Brunch treat at home this weekend

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Brunch treat at home this weekend

Postby BBens » Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:53 pm

Here's a recipe from the Ben's Canteen brunch archives that anyone can make at home to treat the household:

Makes 10 Fritters, so play around with the quantities or give some to a neighbour/ friend in need.
  1. 1kg Sweet Corn (you can defrost frozen Sweet Corn)
  2. 1 chopped Red Chilli
  3. 1 grated Courgettes
  4. 375g Self-raising Flour
  5. Small Bunch Parsley, chopped
  6. Small Bunch Mint, chopped
  7. Half Bunch Coriander, chopped
  8. 4 Eggs
  9. 0.5 tsp Baking Powder
  10. 1 chopped Garlic clove
  11. Cracked Black Pepper & Salt
  1. Halloumi, sliced
  2. Tomato Jam
  3. Baby Spinach
  4. Poached Eggs
  5. Grilled Bacon or Chorizo (or both!)
  1. Blitz the Sweet Corn in the processor and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add grated Courgettes, the rest of the Sweet Corn, Chilli, Garlic and the Herbs, season and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk Eggs and add to the mixing bowl.
  4. Gradually add the flour, mixing well.
  5. Spoon the Mixture into a fryer and cook for about 6-8 minutes
The rest
  1. Grill Bacon/Chorizo
  2. Poach Eggs
  3. Slice the Halloumi and lightly grill.
  4. Open jar of Tomato Jam or Onion maralade.
  5. Wash Baby Spinach
  1. Place Baby Spinach on plate.
  2. Place the Fritters on top.
  3. Load up the Fritters with Halloumi and Tomato Jam
  4. Either balance your Poached Egg on top or place on the side of your Fritter stack. Likewise, if you’re having these with Bacon or Chorizo then artfully place on the side, thinking, what’s the optimum position to make my Insta post look great?
  5. Garnish with Coriander and ideally a Bloody Bens Bloody Mary or Gin.
The pic is by a favourite Canteen Brunch blogger, @themunchbrunchkids  

If you’re thinking, I would like to eat these with a Bloody Mary then
please click here to order Bloody Bens Bloody Mary Mix. Type NVN at checkout to get a special Nappy Valley discount.

Full recipe: ... YWFpIn0%3D
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Brunch treat at home this weekend - smashed avo

Postby BBens » Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:28 pm

From the Ben's Canteen archives, the spec for Smashed Avo:
Makes 6 Portions.
  1. 3 Avocados
  2. Half a finely chopped Chilli
  3. Squeeze of Lemon or Lime Juice 
  4. Salt
  5. Dash of Tabasco
  6. 2 Tomatoes, de-seeded and flesh diced
  7. 4 Sprigs of Coriander, chopped
  8. 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  1. Mash/Smash Avocado with a fork
  2. Fold the rest of the ingredients into the avocado

Lovely with Roasted (or Cherry) Tomatoes, Poached Eggs, Feta, Radishes, Seeds and of course Bacon. Best on some quality sourdough & enjoyed with a Bloody/ Virgin Mary.

Get a bottle of Bloody Bens Mix at and type NVN at checkout to get a special Nappy Valley discount. You just need to decide who's cooking ...
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Brunch treat at home this weekend

Postby BBens » Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:42 pm

Scotch Eggs will follow next week ....

This weeks treat is the Ben’s Canteen Pancakes. They're American style & very much for those with a sweet tooth, with some fruit to make them slightly healthy ....

This was possibly the most Instagrammed dish on the Canteeno menu. Your challenge: 1 Decide who'll make them and 2. Get a great pic for your Gram.
Banana Pancakes - to make up 1 plate 
  • 3 x 75g pancakes
  • 1 x Banana
  • 25g Blueberries
  • 10g Meringue Nest (smash it into pieces)
  • 20g Crushed Honeycomb (think the inside of a Crunchie bar rather than the posh stuff, although you can of course try using that)
  • 20g Caramel Sauce
  • 35g Maple Mascarpone
  • 4 x Viola Flower
Pancake Mix - makes 10/12 pancakes
  • 110g Pain Flour
  • 25g Caster Sugar
  • 1 x Eggs
  • 100ml Milk
  • 30g Melted Butter
  • 4g Baking Powder
  • 1g (a pinch) Table Salt
Pancake Mix
  1. Add all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine.
  2. Add in Eggs, Milk, Butter and whisk until the lumps are removed.
  3. CHEF TIP. Place in a squeezey bottle and you can keep it in the fridge for a couple of days meaning you’re never far from your next Pancake fix.
  • Pour Pancake mix onto frying pan on medium heat and cook evenly on both sides.
  • Create 3 Pancakes.
  • Slice Banana into four and place flat side and grill until caramelised.
  • Place Pancakes onto a plate, top with the Banana, Meringue, Honeycomb and Caramel Sauce.
  • Be fancy and try doing a Quenelle of Maple Mascarpone and place in the centre of the Pancakes.
  • Garnish with Blueberries, mooore Caramel Sauce, Icing Sugar and Viola Flowers
For a Virgin or Bloody Mary to accompany your treat order at ahead of the weekend. There are 300ml or 1 Litre bottles of Bloody Bens Mix. Type NVN for local discount. 
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Brunch treats at home this weekend

Postby BBens » Tue May 12, 2020 6:47 pm

In response to Annabel's special request, here's the Ben's Canteen Scotch Egg recipe ...
The recipe changed a bit over the years, the first incarnation was probably the best but super complicated and in time it got simplified to this still absolutely delicious treat.
Sausage Mix – make 5 Scotch Eggs
  • 500g Sausage Meat
  • 100g Streaky Bacon finely chopped
  • 100g Black Pudding chopped small
  • 10g finely chopped Chives
  • 10g blitzed Dried Mushrooms
  • 10g Mushroom Ketchup
Egg & Flour
  • 1 Soft Boiled Egg
  • 1Egg
  • 200g Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 100g Flour
Mix all of the Sausage Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Take 140g of the Mix and shape around a Soft Boiled Egg – FYI, when you’ve finished soft boiling the Egg, put it in iced water, this stops it cooking and is the key to that magic moment when you cut into your Scotch Egg and the yolk is still runny.
Dip your Sausage encased Egg into an Egg, then Flour and then Breadcrumbs. At the Canteen it was then deep fried for around 8 minutes but at home you’re probably better off popping them in the oven at 180 for at least twenty mins.
Also, if you have any of the Sausage Meat Mix left over then shape it into a burger patty and fry and then you’ll have the ingredient for the most amazing Breakfast Bap.

The Scotch Egg (or Bap) is delicious with a Bloody Mary. To get a bottle of Bloody Bens Mix go to:

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Postby BBens » Fri May 22, 2020 2:16 pm

Hot Smoked Salmon Benedict:
Sharing more Ben's Canteen old recipes. These are chef specs rather than more precise home cooking notes. You are now head chef for the Hot Smoked Salmon Benny.
Hot Smoked Salmon bit can trip a few people up because we all think of Smoked Salmon as cold. Hot Smoked Salmon is a different technique, basically smoked at a higher temp. The end result is something more akin to poached and wow it’s tasty.

You can buy Hot Smoked Salmon from the supermarket eg Waitrose. It's even better with a Bloody Mary. If you can only get normal smoked salmon, just do you own twist.
  • 100g Hot Smoked Salmon
  • English Muffin
  • 2 Poached Eggs
  • 60g Hollandaise Sauce
  • 10g Lambs Lettuce
  • Toasted Sesame
  • Black Pepper
Once you’ve toasted your English Muffin, this is just a simple assembly job. Load up your sliced Muffin with Hot Smoked Salmon, place a Poached Egg on top of each half, pour over Hollandaise. Garnish with Toasted Sesame and Black Pepper and have a little Lambs Lettuce on the side. Happy Brunching!

Here's the link. You can also buy Bloody Bens Mix on the website or at many local delis & bottle shops: ... s-canteen/
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Postby BBens » Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:55 pm

Unusually the Avo here isn’t smashed & the egg is Pink ... A Beetroot Pickled Egg, totally delicious but for some weird, anyway it’s delicious so do give it a go. 
1 Avocado 
30g Sweetcorn Salsa – Google one but basically some diced Red Pepper with Tinned Sweetcorn 
30g Feta 
½ Grilled Lime 
1 Beetroot Pickled Egg cut in half - see below
3 large sprigs of Coriander 
Salt & Pepper 
Slice of Toasted Sourdough 

This is basically an assembly job but you do need to make your Beetroot Pickled Egg in advance, have a Google or try this recipe from Sarsons. They keep for ages - make a batch!

Slice your Lime in half and grill it, whilst you’re doing that toast a slice of lovely Sourdough – ideally from an independent baker, generally speaking the quality is so much better.
Cut your Avocado in half and then very thinly slice it and push it flat to cover the Sourdough Toast. Sprinkle over the Sweetcorn Salsa and crumbled Feta, slice your Beetroot Pickled Egg in half and snuggle it up against the Toast. 

Garnish with Salt and Pepper and the Coriander. Once you’ve got your Instagram picture perfect, squeeze the Lime over. The ideal drink is a Virgin/ Bloody Mary. Order a bottle of Bloody Bens Bloody Mary Mix at
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Postby BBens » Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:33 pm

Another recipe from Ben's Canteen archives to share. Note, these are chef specs rather than precise home cooking notes. Eggs Benny with the addition of Kimchi shows how more adventurous we have got as eaters.

A few years before the Canteen trailed a Kimchi Burger but it barely sold, most weren’t up for it. Fast forward and Kimchi was even available as a side and ordered quite regularly.
  • 60G KIMCHI
Grill your Bacon & get Poaching your Eggs; if you’re not using a shop bought Hollandaise then you need to make that up too. Toast your English Muffin and top with Kimchi.

Add the Bacon, place your Poachers on top and smother in Hollandaise. Add the Lambs Lettuce in-between your Muffins, sprinkle Toasted Sesame over the Eggs and a pinch of Salt and Pepper. 
Bacon & Kimchi Benedict is yummy with a Bloody Mary. Get Bloody Bens Mix with pure IoW tomato juice at: ... mato-juice Drizzle some Kimchi juice into your Bloody Mary to give it a little extra zing.
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Postby BBens » Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:20 pm

American Diner Style Pancakes

For this recipe, you’ll need the basic pancake recipe - here & in the link at the bottom.
  • A stack of 3 Pancakes – get the Pancake recipe here.
  • 2 Rashers of Bacon – the thicker the better. Ideally go to your local butcher and ask for Smoked Streaky Bacon cut thick from the slab.
  • 1 Runny Fried Egg
  • 25g Maple Syrup
  • Butter
First prepare your Pancake Mix, then cook your Bacon followed by the Pancakes, you want a stack of three. Fry an egg and remember, you want that yolk runny.
Butter each Pancake and then top the stack with your Fried Egg. Place your Bacon by the side and put your Maple Syrup in a pot and then drizzle over as your tummy allows.

For a perfect Virgin or Bloody Mary use Bloody Bens Mix with IoW pure Tomato Juice. ... mato-juice

Pancake Mix recipe: ... ke-recipe/
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Postby BBens » Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:13 am

With restaurants, pubs & bars getting ready to open, we're near the end of our cook at home brunch treats. Please share any pics you've taken. You might prefer this for lunch or dinner instead of brunch ...

  • Splash of Olive Oil
  • 60g Chorizo, Diced
  • 80g Tinned Black Eyed Beans
  • 1/2 Tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 125ml Bloody Bens Bloody Mary Mix - see below
  • 2 Large Handfuls of Baby Spinach
  • 1 Egg
  • Grating of Strong Cheddar
  • Sliced Spring Onions to serve
  • Sliced Red Chilli to serve
  • Toast to serve
Heat the Olive Oil in a small frying pan over a medium to high heat. When hot, chuck in the Chorizo pieces & leave to cook for 2 minutes, until leaking their ruby red oils and turning crisp at the edges.
Tip in the Black Eyed Beans and stir through the Chorizo. Add the Tomato Puree and stir in with the other ingredients. Pour in the Bloody Bens Bloody Mary Mix along with a splash of Water. Bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat a little and add the Spinach. Turn in the hot sauce until wilted. Use a spoon to create a small indent in the middle of the pan. Crack in an Egg and grate some Cheese on top.
Place a lid on the pan (if you don’t have a lid then find a suitably sized plate) and cook for about 4 minutes.
Remove the lid, scatter with Spring Onions and Chilli and get stuck in.
Bloody Bens Bloody Mary Mix is a blend of 22 herbs & spices, mainly used to make Bloody or Virgin Mary's, however it's amazing in cooking. You can buy it at many Delis, Butchers & Bottle Shops across South London. 
Order it online at Type NVN at checkout for a 10% Nappy Valley Discount. Offer valid till 31 July. Takes 2-3 days by post or we often deliver locally.
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