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Spicy Chickpea, Harissa and Aubergine Stew


Along with the bananas I have a fridge full of slightly wrinkled vegetables that really should have been eaten a week ago.  Rescued an aubergine, beat it unconscious on the kitchen counter-top, sliced and liberally salted it, then left the twitching remains in a colander for 40 minutes.

(I’ve heard that modern aubergines are bred to remove the “bitter” taste these days, with salting no longer necessary, but whenever I’ve omitted this step I’ve ended up eating lovingly-cooked spicy car tyre so I faithfully maintain The Old Ways).

Original from a recipe at the Daily Fail, which I’m not going to link to because it’s the Fail.  Feel free to go look for it on the website, if you can stand an entire sidebar of Semi Famous Women who are being accused of “flaunting their curves” when they’ve had the temerity to pop out for a pint of milk.


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Cheese, Aubergine & Tomato Bake


This is a little more complicated than normal, but very, very moreish….

Original version here:



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Smoky Quorn Turkey & Bacon Leftovers Stew


Dear Gawd, but we did stuff ourselves with food yesterday evening.  The usual family Sunday dinner was amped up a bit in honour of Easter, and there was turkey, roast potatoes, sausages wrapped in bacon, stuffing, gravy, veggies and other such good things, with vegetarian turkey roll, bacon, sausages etc for me.  My vegetarian status didn’t protect me however from a half-penny sized burn on the wrist via a lump of hot pig fat that made a last ditch OINK! for freedom.  And then 10 minutes gazing blankly out of the window with my arm under the cold tap.

I went home with a big foil pack of vegetarian “meats” as leftovers, and combined with a handful of vegetables in desperate need of using up before they also make a last ditch OINK! for freedom, came up with this casserole……



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Lost in a Forest…


Returned to the campsite described in https://theanxiouscook.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/campfire-desserts/ with a few additional friends, more wine, and (sod the firelighters) bags of amazing ready-burn charcoal, just add matches and stand back*. We battled rain, hail, thunder and madly-flailing low-flying pheasants (and that was just the first couple of hours). In return, New Rivendell delivered in full on its promise of campfire BBQs, impossibly-clear starry nights, and the opportunity to perfect your peeing-in-the-woods-at-2am technique.

Back to reality with a massive THWACK!! on Monday morning. My mother has recurring health issues, (which may or may not suggest a secondary cancer is now in situ). We await the results of her meeting with the consultant on Tuesday afternoon. My company is making redundancies, and whilst I think I’m reasonably safe, my manager, who has sweated blood, sweat, tears, bad coffee and fluorescent marker-pen to make this team a success that is recognised and name-checked at the highest levels of the company, is now also in the pool for potential redundancies (there’s gratitude for you). And no, I don’t want her job – do I look feckin’ stupid?

Whilst you ponder that question, I bring you a combination of BBQ leftovers and a Jack Monroe recipe (original at http://agirlcalledjack.com/2013/02/10/mushroom-bacon-ale-casserole-28p/ ).


*wood fires are still more fffuuunnnn though.

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Vegetarian Sausage & Cider Casserole


This cleared out not only the cider, but some left-over cheese, potato, and spinach as well. Googling “cider” plus “recipes” brings up a veritable mountain of “Sausage & Cider” casserole recipes, and as the local supermarket is very conveniently doing “3 packs for £5.50” on vegetarian sausages, who am I to argue…….?


Vegetarian Sausage & Cider Casserole

In Which I Create


As before mentioned, found a recipe for home-made chorizo online. Now this was home-made chorizo containing pork, so therefore I had to work out a way to vegetarianise it.

What could possibly go wrong?

I shall draw a veil over my first attempt, involving tofu. No, seriously, let’s not go there. No, not even for a laugh.

A second attempt using cooked potato and vegetarian ham was more promising, although I overdid the cider vinegar and the apparently fat and luscious garlic bulbs I purchased from the convenience store down the road turned out to be somewhat “vintage” and “mature”.

The third try, armed with garlic bulbs that hadn’t acheived sentience, is actually a bit more like it. I think I need to research some sort of vegetarian “binder” to keep the slices from falling apart, but having fried up a load of slices of Attempt 3, with some scrambled egg and grilled mushrooms, I think I’m starting to get somewhere with this….


Vegetarian Chorizo

Get Stuffed!


Apologies for the hiatus in posting, the glut of recipes over the past few days meant I had more leftovers than I have meals in the day to eat said leftovers. And I draw the line at aubergine bake for breakfast (call me unadventurous if you will). Especially when the local Big Supermarket is doing low-fat vegetarian sausages for a pound a pack. Wholemeal bun, tomato, low-fat mayo and grilled sausage – sausage buttie for breakfast, the healthier way!

Having cleared a little space in the freezer, I decided to clear out some of the odds and ends from the fridge, and what better way than a nice casserole? This is a bit of a rib-sticker; bookmark it for next autumn when the chill starts to set in, your belly will thank you for it….

Vegetable Casserole with Dumplings