Conopida Saseasca (Saxon-style Cauliflower)

This Romanian version of Cauliflower Cheese is a great side dish and a comforting winter warmer. Ingredients 500g/18oz/4 1/2 cups of cauliflower 2 white onions 300g/11oz/1 1/3 cups of sunculita, pastramă or smoked bacon 1 tbsp vegetable oil 2 cloves of garlic 200g/7oz/just under a cup of sour cream 2 eggs 150g/5oz/1- 1 1/2 cups ofContinue reading “Conopida Saseasca (Saxon-style Cauliflower)”

Bakestones (Picau ar y maen/Welsh Cakes)

Melt in your mouth Welsh Cakes- the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of tea. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10-20 minutes Serves: 10 Difficulty: Easy Ingredients 50g/just under 2oz/1/4 cup of butter 50g/just under 2oz/1/4 cup of lard 225g/8oz/just under 2 cups of self raising flour 85g/3oz/just under 1/2 a cup of caster sugarContinue reading “Bakestones (Picau ar y maen/Welsh Cakes)”

Cranachan

This deliciously light, easy-to-make dessert of fresh raspberries, heather honey, rolled oats, whisky and cream is quintessentially Scottish. Ingredients 4-5 tbsp medium rolled oats 300g/11oz/2 1/2 cups of fresh raspberries 40g/1.5oz/3 tbsp caster sugar 400ml/4dl/3/4 pt/1 3/4 cups of double cream 3-4 tbsp heather honey 3-4 tbsp Scottish whisky Make it vegan: use plant basedContinue reading “Cranachan”

Ragù alla Bolognese

A classic Bolognese sauce of mince and fresh vegetables, gently sautéed with wine and tomatoes and accompanied by a pasta of your choice= perfect for just about any meal! Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 3 hours Serves: 4 Difficulty: Moderate Make it Vegan: Use plant based mince and bacon instead of meat, and useContinue reading “Ragù alla Bolognese”

Fairy and Butterfly Cakes

200g/7oz/1 cup of caster sugar 115g/4oz/1/2 cup of butter or margarine (room temperature) 2 eggs 225g/8oz/just under 2 cups of self-raising flour (or 225g plain flour + 3tsp baking powder) A pinch of salt 120ml/1.2dl/just under a 1/4 pt/1/2 cup of of milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp lemon juice (optional) For buttercream (enoughContinue reading “Fairy and Butterfly Cakes”

Moussaka

Preparation time: 40 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Serves: 4 Difficulty: Moderate Background Home: GreecePronunciation: /ˌmuːsɑːˈkɑː/ (moo-sah-KAH) Relatives: Musakhkhan (Palestine) Musakka (Turkey) Karnıyarık (Turkey)History Moussaka was probably introduced to the Levant and Anatolia by Arab settlers: its key ingredient, the aubergine, is native to India and was brought to the region by Arab traders. The oldestContinue reading “Moussaka”

Bryndzové Halušky

Background Home: Slovakia Pronunciation: [ˈbrɨn.d͡zoveː ˈɦaluʃkɪ] (brihnd-zoev-yuh huh-looosh-kee) Relatives: Nokedli (Hungary), Gălușcă (Romania), Gnocchi (Italy), Käsespätzle (Germany), Kasnocken (Austria) History Slovakia is a landlocked country in central Europe. It’s been populated since at least 5,000 BC, and Western Slavs began to settle the area in the 5th century AD. In the 7th century, they joinedContinue reading “Bryndzové Halušky”

Bakewell Tart

This classic confection is a delicious combo of frangipane, raspberry jam and butterry shortcrust pastry. Preparation time: 1 hour Cooking time: 1 hour Difficulty: Moderate Serves: 8 Make it vegan: Replace the lard in the pastry with coconut oil or a plant-based shortening, and replace the butter in the pastry and frangipane with vegetable oil, cashewContinue reading “Bakewell Tart”

Quetschentaart

This classic dessert from Luxembourg is traditionally eaten in the autumn, when the local Quetschen plums are ripe. Special Equipment A sieve A large mixing bowl A wooden spoon A pair of kitchen scissors A rolling pin A 30cm tart tin Method Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl, and stir in the saltContinue reading “Quetschentaart”