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Recipe Inspiration from Waitrose


Here at LaterLife we have compiled some recipes in association with Waitrose for you to enjoy at home.

Why not try something different using this Month's Health Food, Mushrooms.

The recipes are divided into three courses, so you can take your pick, and easily prepare your own meal.

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Mixed mushrooms on toasted focaccia

This easy recipe is a delicious vegetarian starter or main course, it also makes a great meat-free alternative for Christmas dinner.

  • Vegetarian
  • Christmas
  • Preparation time:15 minutes
  • Cooking time:20 minutes
  • Total time:35 minutes 

Serves: 8 as a starter


50g butter
750g mixed fresh mushrooms, eg shiitake, cup, chestnut and portabellini, sliced
2 sprigs fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
50ml red wine
200g pack Waitrose Mini Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia
Crème fraîche, to serve
70g bag Waitrose Wild Rocket
Olive oil and Cooks’ Ingredients Balsamic Glaze, for drizzling


1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. Melt the butter in a large frying pan, then add the mixed mushrooms, thyme leaves and garlic. Season well and cook for 6-8 minutes.

2. Increase the heat, pour in the red wine and cook for a further 2 minutes. Meanwhile, bake the mini focaccias according to pack instructions.

3. Slice the focaccias in half and arrange each half on a warmed serving plate. Top with the mushroom mixture and a dollop of crème fraîche. Serve with rocket, drizzled with a little olive oil and balsamic glaze

Pâté-filled mushrooms

  • Total time:Ready in 25 minutes 

Serves: 1


2 large Portabella mushrooms, peeled and stalks removed
50g essential Waitrose
Reduced Fat Brussels Pâté, sliced
1 essential Waitrose Tomato, sliced
3 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs
½ x 100g bag essential Waitrose Mixed Salad



1. Place the mushrooms on asmall baking tray, top with the pâté and then the sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and season.

2. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the mushrooms are tender and the breadcrumbs are golden. Serve with a side of mixed salad.


Heston's Chicken terrine & sweetcorn fritters

'Sweetcorn fritters and a simple chipotle mayo bring a bit of Mexican magic to this terrine' - Heston Blumenthal

Makes: 12


1 carrot
1 celery stick
½ onion
8 chicken thighs
¼ x 20g pack thyme
2 bay leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 x 500g pouches Heston from Waitrose Chicken Stock
150g carrots, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
100g celery, cut into small cubes
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
200g button mushrooms, quartered
¼ x 20g pack thyme, leaves only
4g parsley leaves
3g tarragon leaves

200g mayonnaise
35g Cooks’ Ingredients Chipotle Paste
10g white wine vinegar

115g plain flour
30g polenta
15g caster sugar
8g baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
125g whole milk
1 medium egg
326g tin sweetcorn, drained


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Place the carrot, celery and onion in a roasting tray. Place the chicken thighs on top of the vegetables and sprinkle the sprigs of thyme over. Add the bay leaves and season. Roast for approximately 25 minutes or until thoroughly cooked through, the juices run clear and there is no pink meat. Allow to cool completely

before removing the meat from the bones and shredding into medium size strands. Set aside 300g of the cooked chicken meat to use for the terrine.

2. Place the stock in a pan over a medium-high heat and reduce to a thick glaze. Allow to cool completely. Meanwhile, add the carrots with a small amount of butter to a pan over a medium heat and cook through. Place the onions and celery in a pan with a little oil and cook until translucent and cooked through.

3. In a different pan, add a little butter, garlic, mushrooms and thyme leaves. Sauté for a couple of minutes.

4. Place all of the terrine ingredients, including the reserved finely shredded chicken, in a bowl. Finely chop the parsley leaves and the tarragon and add to the bowl. Place the mixture on a sheet of clingfilm and roll into a log measuring about 4cm in diameter. Place in the fridge overnight.

5. Place all the ingredients for the chipotle mayo in a bowl and mix. Reserve, covered, in the fridge.

6. For the fritters, place all of the ingredients except the sweetcorn in a bowl and mix until well combined. Then stir in the sweetcorn. Heat a sauté pan over a medium-high heat and add a little oil, enough to form a thin layer on the surface of the pan. Spoon a small amount of the fritter mixture into the pan, approximately 5cm in diameter. Cook until golden brown, turn the fritter over and continue to cook until coloured. Remove from the pan.

7. Place the fritters on a platter, slice the cold terrine into discs, 0.5cm thick and place on top of the fritter. Serve with a drop of the chipotle mayonnaise on top.

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