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

Tefal ActiFry Recipe - 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.

Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/quorn-chinese-style-spicy-beef-and-peppers
    



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. 



Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/persian-halloumi-recipe-by-gousto




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
£349.99

Website www.toshiba.co.uk
Designed for mobility, delivering a smooth, seamless PC experience anywhere
500 GB hard drive for storage along with a responsive 32 GB of cloud storage
Fast boot-up and online access

www.facebook.com/toshibauk
Twitter @ToshibaUK

www.facebook.com/followgousto
Twitter @FollowGousto

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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Sweet and Sour Pork - Tefal ActiFryDay Challenge

 

Takeaways are big business in the UK with Brits spending more than £6 billion on takeaway meals each year.  But this means that in just one year Britons feast on more than 12,000 tonnes of saturated fat from those takeaways.  As Friday night is the most popular time for Brits to order a takeaway, Tefal asked me to take part in the ActiFryDay Challenge which is to swap a Friday night takeaway for healthier alternatives.

Supplied with the ActiFry Express XL, the recipe and ingredients I was all set to cook!

Sweet and Sour Pork cooked in a far healthier way.  


Using the ActiFry doesn't mean  you  have to completely give up the food you love - just use less oil.
I'm loving my ActiFry Express and yes it does cook quicker than the ActiFry Family.  The ActiFry Express XL cooks up to 30% Faster than the ActiFry Family.
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Sponsored Video - Knorr Flavour of Home

Recent research carried out by Knorr; found that three quarters of people agree that tasting just one mouthful of their mum’s home cooking brought back happy memories from their childhood.
Sitting down with the family and tucking into a good home cooked meal together is a great time for catching up on each other’s day and of course enjoying the meal.  


We all have our own special memories of a favourite meal that our mum used to cook when we were kids, and for me its cottage pie.  I can never recreate it no matter what I do; it never, ever, tastes the same as my mum’s does!

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Get ready for your Summer Holiday - Let's Cook Paella

Oh yes, it's that time of year when we all soon start to think about our summer holiday.  Well okay, the weather isn't even spring like at the moment here in the UK, but I don't care!  I'm getting into the holiday spirit a bit early as I'm going to make the most of this years holiday abroad since we didn't have one last year.


I do love Spanish food and when in Spain I can't resist Paella.


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Great British Dish - Cottage Pie with Porter Ale

There's nothing quite like a good old Great British dish, and cottage pie is perfect for this icy cold weather we've been having - cottage pie is also the ultimate comfort food.  My addition of Porter ale adds richness and depth of flavour.

I've been cooking up all sorts lately in my nice STOVES oven and I love how it cooks everything so evenly.  No turning food around to get it evenly browned (as I had to in my old oven) my Stoves Sterling 600MF oven gives a perfect result every time.


STOVES is proud to be part of Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, the only manufacturer that builds freestanding cookers, built-in ovens, hobs and range cookers right here in the UK.
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SPAMTASTIC™ Brunch Frittata with Potatoes Spring Onions and Tomatoes

Frittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to an omelette or crustless quiche, enriched with additional ingredients such as meats, cheeses, vegetables or pasta.  Easy, filling, delicious and takes next to no time to make.


Did you know it's SPAM® Appreciation Week?
Oh yes indeed - from 2nd to the 8th March 2015 the annual SPAM® Appreciation Week brings together fans new and old to celebrate the world’s most famous meat.  For 2015 it’s time to celebrate just how perfect SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is for a hearty and delicious breakfast.
After all, no other meat can claim to have such an incredible 78 year history and still be as popular to this day around the world.
So what really makes SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham stand out from the meat crowd and have its very own appreciation week?

Here are some facts about SPAM:
More than eight billion cans of SPAM® Products have been opened since its launch back in 1937

They may only be islands, but Hawaii and Guam go crazy for SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham.  In Aloha State more than 7 million SPAM® products are sold per year and Hawaii even hosts its own annual SPAM JAM® festival in Honolulu.  While in Guam an average of 16 SPAM® products are consumed by every person per year.  

SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is made from more than 90% prime shoulder pork and ham

In South Korea, SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is considered a gourmet delicacy and is often given as a gift.


Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/spam-brunch-frittata-with-potatoes-spring-onions-and-tomatoes




Serves 6-8
340g can SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham - cut into 2cm cubes
7 large free range eggs
4 tablespoons milk
a few leftover cooked new potatoes - halved
6 baby plum tomatoes - halved
4 spring onions - finely sliced
50g Cheddar cheese - grated
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
a couple of pinches smoked paprika
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

How to do it:
Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl, add the milk and the salt and pepper and mix well using a fork.

Get yourself a nice big frying pan add in the cubes of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham.  Add the cooked potatoes along with a sprinkling of smoked paprika.  Fry until golden and lightly browned.

Now add the oil into the hot frying pan and pour in the egg mixture.  Keep bringing the cooked egg and SPAM mixture into the centre of the pan and swirling the mixture around until the egg has formed a “pancake” but is still soft on the top.  Make sure the SPAM and potatoes are evenly distributed
Scatter on the tomatoes and spring onions.  Top with the grated cheese and another sprinkle of smoked paprika.

Pop under a hot grill until the cheese is golden and bubbling and the egg is finished cooking.

Cut the frittata into slices and serve hot straight from the pan and enjoy!

You can find out more about SPAM and the different varieties available over at the SPAM website.

Disclaimer:  I was compensated to cover my time creating this recipe.
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Chicken Tagine with Chickpeas - Simple Recipe

A Tagine is historically a dish from North Africa and is the name given to the actual earthenware pot that the dish is cooked in.  Because the domed or cone-shaped lid of the Tagine pot traps steam and returns the condensed liquid to the pot, a minimal amount of water is needed to cook meats and vegetables.


Moroccan tagines are savoury stews typically made with meat, poultry or fish along with spices and vegetables and often fruit is added.  The result is melt in the mouth meat or poultry which is tasty, warming and proper feel good food.
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Great British Sunday Roast - Made Easy with Judge Cookware

The Great British Sunday roast is a meal that is actually quite easy to make.  Once you have the vegetables peeled, chopped and ready to go, the meat or poultry is a doddle to cook, but of course like everything, having the right tools makes any job easier.
This Judge non-stick Roast Tin and 'V' Roasting Rack has been designed to cook meat to perfection.  It's made from heavy carbon steel, with a non stick coating and was both great to use and easy clean. 

 
The tin provides even heat distribution, while the rack has been fashioned  into a V to allow fat to drain away from the joint, giving you a crisper, healthier cut.  The excess oil can then be poured away, or used to make gravy.  As you can see the chicken cooked on the V rack came out of the oven with nice crispy skin.

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Port and Redcurrant Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables - SCANPAN Review

My Christmassy Roasted Root Vegetables glazed with Port and Redcurrant Jelly are, in a word, delicious. Perfect for Christmas dinner or of course the usual Sunday roast.  So very easy to do too, and as long as you have a good non-stick pan you can't go wrong.

Usually I'd recommend you use a disposable foil tray since the honey can be hard to clean from a regular non-stick roasting tin.  But having been sent this beautiful Scanpan I put it to the test - would it be easy to clean afterwards?  Answer is yep it was a doddle.
Scanpan not only looks good but performs really well both in the oven and on the hob too.
 

Scanpan products are made in Denmark and the Scanpan roasting pan has a non-stick ceramic titanium coating and is metal utensil and dishwasher safe.  This roasting pan is multi-purpose too since it has a base like a frying pan and it can also be used in the oven, under the grill and on the stove top.
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Crock-Pot BBQ Pork Steaks - Easy Slow Cooker Recipe

I say Crock-Pot or Slow Cookers are a brilliant invention!  Great for all kinds of easy and delicious dinners. My slow cooked pork steaks in a rich and tangy BBQ sauce melt in the mouth - just the thing to come home to a long day at work. 


I suppose you could serve this with some nice crusty bread for dipping and moping but I say for the ultimate comfort food it needs mashed potato.
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Cheesy Crock-Pot Potatoes and Beans

Crock-Pots or slow cookers have become really popular again, lets face it they are quite a marvelous invention.  They offer a very cheap way of cooking and dinner can be ready to eat as soon as you get home from work - no mess no fuss.  Now whenever you think of a meal cooked in a slow cooker you tend to think it's all stews and casseroles.  But you can actually cook certain foods wrapped in foil which of course means even less washing up as the crock-pot is as clean at the end as it was before any cooking began!

Cheesy Beany Potatoes in foil

Perfect for bonfire night or great for students these cheesy beany potatoes may not look amazing but let me tell you if you this was good!  Prepared in just five minutes then left to cook all day long while you're working or maybe you just have something else to do other than stand over a cooker. 
Lets face it baked beans are really good for you too, high in fibre and virtually fat-free which is probably just as well since these potatoes are loaded with cheese!

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Chicken with Bacon Saffron Tomato and Potato - One Pot Meal

Readers of this blog would have seen my recent review of the beautiful cook book 'Café Kitchen' by Shelagh Ryan.  As soon as I opened the book I knew I had to make this dish.  This is a lovely recipe full of flavour and easy since it's all cooked in one pot.  Suitable for everyday eating but I say would go down a treat at a dinner party too.

Chicken with Bacon Saffron Tomato and Potato

As I've already said Café Kitchen is a truly lovely cook book.  I did slightly titivated the original recipe as the book doesn't mention whether or not the potatoes should be precooked or not.  I decided they wouldn't be cooked through simply by adding them in the last 20 minutes of cooking as the book suggests and so I par boiled mine first. I also used one tin less of tomatoes and less chicken stock and wine.  I still had plenty of liquid so I've decided that's the way to go but of course it's just down to personal preference.  The recipe says it serves 8-12 people using eight to twelve chicken thighs - we are greedy so I used 9 to serve two people.
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Express Sausage Casserole using Tefal Cook4Me Multicooker

The Tefal Cook4Me is a Multicooker which means it can brown, cook, reheat, steam, pressure cook, or cook 50 different pre-programmed recipes or be used manually to create your own thing.  All in all this really is a brilliant invention.  Having been sent one to review (you can read about the Cook4Me in more detail here) and also see how easy it is to make a dish such as Beef Madras in just 20 minutes.

Sausage and Mash
 
Well today let me tell you about this seriously quick and very tasty Sausage Casserole with cooking time of just 9 minutes.  No fancy ingredients either, in fact I used a shop bought cook-in sauce in order to show just how very easy and simple this multicooker really is.

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Mexican-style Spicy Pulled Brisket Fajitas

Brisket of beef is a cheaper cut of meat that requires slow cooking and when I say slow cooked I really mean it!  Yes 12 hours in a slow cooker is what's needed to get perfect melt in your mouth beef.  I'd never cooked brisket before and fancied it would be rather nice cooked in a spicy tomato based sauce.  The result we perfect and well worth the wait. 

Spicy Pulled Brisket Fajitas
  
Once done, simply pile onto soft warm tortillas and top with a corn and black bean salsa.
If you cook a bigger piece of brisket than I did, once cooled it can easily be popped into the freezer making this meal perfect for an informal dinner party with friends or family.
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Express Beef Madras - Tefal Cook4Me Multicooker Review

Imagine being able to cook a Beef Madras Curry with a cooking time of just 20 minutes?  Fantastic, but only of course if the beef is juicy, tender, full of flavour and tastes good.
Well, this Beef Madras using casserole beef (braising steak) actually did cook in 20 minutes and it was seriously good.  Oh yes we're seriously impressed with the Cook4Me Multicooker from Tefal.



Having recently been asked if I'd like to review the Tefal Cook4Me Multicooker the answer was of course yes please!!
I wasn't really sure what to expect since I've never had a multicooker before and wasn't quite sure how they worked.  So, armed with lots of questions as soon as it arrived I wanted to use it!
I'll answer all of my questions and of course if you have any please leave a comment and I'll answer it.
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Pork Ragu with Rigatoni Pasta

A nice steaming bowl of pasta with a lovely rich meat sauce is always a good thing.  I usually make ragu with half beef and half pork mince, but my freezer failed me there was no beef mince to be found!  Anyway, all was okay as this turned out just as tasty.


Bowl of Pork Ragu with Pasta

If you've never tried Sacla sun-dried tomato paste then you haven't lived, marvelous stuff.  Rich and sweet tasting and great in pasta dishes or soups - just saying.
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More Raclette Dinner Party Recipe Ideas

When I first bought my Raclette grill I had no idea we'd use it so much.  It's such fun making up your own mad food concoctions!  I wrote a post on Raclette Dinner Party Ideas a while back and as it's been so popular, I thought I'd share my latest and rather yummy ideas.

One being Nachos with Salsa, Cheese and Jalapeño Peppers - just crumble up your nachos, top with salsa and a little grated cheese then top with jalapeño peppers.  Once they've melted under the raclette you can top with sour cream.

Please note - all pictures were taken before being cooked.



You don't have to do this but I like to prepare a few dishes beforehand for less faff at the table since we have little room - our table seats four but the food takes up all the room!
From left to right and ready to cook in the grill pans we have:
Egg, Feta and Roasted Peppers (from a jar) sprinkled with a few Chilli Flakes.
Egg, Grated Cheese, Sweetcorn and a generous sprinkling of Smoked Paprika.
The 3rd pan along is a repeat of the first.
Then then Nachos, Salsa, Cheese and Jalapeño Peppers from a jar.
The next pan is a repeat of the 2nd pan.


Sliced bread drizzled with olive oil ready for toasting on the top of the raclette.
The chicken strips were marinated in a little oil along with a good dose of Chipotle Chilli Paste.

At the table serve a selection of whatever else you fancy.  Just remember meat and chicken most certainly have to be cooked on top of the grill (or with will not cook through) along with onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, cooked potatoes, bread etc.  Things like cheese, eggs, cooked peppers are good to go into the grill pans - basically anything you want to heat up of melt.


If you haven't got one of these marvelous inventions then you must get one immediately - great fun!
Your Raclette will come with little wooden spatula type thing you use to turn your food with - the dishwasher is the best place for these after use to get them beautifully clean.  Just remember to dry thoroughly before storing.  A pair of skinny tongs are good for adding any meat items to the grill.

Personally I think this raclette grill by Swan is great - the stone top is removable and really easy to clean once it's cooled down of course.  Some of these grills have a non stick top but to be honest nothing really sticks to this one and it has lasted ages and still looks like new.  I might be wrong but I suspect the coating wouldn't last long on some then they won't look as good a few uses down the line.

The one thing I will point out is that once you have all your food on the table there isn't any room for anyone else - more reason to have a Raclette Party for Two!

Update June 2017:  This is the Raclette I bought and still use to to this day!
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