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What you need:

1 litre vegetable stock or cold water
250g polenta or coarse maize
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1-2 tbsp olive oil
Fig and red onion relish
75g goat’s cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

What you do:

Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan. Combine the polenta, salt and oregano then quickly whisk them into the boiling liquid. As soon as it comes to the boil again, reduce the heat and exchange your whisk for a wooden spoon. Simmer the polenta, stirring regularly, for about 10 minutes or until thick and porridge-like. Be careful as it will splatter volcanically.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and quickly spread the polenta evenly over it so it is no more than 1cm (½in) thick. Use a dampened pallet for at least 30 minutes. (The recipe can be prepared up to two days in advance to this stage.)

Using a 3-4cm (1¼-1½ in) round cutter, cut out rounds from the polenta. Brush both sides of each round with olive oil and cook the wedges either under a hot grill or in a griddle pan, turning once, until golden and crisp. Alternatively heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry both sides until golden brown, about 2 minutes each side.

Place the polenta rounds on a serving platter. Put a dollop of Fig and red onion relish on each round and top with a small cube or crumble of goat’s cheese and a grind of black pepper.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

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What you need:

2 3/4 pounds pumpkin or butternut squash, halved and seeded
1 onion, peeled and quartered through the stem
2 shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps wiped clean
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/2 cup olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
5 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium vegetable stock

What you do:

Preheat oven to 230C / 450F /gas mark 8

Cut pumpkin into 2-inch pieces. Combine pumpkin, onion, mushrooms, and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet. Add oil and 2 teaspoons salt; toss to coat, then spread in a single layer. Roast until pumpkin is tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, about 30 minutes, rotating pan and tossing vegetables halfway through. Let cool, then remove skins.

Transfer vegetables to a medium saucepan; heat over medium. Pour in 2 cups stock; puree with a blender until smooth. With the blender running, slowly add remaining 3 cups stock, and puree until smooth. Bring soup just to a simmer. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper.
Cover to keep warm.

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What you need:

1tsp vegetable oil
1 bunch spring onions, trimmed and chopped
300g risotto rice
1 garlic clove, crushed
200g mushrooms, sliced
900ml (1 ½ pints) hot vegetable stock
75g frozen peas, thawed
Ground black pepper

What you do:

Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan or saucepan and cook the spring onions over a medium-high heat for a few seconds. Add the rice and cook over a low heat for about 1 min, stirring all the time until the rice looks glossy but not brown.

Add the garlic and mushrooms, then pour in about half the hot stock and stir well. Cook over a medium heat for 20-25 mins, stirring often and gradually and adding the remaining stock a little at a time until the rice has absorbed all the liquid.

Check that the rice is tender. It should have a nice creamy texture. If it needs cooking for a bit longer, add a little more hot water.
Add the peas, stirring gently to mix them in. Check the seasoning, adding some pepper if needed.

Serve.

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What you need:

1 tbsp olive oil
10g butter
2 leeks, trimmed & roughly chopped
225g potatoes peeled & cut into chunks
1 litre vegetable stock ( 1 cube)
1/2 head of broccoli, cut into small florets
a little grated cheese ( optional)

What you do:


Heat the oil & butter together in a large saucepan, & gently soften the leeks for around 10 mins.
Add the potatoes, stir then add the stock.
simmer gently for 10 mins , or until the potatoes are cooked.
Add the broccoli & simmer for another 5 mins or until cooked.
Puree the soup until smooth. the divide into 4 bowls, then sprinkle some freshly grated parmesan.

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What you need:

5 g butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 leek, Rinsed & finely chopped
1 onion peeled & finely chopped
3 potatoes (around 400g) peeled & diced
500ml semi skimmed milk
500ml fish or vegetable stock
2 dyed smoked haddock fillets (skin removed)
150g of frozen sweetcorn
1 handful of fresh parsley ( chopped)

What you do:

In a large saucepan, heat the butter & oil, then add the leek & onion & cook for 5 m ins.
Add the milk & stock, bring to the boil then simmer for around 5 mins.
add the haddock & sweetcorn & cook gently for 5 mins or until the fish is just cooked.
Add the parsley, season with freshly ground pepper & serve.
Serve with crusty bread.

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What you need:

2 red peppers
2 red onions
8 ripe tomatoes ( halved)
3 cloves of garlic (unpeeled)
2 tbsp olive oil
500 – 700ml vegetable stock (depending how thick you like your soup)
Some fresh basil leaves (torn)

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to 200C / 400F / gas mark 6

Cut the peppers in half, scoop out the seeds & cut the flesh into small chunks.
Peel the onions , halve & cut into similar size chunks as the peppers.
Place the peppers, onions , tomatoes & garlic into an oven proof dish. Drizzle with oil then roast in the oven for around 35 mins ( or until all the vegetables are cooked).
Squeeze the garlic out of its skin. Put the vegetables & garlic into a food processor then add the stock.
Puree until smooth.
Pour into a saucepan & heat gently for around 5 mins or until warmed through.
divide between 4 bowls & sprinkle over fresh basil leaves .

Serve with warm crusty bread.

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What you need:

1lb /450g  chicken breasts and thighs, skinned
1 ¾ pints /1 litre chicken  or vegetable stock
2 bay leaves
2oz / 60g  long-grain rice
2 leeks, thinly sliced
2 carrots, grated
pinch of ground cloves
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tsp sea salt

What you do:

Place the chicken in a pan with the bay leaves and pour in the stock. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

Skim the surface of the soup and discard any scum that has formed. Add the vegetables, rice, cloves, and salt, bring back to the boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for a further 30 minutes.

Remove the bay leaves and discard. If you wish, you can lift out the chicken, remove the meat from the bones, then return the meat to the soup.

Ladle the soup  between individual serving bowls and serve while still hot.

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What you need:

8 chicken thighs, skinned
1.7 litres hot vegetable stock
2 tbsp olive oil
4 red peppers, deseeded and cut into strips
700g uncooked shelled prawns
2 cans chopped tomatoes
450g paella or basmati rice
400g green beans, trimmed
3 strands of saffron
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch paprika
1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 pinch salt
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

 What you do:

Put the chicken thighs in a large pan, add 600ml (1 pint) of the stock, cover with a lid, and cook over a low-medium heat for 15–20 minutes, or until the chicken is nearly cooked. Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve the stock.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a paella pan or large frying pan, add the peppers, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the prawns, season with salt and black pepper, then cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the prawns are cooked and pink. Remove the prawns and peppers with a slotted spoon and put to one side.

Add the tomatoes to the pan, then the rice, and the reserved cooking stock and stir. Season again, then add another 600ml (1 pint) of the stock, and the chicken. Simmer gently for 20–30 minutes, or until the rice is cooked, adding the remaining stock as you need it. Add the beans for the last 10 minutes of cooking along with the saffron, cayenne, and paprika. Return the peppers and prawns to the pan, heat through, then sprinkle over the parsley and serve.

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What you need:

1 onion ( diced)
6 rashers streaky bacon ( chopped)
300g risotto rice
1/2 pint  vegetable stock
100g frozen peas

parmesan cheese

What you do:

In a wok  heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onions and fry until lightly browned (around 6  minutes). Add the bacon and gently fry for a further 5 minutes, until it starts to crisp.
Add the rice and gently pour in the vegetable stock , then bring to the boil. Stir well, then reduce the heat and simmer covered, for 15-20 minutes until the rice is almost tender.
Stir in the peas,  and cook for a further 3 minutes, until the peas are cooked. Serve sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

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