Category Archives: shallots

Moong Dhal – the Cure

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Work is full of sick people, and it doesn’t help that because our heating system is old and dodgy the entire office is kept at a standard temperature more usually associated with tropical islands, dusky maidens in grass skirts and strategically-placed half-coconut shells etc etc.

I’m nursing an eyelid cyst along with everything else, and began to get serious cravings for spinach and dark leaved vegetables last week.  Figuring that my body knows what it needs, I indulged it with spinach frittata / sweetheart cabbage & brie bake / red lentil & spinach curry, but apparently this wasn’t enough to stave off illness, as I woke this morning with a sore throat and headache.

Phoned in sick and slept through till 1pm.  Ate the last of the spinach frittata. Found some whisky at the back of the drinks cabinet and had a hot toddy with honey*.  Then fired up this creamy moong lentil dhal, which apparently is a popular recipe with the convalescent and sick in India….

Original here:

http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/moong-dal-tadka/

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*if you’re going to be ill you might as well enjoy it…

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Winter Vegetable & Cider Stew

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Six days to payday, several late nights due to overtime at work to factor in, and I’m considering the contents of my pantry with a “well I could make a vegetable bake but that would leave no bread for breakfast and I could re-make that swede risotto from the other day but that would mean most of my protein comes only from nuts and cheese for the rest of the week as I’m using that cheap Tesco’s nut-roast as a basis for my Tupperware lunches for the next three days but I’ve opened that pack of feta cheese so I should find a way to use that up before it starts tapping on the inside of the fridge and singing Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” in tinny-yet-crumbly voice also I have that stew pack of winter root veg that I need to do something with as well……..”

Welcome to First World Problems!  And The Inside of My Head.  Aren’t you glad you’re just visiting?

Google, and a dusty can of Strongbow cider from the back of the drinks cabinet, To The Rescue.  For those not keen on cider, the original recipe just uses chopped apple.

http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/26967/sweet-potato–barley-and-lentil-casserole.aspx?o_ln=SimRecipes_Link_4&o_is=SimilarRecipes

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Red & Green

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Sorry about the radio silence – work is manic. It’s 2014’s first financial quarter end, UK financial year end, and quite possibly the End of the World’s Financial End as well. Plus the Financial End of the World. But I spotted these two, which put together look rather pretty don’t you think? Of course I forgot to buy any white wine for the risotto. And forgot to add the butter to the chicken dish. And the risotto rice isn’t uncooked arborio but some left-over cooked white long-grain*. And I didn’t have any white onion so had to use a couple of shallots. And I nearly forgot to buy the savoy cabbage, necessitating a mad dash back across the supermarket (thank you, patient Supermarket Cashier Person).

The rice dish is courtesy of http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/26/jack-monroes-risotto-primavera-recipe, whilst the “chicken” curry comes from a Reader’s Recipe Swap – Curry in the same newspaper, which had disappeared from the online edition by the time I got home and was therefore created, from scratch, from memory. Valiant Curry Recipe Provider, I salute you, and apologise for any omissions. (Apart from the omission of actual chicken of course).

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*you have no idea how much fuss The Right Rice was causing over at the Comments section on the Jack Monroe recipe….

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Mung the Merciless

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After 12 years as a vegetarian, I have finally caved in and bought a packet of mung beans.

I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?

Whilst they soaked away in a tin bowl, I had a go at this store-cupboard friendly recipe, “East African Lentils”, served with a dollop of greek yogurt last night, and then re-heated and topped with chunks of cheddar cheese for lunch today. I also think it would go well with a scrambled or fried egg on top.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jan/11/the-10-best-lentil-recipes

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Pad Tangle

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Monday Night Blues left me with a desire to drink a vast amount of vodka. I managed to turn right at the Alcohol Aisle though and spent the money instead on the ingredients of an over-complicated Pad Thai (complete with egg “netting”*) that was edible enough but didn’t really hit the spot. Bit of a Tofu-Dog’s Dinner as you can see:

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*http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/oct/14/jane-hughes-vegetarian-pad-thai-recipe

The supermarket didn’t have any tamarind sauce, so I went with a “Tamarind & Date Chutney” as the emergency alternative, which turned out in itself to be a Thing of Great Beauty & Wonder. I’m already having tentative thoughts involving the rice-flour pancakes from the other week….

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The Pad Thai did leave me with some lime juice and shallots going begging though, and I still need lunch sorting, so I had a go at http://inpursuitofmore.com/2013/01/18/recipe-red-lentil-shallot-sun-dried-tomato-hummus/, together with some pitta breads and salad.

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