Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Vegetarian/Vegan Cottage Pie

(Surely there's a better name for this?)

Basically, a big Mix of Stuff - you can use whatever vegetables you have around. Last night I used:
* Onions (1 and a half)
* Garlic (3 cloves)
* A handful of yellow split peas (these give it a meaty flavour)
* About two cups of red lentils
* Two carrots, chopped finely
* Broccoli, chopped
* Zucchini, chopped
* Tinned tomatoes (I can)
* Vegetarian stock (a couple of teaspoons)
* Soy sauce (a couple of tablespoons)

*Cook the split peas separately, as they'll take a while.
* Meanwhile, fry the onions until soft, then add garlic. Add red lentils, stir around for a while, add some water and let it simmer for a bit.
* Add vegetables.
* When everything looks close to being ready, add the tinned tomatoes, stock, and soy sauce. Let it simmer until it's moist, but not too soupy.

While you're cooking the filling, chop up a heap of potatoes (maybe six or seven, if they're large) and put them on to boil. I prefer not to peel them.

Once they're cooked, mash them and mix in some soy milk (or real milk, if you prefer). I also like to add a heap of pepper.

Pour the filling into a dish, put the topping on, sprinkle with paprika, then put in a moderate oven for about half an hour.

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Hippy Rice Salad

* Some brown rice (cooked and cooled)
* A few leaves of spinach from the garden, chopped (or something else green: parsley, or peas, or green beans, or all of the above)
* Some tomatoes (chopped)
* Bean sprouts
* Grated carrot
* Olive oil
* Ground coriander, cumin, and turmeric (maybe a teaspoon-full of each?)
* Salt and Pepper

1. put the spices in a pan, toast over a low heat until they're browner, but not burnt.
2. Mix together all ingredients.
3. Eat on the beach, vainly attempt to keep Small Child from getting sand everywhere as you feed her.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Apple Muse

Taken from here (http://www.godecookery.com/goderec/grec70.htm) and the amounts of ingredients totally made up.

* about 5 medium sized Granny Smith apples
* 1 lot of almond milk (but I added maybe another half a cup of almond meal to it to thicken it up a bit)
* maybe a cup of breadcrumbs
* maybe a table spoon of honey
* a bit of saffron

Do it!:
* peel, core, and slice the apples.
* stew the apples in a pot with some water (and a little bit of sugar if you want) until ready to get mushy.
* mush the apple up into goo.
* add all of the other ingredients.
* slowly heat through on a low heat, stirring fairly often. This baby catches on the bottom pretty quick.

* serve with a mix of spices on top. This is apparently a starter type soup, but it's pretty thick and hearty.

[Edit: Man, what the heck? It seems like a nice wintery breakfast or a nice desert with some icecream. Perhaps more apple involved would be a good idea, and no sugar at all to keep it from being too sweet. Maybe even tarter apples.]

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Almond Milk


* 1 cup Almond meal
* 2 cups boiling water

Do it!:

* Boil water.
* Add to almond meal, let steep for 5 minutes.
* Strain out any lumps, or blend until it's all absorbed, or live with it being lumpy.

Holy moley! Maybe it would be better if the almond meal wasn't frozen?

Taken from here: http://www.godecookery.com/goderec/grec31.htm

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