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Rice With Spices and Barberries

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This lightly spiced rice goes so well with any Middle Eastern cooking.

There is a recipe for making your own jars of caramelised onions on the blog, sorry, I haven’t a clue how to include a link! These onions are so handy to have in the fridge for those days when you just don’t have time to cook onions low and slow.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

100g caramelised onions

200g basmati rice

1 teaspoon ground all spice

1 teaspoon ground coriander

a pinch of ground cinnamon

a pinch of saffron strands

375mls vegetable or chicken stock

10g barberries

Method

In a pan with  a tight fitting lid, warm the onions through over a medium heat.

Add the rice and stir through for 1 minute.

Add the allspice, coriander, cinnamon and saffron, stir well.

Pour in the stock and add the barberries. Stir again.

Cover with the lid and bring up to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer gently for 14 minutes.

Turn the heat off but keep the lid in place, let the rice sit for 5 minutes.

Fork through the rice and serve.

Oregano Bread Stuffed With Slow Roast Lamb

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Otherwise known as the leftover “manwich”, guaranteed to fill the hungriest of teenage boys stomachs with a bowl of soup on the side! Also super for school lunch boxes and picnics!

I have used leftover slow roast leg of lamb in this recipe but feel free to play around with it, I have used pulled pork, beef ribs and roast chicken before.

I make batches of caramelised onions to keep in the fridge as a quick cheat, the recipe is in the blog!

As for a vegetarian option, leftover roast pumpkin and goats cheese is a winner with the caramelised onions on the base.

Serves 8-10.

Ingredients

DOUGH

500g plain flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons instant yeast

4 teaspoons dried oregano

325-350mls warm water

FILLING

150g caramelised onions

250g lamb or your choice of cooked meat

2 large tomatoes, deseeded and diced

100g mozzarella, grated

TOPPING

1 egg, beaten

30-40g Parmesan, finely grated

Method

In a large bowl, combine the dough ingredients, making sure you get all the bits off the side of the bowl.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.

Flour the inside of the bowl you used to make the dough and add the dough. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and leave to rise for 1 hour.

Line a baking tray with baking parchment. 37cm x 24cm.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade.

Once risen, tip the dough gently onto the floured bench and cut in half.

Roll one half out until it is large enough to cover the tray.

Gently lift it onto the prepared tray, spread the caramelised onions over the base, leaving a 3 cm gap around the edge.

Sprinkle over the lamb, tomatoes and cheese.

Brush around the edges of the dough with a little of the beaten egg for the topping.

Roll the second piece of dough out to cover the existing piece.

Lay it over, press down on the edges to seal and then nip and twist all the way around the dough to seal completely, the edges should look like a turned rope.

Brush with the remaining egg and sprinkle over the Parmesan.

Set aside in a warm place for 20-30 mins and then bake for 40-45 minutes until the bread is fully cooked and the top surface is golden.

Slide the bread onto a wire rack to cool a little before cutting.

Pasta with Creamy Smoked Salmon

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This takes the time of the pasta to cook for the entire dish to be ready, the secret is the caramelised onions, the recipe is  in my blog.

Hugely popular with the boys and their friends this goes really nicely with a rocket salad to cut through the richness.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

500g dry pasta

300g smoked salmon slices, cut into 5cm pieces

400g frozen peas

120g caramelised onions

200mls cream

300mls milk

10g parsley, chopped

10g dill, leaves picked

Method

Cook the pasta as per its instructions.

Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the onions and allow them to warm through.

Add the cream and milk to the onions, bring up to a simmer.

Add the peas and again bring up to a simmer.

Follow with the salmon, parsley and dill, mix well and turn off the heat.

Add the drained, cooked pasta to the sauce, stir well and serve.

Rice with Caramelised Onion

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This is continued on from my Caramelised Onion recipe. I like to think that is saves on washing up! If you use my onion recipe you need around 2 heaped tablespoons of the onions in the pan you cooked them in, there is no need for more butter. Warm the onions in the pan, add the spices and continue with the recipe from there.

Inspired from Middle Eastern recipes this goes beautifully with most Middle Eastern dishes as it has a lovely subtle flavour.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

2 onions, peeled, halved and finely sliced

50g butter

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon salt

380g basmati rice

750mls water

small bunch of parsley, leaves removed and chopped.

Method.

Heat the butter in a heavy based pan with a well fitting lid over medium heat.

Add the onion and cook until soft and  golden brown.

Add the cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, stir well.

Once fragrant add the rice and stir to cover in butter, turn up to high.

Add the water, stir and cover.

Once boiling, turn the heat down to low, do not remove the lid.

Cook for 15mins, turn off the heat and leave to rest for 5 mins without removing the lid.

After 5 mins, stir rice gently, mix in the parsley and serve.