Recipe Exchange

19 Nov

I have recently taken part in an email ‘recipe exchange’. I received this email:



You’ve been invited to be part of a recipe exchange. Here’s what you need to do to participate:

1) Please send a recipe to the person whose name is listed in the #1 position above (even if you do not know her). It should be preferably quick, easy and without rare ingredients. Actually, the best is one you know in your head and can type out and send right now.

2) Then copy this letter into a new e-mail, move my name to the #1 position and put your name in the #2 position. Only your name and mine should appear in this list when you send out your e-mail. Send this to 20 people. If you cannot do this within 5 days, please let me know so it will be fair to those participating. You should receive 36 recipes. It is fun to see where these recipes come from. Seldom does anyone drop out because we can all use some new recipes. The turn around is fast because only 2 names are on the list.

Have a great day and enjoy your new recipes!


By the way, I’de really love it if someone with a maths orientated brain could confirm to me that if you send 20 emails out you will not get 36 back…!?


Anyway I sent off my Salmon and Watercress Sauce recipe. I didn’t get 36, (or even 400 emails) in return, I got 4! I haven’t tried them yet so if they don’t work, don’t blame me!


Banana Loaf – good one for using up old bananas!!


225g self raising flour

100g butter

150g castor sugar

3 bananas (mashed)

2 eggs

175g mixed dried fruit


Mix all ingredients together – then stir in mixed dried fruit.

Put in a loaf tin with greaseproof paper

Bake for approx 1.5 hours (sometimes this can be a bit too long!)  on 180* or Gas 4


Chocolate brownies (makes 2 trays)


6oz margarine

1.5 lb soft light brown sugar

4 eggs

11oz SR flour

5oz cocoa

2tsp vanilla essence


1. Melt the margarine then mix in the sugar

2. Beat eggs and add

3. Add flour, cocoa and vanilla essence, the mixture should be quite thick and gloopy, not at all runny.

4. Bake for 30mins at gas mark 5 in the middle of the oven, think that’s about 170C but I’m not sure.


Broccoli and Cheddar Soup


I onion

175g of potatoes, peeled

450g broccoli

1 tablespoon sunflower oil

salt and pepper

1 1/2 pints water or chicken stock

1/2 teaspoon sugar

175g mature cheddar


1. chop onion and potato and gently fry in sunflower oil

2. trim broccoli and cut stem into half inch slices. Add stems to onion mix – fry for 5 mins and season

3.Keep back half the broccoli florets and add remainder to pot with water/stock. Simmer for 20 mins until the veg is soft.

4. Add rest of broccoli and suger. Cook for one minute.

5. Blend. (Not for too long! This soup should have a nice chunky consistency, and not all the broccoli should completely disappear – this is why you have cooked the brocolli for different lengths of time)

6. Pour into tureen and sprinkle with the cheese., stirring and turning with a ladle until melted.


Serve with some nice crusty bread. You can make the soup up till the post-blender stage and it will keep in the fridge for a day or so but don’t add the cheese until just before you are going to eat it.


Grape Cloud

Put 3 tablespoons of red or white grape juice in a bowl
Add 5ozs of Greek Yogurt
Add 4 tablespoons of soft brown sugar and stir well until sugar is dissolved
Beat half pint of double cream and fold into mixtures
Cut 1/2lb of black and 1/2lb of green grapes into quarters and fold into the mixture
Chill 1 hour before serving.


2 Responses to “Recipe Exchange”

  1. Keith November 20, 2008 at 10:58 am #

    I don’t usually read the recipes but … I think, having tried to make sense of the instructions that you will get 400 emails back.

    I send the email to 20 of my friends with my name in #2 slot (and your name in #1 slot).

    Then each of those 20 put my name in #1 position and send to 20 friends each – 400 emails. So if they all reply that’s 400 recipes! And a totally clogged inbox. Hope you have good anti-virus software!

  2. Gill Cooke November 24, 2008 at 6:55 pm #

    I like you Keith – my brain works like that too – I can’t rest until I have figured it out!

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