Home Cooking Challenge 3


Biscuits Recipe


120g plain flour

80g butter or margarine

40g caster sugar

1 – 2 capfuls flavouring eg lemon, vanilla  


Baking tray

Mixing bowl

Wooden spoon

Fork to make pattern

Optional: Ice and decorate the biscuits, do not make fork pattern if you are going to do this


  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC/gas mark 4
  2. Add the sugar and the butter/margarine to the mixing bowl and using the back of the wooden spoon ‘cream’ the mixture together until all the sugar is mixed in and it looks paler in colour
  3. Add the flavouring you want to use eg vanilla essence
  4. Gradually incorporate the flour into the mixing bowl mixture, using the back of the wooden spoon – do not try and beat the mixture
  5. Once you have added all the flour it may look like large lumps pull it together with your hands
  6. Divide into even size pieces and place on baking tray
  7. Flatten each one with your fingertips but make sure they are all the same size
  8. Use a fork to make a pattern on the biscuits
  9. Bake in oven for 10 – 15 minutes until light golden in colour
  10. They will be slightly soft to touch so leave them to cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack

To make the icing – add a very small amount of cold water or food colouring to 2 tablespoons icing sugar and mix well. You can always make more icing if you need to.

If you made these biscuits please email Mrs Frost (m-frost@garthhillcollege.com) and Miss Seymour (j-seymour@garthhillcollege.com) with your photos.

Halloumi, Watermelon and Mint Salad (Serves 4)

If the sun is still shining can you make a comment about the Halloumi, Watermelon and Mint salad being just right for these hot days

Halloumi, Watermelon and Mint Salad Recipe


250g pack halloumi cheese

Flesh from 1kg chunk watermelon

200g pack fine green beans

small bunch mint

juice 1 lemon

1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle


green chopping board

sharp knife

small saucepan



frying pan

Optional: Warm pitta breads, to serve


  1. Put a small saucepan of cold water on the highest setting and bring to the boil
  2. Thinly slice the halloumi cheese
  3. Dice the flesh of the watermelon and discard the skin
  4. Trim the ends of the green beans
  5. Finely shred the mint, discarding the stalks
  6. Juice the lemon
  7. Preheat oven to 160oC if serving with warm pitta bread


  1. Once the water is boiling in the small saucepan, add the green beans and simmer for 5-8 minutes
  2. Drain through a colander and leave to one side
  3. Toss the watermelon, mint and beans together with the lemon juice and olive oil
  4. Season well
  5. Optional: Place pitta breads in a low oven and leave to warm
  6. Put a frying pan on a high heat and warm the pan
  7. Lay the cheese in the frying pan and cook on each side until golden (about 2 – 3 minutes)
  8. Layer on serving plate with the melon and green beans
  9. Drizzle with a little more oil if you like, and optional: serve with warm pitta bread
If you made this salad please email Mrs Frost (m-frost@garthhillcollege.com) and Miss Seymour (j-seymour@garthhillcollege.com) with your photos.