Category Archives: Vegetarian

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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A Fool and His Medals

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Felt like a serious Sunday brunch was required, and a random post in a newspaper…..

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/aug/20/family-life-sister-lost-spike-jones-city-slickers-egyptian-shakshuka

…. sparked off a sudden desire for shakshuka/huevos rancheros, which when at home is known as “eggs with spicy tomato stuff”, a recipe I’ve explored previously on a number of occasions, only this time with beans involved.  I understand that traditional Middle-Eastern preference is for fava beans (the humble broad bean to us Brits), but I compromised with what’s actually in the cupboard, and chucked in a can of cannellini beans instead.  Whilst you’re waiting for yours to cook, check out this Wikipedia entry on Fuls Medames, a common Middle-Eastern breakfast.  Now let’s be honest, does this not look way cooler and more nourishing than a bowl of Frosties….?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ful_medames

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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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DeNile Redact

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Right.  First week of January (“The Worst Week of the Year”(TM)), is now over, so it’s time to get back to the gym to start fixing the ankle I busted  in November*, and cut right down on the lattes, alcohol, cheeses and delicious delicious oils (Chilli! Olive! Sesame! Mustard!) that make the Anxious life so enjoyable.  The recipe below has helped soften the blow, by being warm and tasty and filling and spicy whilst impeccably healthy and protein-heavy.  Enjoy!

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*I fell over.  Sober.  So it’s not even a good drinking anecdote……

Original from here.  I used cubed tofu instead of pork, but Quorn have started doing “pork steaks” if anyone wants to edge a bit closer to “real” pig.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/southern-style_pork_and_91730

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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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