

Batley Cake Recipe


  • 12oz plain flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 oz baking powder
  • Milk to mix
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 20z jam, warmed
  • 6oz butter  sugar 
  • 6oz caster sugar

Instructions - Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together, rub in the butter, then add the sugar. Mix to a stiff dropping consistency with the egg and a little milk. Divide the mixture into two. Roll into rounds ½ inch thick. Spread the warmed jam on one half, cover with the other. Pinch the edges together, brush with beaten egg and spinkle liberally with sugar. Bake in a Swiss roll rin at 350ºF (Mark 4) for 30 minutes.

Yorkshire Christmas Pudding Recipe


  • 6lb flour
  • 4lb currants
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1½lb raisins 
  • 12oz butter
  • 1½lb sugar 
  • 12oz lard
  • 4oz candied peel
  • 4½oz fresh yeast
  • 4oz candies orange
  • 1 pint fresh milk grated
  • rind of 1 large lemon
  • 2 eggs  grated nutmeg 


Sift the flour and salt, then rub the fats in. Cream the yeast. Add sufficient hot water to the milk to warm it. Beat the eggs and add to the milk and water. Add the yeast to hte flour, then add enough liquid to make a light dough. Beat for 20 minutes! Leave to rise for 1½ hours, covered, in a warm place. When well risen, beat in the fruit, sugar, candied fruit, lemon rind and a sprinking of nutmeg. Knead very thoroughly. Put into 6 greased 1lb loaf tins and bake in a moderate oven intil risen and browned. 

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Here are some really basic recipes for easy dinners. We also think food festivals are a great place to get more recipes.

Chilli Rellano

  • 37-oz. cans whole green chillies, drained
  • 3/4 lb. each of jack and mild cheddar cheese
  • 12oz. Evaporated milk
  • 3 T. flour
  • Salt
  • 4 eggs
  • Tabasco sauce
  • 10-oz can green chilli salsa

Make batter of flour, eggs, milk, salt. Pour half of batter in bottom of 9 x 12-inch casserole dish. Layer chillies on batter. Shred cheeses and sprinkle over chillies. Pour rest of batter over cheese

Bake at 325º for 45 minutes. Pour salsa and tabasco over casserole. Bake 15 minutes longer. Best serve hot, but let sit a few minutes before serving so casserole doesn’t run.

Beef And Rice Casserole 

  •  1 lb. ground beef
  • 3/4 c. chopped onion
  • 1/4 c. chopped bell pepper
  • 1 c. minute rice
  • 1 16-oz. can tomatoes
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • Spices: (ad to taste) - Basil, oregano, garlic, bay leaf, fresh parsley

This is a delicious when made ahead, stored in a casserole dish, then reheated. Can be eaten like this or topped with shredded cheese and popped under broiler.

 Brown beef in skillet. Add onions and green pepper. Drain off excess grease. Stir in seasonings, soup, tomatoes, and rice. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer slowly for about 5 minutes,, stirring occasionally.   

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