An Eastern European pre-Christmas delight, Goulash is a meat and paprika soup that has as many variations as there are days of the year. It is a simple dish - meat, water, paprika and onions stewed together with salt and pepper. Like all simple dishes, it takes care to make it taste wonderful. Slow cooking and careful seasoning are the key to this. Topped with soured cream and a sprinkling of fresh dill it's heavenly and the astringency of sauerkraut makes a splendid foil to the richness of the paprika. Pierogi are just sensational - amazing little dumpling-y things filled with curd cheese and potato - once eaten, never, ever forgotten!!