Pork, pepper and potato goulash
This is a fabulous all-in-one dish that doesn't cost too much to make and can be prepared in advance. Don’t worry if you haven’t got all the ingredients - you’ll find you can make some substitutions or leave one or two of them out altogether.
Once you’ve fried all the meat add another 2 tbsp of oil to the pan and tip in the onions. Stir and fry them for about 5-6 minutes until beginning to soften. Add the garlic, sweet and hot pimenton or paprika and tomato paste if using, stir well then return the meat to the pan. Stir to ensure the meat is thoroughly coated then add the flour, oregano, fennel, creamed tomatoes and stock. Bring to the boil then cover the pan, turn the heat right down to a bare simmer or transfer the pot to a low oven (140°C/275°F/Gas 1). Cook for 2 - 2 1/2 hours, checking from time to time that the meat is not cooking too fast.
After an hour and a quarter, cut up, de-seed and slice the peppers, removing any white pith, add them to the pot, stir and replace the lid. Boil the potatoes until just tender (about 10 minutes) then add them to the pan half an hour before the end of the cooking time, carefully mixing them into the sauce.
Check the seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste. Bring the goulash to the table and serve in soup bowls with side dishes of sour cream, sliced pickled cucumbers and finely chopped fresh dill or parsley so everyone can help themselves.
* Paprika and pimenton generally come in two versions - sweet and hot. Ideally you need both for a goulash. Spanish pimenton has the better flavour if you can afford it. You can find it in delis and bigger branches of Sainsbury's
* Ovens vary considerably in temperature so use the suggested temperatures as a guide line (If you have a fan oven you should be able to cook on a lower temperature.) Basically with a stew like this you want to cook it as slowly as possible so that you just see the odd bubble appear on the surface.