The Shepherd’s Star

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Sorry, faithful Anxious-Watchers, for the lack of posts.  I got a new job and everything went a bit frantic whilst I undertook my first task, which was to clear out a pit of  metaphorical venomous vipers.  The Project is now (mostly) viper-free (I can HEAR you slither, you little bastard.  I’m cooomminngg for yoouuu……).

In the meantime I finally bit the bullet that there is more of Anxious Cook than is really healthy, so I womaned-up and joined Slenderiser’s Globe, a nice shiny corporate dieting system which boils down to the usual list of minimal sugar, minimal fats, minimal processed food and minimal bread / dairy fats.  And lots and lots of vegetables (well that part I can get behind at least).

Still experimenting with the finer points of the system at the moment, but this lentil shepherd’s pie recipe was actually pretty economic, tasty, and shepherdy.  Baaaa.  And of course if you’re not dieting, you can add as much cheese and marge to the mash as you want🙂 .

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Veggies in parmesan sauce

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Veggies in parmesan sauce
Now to be fair to Yotam Ottolenghi, I think I’d quite enjoy eating at his restaurants Nopi or Ottolenghi.  However,  his recipes as published in the media are well complicated, and I don’t have any more space in my cupboards for any more exotic ingredients.  So below is a simplified version of one published recently, but still tasty and versatile, and a good way to get your five a day into you!
(Regrettably no photo until I locate my camera USB cable :(   ) UPDATE:foounndd ittt!

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Vegetarian Paella

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So muggy at the moment! Went round my sister’s house, and sprawled out in deckchairs in the back-garden without fear of burning; so waaarrrmmm, but no direct sunlight. Then we watched England v Russia in Euro 2016 (it pains me to say it, as a long time cynic, but we might *actually* have a side worth cheering on for a change). And, in the spirit of Europe, I knocked up this tasty little paella…..

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Carrot & Spinach Dhal

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Okay, I admit that this isn’t the prettiest dish you’ll ever throw into a bowl, but, it’s as comforting and warming as a bowl of porridge with treacle (treacle!), only with the vitamins and iron of carrot & spinach, and the protein of that faithful old standby, red lentils.   The left overs are even better the next day, chucked in a dish to reheat in the oven, with an egg cracked over them halfway through to bake:

Original from here:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/apr/22/carrot-dal-self-saucing-pasta-recipe-anna-jones-modern-cook

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Stuffed Greek Vegetables

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…..it was the Easter bank holiday last weekend, 4 days off in total for us Brits.  So of course, in accordance with local bylaws governing long holiday weekends in the UK, it rained, hailed and blew a storm……

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So this colourful, tasty Greek dish was a much needed splash of warmth and colour.  Plus it did for around 4 meals so lovely and frugal and filling, as well as summoning up the blue-hued spirit of the Mediterranean.  What more could you want from a recipe (apart from a hunky Greek waiter to serve it, of course)?

Original from here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/stuffed_vegetables_56352.

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