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Purple potato, tomato and bacon salad with Old Bay and mustard dressingA delightful summery salad to make whilst in tomato season is made all the better if you can get some heritage purple potatoes, don't worry if you can't, any good quality small potatoes will suffice. Old Bay seasoning is a classic American seasoning which believe it or not has only just arrived on sale in the UK. Omit the bacon if you want to go vegan and replace with some smoked tofu and make the dressing clearly without the bacon oil.Parmesan and Miso Cabbage riceThis recipe was put together as a result of reading an article about a 5 ingredient miso, parmesan spaghetti recipe and the lemon, black pepper, pecorino and cabbage rice recipe by Sabrina Ghayour, a favourite cookbook chef of mine, from her vegetarian book Bazaar. I have used a white soya miso here, white barley miso or indeed any miso of choice would work well, you'll get the same flavour just a different coloured end result, but who cares about the colour when it tastes so good.Prawn and spinach risottoWe do love a risotto, it's pleasurably soothing and relaxing to make and the rich, creamy result is perfect comfort food, all that's required is some patience for stirring, a bowl and a spoon. There is no cheese in this recipe but feel free to indulge and don't be afraid to use extra virgin olive olive when frying the vegetable base, if Italians can use it for cooking them so can you.Roast celeriac and king oyster mushroom salad with halloumi and walnut pestoSalads aren't just for lazy summer days, enjoy this hearty bold autumnal salad either as a small starter, side or indeed as a stunning vegetarian main. The idea for this ensemble is from dirt candy, a vegetarian cookbook from a vegetarian restaurant in New York. There are a number of elements to building this salad so preparation is key to pulling it all together at the end and you need to be very good at multi tasking so read the instructions first.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.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.Liver and onionsLiver and onions was a weekly event when I was a child, my mum used ketchup, OXO cubes and Bisto gravy browning, this is as near to her recipe as I could get.
Serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable of your choice.