Showing posts with label Dinner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dinner. Show all posts

Greek-Style Salad with Potatoes

You've gotta love the ingredients of a simple Greek salad.  But the other afternoon on day two of nice weather, instead of another BBQ I wanted something, quick, easy and relatively healthy.

Yes, yes I know it isn't traditional for a Greek salad to have potatoes or baby salad leaves for that matter, but that's what I fancied doing, so I did. 😊

Greek Salad with Potatoes

No point in me adding amounts since there's no real recipe for this - the amount you make is up to you.  If you can get them it is worth using those pointed red peppers as they are much sweeter and nicer than a bell pepper.  I love bell peppers but they are better cooked.
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Chicken Parmentier - Great Dish for Leftover Roast Chicken

Now before I go on I must tell you I didn't imagine this dish would taste so good and therefore had no intention of writing about it. But after a quick taste when plating up, out came the camera and here we are with not the best photo but hey ho 😐 I was hungry and not in the mood for photography!

Chicken Parmentier I have to admit isn't something I'd heard of before; I know, call myself a food blogger, where have I been?  Anyway I received a box of wine the other day and one of the wines said it goes well with chicken parmentier.  So after having a bit of a Google there was the recipe along with loads of variations; in fact there were more recipes than you can shake a stick at.

Chicken Parmentier

But Rick Stein's recipe looked good to me but since I can't follow any recipe without interfering and doing my own thing I added smoked paprika which I'm sure neither Rick Stein or the French wouldn't approve of but I decided it would be a good thing, and as it turns out it was 😋

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Posh Bubble and Squeak and the New Radiant Range from Judge

I love bubble and squeak but since it requires leftover potatoes and greens we hardly ever have it; why? Because being greedy we never have 'leftovers' but if you do happen to have any leftover cooked potatoes then this is a great way to use them up.

Just throw the pancetta or bacon into a pan; no need to add oil and cook until crispy then remove and set aside.  Add the cooked potatoes to the pan along with a teaspoon or two of smoked paprika and cook until heated through.
Add the bacon back in along with a handful of spinach (for good health 😊) and cook until it wilts. Season with black pepper and serve straight away with a nice fried egg; free range of course.

Apart from a quick lunch it was actually just a was a good excuse to try out my shiny new chefs pan from the Radiant Range by Judge Cookware!

Posh Bubble and Squeak with pancetta and fried egg

About the new Radiant Range from Judge:
New Judge Radiant benefits from Teflon’s very latest Radiance non-stick surface which is PFOA free. This is a 3 layer non-stick which uniquely integrates ferrous particles which accelerate heat transfer through the non-stick layer, creating a very even heat throughout the pan.
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Easy Dinner Idea - SPAM and Baked Bean Hash - Plus a GIVEAWAY

A can of SPAM® is such a useful food thing to have in the store cupboard, that little (or large) tin means you'll never be stuck for a quick and easy dinner.

SPAM® is so easy to cook; slice it, dice it, fry it, grill it the choice is yours.  Of course you can even serve SPAM® straight from the can as it's already cooked, just add egg and chips for a super fast dinner everyone will love.

But it's not all SPAM® and chips! There are so many options for fast and tasty meals.  Why not try my SPAM® and Baked Bean Hash for a easy, cheap, quick and filling dinner that the whole family will enjoy; especially the kids.

SPAM Hash with Beans

This recipe can easily be adapted for the whole family; just double the ingredients accordingly.

Top Tip!
You might want to buy the bigger 415g tin of beans, use half and keep half as they are cheaper to buy. The same goes for the SPAM as it is also available in a larger tin.  Just be sure to store correctly in the fridge and not in the tin.  They will both keep for a couple of days.  Read over the page for the recipe and a giveaway!

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Skinni Pork Sausage Sweet Potato and Apple Tray Bake

Tray Bakes are one of the easiest and quickest meals you can make and anything with sausages has to be good in my opinion.  Of course the secret to good taste is to use quality sausages.

Okay readers of this blog will know I'm supposed to be trying to lose a bit of weight here - so whilst my recipe isn't exactly calorie free as it contains potatoes, the Skinni Pork Sausages I used are from West Coast Foods and are reduced fat and high in protein.  

There's certainly no faffing about with this recipe, it's ready to serve in just 45 minutes.  Pork Sausages, Onions and a mixture of Sweet Potatoes and Regular Potatoes, Apples and Sage; what's not to like?

Sausage Sweet Potato and Apple Tray Bake

The oven tray I used was a SCANPAN; you can read my review here.

All you need is a suitably sized non-stick oven tray that's big enough for the ingredients to be spread out.  If you don't have one then you can use one of the disposable foil ones from the supermarket; just be careful that is doesn't bend when removing from the oven.

If there's more than two of you just add more of everything including sausages; and of course you can cook this just for one person.
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National Curry Week - Perfect Rosé Wine Parings from Provence Wines

Just in case you didn't know, it's National Curry Week.  Personally I can't think of anything better than a nice cold glass of Rosé to cool down a lovely spicy curry.  Provence Wines have come up with this really delicious looking recipe for Curried Mussels and they've also picked a few of their wines that are the perfect match with curry.


Image supplied by Provence Wines.

Château La Gordonne, Vérité du Terroir, AOP Côtes de Provence, 2015 – £14.99 from Ocado

A bright pink wine showing notes of raspberry and redcurrant that seduces with its elegance and its freshness from the nose to the palate.

Manon, AOP Côtes de Provence, 2015 - £9 from Tesco

Boasting a brilliant pink colour, this delicious dry Rosé from sunny Provence is bursting with  aromas of  pit fruits and white flowers. The mouthfeel is rich yet refreshing with a silky structure and lingering finish.

Château d’Ollières Classique, AOP Coteaux Varois en Provence, 2015 - £12.99 from Selfridges

Château d’Ollières lies between Aix and Nice. Crisp, well balanced with a bouquet redolent of soft spices, this Provençal Rosé comes from a region that is synonymous with this style of wine.

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Thai Fish Cakes with Mango Salsa - Philips AirFryer

Week 3 of the 4 week #AirFryerTakeIn challenge given to me by Philips.  Using the AirFryer the plan is to swap a takeaway and get cooking using the AirFryer.

As the Philips AirFryer uses very little oil if any in many recipes (including these fish cakes) you can cut the calories without compromising on taste.


AirFryer recipe


I must say I think the AirFryer is a most marvelous invention. Yep I'm really loving this gadget as it can cook many things other low fat fryers can not cook and I'll be writing a detailed post on that soon.

So far in the #AirFryerTakeIn challenge I've cooked Ricotta and Basil Balls and Mini Chorizo Empanadas and both were totally delicious.


AirFryer


These Thai Fishcakes are just 57 calories per Fishcake with Mango Salsa and Philips say a takeaway version (on average) would be 70 calories.

So how does the AirFryer work?
By using very little oil and something called Rapid Air Technology.  Rapid Air technology makes the hot air circulate very rapidly around the ingredients in the basket.  This heats up the ingredients in the basket from all sides at once, making it a healthy, fast and easy method to prepare tasty food. Food prepared in the Airfryer is crispy on the outside and without being dry on the inside.

Now I'm just saying, from my personal experience I say the non-stick Philips Grill Pan that isn't supplied with the AirFryer is seriously worth buying as my fishcakes did stick to the bottom of the supplied wire basket but the grill pan is non-stick and works perfectly.  Of course it's also useful for cooking many other food items too.

AirFryer no oil

There was no oil used to make these fishcake - the recipe is in the book that is supplied with the Philips Viva Collection AirFryer along with a good selection of other recipes that include a chocolate cake.  Oh yes CAKE made in the AirFryer!! 

Check out this and more Philips products over the Philips website.

Disclosure - I was sent the Philips AirFryer to take part in the #AirFryerTakeIn challenge along with a gift card for ingredients. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive. 
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Spicy Beef and Bean Feast - No Chopping or Weighing Recipe

Frozen food is a life saver for those busy days when you just don't have time to cook.  With the family patiently waiting for dinner to be on the table it's brilliant to be able to open the freezer and gather a few simple ingredients together.  Along with a few store cupboard bits and bobs you can produce a tasty and filling quality meal in under 30 minutes - and that's from start to finish!

I hear you saying 'Under 30 minutes; yeah right, with all that chopping involved'??  But it's true, and whats more there's no need for a knife or kitchen scales anywhere in my amazingly simple and easy recipe.  No peeling, chopping or weighing ingredients!

Spicy Beef and Bean Feast

Having been asked to take part in the #PowerofFrozen campaign by Iceland Foods I took on their 'Cut the Hassle' recipe challenge and I came up this Spicy Beef & Bean Feast.

By using frozen food products that can be cooked straight from the freezer.  There's none of the tedious peeling chopping since it's been done for you!  Frozen food is not only convenient, but can actually save you money too; since you only use what you need from the packet and then just pop the rest back into the freezer.

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Super Quick Meatballs with Sweet Peppers and Pasta

I love my freezer as I know that if I'm stuck for time there's always something in there enabling me to rustle up a quick dinner after a busy day.  With a little cheating by using frozen ready prepared veggies and a couple of store cupboard ingredients, my Super Quick Meatballs with Sweet Peppers and Pasta can be on the table in just under 30 minutes.  But more importantly, it's super tasty too.

Super Quick Meatballs

I have to admit I never used to venture into Iceland until they moved it to a more convenient location within our town center; and to be honest I still only popped in now and then.  When I was asked to create a recipe for their #PowerofFrozen campaign I had a proper good look and I hadn't realised what an absolutely fantastic range of frozen foods they now stock.

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Bacon and Onion Roly Poly Pudding - Cooking through the Decades

Rennie® have just launched a campaign called 'Cooking through the Decades' where they are challenging food bloggers to cook a recipe from Britain’s past or present over the past 100 years; from 1920's to 2010.  I was allocated the 60's which is great as I was born in 1962 (oh my I feel so old), but I do remember a quite a bit about the 60's and especially the food we ate.

My all time favorite dinner from my childhood has to be Bacon and Onion Roly Poly Pudding.  The pudding is  made with suet pastry, bacon and onions and then rolled up like a Swiss roll (think suet dumpling with a bacon and onion filling) steamed for about 2 and a half hours.

Nothing fancy is added and it's simply seasoned with white pepper; but this is good stuff.  Until this challenge was given to me I'd never made it myself before and it tasted just as good as I remember.

roly poly pudding

Each decade sees iconic dishes that were popular at the time, whether because of necessity.  Bubble and squeak came from the need to be thrifty in the Second World War or through economic factors; for example in the 80s the privileged few’s increasing disposable income allowed them to spend more on exotic foods.

In the sixties the younger generation were ready to start enjoying themselves again.  Music, miniskirts and swinging London encouraged people to spend more money, while cheaper flights meant more exposure to foreign influences; especially in the kitchen.

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Purple Sprouting Broccoli Gratin with Parmesan

Purple Sprouting Broccoli is at its very best between February and April; the stems are edible too so no throwing them away please!  Easy to prepare and cook, just trim any woody stem ends with a sharp knife and slice though thicker stems so it cooks evenly.  Rinse under cold water then either boil for around 5-7 minutes or steam for around 6-8 minutes, depending on the size of floret.

I prefer to steam broccoli as it keeps its colour and also the vitamins are preserved rather than washing them down the drain after cooking.  Once cooked season with a little sea salt and it is truly delicious with butter a knob of butter and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Brocolli



A bit naughtier but nice way to serve is to make my gratin with garlicky cream topped with crispy crumbs and Parmesan.

Brocolli Gratin

Purple sprouting broccoli can also be used in a quiche and is great in pasta dishes too.  Another  favourite way is to do as Nigel Slater suggests; in a shallow pan, fry a little garlic and torn pancetta in olive oil.  Add the purple sprouting broccoli which will take just 3 or 4 minutes to come to tenderness.  Add a scattering of Parmesan, grated finely, over the top and serve with thickly cut bread and butter.
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Vegetarian Stew with Peppers and Cannellini Beans - ThermoCook Recipe

An easy to make, vibrant vegetable stew packed full of flavour.  The addition of cannellini beans makes this a filling meal especially if served fresh crusty bread for dipping and mopping.   Of course you don't have to own a ThermoCook to make this recipe, but it does make it extra simple to make and really does cook stews perfectly.


All stews taste even better if reheated to following day making this the perfect quick mid week meal or to take to work for a tasty lunch; just heat it up in a microwave.
Of course the ThermoCook can chop everything but since we want chunks of vegetables rather than finely chopped for this recipe it's better to cut them by hand.
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SPAM® Mac ‘n’ Cheese

SPAM® have a lovely selection of really easy to make recipes that can be made and served in next to no time.  So once you're fed up with eating left overs from that huge Christmas dinner you made, why not have a go at this filling and comforting SPAM® Mac ‘n’ Cheese. 


Of course I'm not saying you have to wait until after Christmas to make this, give it a go tonight; kids and adults alike will love it!
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Sweet Potato topped Sausage and Kale Cassoulet

I do love a good, hearty and warming Crock-Pot dinner.  Crock-Pots (the original slow cooker) are fantastic and perfect for busy people and families.  Once all the ingredients are in the Crock-Pot, it can be left alone and dinner will cook itself - marvelous!

Having been asked to be part of the Collective Crock Challenge meaning myself and a few other bloggers had to name an ingredient that we'd like to see included in the Collective Crock-Pot recipe.


I was asked to name the main ingredient and I said sausages.  I say there's nothing like a proper good quality sausage; sausages in a Crock-Pot say winter is here.  None of us knew what ingredient each other had said and the people at Crock-Pot came up with this collective cooks recipe.
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Tarte Flambée with Goats Cheese

The nice people over at Expedia recently asked me to create a French recipe for their #expediaworldonaplate challenge.  Each month Expedia’s World on a Plate Challenge focuses on the cuisine of a different part of the world and this month it's France.

Having very little knowledge of French cooking I came across the French equivalent to pizza, Tarte flambée from Alsace; a northeastern French region on the Rhine River plain.


Alsace borders Switzerland and Germany and there's a south German version called flammekueche and flammkuchen; which in German means 'flame cake'.  Anyway, Tarte flambée looked and sounded good to me so I had a go at making it!
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Good and Filling - Sausage and Vegetable Crock-Pot Recipe

My favorite Crock-Pot recipe has to include sausages, good ones though; only proper butcher's sausages will do.  My one-pot sausage and vegetable recipe served with a good dollop of creamy mashed potato makes for perfect comfort food and is the very thing for cold weather days.

Crocktober is an exciting (and rather tasty), 30-day event to promote and celebrate all things slow cooking.  As part of the Crocktober recipe challenge, here's my latest sausage Crock-Pot or slow cooker recipe.
  

An easy, one-pot, no fuss, good and filling dinner.  Crock-Pots are fantastic since they cost very little to run making them far cheaper than having then oven on for hours.  Also as dinner cooks without you having to tend to it, Crock-Pot cooking is the way to go - marvelous!




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Tefal ActiFry Recipe - Slightly Spicy Sweet and Sour Chicken

I must say I really do love my Tefal ActiFry and I have to admit before I had one I thought they were all about chips; but I was wrong, check out my Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings recipe.  The ActiFry is fantastic for cooking speedy and healthier meals; my sweet and sour chicken cooks in under 30 minutes.  Armed with my now ageing Tefal rice cooker cooking the rice for me, dinner was served in next to no time and was virtually fuss free. 


Please note; I used the Tefal ActiFry Express XL for this recipe which does cook up to 30% faster than the ActiFry Family.  Therefore timings may have to be increased by a couple of minutes.

I used Ketjap manis which is Indonesian sweet soy sauce but you can use dark soy sauce if you don't happen to have any.  I really like it as it's thicker and sweeter and it can be found in any good supermarket in the World foods section if it isn't with the Chinese ingredients.
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Vegetarian Chinese-style Spicy Beef and Peppers made with Quorn

Although we're not vegetarians it is sometimes good to have a meat free dinner.  In any case Quorn is super quick to cook.

Chinese Beef Quorn

I must say the Quorn beef strips (sold frozen) are as I say, easy to cook but in my opinion actually taste more like tofu rather than beef; that said personally I much prefer the Quorn beef than the chicken, I find the chicken a bit dry.  This dish can be on the table in a matter of minutes and since you cook the beef strips from frozen my recipe really is a doddle to make and is really tasty.

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To serve 2-3 you will need:
Vegetable oil
250g Quorn frozen steak strips
1 red bell pepper – cut into bite sized pieces
1 green bell pepper – cut into bite sized pieces
1 large onion – peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
1 clove of garlic very finely chopped
Root ginger – peeled and very finely chopped to make just half a teaspoon
4 spring onions – trimmed and sliced
A good pinch of chilli flakes

For the sauce:
2 tablespoons corn flour
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 and half tablespoons of Ketjap Manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
1 and half tablespoons of Shaohsing (rice wine)
good pinch of white pepper
1 and half tablespoons of sesame oil
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons water

How to do it:
Prepare the vegetables and set aside.  Make the sauce simply by mixing together all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat up a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a wok and over a high heat; stir-fry the Quorn beef strips for about 5 minutes. 

Now add in the peppers, onions, spring onions, garlic and ginger and continue to stir-fry for about 5 minutes.  Add the chilli flakes and the sauce mixture.

Stir-fry for another couple of minutes until the sauce has thicken slightly and coats the Quorn strips and vegetables.   Serve straight away with rice or noodles. 

Beef and Peppers Vegetarian


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Cheats Kefta Mkaouara - Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce with Eggs

Kefta Mkaouara is a delicious, and very popular Moroccan Tagine of meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce and is usually served with flatbread.  
I’ve adjusted the amount of spiciness to make this suitable for children.  Also instead of coriander which is more common to finish the dish, I’ve used flat leaf parsley since it will appeal to the whole family. 

Life is so busy for pretty much everyone these days, but with my simple cheat you can still provide a delicious meal your family will love.  Scan Meatballs don't contain any artificial colour or flavour either so that's good to know. 


There's no need to faff about making meatballs; by using ready made Scan Authentic Swedish Meatballs (which only need to be reheated) this lovely Moroccan dish can be on the table and ready to eat in around 45 minutes.  Once you've added the eggs it can be bubbling away in your oven whilst you have a shower.
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Persian Halloumi Cookalong with Toshiba and Gousto

Recently myself and a few other bloggers were invited by Toshiba and Gousto to take part in the #ToshibaCookalong via Skype. 

To take part we were all sent a box of ingredients from Gousto and a Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 laptop and very nice it is too, more about that in a minute!
We all had to link up via Skype to cook-along with Gousto's talented Chef, Alice Feaver and follow her recipe for Persian Halloumi.
 

It's a shame I didn't get any pictures of the actual cookalong (apart from one I shared via FaceBook and Twitter) as I was too busy worrying about how it would go since I'd never taken part in a cookalong before!

All set with the Toshiba laptop and ingredients at the ready when 6pm came we were off.  The cookalong was great fun despite a couple of us loosing connection at one point.  But with the recipe to hand I carried on regardless and hoped for the best.  Once the connection back up and running I had pretty much managed to keep up with everyone apart from my onions; yes my onions could have done with being cooked a little longer to caramelise but hey ho the finished dish not only looked good but it tasted good too.
  
The Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 is fantastic, especially for use in the kitchen since when in tablet mode it isn't much bigger that a large cookbook.  To be honest I rarely use cookbooks as I often look up recipes on the net and as the Toshiba Radius has touchscreen it's brilliant for scrolling through recipes.

Another thing; it's also great for watching catch up TV - we have a smart TV in our kitchen but not all channels (that I want to watch) are available catch up purely because the manufacturer of the TV doesn't support them.  However all is not lost as the Toshiba Satellite Radius is WiDi enabled (wireless display) this means you can project what's showing on the laptop screen onto your TV screen pretty marvelous ah?  So, as you can see I'm full of knowledge (lol) and I can now watch anything I fancy whilst cooking!

The Toshiba Radius flips round to enable laptop, tabletop, presentation, audience and tablet this laptop is absolutely perfect for Skype.  It's fast too and great for writing my blog and editing photos as it has 500GB hard drive for storage and 32GB of cloud storage. 



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Persian Halloumi - recipe by Gousto

To serve 2 you will need;
250g halloumi cheese
150g bulgur wheat
2 red onions
20g dried barberries
1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
10g fresh mint
1 tbsp ras el hanout
1 lemon
1 tsp black pepper
olive oil
salt and black pepper to season

How to do it;
Boil a kettle. Add the bulgur to a pot with 275 ml of boiling water, cover with a lid over a medium-low heat.
Simmer for 5-7 min or until almost all the water is absorbed.  Remove and set aside with the lid on for 10 min, until dry and fluffy .

Meanwhile, put the barberries in a small bowl and add 100 ml of hot water, add 1 tbsp of sugar and mix well.

Peel the onions, cut them in half and slice finely.  Chop the mint finely and grate the zest of the lemon.
Cut the halloumi into thin slices (approx. 1cm thick) 

Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice over the halloumi.  Combine half the ras el hanout with 1 tsp of black pepper for the spice mix. Coat the halloumi in the spice mix.

Add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil to a large pan on a medium-high heat.  Once the oil is hot, add the onion and cook for 4-5 min or until soft and lightly caramelised.

Add 3 tbsp of the barberry water to the bulgur wheat - now drain the barberries and add to the bulgur wheat.
Combine the barberry bulgur with the mint, lemon zest, remaining ras el hanout, pomegranate molasses and 1-2 tbsp of olive oil.  Season to your taste with salt and pepper.

Push the onion to one side of the pan and add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil.  Add the halloumi and cook for 1-2 min on each side or until golden all over.
Serve the bulgur wheat with the onion and halloumi and enjoy.

I reviewed a Gousto Box a little while ago and I think they're excellent; you can read my review here.

If you would like to know more about Gousto and to try a box for yourself, I have a discount code which will save you £20 on your first box; just click on this link gousto.co.uk/aglugofoil

Check out how the bloggers got with the #ToshibaCookalong - I'll add links here as they make their posts live;
FabFood4All
Farmersgirl Kitchen
Food Quine

Toshiba Satellite Radius 11
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Disclaimer; I was sent a box of ingredients and a Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 to keep and take part in the #ToshibaCookalong.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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