Using up: bits of veg – courgettes, carrots, aubergine, spinach
As I said a day or so back, I wanted to do something other than moussaka with the aubergine. We also had some green beans that needed eating up, a fair number of carrots and a lot of courgettes, so they seemed like suitable candidates for this.
Firstly, I simmered the cut green beans and carrots for 5-6 minutes, as they would need longer to cook than the other veg. I also cooked the last third of the bag of spinach for a couple of minutes, rinsed it under cold water, drained it, and marmalised it in the food processor.
We chopped up two red onions, lots of garlic and two green chillis, and cooked them down in olive oil in my old faithful Le Creuset cast iron casserole. Then we added some spices, ground up in our trusty spice grinder; Pete did them, and there’s no point in asking for quantities – just do what you think is right. He did cumin and coriander seeds, allspice, dried ginger, cinnamon and turmeric, and some black pepper.
We added this to the pan and fried them a bit to release the flavour. Then we added one each of aubergine and courgette, cut into dice, and stirred them around a bit until they were coated with oil. Added the carrots and green beans, and quite a lot of chickpease (I’d put a big batch into soak on Friday night, and cooked them up yesterday; not sure yet what I’m going to do with them).
Added a tin of tomatoes and a little salt, brought it to the boil, put a lid on it, and simmered for about 25 minutes, then added the spinach puree and simmered for another ten or so.
Ate it with couscous. I put three tubs in the freezer this morning, so that made eight portions for what can’t have been more than about four quid, which I think is pretty good. And it was delicious too!