lentil lasagne

[sorry – no photo] Using up: some spinach As my regular reader will know, I made some lentil moussaka mix last weekend for the freezer. I even bought an aubergine to go with it.  But then I thought “we always make moussaka when we have aubergine”, and decided I might try something different with it. …

cauliflower cheese

Last night’s supper was cauliflower cheese, accompanied by potatoes roasted in duck fat. Not especially “reactive”, but a lovely meal concocted out of things we had.  I’m not going to tell you how to make a cheese sauce, because I don’t weigh or measure anything – I’ve been making it too long for that. But…

roasted veg

Using up: sweet potatoes, other veg We haven’t had this for ages, and I really don’t know why. It’s simple to prepare, and utterly lovely.We had a couple of sweet potatoes in the veg box this week; not enough to make a sweet potato mash, so this is what I did. Cut up into chunks:…

lentil moussaka

Sorry – forgot the picture!  Using up: aubergine, some grated cheese This turned into a bit of an epic, and was lovely.  I looked up some recipes, both on the interweb and in my copious collection of cookery books, but nothing seemed quite right, so I made it up as I went along. I put…

meat free stir fry

using up: bits and bobs of veg, some rather tired coriander leaves, small chestnut mushrooms and some beansprouts from the veg box It’s nice – and cheaper – not to eat meat all the time.  And it’s good for you.  This served two of us quite happily.  As always, the secret of a stir fry…

courgette and fennel "cottage pie"

Using up: fennel, courgette, potato Chopped a courgette into chunks, and the other half of the fennel into thin slices, and chopped an onion.  All into a frying pan with some olive oil, and left to sauté down.  I left it for 20 minutes, but I think it would have been better to either put…

thai vegetable curry

Using up: butternut squash, green beans, courgette This is vaguely based on a recipe I saw on Come Dine With Me, a television programme here in the UK.  I was very struck by the potato element, which is: One potato, boiled then cut into dice and deep fried.  Set aside for now. Made a paste…

a simple veg stir fry

Stir fries are indeed quick to cook, but they are not necessarily quick to prepare. The secret is to do all the prep first, as the cooking is very swift. For this one: Take one red pepper, some rather tired mushrooms, two courgettes, and chop up as you will. Finely chop ginger and garlic –…

broccoli stirfry

Another of those deceptively simple meals, which take less time than required to phone for a pizza. Take some (lots?) of broccoli, remove the florets from the stems, and boil/simmer/steam for about seven minutes.  Drain. Peel and chop some garlic – we like Lots, so we did about four fat cloves; you might not want…

mushrooms with cumin, coriander and spinach

This recipe comes from Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian Cookery, an excellent tome. It’s quick and simple to cook – served with basmati rice, it takes about 30 minutes from start to plate. And it’s delicious!