Barley and Vegetable Soup

In the midst of Autumn or Winter, on a foggy, drizzling day, there is nothing more perfect that a large bowl of Vegetable Soup. And if it has barley in it – even better.

Similar recipes include Turnips and Onions, Celeriac Soup with Mustard, Toppings for Soups, Barley and Lentils with Mushrooms, Minestrone with Pesto, Italian Barley and Vegetable Soup, and Thirteen Treasure Happiness Soup.

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Roasted Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes with Caper Vinaigrette

This year it is a long cold start to Summer. As I write, I sit here in a jumper in January, thinking of putting a rug over my legs rather than turn the heater on. So, needing something to warm the kitchen, I popped some roast veg in the oven.

Not any roast vegetables – this is an Ottolenghi dish, one that takes a common dish and makes it extraordinary. It is a favourite, and I don’t know why I haven’t posted it before. My note in the cookbook is “Magnificent” pencilled in the margin.

It takes sweet potatoes and parsnips and roasts them with garlic and (later) some cherry tomatoes, before dressing them with a tangy vinaigrette that is both sweet and sour, full of capers for a saltiness. It’s the perfect dish for any festival, celebration, Sunday lunch or any day of the week is born.

Ottolenghi says “The addition of a vinaigrette to freshly roasted vegetables gives them a freshness and juiciness they don’t normally have; the acidity brings out new shades of flavour, too.”

You might also like Roasted Beetroot with Cumin Seeds, Perfect Roast Potatoes, or Hot Roasted Carrot Salad.

Try some Parsnip recipes too: Roughly Mashed Parsnip with Parmesan and Olive Oil, and Parsnip and Carrot Mash.

Take some time to explore the Ottolenghi recipes we have tried. Our Sweet Potato recipes are here and our Parsnip recipes here. Or browse our Mid Summer collection of easy recipes. (You might prefer our Mid Winter recipes!)

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Schiacciata with Cheese Topping

If Focaccia is half way between pizza and bread, then Schiacciata is half way between Focaccia and Pizza. It is flat and usually infused beautifully with olive oil.

Originally cooked in the ashes of the hearth, schiacciata, meaning squashed, is flat and 2 – 3 cm thick (but can be thinner). Variations of the bread are made throughout Italy. In Tuscany, it is simply brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt. Herbs such as rosemary can be added. A sweet version with grapes and sugar is also made.

This recipe with onion and cheese is great weekday lunch-at-home fare, even for Sunday night supper. It is great with a hearty soup. Maybe Onion Soup would be fabulous. In late Summer, pair it with ripe, bursting figs and celebrate the end of summer.

Similar recipes include Pita Bread, The Life Changing Loaf of Bread, Potato and Garlic Pizza, and Sweet Potato Bread with Raisins and Walnuts.

You might also liked our Focaccia recipes. Our pizza recipes are here. If you need pizza dough, the recipes are here. Feel free to browse other recipes from our Retro Recipes series. Or explore our Late Spring dishes.

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Pasta Bake with Cabbage and Cheese

Cabbage and Carbs always go well together, right? And this dish of cabbage with pasta is divine. It is a great cold weather dish, and perfectly good for any time of the year as a Sunday Supper. It is a rustic dish, but don’t let that dissuade you.

Sometimes I cook this dish and the family aren’t home yet, and I pick at it in the kitchen until there is a definite hole in the side. It is so delicious with the nutty, slightly stretchy Emmental cheese. So easy to make just 3 ingredients – I cook the pasta and use the pasta water to blanch the cabbage. A few minutes assembly and into the oven it goes for about 20 mins – faster if you have a good fan forced oven. Take it bubbling to the table – your family will be begging for it again and again.

Truly, this dish almost needs a wood fire and a large glass of red. Eat on its own, with salads, or as an accompaniment to other dishes. Left overs are good fried up for breakfast! You could almost say that this comfort dish is NOT a Sydney dish. It is built for Melbourne and Adelaide, and all year round in Tassie. ūüôā

Similar dishes include Cheesy Bake of Carrots and Parsnips, Baked Ziti with Feta, Baked Pasta with Tomatoes and Mozzarella, Potatoes and Cheddar Gratin, Baked Eggplant Steaks, and Gratin of Potatoes and Zucchini.

Or are you looking for Cabbage Recipes? Try Malaysian Lemak Style Vegetables, Nappa Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing, and Cabbage Thoran.

You might also like to browse all of our Cabbage recipes. All of our Pasta dishes are here. Or browse Baked recipes. Take some time to check out our easy Mid-Winter recipes.

Also browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series – vegetarian recipes from our first blog from 1995 – 2006.

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Green Bean and Carrot Poriyal with Mung Dal and Coconut

Poriyals, from Tamil Nadu, and Thorans, from Kerala in India, are quick dishes where vegetables are stirfried with spices and coconut, turning ordinary vegetables into something amazing. They can form part of a meal, or can be eaten alone with roti or chapatti.

Similar recipes include Green Beans with Freekeh, Walnuts and Tahini, Sweet Potato Poriyal, Spinach and Sweetcorn Bhurji, and Carrot Thengai Poriyal.

Browse our Thoran and Poriyal recipes, our Beans recipes, and our other Fry recipes.  Our Indian recipes are here and our Indian Essentials here. Or explore all of the Early Autumn recipes.

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Buttery Eggplant Dal | Slow Cooker Recipe | Or cook on the Stove

Eggplant/Brinjal in a makhani style sauce – the only thing better is cooking it in a slow cooker. Delicious!

Sometimes you want an easy lunch or dinner. I have the answer. A slow cooker recipe with Eggplant, lentils and a buttery tomato sauce. Cook rice, and your meal is complete.

This is a sauce reminiscent of Dal Makhani. It is delicious with the addition of eggplant which cooks to the softest most luxurious eggplant that you’ve ever experienced. I have used urad dal and channa dal in this dish, but they are optional really, and you can make it without lentils. Simply reduce the amount of liquid that you are adding.

Similar recipes include  Du Puy Lentil Soup in the Slow Cooker, Dal Bakhara, and Amritsari Dal.

We have some more slow cooker recipes, other Makhani style dishes, and a collection of delicious Eggplant recipes . Or find inspiration in our Mid Autumn recipes.

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Ma Ki Dal | Slow Braised Lentils

Ma Ki Dal and Dal Makhani really suit long slow cooking

Urad dal is a lentil that suits long slow cooking and a smoky flavour. With a little work, a covered BBQ will cope with cooking a dish like Slow Braised Lentils slowly for several hours.

This recipe will work in an oven too, no worries. But the joys of cooking outside are enormous so on sunny days, take your lentils outside. This dish is also called Ma di Dal, or Mah di Dal.

You might also like to try the other Mah ki Dal recipes and some  Dal Makhani recipes.

Other Urad Dal recipes include Urad and Red Rice Kitchari, Amritsari Dal, and Urad Dal with Tomatoes.

Try other Dals as well – Masoor Dal with Green Chillies, ISKON Mung Dal, and Simple Indian Dal Soup.

Browse all of our Dal recipes and all of our dishes using Urad Dal. Our Indian recipes are here. Or find inspiration in our Late Spring recipes.

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Singin’ Hinny | Stove Top Scones | Griddle Scones

My goodness, I did love this recipe, producing scone-like cakes that whistled and sang as they cooked on the griddle. They were often to be found on The Table in The Kitchen, hot from the griddle and next to a large chunk of country butter.

Check out all of our griddle cooking recipes. Also browse our Retro Recipes series.

They are also called Singing Hinnies, Singin’ Hinnies or Singing Hinny. Traditionally they are not cut before cooking.

The recipe for this dish, as well as the Yorkshire Current Mint Pastries and the Bannocks, came from one of those sets of weekly or fortnightly publications. This one, recipes of course, was on English food and recipes. God knows why I bought them religiously. They were full of suet puddings and Yorkshire puddings, things I would never cook, even then. I cooked so few recipes from them, but loved reading them (I had a lot of English neighbours) and thinking about various flavour combinations. I am sure tips and techniques did find their way into my cooking and influence me in some way.

PS A girdle is/was a flat griddle cooking device. What an interesting name, it has always amused me.

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Cooking Focaccia on the BBQ

The scent of bread wafting from the covered BBQ.

There is something so special about the scent of bread cooking – and when it is cooked in the BBQ the aroma floats from our balcony over to¬† our neighbour’s. I am sure they wonder what we were up to.

Cooking bread in the BBQ does produce a different texture than when you cook it in the oven, but it is gorgeous and so good and easy. Cook the focaccia first, and when you take it out, cook your other dishes in the BBQ as the bread cools.

Similar recipes include Sweet Potato Bread with Raisins and Walnuts. Schiacciata with Cheese Topping.

You might also like to try other BBQ dishes, including Baked Pears on the BBQ and Bananas on the BBQ. You can also make Stuffed Mushrooms on the BBQ, Fennel with Lemon and Parmesan, and Grilled Cheese on Sourdough Toast, all on the BBQ.

And find inspiration in our Late Winter recipes too.

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BBQ Roasted Pears, Strawberries, and Grapes

Make these in the oven or on the BBQ, they are delicious!

A BBQ is tremendous, even in winter, even in the cold. We use it more than in non-summer months than in the heat.

If you haven’t see it already, take a look at Part 1 of this BBQ series to see Grilled Fennel with Lemon and Parmesan and Grilled Broccoli with Preserved Lemon and Part 2 of this BBQ Series to see Roasted Carrots with Pomegranate Molasses, Melty Cheese and Baked Bananas.

Similar recipes include Grain and Grape Salad.

You can also browse the complete BBQ Series of recipes, including Baked Garlicky Eggplant, Baked Apricots, and Hot Tomato Salad. Find inspiration in our Early Winter recipes too.

You might like to browse these – Pear recipes, Strawberry recipes, and Grape recipes.

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