Clapham Peasant Stew

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By Jeremy Round

Published 1988

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Hearty autumn fare for modern hunter-gatherers. You can also chuck in any slightly dodgy game, poultry, off-cuts of pork, smoked meats and sausages. Adding vinegar at the end kills off any rank flavours. Cinnamon also sometimes adds quite a nice touch.


  • 4 bone-in rabbit joints (about 1 lb)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil


Brown the rabbit in the oil in a heavy, flameproof casserole. Lower the heat and throw in the garlic. When the garlic is cooked, translucent and just beginning to brown, add – in order, stirring between each addition – the bay leaf, cloves, lentils, black pepper and the measured water.

Bring to the boil, then simmer for 40 minutes or until the lentils are tender