Cider Sausage Casserole with Black Quinoa (v)

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Yeah. Black quinoa mofos. I’m so totally more hipster than you 😉 And no, there isn’t much difference between the normal type and this one or the red one! I found  it lurking at the back of the cupboard when I had a New Year clear out so thought I’d better use it… I also found some unpleasant cheap cider that I’d got to mull but hadn’t got round to using. This was an inspired chuck it all in and see what happens dish and what happened was I’d definitely make it again so here is the recipe!

For four portions you need

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 8 vegan sausages
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into fat discs
  • 4 potatoes, cut into chunky cubes
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 1 can cider
  • 2 tsp stock powder
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tin black eyed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 200g spinach, washed and shredded
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup black quinoa
  1. Begin by frying the leek, carrots, potatoes and sausages in the oil until the vegetables are starting to get tender and the sausages have browned a little, about 10 mins.
  2. Add the cider, stock powder and mustard and bring to the boil. Add the quinoa, beans and sage and cook gently covered for 10-15 mins until the quinoa, potatoes and carrots are cooked. You may need to add a little more stock if necessary as you want a bit of sauce left.
  3. Season to taste and add the spinach. Leave to wilt, covered and with the heat off, for 5 mins. This will also allow the quinoa to finish cooking and relax a little.
  4. Delicious served with some apple sauce on the side.
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Quorn au Vin (v)

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I’d been craving this for ages, and after searching recipes on the internet didn’t find one that exactly met my requirements so I concocted this. It was delicious. I recommend making it a day or so ahead of when you want to eat it to let the flavours develop and mingle. Perfect January comfort food.

For six portions you need

  • 12 quorn fillets
  • 250g baby button mushrooms
  • 250g shallots, peeled and kept as whole as possible
  • 250g chantenay carrots – tops chopped off but don’t worry about peeling them
  • 3 tbsp brandy
  • 600ml red wine
  • 200ml vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • salt and pepper
  1. Begin by frying the carrots, shallots and mushrooms in a large casserole pan with the oil. Saute for 5-10 mins until starting to soften. Add the bay leaves and cook for a further 1-2 mins.
  2. Add the brandy and deglaze the pan. Add the wine and stock. Cook for about 15 mins until the wine mixture has started to reduce and the vegetable are tender.
  3. Add the quorn fillets, puree and season to taste. Cook for a further 10 mins or so until the quorn is cooked through. You don’t want to over cook it as it can get quite soggy.
  4. Either eat straight away or leave to mingle for a few days in the fridge. I served it with saute potatoes one day and mash and steamed spring greens another.

Lentil and Pearl Barley Root Vegetable Casserole (v)

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Every year I get a bit depressed about the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn. But then I remember warming stews and casseroles and honking geese and I feel a bit less dejected. This casserole is a variation on one I make a lot, but for the first time I cooked it in the oven in the hope that the pearl barley and lentils wouldn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. They didn’t! I served with mashed potatoes and steamed spring greens.

For six portions you need

Casserole

  • 1 leek, sliced into 0.5″ slices
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, sliced
  • 2 carrots, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 small swede cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1.25l vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup pearly barley, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 cauliflower cut into bite sized florets
  • salt and pepper to taste

Dumplings

  • 100g self raising flour
  • 50g vegetable suet
  • dried herbs
  • salt and pepper
  • cold water to mix to a dough
  1. Place all the chopped veg apart from the cauli into an oven proof casserole pan with the oil and saute, covered, for about 8 mins until the veg are starting to soften.
  2. Add the stock, lentils and pearl barley. Mix well and bring to the boil.
  3. Cover with a lid and place in a 160 degree oven for 30 mins.
  4. Make the dumplings by adding enough cold water to the mix to form a soft dough. Shape into 8 dumplings.
  5. After 30 mins, remove the pan from the oven and add the cauliflower and dumplings to the casserole. Mix the cauli in well to ensure it cooks, and place the dumplings on top of the casserole. Cover with the lid and return to the oven for a further 25 mins.
  6. Season to taste and serve with veg of your choice and pickled red cabbage if you’re feeling particularly northern!

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Quorn and Lentil ‘Beef’ in Ale Stew

Autumn is for eating hearty stews that warm you to the cockles of yer tum. And one of the things I miss most about not eating meat is a rich, warming beefy stew that’s been cooked for hours and hours. But despair not, if, like me, you’re a bad meat craving veggie, this stew will satisfy the most beefy of cravings and leave you with a warming internal hug. The dumplings are the crowning glory for warm doughy loveliness and soak up the yummy juices as it all cooks away. Simple and quick to prepare, it’s also ready in less than an hour.

For 4-6 portions you need
For the stew
1 pack quorn steak strips
1/2 cup brown lentils
1 bottle good stout (about 500ml)
500ml veg stock
1 onion chopped
2 field mushrooms, diced
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
salt and pepper
1 tbsp oil
3-4 carrots, cut into large chunks

For the dumplings
100g self raising flour
50g veg suet
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
cold water to mix

Begin by frying the onions, carrots and mushrooms in the oil for about 10 mins until the onions are softened and the juices have run from the mushrooms.

Add the lentils, quorn, beer and stock and bring to the boil. Season and add the ketchup. Cook for about 20 mins until the lentils are cooked.

Mix the dumpling ingredients together and form into 8 balls. Place on top of the bubbling stew mixture and cook for 20 mins. Serve with mash and curl up in front of the fire!

Chorizo and Butter Bean Savoury Crumble (v)

Over Easter we visited the continental market in Norwich and I got suckered in to buying seven salamis for £10. So of course now I need to use them up…! We’ve done pizza and risotto but I think this savoury crumble is my favourite. It uses two different types of smoked paprika to add depth to the flavour and the breadcrumb topping is a great way to use up a stale heel of bread. If you’re veggie/vegan then Redwood Vegan chorizo is an excellent substitute.

For 4 portions you need
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 salami chopped into bite sized chunks
2 tins chopped tomatoes
1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
1 tsp hot smoked paprika
1 can butter beans, drained
1 tsp vegan stock powder
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp sugar

Crumble Topping
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 cup mixed freshly chopped parsley and coriander
1/4 cup grated cheddar (omit if vegan)

In a large oven proof pan, sauté the onion, salami and garlic in the oil until the onions are translucent and the salami has released it’s fat. Add the remaining stew ingredients and bring to the boil. Check the seasoning and leave to simmer for 5-10 mins whilst you prepare the crumble topping.

For the crumble, mix the breadcrumbs with the cheese and herbs, and sprinkle over the top. Bake in a hot oven for 20 mins until the crumble is crunchy and browned and the stew underneath is bubbling. Delicious served with green veggies to contrast the spicy rich stew.

Kale with Carrots, Pasta and White Beans (v)

This got loads of likes earlier on instagr.am and it did taste as good as it looks. A very quick, healthy and tasty soupy stew to knock up on a working from home day the day after my organic box was delivered!

For two portions you need
1 onion chopped (I used three small ones from the garden)
2 cloves garlic
2 carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
2 huge handfuls kale, washed and finely shredded
1 tsp vegan stock
500ml boiling water
salt and pepper
1 tin butterbeans, drained
1 tbsp olive oil
small handful wholewheat pasta – I used spaghetti but anything will do

Begin by sauteeing the onion and carrots in the oil for 5 mins or so. Add everything else and bring to the boil. Reduce and simmer for 10 mins until the pasta is cooked. Serve and slurp with satisfaction. Nom.

Vegan Chorizo and Butterbean Stew with Red Wine (v)

This was lovely. Rich. Nicely spicy and with depth from the red wine and smoked paprika.

For 2-3 portions you need:
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 pack vegan chorizo pieces
1 tsp smoked ancho chillies
1 tsp smoked paprika
200ml red wine
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tin butterbeans, washed and drained
2 tbsp olive oil

Fry off the onions in the oil for about 10 mins. Add the garlic and chorizo and cook for 5 mins till the paprika in the chorizo has coloured the onions. Add the chillies, smoked paprika, tomatoes, butterbeans and wine and bring to the boil. Season and add the oregano and sugar. Reduce to a simmer and cook gently for about 20 mins till the sauce has reduced and thickened. Check the seasoning and adjust as necessary. It’s nice served with the feta, olive and tomato muffins but rice or cous cous or plenty of crusty bread would do just as well!

Root Vegetables in Beer (v)

This is ultimate winter comfort food. Ad it’s also being blogged cos I was moaned at for being too political in my tweets recently what with all the to do over tuition fees etc 😉 so here is a nice comforting recipe to sustain you after being kettled for hours by evil Police officers 🙂

For 4-6 portions you need:
4 carrots, peeled and cut into diagonal wodges
2 parsnips, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 large turnip peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 swede oiled and roughly chopped
8 baby onions/shallots, peeled
1 can guiness
2 tbsp each of soya sauce, mushroom ketchup and hendersons relish
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp dried herbs e.g. oregano
2 tbsp soya marge/butter
2 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp olive oil
1 pack vegan beef style chunks
1 tsp marmite

Hea the oil and sauté the vegetables in a pan, covered with a lid, for about 10 mins. Add everything else, aside from the butter and flour, and cook for 15 mins or so till the vegetables are tender. Mix the flour with the butter to make a buerre marnie and mix in to the stew. Allow to thicken and then serve with mashed potatoes. Lovely.

Windy Beany Stew (v)

Yes, like the fart soup recipe I blogged earlier, expect this to have an, ahem, effect on your digestive system. Everyone needs a good clear out now and then, yes?! Please don’t be put off by the name. It’s delicious and will only adversely affect you if you’re not used to pulses.

For 4-6 portions you need:
Stew
2 leeks, shredded
2 carrots, peeled and sliced into half moons
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
about 750ml light veggie stock (e.g. marigold)
about 1 cup red lentils
1 tin chickpeas, drained
2 tsp dried oregano
pepper
2 tbsp veg oil

Herbed Dumplings
50g vegetable suet
100g self raising flour
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
salt and pepper
cold water to mix to a dough

Begin by sauteeing the onions, carrots, leeks and garlic in the oil for about 5 mins. Add the lentils, chickpeas and stock and bring to the boil. Toss in the dumplings and simmer for 15-20 mins till everything is cooked. Serve with mashed potatoes and marvel at how something so easy can taste so delicious. Have a fart lighting competition about 3 hours later, mwahh!

Quorn and Vegetable Stew

A last minute throw-it-all-in-the-pan-and-see-what-happens dish this one. And the end result wasn’t bad. Lex ate it!

For 3 generous portions you need:
3 carrots, sliced
3 leeks, thinly sliced
2 onions, chopped
1 packet quorn chunks
1 can larger
1 tsp sugar
2 stock cubes
1 tsp dried herbs (I used oregano)
salt and pepper to taste

Begin by frying the veggies in a little olive oil. Then add everything else, bring to the boil and simmer for about 20 mins till the carrots are cooked. We served it with giant cous cous which was frankly *bizarre*. I’d recommend mash or pasta or rice next time!