Warm Bean Salad

1 lb (500 g) fresh or dried white haricot beans 1 small onion, peeled 1 medium-sized carrot, peeled 2 bay leaves 1 sprig rosemary, bound with kitchen string (see method) or pinch powdered rosemary 2 thick rashers streaky bacon, chopped 1 tbsp chopped parsley olive oil wine vinegar salt and black peppercorns If using dried [...]

Vegetable Stock

2 celery stalks with leaves 2 carrots I large onion 1 leek 1 potato few parsley stalks 1 bay leaf few peppercorns salt Finely chop the vegetables and place in a large saucepan with the other ingredients. Pour in 1% pints cold water, cover and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes then strain [...]

Braised Lentils

11b (500g) continental lentils 4 rashers streaky bacon 1 small onion 1 medium-sized carrot 1 leek, green part only 5 fl oz (150 ml) dry, white wine 8 oz (250g) tinned tomatoes, drained and seeded 2-2’4 pints (1.2 litres) vegetable stock or chicken stock 4 tbsp olive oil salt and pepper Rinse the lentils thoroughly [...]