Broccoli Bake


So there were a few days camping in the woods, all mud, fire-grilled burgers and Pringles (a staple ingredient of the Paeleolithic diet) .

The eerie cry of a hunting kite.

A slim, bronzed snake that we learned was actually a kind of legless lizard, a “slow worm”.  The kids christened him “Slurm”, and would check on his progress whenever we trekked across the site to the washing-up station (about 5 inches in 3 days, if  you’re asking).

When I hit civilisation again a roast dinner with all the trimmings was damn near mandatory (and very tasty).  I had leftover roast parsnip, potato and carrot, which I added to a rice and vegetable casserole, with some herbs and tin of tomatoes.  Unfortunately I failed to take clear notes on the recipe, which means I can’t share it with you at this time. (Bad Anxious! No biscuit!).

Instead I present to you a creamy broccoli dish, for all your fancy-pants baked vegetable needs…..


Vegan Broccoli and Rice Bake

Soy milk

Small teaspoon marmite

Several teaspoons cornflour

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

Lemon juice

Mustard powder, paprika, cayenne, black pepper, thyme

Tablespoon nut butter (I used cashew)(Marks & Spencer’s Cashew nut butter……..*drifts off in a protein-based reverie**….)

1 broccoli cut into small florets

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

2-3 sticks celery, chopped

Cooked white (or brown) rice


Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees.

Mix the spices and herbs, butter, juice, marmite, soy milk and cornflour into a medium batter.

Cook the broccoli in hot water or a steamer, for a few minutes, until barely tender.

Pour a little oil into a wok, gently fry the onion, garlic, pepper and celery for 5 minutes.  Add the drained broccoli and rice, then the sauce.

Stir and cook gently for another 5 minutes.

Add salt and pepper, pour into a casserole dish.

Place in the oven and bake until the top starts to brown (I found it took about 30 minutes).

Serve hot.


*had an acquaintance ask me “what do you use that cashew nut butter in?” and I think the guilty response was “weeellll, I mostly just eat it off a teaspoon….”.


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