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The Shepherd’s Nuts

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Anxious Dad created an absolute masterpiece of a nut roast for Christmas Eve dinner (chestnuts! cheese! artistic cabbage leaf wrapping!).  I returned to Anxious Towers with a decent hunk of the remains, plus a handful of roast chestnuts.  My vegetarian turkey roll and mince-pie lust* having been satiated over the Xmas period, I was in the mood for something comforting and hot, and this shepherd’s pie hit the spot whilst handily using up the leftovers.  I bought the parsnip and carrot fresh, but those with leftover veg, or leftover cheese from a festive cheeseboard, might find a home for them in the recipe as well…..

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*A mince-pie and a double vodka with coke is a perfectly acceptable Xmas breakfast, I’ll have you know.  As is another mince-pie.

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Sasquatch Squash

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In celebration of my finally managing to tie a head scarf on single-handed*, I present more soup!

Original from here: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/nov/25/winter-vegetable-soup-recipes-ribollita-squash-and-pasta-thomasina-miers, amended to sweet potato as, whilst I like squash, life is arguably too short to spend a Sunday afternoon peeling one of the frackers, even with Planet Rock’s Blues Brunch grooving on down in the background…..

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*I’m sure additional arms are required somewhere.

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Roast Cabbage & Sprouts with Parmesan & Smoked Paprika Sauce

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Radio is blaring out Motorhead’s version of Sympathy for the Devil, and I am contemplating the sweetheart cabbage, lying forlornly in the wok wot does double duty as a vegetable bowl.  Nigel Slater to the rescue!  This was tasty and left an decent amount of parmesan sauce that I am scheming how to reuse tomorrow night…..*

*the aubergine tries quietly to sidle under the red onions, unaware that they will share its fate…..mwah hah hah….

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Original here:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jan/05/nigel-slater-roast-cabbage-parmesan-sauce-recipe

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One hour back

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A wet, grey, humid day spent mostly on buses back and forth across Tangleton; vegetables from Tesco, and two new pairs of jeans from the giant Asda store, as my summer ones, cropped to mid-calf, are being rapidly superseded by the season.  Tonight the clocks go back, and we gain an hour’s extra sleep; poor reward for the months of darkness that will follow.

But autumn isn’t all doom and gloom.  “Strictly Come Dancing” is upon us, as is Halloween with its cheap plastic thrills and pretend horror.  I and my sister have carefully procured the tackiest corpse bride puppets, fake pumpkins and plastic skeletal hands that Poundland can provide, to decorate Mum’s grave up at the Tangleton Crematorium*

Another benefit of the season is the vegetables; potatoes, swedes, parsnips, leeks, savoy cabbages, sweetheart cabbages and other tough leaves of the soil, that can be roasted, stir fried or stewed into delicious green submission.  Today I picked up a bag of kale for a very moreish, pleasantly spicy black-eyed bean stew (the leftover leaves go to my nephew’s guinea pigs, the little furry eating machines that they are).

Original recipe to be found here.  I’d not heard of Anna Jones before, and nicely-spoken young ladies releasing nicely-spoken recipe books full of nicely-spoken organic, free-range, quinoa-esque recipes, are kind of ten a penny these days.  However, this is a bit of a winner of a stew……

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jul/19/eight-new-vegetarian-recipes-anna-jones

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*This was her dying wish. No, seriously.  She wanted her (otherwise tasteful and understated) grave decorated at Halloween and Xmas. The tackier and more tasteless the better.

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Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

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….and the Bank Holiday!  Thank the Deity of your Choice for a 4-day weekend (in the UK at least).  After a tough first quarter at work, I welcomed the opportunity to have a proper lie-in, and didn’t get up until 1.30 in the afternoon. A glance out of the window confirmed the forecast of typical bank holiday weather (grey, drizzly, possible hail of locusts and rain of frogs for to follow). So I opted for a duvet day of food and DVDs.

“Divergent” was okay in a sub-“Hunger Games” kind of way.  A re-watch of the Tudor drama “Wolf Hall” however confirmed the quality not only of the script and acting, but of the lighting.  Criticised at the time of broadcast for the darkness of some of the scenes, (which to be fair was entirely accurate in a time when the wax candle was the very latest in night-vision technology), some seem to have missed the exquisiteness of the daylight scenes, which often resemble a Vermeer painting brought to life.  Although admittedly the first time round I was too busy admiring Mark Rylance’s equally exquisite dry sarcasm to appreciate the finer technical aspects of the filming…..(admit it, in the first episode, after he faced down Thomas More about becoming Lord Chancellor, you stopped the DVD and cackled madly for a couple of minutes as well)….

I felt that something special was in order for dinner, and these cabbage leaves, blanched, wrapped around a rice, blue cheese and pine nut filling, and baked in the oven, hit the spot.  Would make a good hor’s deuvres as well I feel, unless you’re like me, and ate the whole bleedin’ lot in one go…..

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Chestnut, Artichoke and White Bean Roast

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Another one, this time a nut and bean roast.  A little luxurious with the artichoke hearts and chestnuts, perhaps one to save for a special occasion…..?

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Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Herby Dumplings

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Officially work starts at 8.30am, but in some kind of group telepathic reaction to the grey skies and perma-twilight most people rolled in late today, looking like the fight between Being a Responsible Working Adult and Waaarrrmmm Duvet had been a very close-run thing. Got home with a serious craving for vegetable stew with dumplings.  Ten minutes on google search pulled up this economical, flexible and rib-sticking little gem.  Now you must excuse me whilst I go back to the pot and ladle out a second helping…. *belches*

Original here:

http://www.lovefood.com/guide/recipes/14504/nicola-graimes-winter-vegetable-and-coffee-stew

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