Stout lamb, lentils & cranberry
2 Tbsp rapeseed oil
800g leg or shoulder of lamb, cut
into large dice
2 Tbsp plain (all-purpose) flour
1 Tbsp malt vinegar
500ml (2 cups) stout
1 onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
500ml (2 cups) vegetable stock
400g baby pearl onions
100g dried cranberries
200g dried green or brown lentils
1 Tbsp chopped dill
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large
frying pan over a high heat. Brown the
lamb for a few minutes on all sides.
Season and scatter over the flour. Cook
for 1 minute until the flour has soaked
up all the liquid. Pour in the vinegar and
1 tablespoon water. Use these to deglaze
the pan, scraping up any bits stuck to the
base. Transfer the lamb and the juices to a
casserole dish and pour over the stout.
Wipe the pan clean, and fry the onion,
celery and garlic in the remaining oil for
4-5 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.
Add the cloves and deglaze the pan with
the stock. Transfer to the casserole. Cover
with foil then top with the lid and cook in
the oven for 1½ hours. Halfway through
cooking, add the pearl onions; in the last
15 minutes add the cranberries.
While the lamb is cooking, thoroughly
rinse the lentils under running water. Tip
them into a saucepan with ¾ teaspoon
salt and pour in 500ml (2 cups) water.
Bring to the boil over a medium-high
heat, then reduce the heat to maintain a
gentle simmer. You should see only a few
small bubbles and some slight movement
in the lentils. Cook, uncovered, for 20-30
minutes, until they are al dente. Add
water as needed to make sure the lentils
are always just covered. Drain the lentils
then stir through the dill. Serve alongside
the lamb with a green salad.
220g (1 cup) pearl barley
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp olive oil
600g lightly smoked pork sausages
1 Tbsp rapeseed oil
25g dill fronds
100g pickled beetroot
2 onions, cut into 1 cm-thick rings
Natural yoghurt, to serve (optional)
Soak the barley in 1 litre (4 cups) water
for 10 minutes. Drain and then boil in at
least 4 litres (16 cups) water for about 50
minutes. It should be slightly al dente.
Drain, rinse briefly in cold water and
Pork, barley & beetroot salad
drain again. Tip into a serving bowl and
leave to cool for a few minutes, then stir
through the vinegar and olive oil.
Fry the sausages in the rapeseed oil
in a frying pan over a medium heat until
cooked through. How long they take will
depend on how thick the sausages are but
they should be done in 10-12 minutes.
Slice the sausages on an angle into
roughly 2 cm-thick pieces. Mix through
the barley with the dill and beetroot.
Season to taste.
Preheat a chargrill pan to high and
char the onion rings for about 2 minutes
on each side until they are almost black.
Add to the warm salad. Serve immediately
with some yoghurt on the side, if desired.
Dream cake with barley & berries
SERVES 8 –10
300g (2 cups) plain flour
3 Tbsp baking powder
3 large eggs
300g caster sugar
90g unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
200ml pouring cream
175g fresh or frozen blackcurrants
Cream or custard, to serve
180g unsalted butter
60ml (¼ cup) full-cream milk
300g soft brown sugar
175g barley flakes or rolled oats
3 Tbsp dark malt (optional)
Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F).
Sift the flour and baking powder into
In a separate large bowl, whisk together
the eggs and sugar for about 10 minutes,
until pale and fluffy.
Sift the flour and baking powder into
the egg mixture and fold to combine. Stir
in the melted butter, vanilla and cream.
Fold in the currants or berries.
Pour the dough into a 20 cm round
springform cake tin (you can use a larger
cake tin, but bear in mind to reduce
the cooking time). Bake for 40 minutes,
or until the middle of the cake is firm
About 5 minutes before the cake is
ready, make the topping.
Mix together all the ingredients for the
topping in a saucepan over a medium heat.
Cook, stirring, until it bubbles slightly.
Remove the cake from the oven and
increase the temperature to 220°C.
Pour the caramel over the cake then
return it to the oven for 5-7 minutes, until
you see it set and start to turn dark brown
at the edges. Allow the cake to cool in its
tin for a few minutes before running a
knife around the edge and releasing the
springform. Cool and allow the topping to
set before cutting into slices. Serve with
cream or custard.