Monday, 9 September 2019

PILAF

 
PILAF Hi and welcome to our veggie kitchen. This week our recipe is "PILAF" which is served in many countries on the "Med" but ours, of course, will be vegetarian. "PILAF" is rice, usually cooked in meat stock with the addition of meat and vegetables. We use Quorn "Chicken style pieces". It is a complete meal which only requires a side salad to accompany this.

PILAF

(serves 4 to 6)

INGREDIENTS
Quorn chicken style pieces(350g)

8 oz Long Grain Rice (250g approx)

3 tablespoons Vegetable Oil

Half teaspoon Cumin Powder

500ml Vegetable Stock (GREEN OXO CUBE)

2 Courgettes (cut in rings)

1 Red or Green Pepper (chop into small pieces)

4 Fresh tomatoes (chopped)

1 Onion (finely chopped)

2 cloves Garlic (crushed or chopped)

Parsley or Coriander to garnish

Black Pepper

Salt to taste

METHOD
Heat oil in large saucepan, add onion, garlic, Quorn pieces, tomatoes and fry gently, add courgette slices and stir. Add chopped pepper and fry for about 4 mins. Add vegetable stock, stir, and bring to boil. Add rice and stir in Cumin Powder, pepper and salt. Reduce heat, put on lid and simmer for about 20 minutes. Put in one large bowl, sprinkle parsley or coriander on top and let everyone help themselves. Serve with a green side salad.

ENJOY Your taste of the "Med".







Friday, 30 August 2019

COURGETTES



COURGETTES
Hi, and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen. This week our recipes are for all the gardeners out there who may have too many courgettes. We have some in our own garden so we know they are ready for eating. Here are three delicious recipes for courgettes, quick and easy to prepare. Courgettes can also be sliced thinly and used in a stir-fry.


1. COURGETTE FRITTERS
INGREDIENTS
6 Courgettes

3 oz Plain Flour

300ml (1/2 pint) water

Salt & pepper to taste

Oil for frying

Parsley for garnish


METHOD
Cut the courgettes into 2in sticks.

Make the batter, put the flour into a bowl, add water and beat to a smooth consistency. Add salt and pepper. Dip the courgettes and coat with batter. Heat oil in frying pan until very hot. Fry courgettes for about 3-5 mins until crisp and brown. Arrange on serving plate and garnish with parsley.

 


2.COURGETTES SAUTE' WITH BASIL
INGREDIENTS

4 Courgettes

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

1 clove Garlic (crushed or chopped)

1 teaspoon dried Basil or 1 tablespoon Fresh Basil chopped

1 Green OXO veg. stock cube

1/2 pint water

salt & pepper to taste

 


METHOD
Wash courgettes, cut into thin rounds. Make up stock. Heat olive oil in a saucepan,

add garlic and fry gently, toss in all the courgettes, stir well and fry without browning,

then add basil, stir thoroughly. Add stock, stir again. Bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt & pepper.

 


3. COURGETTES A LA GRECQUE
INGREDIENTS

4 Courgettes

1 small onion (chopped)

2 Cloves Garlic (crushed or chopped)

1 tablespoon tomato puree

1 teaspoon oregano

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 wineglass dry white wine (or 1 wineglass water)

fresh Coriander or Parsley to garnish

salt & pepper

METHOD

Cut the courgettes into rounds. Heat the oil in a saucepan (or frying pan with lid) saute the onion and garlic gently, add courgettes, stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add the glass of wine, tomato puree, oregano and salt &pepper. Mix well and bring to boil. Put on the lid and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Garnish with parsley or Coriander. Serve.

NOTE

These dishes can be served hot or cold, with rice or salad or as an additional vegetable.

ENJOY the fruits of your labour!



Monday, 22 July 2019

BEAN SALADS




 

BEAN SALADS
Hi and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen. This week, we have recipes for two delicious Bean Salads. In many countries beans have always been an important part of the diet- high in protein, cheap and cheerful and low fat. These delicious recipes can accompany other dishes. You will notice we use tinned produce in both recipes. This is because beans are potentially poisonous if not cooked properly



KIDNEY BEANS & SWEETCORN SALAD

INGREDIENTS

400g Tin Kidney Beans (240g drained)

200g Tin Sweetcorn (165g drained)

1 Chopped Spring Onion

2 tablespoons chopped fresh Coriander (or Parsley)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Salt & Black Pepper to taste


METHOD
Drain the Kidney Beans, put in bowl, drain sweetcorn, add. Stir well. Add chopped Spring Onion and Coriander and stir well. Stir in lemon juice, salt and pepper.


CHICK PEA SALAD



INGREDIENTS

400g TIN CHICK PEAS (drained 240g)

1 Red Pepper (chopped into small bits)

1 Spring Onion (chopped finely)

3 tablespoons chopped fresh Coriander (or Parsley)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt & black pepper


METHOD
Drain the chick peas and put in a bowl. Add red pepper, spring onion, coriander and toss.

In a small bowl, mix lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour over the chick pea salad and stir well.

SERVE these salads with a green salad or, alternatively, serve them with Quiche (see our recipe ) ENJOY!



 
 

 


 



 

 









 
 

 





 








Thursday, 4 July 2019

COURGETTES



COURGETTES
Hi, and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen. This week our recipes are for all the gardeners out there who may have too many courgettes. We have some in our own garden so we know they are ready for eating. Here are three delicious recipes for courgettes, quick and easy to prepare. Courgettes can also be sliced thinly and used in a stir-fry.


1. COURGETTE FRITTERS
INGREDIENTS
6 Courgettes

3 oz Plain Flour

300ml (1/2 pint) water

Salt & pepper to taste

Oil for frying

Parsley for garnish


METHOD
Cut the courgettes into 2in sticks.

Make the batter, put the flour into a bowl, add water and beat to a smooth consistency. Add salt and pepper. Dip the courgettes and coat with batter. Heat oil in frying pan until very hot. Fry courgettes for about 3-5 mins until crisp and brown. Arrange on serving plate and garnish with parsley.

 


2.COURGETTES SAUTE' WITH BASIL
INGREDIENTS

4 Courgettes

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

1 clove Garlic (crushed or chopped)

1 teaspoon dried Basil or 1 tablespoon Fresh Basil chopped

1 Green OXO veg. stock cube

1/2 pint water

salt & pepper to taste

 


METHOD
Wash courgettes, cut into thin rounds. Make up stock. Heat olive oil in a saucepan,

add garlic and fry gently, toss in all the courgettes, stir well and fry without browning,

then add basil, stir thoroughly. Add stock, stir again. Bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt & pepper.

 


3. COURGETTES A LA GRECQUE
INGREDIENTS

4 Courgettes

1 small onion (chopped)

2 Cloves Garlic (crushed or chopped)

1 tablespoon tomato puree

1 teaspoon oregano

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 wineglass dry white wine (or 1 wineglass water)

fresh Coriander or Parsley to garnish

salt & pepper

METHOD

Cut the courgettes into rounds. Heat the oil in a saucepan (or frying pan with lid) saute the onion and garlic gently, add courgettes, stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add the glass of wine, tomato puree, oregano and salt &pepper. Mix well and bring to boil. Put on the lid and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Garnish with parsley or Coriander. Serve.

NOTE

These dishes can be served hot or cold, with rice or salad or as an additional vegetable.

ENJOY the fruits of your labour!
 
 

 



Sunday, 19 May 2019

VEGGIE MOUSSAKA



Hi, and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen. This week we are cooking the famous Greek dish "MOUSSAKA" - our own special vegetarian recipe. No meat, but nevertheless an authentic taste. We have fooled several of our meat loving friends. It is not a simple recipe but as usual, it is very economical. You could make it the day before and bake it in the oven on the day you wish to serve it.




"MOUSSAKA" made with Quorn (serves 4 - 6)
(You won't believe it is not meat)


INGREDIENTS
200g QUORN MINCE

2 Large Baking Potatoes

1 Large Aubergine (the huge fat one) or 4 small Aubergines (they have more taste)

1 small onion

2 cloves Garlic

2 Teaspoons Tomato Puree

1 Teaspoon Dried Basil

300ml Water (just over half a pint)

1 OXO Vegetable Stock Cube

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil


CHEESE SAUCE FOR TOPPING

Ingredients
2 oz butter

2 oz plain flour

Half a Pint of Milk

3-4oz of MATURE CHEDDAR CHEESE GRATED

 


METHOD
First, peel and slice the potatoes lengthways into slices (about 1/2" thick). Boil gently in a pan until firm but cooked. (About 5 - 10 mins)

Next, slice the Aubergines into rings (about 1/2" thick) if you are using the small aubergines. If you use one large aubergine, this should be sliced, placed on a plate and covered with salt. The salt removes the bitter juices, and they will cook quicker and absorb less oil. Wash the aubergine slices thoroughly to remove all salt and juices. Fry in a pan until cooked thoroughly

Put 2-3 tablespoons oil in a larg frying pan, gently fry the chopped onion, add garlic, Quorn mince, stirring all the time. Fry for about 2 mins. Add tomato puree, vegetable stock and Basil and stir. Bring to the boil and season to taste. Simmer gently until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Next, you assemble the ingredients by placing in a large Pyrex or Oven-proof glass dish. Do not use a tin as it will burn. First place a layer of potatoe slices in the bottom of the dish, now spoon over half of the mince mixturer, next a layer of aubergines, the another layer of potatoes, the remainder of the mince, next a final layer of aubergines to cover the top of the dish. Leave to stand while you make the Cheese Sauce topping.


METHOD Cheese Sauce
Melt the butter in a heavy based saucepan. Add the flour and stir and cook for a minute or two. Gradually stir in the milk making sure the sauce remains smooth. Bring to the boil stirring for a minute or two. Remove from heat and stir in most of the cheese, leaving some to go on the top.

Next, pour cheese sauce over the assembled Moussaka. Add grated cheese on top. Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes until brown and bubbling. 400F/200C/Gas Mark 6.

Serve with a Green Salad of mixed leaves and Greek Pitta Bread. ENJOY.

Lovely with a glass of red or dry white wine.




Wednesday, 15 May 2019

CHEESE AND SPINACH QUICHE



Hi, and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen. We should perhaps have mentioned that although this is a strictly vegetarian kitchen our recipes are not vegan. One or two, e.g. our special "Chilli Non Carne" and "Spicy Lentil Soup" are suitable for Vegans. The recipe this week is "SPINACH AND CHEESE QUICHE" and as it contains milk and eggs it is not for Vegans.


SPINACH & CHEESE QUICHE

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS
1/2 lb (225g) Spinach (cooked, drained and finely chopped)

Shortcrust Pastry Base (Buy ready to roll pastry 6oz to 8oz)

2 Large Eggs

4 oz Grated Cheese (Mature Cheddar)

200ml Single Cream

Salt & Pepper

 


METHOD
Line a 7" Flan Case or Tin with the pastry.

Beat together in a bowl the eggs & cream and add salt and pepper. Add 3oz of the grated cheese leaving 1oz for the topping. Mix well.

Spread the spinach over the uncooked pastry. Pour in the egg mixture. Sprinkle remainder of the cheese on top.

Bake in oven for 25 - 30 minutes until golden and firm to the touch.

180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.

Serve a Green Salad - Use a mixture of lettuce leaves, chicory, chopped chives, mint, watercress and even dandelion leaves if you have any. Dress with Vinaigrette (olive oil and lemon juice).

This dish is a lovely light lunch or supper.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

EASTER QUICK PASTA


EASTER 

LUNCH/SUPPER under 15 minutes

FRESH PASTA
Hi and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen and this week we have lunch/supper dishes in under 15 mins. We all have days when we are too busy to spend hours in the kitchen or maybe want a quick meal before we go out in the evening. Fresh pasta is ideal on these occasions with a cooking time of only 3 to 5 minutes. Most supermarkets will sell fresh pasta in their chilled foods compartments and once home store it in the fridge. It will last 2 or 3 weeks if unopened. Here are our suggestions for a quick meal.

 


INGREDIENTS
500g pack of fresh pasta (try penne or taglietelle) (serves 4 to 6 people)

Fresh Herbs

Grated Cheese (Parmesan or Mature Cheddar). Do not use Mozarella as it will become elastic.

Cherry Tomatoes or Pitted Black Olives

Jar Pesto

Fresh cooked Peas (1 cup)

Fresh cooked Broad Beans (1 mug)

Olive Oil to drizzle over


METHOD
Bring a large saucepan of boiling water to the boil, add pasta and cook for 3 to 5 mins. Drain in a colander. Return pasta to the saucepan. Add one or two of the above ingredients. eg Fresh basil leaves and cherry tomatoes: or a tablespoon of pesto with broad beans or peas. If you prefer a creamy sauce, stir in double cream at this stage.

Drizzle olive oil over pasta then serve immediately and add grated cheese.

ENJOY!