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Been watching the rebooted series of Red Dwarf*, Red Dwarf X.  After the last ill-fated Blade-Runneresque reboot ofwhichwewillnotspeakandwhichwewillpretendnever-happened, this one is proving to be nearly up to the standard of the original classic series. Plus still the best theme tune since Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy unleashed its banjo on the world – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVxFwH39FDs&feature=related

Been doing my usual Sunday afternoon cook-up; mustard and honey-marinated tofu for snacks at work, refried black beans for a wholemeal tortilla mexican wrap for lunch at work, and aduki-bean casserole so when I crawl back in from work wanting to throttle someone, anyone, at least I don’t have to do anything more taxing than sticking a dollop of it onto a plate and into the microwave.

Unsure where I got the recipe from, other than Somewhere On The Internet; if anyone recognises it let me know and I’ll attribute….

  • 1 tin aduki beans (small red beans, commonly used in Japan), or equivalent amount soaked and boiled for required time
  • Tin of chopped tomatoes, or equivalent chopped fresh tomatoes
  • Two tablespoons tomato puree
  • Three big button mushrooms
  • Cup unsweetened porridge oats
  • 1 carrot, diced finely
  • handful of green beans or other green vegetable, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 medium sweet potato or normal potato, peeled and diced
  • Handful fresh spinach, chopped finely
  • Handful sweetcorn and handful peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Enough grated chedder to provide a decent topping
  • Cup hot water
  • Mix ingredients well, pour into casserole dish, and cook at 180 degrees for one hour.  Take out, add layer of grated cheddar and return to oven, cook for approximately 10-15 minutes until cheese is bubbling and suitably browned.

    Serve hot.  This casserole also freezes well.

    *Situation comedy, set on a space ship lost in deep space. The “crew” consists of a scouse drop-out obsessed with curry and booze, an anally-retentive hologram, a conscience-striken janitor droid and a humanoid creature descended from the scouser’s pregnant pet cat.  You could probably describe as being “quite British”.

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