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Turkish pepper, black-eyed bean and quails egg salad with za’atarSummer isn't over until the salad days end. This is a very simple salad to make no longer than the time it takes to boil and egg or two, a classic from Turkish Cuisine, can be a simple side salad or a main on it's own. I've used quails eggs here but you can use regular chicken eggs and if you can't get Turkish peppers, regular peppers are absolutely fine.Corned beef hashA classic British cheap meal just like mother used to make, no frills, tasty and hearty.Hungarian Goulash and Csipetke noodlesGoulash is more of a soup than a stew, it's packed with lots of vegetables so feel free to swap and mix them up, swap the celeriac for parsnip or skip the potatoes and add some squash, if you don't have fresh tomatoes then use tinned or tomato puree. The only ingredients you can't miss out are the paprika and caraway or it simply wouldn't be a goulash.Brie and caramelised onion galetteWho doesn't like a baked cheese? There is nothing nicer to indulge in than rivers of rich earthy brie cheese oozing out of buttery pastry melting together with sweet caramelised onions and then moped up with crusty bread, serve on it's own or with some sharp tangy pickles on the side.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.