An Eastern Mediterranean appetizer, dolmades are vine leaves enclosing a rice filling. Buy the vine leaves in brine in packs or jars. One pack (227g) makes about 35 dolmades. Make a filling of 1 chopped onion fried in olive oil and mixed with 125g (4oz) long grain rice, 3tablespoons currants, 1tablespoon each chopped fresh mint and fresh or dried dill, 2tablespoons pine kernels, 150ml (¼pint) water, 1teaspoon salt and pepper. Boil for 5 minutes.
Drain and rinse the vine leaves in brine, then lay them out rib side up on a board. Put 1teaspoon of filling at the stalk end of each leaf. Fold in the 2 sides to meet in the centre.
Roll the vine leaf up, starting from the stalk end. Place join side down in a large shallow pan with a lid. Repeat with the remaining leaves, fitting the rolls close together in a single layer.
Pour over water just to cover and the juice of ½ lemon and 4tablespoons olive oil. Weigh down with a heatproof plate, cover and simmer 1 hour. Cool in the pan, then transfer to a plate.