Monday, January 16, 2006

Bean Goulash

The other night I called in at Dave's to drop the key off after group. He had nipped out, but I lingered in the kitchen, enjoying the lovely smell of something cooking. O, why could I not come home to something lovely cooking on the stove? I would have to do it myself. This recipe was my attempt to recreate what I imagined it was. I've no idea what it was, but this turned out very tasty, anyway.

olive oil
1 onion
2 carrots
1/4 celeriac
2 peppers
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 carton of passata
tin kidney beans
tin butter beans (or any beans!)
paprika-2-4 pinches
stock cube/marmite

chop onion and garlic and fry in oil in big saucepan
chop/dice root veg and add
slice peppers into thick strips and stir in
add tomatoes, passata, and beans and flavouring
simmer with lid on till done

serve with couscous, grated beetroot and sour cream/yogurt

Saturday, January 07, 2006


By popular demand! here is my recipe for oatcakes. It makes quite a few but I dont think it's worth making any less as you can store what you don't eat in a jar.

12 oz/300g fine oatmeal (or do some porrige oats in a blender)
4 oz/100 spelt flour (or wholemeal or any plain flour)
pinch of salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 oz/50g butter or margarine
6-8 fl oz/150-250ml hot water

Mix dry ingredients.
Melt butter in pan and add to dry ingredients with enough hot water to make a stiff dough.
Knead on a surface dusted in oatmeal until smooth (doesn't take long this!).
Roll out as thinly as possible (each child can have a small piece to themselves) and cut into desired shapes.
For a trad shape, roll into large cricle and cut into quarters with knife.
Place on ungreased baking sheet, dusted with oatmeal or porrige oats.
Bake in preheated oven at 180C/ gas mark 4 for 15-20 minutes, until the edges just start to turn brown.