Ravioli with Aubergine and Aduki Beans, with a Balsamic Chutney

This is a bit of extra work but it looks lovely on the plate.
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Homemade Pasta Dough
To serve four with a substantial filling
Ingredients
400g flour
100g water
2 tablespoons olive oil
Pinch of salt

Method
Mix and knead, rest for an hour and use as you wish.

Roasted Aubergine and Aduki Bean Filling

1 aubergine, cubed- if you’re a loony like me then a smoked aubergine is wonderful!
200g aduki beans, soaked overnight, simmered for 45 minutes and drained, or one tin
2 tablespoons of olive oil, plus a splash
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 clove of garlic, grated on a microplane
1/2 stick of celery, finely chopped
1/2 onion, finely chopped
Pinch of salt
6 cherry tomatoes

Method
Make the pasta dough first and let it rest.
Preheat the oven to 200c.
Toss the cubed aubergine, celery, garlic, herbs, tomatoes and the onion in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Roast in the oven until fully cooked. The aubergine should have absorbed oil and be very soft and silky.
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Mash the mixture with the beans.
You should end up with a fairly thick paste.

Make the ravioli
Divide the dough and the filling into four each, roll out one dough ball at a time and cut out large circles using the top of a large glass (or big cookie cutter if you’re fancy!). Dividing it up in this way makes it easier to distribute the filling equally.

I get about 12 per quarter, or 48 in total.
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Put a small blob of filling on each and fold it over, sealing the edges with a little water.
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These can rest a while- boil them for three minutes when you are ready to eat. Dress with a little chutney, plenty of freshly ground black pepper and fresh basil.

Balsamic Onion Chutney

Ingredients
1/2 onion, sliced
100ml balsamic
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoon olive oil

Method
Cook the onion in the olive oil, over a low heat with the lid on for about fifteen minutes. They will caramelise and soften. Then pour in the balsamic vinegar, tomato paste and paprika. Reduce to a thick sauce, add a little water or white wine if you go too far.

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Smokey Stew – Chickpeas, Sausage, Spinach, Potatoes, Smoke… And a vaguely Moroccan Sourdough

A hearty, smokey stew with delicious bread. Cold smoking the ingredients makes this really special.
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Start the bread first:

Vaguely Moroccan Sourdough Bread
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I took advice and pointers from this recipe, but my version is fairly different – using only sourdough and cumin rather than fennel.

Ingredients
100g refreshed starter
600g white flour
225g water
1 tbsp cumin seed
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp cornmeal to dust

Method
I make it in the machine- 2:30h dough cycle (or knead well), then shape, sprinkle over the cornmeal, slash and rest 1 hour.
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Bake for 30 minutes at 200c and allow to cool for a minimum of 30 minutes, this will allow it to finish cooking.
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Stew
I made this with tomato, chickpeas, sausage and garlic that had been smoked in my cold-smoker. It would still be delicious with the plain variety, or you could add some liquid smoke.

Ingredients – to serve two with bread
4 cold-smoked tomatoes, chopped
4 cloves of cold-smoked garlic, finely sliced
1 tin of smoked chickpeas (drained), or a roughly equivalent quantity of home cooked ones
2-3 sausages made according to the Italian Feast Recipe in Vegan Brunch and then cold smoked (the recipe makes 4, I freeze them)
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4 medium potatoes, cubed
3 handfuls frozen spinach (that’s what I had, but I am positive that about 4 big handfuls of fresh, roughly chopped, would work well
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Splash of balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
Approximately 250ml white wine and 250ml water
Pinch of salt
Generous quantities of freshly ground pepper

Method
Slice the sausage diagonally, about 1cm thick. Fry the slices on both sides in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until browned and crisp. Remove from the oil and set aside.

Add 2 more tablespoons of oil to the pan and fry the garlic and spice until the garlic is nutty brown. Then remove the garlic, and set aside as well.

Fry the potato until browned on all side, then add the chopped tomatoes and cook slowly until they have collapsed into a thick sauce.

Add the chickpeas, vinegar, pre fried garlic and spinach add water and wine in equal proportions until the potatoes are just covered. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are cooked and the sauce is quite dry – about 45 minutes.
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Stir in the fried sausage and season before serving. Use generous bowls with bread on the side.

For the children
If this doesn’t suit the kids, serve the bread with some fresh fruit and vegetables, some beans or chickpeas in tomato sauce…