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Shortcrust Pastry

Some people find wholewheat pastry too heavy, so you may prefer to use half white flour and half wholemeal flour as in the recipe below. A note of caution: traditional pastry recipes use lard, which is unacceptable to vegetarians. Here, white vegetable fat is used and is available in all supermarkets. If you decide to [...]

How to Make Pancakes

The pancakes are rich and perfect for savoury or for sweet fillings. They use a combination of wholemeal and white flours, which makes them lighter than 100% wholemeal pancakes. Make the batter in a food processor or by hand. 50 g/2 oz plain wholemeal flour 50 g/2 oz plain white flour, sifted with a good [...]

Vegetable Stock

1 x 15 ml spoon/1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 sticks celery, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 2 potatoes, chopped 1 small turnip, chopped 1.5 litres 21/2 pints water 1 bay leaf 2 bouquet garni or a few sprigs fresh herbs Methods: Heat the oil in a large pan, add all the vegetables, [...]

How to Make Tomato Sauce

2 x 15 ml spoon/2 tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 small carrot; grated 1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed 400 g/14 oz can chopped tomatoes, drained 2 x 15 nil spoon/2 tbsp tomato purée 50 ml/12 fl oz/1/4 cup red wine (optional) 1 tsp basil or marjoram salt and freshly ground black pepper [...]

Bechamel Sauce

40 g/11/2 oz butter 40 g/1/2 oz plain flour 300 ml/1/2 pint milk 7.5 g/3 oz cheese such as cheddar, Gruyere or Parmesan salt and freshly ground black Pepper 1 egg yolk (optional) pinch nutmeg (optional) Methods: Melt the butter in a small pan then stir in the flour and cook over a low heat [...]