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Peperonata AgrodolceThere are many versions of these sweet and sour peppers, rather than olives you could use capers, toasted pine nuts or even some raisins stewed at the same time as the peppers so they soak up the juices and become nice and plump. This is a great side dish to go with grilled fish or indeed with cold meats and crusty bread, I've even been known to stir some through some cooked cold pasta for lunch.Barley and vegetable soupWe love soups in winter and this is a nourishing comforting bowl to warm the soul. Feel free to make it vegetarian by using vegetable stock and make it vegan by using vegan cheese, use beef stock instead of chicken if you have a preference, I'd even go as far as saying use Oxo or Bisto if that's your choice.
I've used some basic vegetables here, onions, garlic, carrot and leek so again you can add or swap using whatever veg you have in at the time.
NOTE: Prep time doesn't include soaking the barleyCarrot, lentil and miso soupAutumn through to winter always gets us craving for a bowl of soup, miso is an ingredient we have embraced the past few years and always have some in the fridge, it sits happily there for ages and it's very good for you. The inspiration here came from a book called 'Miso Tasty' by Bonnie Chung and it will teach you every thing you need to know about Miso.Mum’s Rice puddingTraditional rice puddings have as many recipes as traditional Yorkshire puddings, everyone has their own version, for my version here I've replicated my mum's which was traditionally made on a Sunday after our roast dinner, this was the only reason that the milkman delivered a bottle of sterilised milk on a Sunday, I have no idea why my mum used sterilised milk, maybe she inherited that from her mum whom I sadly never knew.
There are typically two debates over traditional rice pudding, loose and creamy or thick and stodgy and of course there is the almost burnt skin, you either love it or hate it, I used to hate it but now I absolutely embrace it.
Quantities for loose and creamy or thick and stodgy are provided..Anelletti pasta cakeIn Italy this would be 'Timballo di Anelletti' or' Anelletti alla Palermitana' and is often translated as a pasta pie however as the final cooking process uses a cake tin then I've chosen to call it Anelletti pasta cake instead.
As with any traditional Italian pasta dish there are of course many variations, you can add small cubes of diced and fried aubergine into the mix, or even chopped boiled eggs and small chunks of ham. The main focus here though is to make a nice thick rich ragu and by all means use all beef if you have no pork or even some veal instead if you'd like. If you can make you're own rich tomato sauce then all the better if not then please make sure you buy a quality tomato sauce or passatta.Hot and tangy aubergineHot with the chilli and tangy from the tamarind, this is a great quick and easy way to serve up 1 aubergine, perfect for two as part of an Indian feast. As the aubergine brown in the oil it really picks up the flavour of the fennel and nigella seeds, feel free to only use one spice if that's all you have and if you can't find any tamarind paste then you can always substitute with lemon or lime juiceShami Kebabs – Lamb Kebabs with cinnamonThese are adapted from a beautiful book called 'Tasting India' by Christine Manfield. Traditionally the mixture is kneaded, slapped and pounded against the sides of a bowl to soften and therefore tenderize it before shaping into patties, the food processor here does all that work for such a small amount of paste.Roasted tomato soupMy mother used to make an amazing tomato soup, I have fond memories of the smell coming from the kitchen of tomatoes roasting away. She never used fresh garlic or basil as I have here and chilli was very much not on the palate of Morecambe folk in the late 70's and 80's so feel free to omit if chilli heat is not your thingCavelo Nero, herb and walnut pestoCavelo nero is the Italian name translated to black cabbage, like all cabbage it can be eaten raw, it's deep earthy flavour blitzed with different herbs and toasted walnuts creates a vibrant green pesto, perfect to use with pasta, as a salad dressing, a dip or as Nigella suggested, "Divine! Would be so good dolloped into a roasted and split sweet potato"