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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]