Fennel Recipes

Great one for Christmas dinner

Discard roots and feathery bits of two heads of fennel. Slice them thinly. Fry gently in a little olive oil, until very soft (about 40 mins, low heat). Put into a food processor and whizz to a puree. A bit of pepper is good, but otherwise this is fine as it is. Reheat gently when required. Isn’t that easy! We have it with the stilton and walnut loaf we have for Christmas dinner, with all the other usual stuff.

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Veg Soup

1tbsp sunflower oil 1 onion finely chopped 1 Leek finely chopped 1 carrot finely chopped 1 parsnip finely chopped 1 bulb fennel chopped 300g squash or you can use swede chopped 50g barley 1 litre veg stock 1 bouquet garni (I use bay leaf, sprig of thyme, parsley and rosemary from the garden tied with string) Salt and ground pepper Heat the oil in a fairly big saucepan, and cook onion till soft. Add all veg and the barley and cook slowly for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally the veg should…

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Braised Lamb Nicoise

1/2 large mild onion, sliced 2 bulbs fennel, trimmed & sliced 1 clove garlic, crushed 30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil knob of butter 550g (1 1/4lb) diced leg of lamb 450g (1lb) plum tomatoes, skinned & chopped zest & juice of 1 orange 30ml (2 tbsp) crushed sun-dried tomatoes salt & pepper 2 large sprigs of fresh rosemary 10 pitted black olives (optional) 1) Fry onion, fennel & garlic in olive oil and butter for about 10 mins until lightly browned. Drain & remove from pan. 2) Turn up heat…

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ROASTED RED PEPPERS STUFFED with FENNEL

SERVES 4 TO 6 PEOPLE AS A FIRST COURSE The dish needs lots of really good bread as there’s always a profusion of fragrant juices. 4 large red peppers 2 small bulbs fennel 1 X 14 oz (400 g) tin Italian plum tomatoes 1 rounded teaspoon mixed pepper berries ¾ teaspoon whole coriander seeds ½ teaspoon fennel seeds 8 dessert spoons good quality olive oil The juice of ½ lemon Rock salt You will need a shallow baking sheet (I use a Swiss roll tin). PREHEAT THE OVEN TO GAS…

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