As promised; the recipes from last month’s Party! Happy eating!!
Savoury Bean Fritters
70g chopped, roasted, hazelnuts
1 bunch of spinach
1 handful of freshly-grated horseradish (or use a couple of tablespoons from a jar)
500g processed Celtic Beans (see below)
Pinch of salt
Strong wholemeal bread flour
Use one third dried black-eyed peas to two thirds dried broad (fava) beans.
Soak the beans overnight then drain and place in a large saucepan.
Cover with plenty of water, bring to the boil and cook for at least 3 hours.
Take off the heat, cover, and allow them to cool in the water.
You now need to remove the hard skins from the beans.
Alternatively you can use tinned beans!
Melt a little butter in a pan and use to gently fry the hazelnuts and sea beet (spinach) until wilted.
Take off the heat and transfer to a bowl.
Mix in the horseradish and beans then add the egg.
Stir to combine then season with salt and add just enough flour to bring the ingredients together as a stiff dough.
Shape the dough into rissoles (sausage shapes about 3cm in diameter and 6cm long), melt the remaining butter in a large pan and fry the shaped rissoles until browned all over.
Lentil and Mushroom Soup
125g pre-soaked lentils
2 cloves of garlic
25g of butter
1 bowl of chopped mushrooms
850ml of water
1 tsp of poppy seeds
Crush the garlic cloves and slice the leek.
Fry the leek and garlic in the butter. Add the chopped mushrooms and fry for a few minutes.
Add the water and lentils and simmer for an hour.
Season with salt and add the poppy seeds.
450g barley flour
450g strong wheat flour
pinch of salt
1 sachet dried yeast
1 tbsp honey
Add the honey and 200ml water to a pan and heat until just warm. Add the yeast and place in a warm spot for 20 minutes to prove.
Mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl, forming a well in the centre and add the yeast mixture.
Combine gradually adding enough water to form a firm dough.
Roll the dough into a ball. Cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm place for 1 hour 40 minutes, or until well risen.
Place the dough on a floured surface and knead thoroughly. Shape into several pieces. Cover with a cloth and leave to rise for 20 minutes.
Heat a flat, dry pan over a medium heat, flatten the dough balls slightly and score a cross in the top. Place on the pan and cook until fluffy all the way through, turning several times.
Beans and Caraway
1kg cooked and processed Celtic Beans
generous bunch of sorrel leaves
shredded generous bunch of chives
chopped 1 ramson bulb (or 2 garlic cloves)
chopped 1 dessert spoon of caraway seeds
crushed sea salt, to taste
Melt the butter in a pan and use to lightly fry the sorrel leaves, chives and ramsons until softened (about 5 minutes).
Add the caraway seeds then fry for 1 minute before stirring-in the prepared bean paste.
Add salt to taste then stir-in 120ml of water.
Continue cooking until the dish has heated through and the liquid has been absorbed then serve.
Bacon and Bean Stew
250g fat bacon, chopped
2 celery sticks
450g chopped parsnip
2 tsp mustard seeds
sprig of thyme
500g celtic beans
1 tsp salt
Fry the bacon in a large saucepan until it begins to brown and release fat.
Add the chopped leeks, parsnips and celery and fry until softened.
Add the mushrooms, herbs and mustard seeds stirring until the mushrooms have begun to soften.
Add the beans, water and salt.
Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook slowly for about an hour.
Poppy Seed and Blackberry Cake
360g poppy seeds, ground
6 duck eggs (hen eggs will also do)
130g blackberries (or any other seasonal fruit)
All cakes need flour of some kind and this is no different. If you’re being authentic then grind the poppy seeds into flour using a quern. However, using a coffee grinder works equally well!
Once you have the poppy seed flour, tip it into a bowl. Ground poppy seeds can often be found in Eastern European Deli’s.
Crack the eggs and separate the yolks and white into separate bowls. Beat the yolks until thick then continue beating as you add the honey to the mixture a little at a time.
Next, stir in the blackberries (or whatever fruit you’re using) and the poppy seed flour.
Finally, beat the egg whites until they form into stiff peaks and gently fold the whites into the fruit and poppy seed mixture using a metal spoon.
Gently pour the resulting batter into a lightly greased and floured ovenproof dish or cake tin.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 170°C (Gas 3) for about 50 minutes (or until the cake has set).
Allow the cake to cool in its dish or tin, tip out, slice and serve with cream and a sprig of mint.