Spicy Pumpkin soup

4 tablespoons ghee 3 chopped big onions 2 teaspoons curry powder 1/3 teaspoon crushed pepper 2 tablespoons of minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 2 cups of milk 5 1/4 cups of chicken broth 8 cups of chopped roasted pumpkin 1/2 cup brown sugar 2/3 cup cream Melt the butter in a pan at medium [...]


Scant 2 tbsp wine vinegar 1 tsp mustard powder 6 tbsp olive oil salt and pepper Optional ingredients: clove garlic 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh herbs or 1 generous pinch dried herbs Mix the vinegar with the mustard powder and 1/2 tsp salt in a small bowl, blending thoroughly. Beat continuously as you add the [...]


1 medium-sized cucumber 1 large clove garlic, peeled and finely grated 18f1 oz (500 ml) natural yoghurt 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill leaves few fleshy black olives olive oil salt Serve with: Courgette Fritters Wash and dry the cucumber, slice off the ends and peel. Grate into a large bowl, mix in the garlic, if [...]

Apulian Pizza Pie

2 large escaroles 5 fl oz (150 ml) beef stock 2 cloves garlic 15 firm, juicy black olives, stoned 2 tbsp capers 2 tbsp sultanas 3 tbsp pine nuts 1 lb 2 oz (500g) strong white flour scant I oz (20g) fresh baker’s yeast or scant oz (10g) dried yeast pinch caster sugar butter for [...]

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 [...]

Pili-pili Tomato Salad

11/4lb (600 g) ripe tomatoes 6 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley salt For the pili-pili hot relish: 4 oz (120 g) small fresh red chilli peppers 3 cloves garlic 1 large red pepper 1 medium-sized mild onion approx. 5 fi oz (150 ml) extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp salt You can buy [...]