Recipes

Quick vegetable and chickpea curry

By Paul Heathcote, January 24, 2013

This vegetable curry recipe is remarkably simple to make, providing a curry dinner with little wait and fuss. And even though it’s so quick to make, it has a wonderful range of flavours.

Ingredients
1 onion, peeled and cut into quarters
15g of root ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, sliced
125g medium curry paste
250ml of water
1 red chilli, fresh and roughly chopped

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Buttered beetroot

By James Sommerin, January 24, 2013

Make the most of seasonal veg — this is perfect served with pan-fried mackerel.

Serves 4

Ingredients
2 large beetroots
2 sweet potatoes
Olive oil
Butter
Salt

Method

Preheat the oven to 190˚C. Cover the beetroot with foil and place in the oven for approximately 1-1½ hours.

Allow to cool, then peel with a small knife while still slightly warm. Cut into large cubes.

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Jerusalem artichoke and parsnip soup

By Lisa Roukin, January 24, 2013

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves 4-6

Ingredients
1 kg Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and cut into 4cm pieces
2 echalion shallots, finely sliced
2 dsp vegetable bouillon dissolved in 960ml boiling water
3 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 parsnips, peeled and cut into 2cm pieces
1 tbsp creme fraiche
Salt and white pepper

For the garnish:

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Rainbow coloured braised vegetables

By Fabinenne Viner-Luzatto, January 24, 2013

These colourful vegetables make a perfect accompaniment to any meat or fish. Because they are first boiled and then slowly baked in stock, they melt in the mouth and are full of flavour. If you have any left over chicken soup you can use that instead of the stock.
Serves 6-8

Ingredients
1.5 l chicken or vegetable stock
2 courgettes
4 fresh beetroot
2 carrots
2 turnips
2 parsnips

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Cheering zingy winter salad

By Victoria Prever, January 24, 2013

This salad works well for Tu B’shvat with its dates and oranges. Add golden sultanas, figs and dried cranberries for a really fruity treat.

Ingredients
2 oranges
4/5 medium carrots, peeled
3 medjool dates, pitted
100g feta cheese
Handful of pecan nuts

For the dressing:
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp orange juice
2 tbsp maple syrup

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Denise Phillips’s fruity lamb Cholent from Alsace

By Denise Phillips, January 10, 2013

At this time of the year you can never have too many cholent recipes. This French/German version is sweetened with dried fruits. I have used peaches, apricots and pears but you can substitute them with figs, prunes and dates.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 18–20 hours
Serves 8

INGREDIENTS
2 tbsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves, sliced
2 onions, peeled and sliced

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Spicy Pumpkin cake

By Fabienne Viner-Luzzato, January 3, 2013

If you like carrot cake, try this gorgeous version using pumpkin with a zingy cream cheese frosting. It may even count as one of your five-a-day.

INGREDIENTS
200g plain flour
2½ tsp baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
5 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
200g brown Muscovado sugar
100g granulated sugar
300ml sunflower oil

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Honey & Co’s Poached quince with curd cheese and honeyed hazelnuts

By Honey & Co, January 3, 2013

To save time you can use fresh ricotta — but it is very easy to make your own curd.
Serves 4

Ingredients
For the quince:
2 large quince
1 cinnamon sticks
4 tbsp sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
For the curd:
600ml pint milk
2tbsp natural yoghurt
2 tbsp lemon juice

For the hazelnuts:
100g hazelnuts
1 tbsp good quality honey

For the vinaigrette:
2 tbsp olive oil

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Rich and indulgent chocolate truffles

By Lisa Roukin, January 3, 2013

Celebrate new year with these sweet treats. If you flavour them with liqueur, it’s nice to halve the mixture into two bowls to make different types.

Preparation: 50 minutes
Makes 48

INGREDIENTS

200g thick creme fraiche
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
420g dark chocolate, finely chopped (minimum 70 per cent cocoa solids)
75g unsalted butter, softened and cut into small pieces

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Apple, pear and olive oil cake

By Denise Phillips, December 13, 2012

This is perfect for Chanucah tea as it captures the symbolic use of oil as an ingredient as well as being an ideal recipe for an afternoon snack. Olive oil makes dense, moist cakes and goes well with fruity flavours.

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour
Serves 8

Ingredients
60ml olive oil
225g caster sugar
5 eggs, separated
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

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