Tuscan Chick Pea Soup

3/4lb (350 g) chick peas 3 1/2 pints (2 litres) vegetable stock or chicken stock 1 sprig rosemary, bound with kitchen string 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled 1 tbsp concentrated tomato puree 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda For the relish: 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 3-4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 red chilli pepper, finely [...]

Aubergine Salad

21/4lb (1 leg) long firm aubergines 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced 1 red chilli pepper, fresh or dried, seeds removed generous pinch oregano 3 tbsp wine vinegar extra-virgin olive oil salt and pepper Serve with: fresh, soft or mild, sliceable cheese crusty white bread or wholemeal bread Bring a large saucepan of salted [...]