Perfect Nut Roast

sunday roastI hate to sound unpatriotic but British food is notoriously bland, and a roast dinner is more British than the Queen wearing a Geri Halliwell Union Jack minidress. But it’s a classic and my version is neither bland nor boring – a tasty nut roast is how a vegetarian sunday dinner should be. It’s a healthy meat alternative and a great protein source.

You will need: 5oz mixed nuts, 2oz breadcrumbs, 2 small onions, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp in marmite dissolved in 1/4 pint of  boiling water, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, 1oz butter.

To make the nut roast, dice your onions and put in a mixing bowl, add the breadcrumbs, then the olive oil. Stir together and then add your dissolved marmite to the bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and stir everything, until your nut roast is a thick texture, like stuffing. sunday roastGrease a loaf tin and then cut a sheet of greaseproof paper slightly larger than the tin. Place the paper in the tin and then scoop the nut roast mixture into the loaf tin. I usually sprinkle some sunflower or pumpkin seeds on top of the nut roast for a nice crunchy topping but it’s up to you. You could also wrap it in shortcrust pastry and cheese for a special occasion.sunday roastBake your nut roast in a preheated 180 degree oven for 30 – 40 minutes. Test with a knife – if it comes out boiling it’s ready.

Serve with crunchy roast potatoes, fresh boiled vegetables, like carrots and broccoli, cauliflower cheese and vegetable gravy if you like. This is a great meal when you have friends or family over. The nut roast has a rich nutty taste and a great texture. This recipe would serve 4 so I usually keep some in the fridge for the next day and microwave it.

Love, Mrs Gardom

 

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Homemade Vegetable Pie

2014-02-24 19.32.45I love pie, pie is awesome. Everybody loves pie. Unfortunately veggies don’t get much of a choice in the pie department so I have decided to create one – so you may also enjoy the joys of vegetable pie. It’s got a lovely rich taste,  crunchy pastry and would make a fab Sunday roast alternative or as a really tasty tea.

You will need: 6oz plain flour, 3oz butter, 3 tablespoons water, 2 large potatoes, 8oz mushrooms, 2 carrots, 1 onion, 1 garlic cloves, 250ml vegetable stock, 4oz spinach, 2 tablespoons thick double cream, tablespoon coriander, pinch salt and pepper, splash red wine.

First of all make some pastry, crumble your butter and flour together until it forms breadcrumbs, then add a couple of tablespoons of warm water and form the pastry into a ball. Cover it in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for half an hour. Cut two thirds of the pastry – roll it out and place in the pie dish. Bake it on 180 degrees for 10 minutes.2014-02-24 16.59.31Peel the potatoes and carrots and cut them into small pieces. Fill a pan of water and boil the potatoes and carrots for 10 minutes. Dice the onion and garlic and fry in a tablespoon of butter. Chop the mushrooms into quarters and add to the onions. Add the stock to the pan after the mushrooms are brown, add a splash of red wine (3 or 4 capfuls) and 2 tablespoons of thick cream. Turn onto a low heat and simmer for twenty minutes. 2014-02-24 19.35.00Add more stock to the pan if it is looking dry. Add the spinach to the pan and stir everything together. Once the spinach has wilted take the pan off the heat. Fill the pastry base with the filling. Roll out the last third of patsry into a circle and place on top of the pie, pinching the edges. Don’t worry about holes, just patch them up with a bit more pastry. 2014-02-24 19.33.55Because you have cooked the filling and the base already, it doesn’t take too long to cook. About ten minutes on 180 degrees is fine. Serve with some crunchy homemade chips (check out my recipe for beer battered halloumi and chunky chips for my chip recipe) and a bit of salad. Or you could always go for it and add roast potatoes, yorkshires and veg. 2014-02-24 19.30.42This is a lovely family meal, my cousin came round for tea and enjoyed it with us, and she’s not even a veggie! It really is a proper english classic, with a nice vegetarian twist, and the wine and mushrooms give it a lovely rich flavour.

Love, Mrs Gardom

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