Coronation butter beans recipe

Coronation Butterbeans

A Coronation Chicken alternative for veggies, pretty damn tasty!

Coronation Butter Beans
Coronation Butter Beans

Ingredients – Makes about enough for 8 people to dip into at a party!

4 tins of good quality butter beans, drained

1 large tablespoon of mango chutney

2 large tablespoons of Greek yogurt

2 large tablespoons of good mayonnaise

1 large tablespoon of madras curry powder (hot)

A sprinkling of flaked almonds

1 large carrot, peeled and grated

1 small red onion, thinly sliced

A handful of chopped coriander

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Flat bread, pitas or naan

Method

Place the mango chutney, Greek yogurt, mayonnaise and curry powder in a large bowl, mix until combined.

Taste the mix to see if it’s to your liking, add a bit more curry powder if you like!

Add the butter beans and flaked almonds, stir until coated.

If you’re ready to serve now, then carry on, if you’ve got a few hours, cover and place in the fridge for the flavours to get into the butter beans.

Transfer the mixture to a serving dish, sprinkle on the grated carrot, sliced red onion and grated coriander.

Serve with flat bread, pitas or naan!

Vegetarian Haggis recipe

Can you call vegetarian haggis, haggis? Either way, I had some in Edinburgh when I was there last week and it was so tasty I decided to make it myself. Sorry for listing some of the measurements in cups, that’s how I got the recipe and I didn’t think to weigh out the ingredients once I’d measured them.

Ingredients

Olive oil

1 carrot, peeled and finely diced

1/4 of a peeled swede, finely diced

1 onion, peeled and finely diced

6 mushrooms, finely diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 cup of whole mixed nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts

1/3 of a cup of red lentils

600ml of vegetable stock

1/2 cup of cooked kidney beans

1 teaspoon of dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary

1/4 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground cinammon

Freshly ground black papper

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

1 and 1/2 cups of pinhead oatmeal

The juice of half a lemon

Method

Heat the oven to 170C.

Spread the mixed nuts out on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 10 minutes, don’t over-roast.

Let the nuts cool and finely chop them, I put them in the chopper I got with a stick blender.

Add a little olive oil to a large pan and add the onion, sauté for 5 minutes.

Season with some black pepper, don’t add too much right now, we’re going to add more later.

Add the carrot, swede, mushrooms and garlic and sauté for another 5 minutes.

Add the lentils, 450ml of the stock and stir.

Add the kidney beans to the remaining 150ml of stock and give them a little mash, don’t break them up too much.

Add the nuts, soy sauce, herbs and spices to the stock, stir it all together and add it to the vegetables. Cook for 5 minutes.

Add some more black pepper, keep tasting so you don’t over do it but you want to be fairly heavy handed with the amount of pepper you put in for a more authentic taste.

Add the pinhead oatmeal and cook for another 5 minutes. Add a little water of it gets too dry, the mixture should end up moist but not runny.

Add the lemon juice and stir it in.

Spoon the mixture into two lightly greased loaf tins.

Bake for 30 minutes at 190C.

Serve with mashed neeps and tatties!

(The most amazing) Veggie stir fry recipe

We were cooked this by one of our friends and this is mostly how the recipe was written down for me, it makes a lot, so plenty left over to pick at a few hours after you’ve eaten (it’s that good) or the next day.

Ingredients

Olive oil

1 bag of frozen quorn pieces

2 bundles of spring onions, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, minced

3 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced

1 courgette, sliced

1 leek, sliced

1 big handful of green beans, chopped into inch long pieces

2 red peppers, thinly sliced

1 pack of asparagus, chopped into inch long pieces

5-6 vegetable stock cubes

1 pack of egg noodles, rice noodles would work equally well!

Method

Place a pan over a medium heat and add a splash of oil. Add the spring onions, quorn pieces and a clove or two of minced garlic. Give it all a good stir and let it cook for a minute. Crumble over a stock cube, stir and let the quorn pieces brown. Put to one side, try not to eat it all.

Over a high heat add another splash of oil to a wok or big open pan. Add the rest of the veg apart from the courgette and asparagus, the last 2 cloves of minced garlic and crumble another stock cube over it all. Give it all a good stir and keep stirring until it all looks a bit limp. Add the asparagus and courgette and give it another stir. Check it all tastes nice, add another stock cube if you want!

It’s now time for wine if you haven’t started on it already…

Boil a pan of water with 2 or 3 stock cubes and add the noodles, they’ll only take a few minutes so let’s get everything else sorted.

Add the chicken and spring onion goodness to the wok but keep it at a low heat because by god it loves to burn.

When the asparagus and courgette is cooked (you should know this by having eaten most of it whilst no one was looking), check the noodles are cooked, drain and add them to the stir fry. Stir it all up and serve it only to lovely people, no one else deserves it.

Vegetable and lentil stew recipe

Probably better on a cold, winter night, but it was delicious in July anyway!

Ingredients – Makes enough for 4-5

Olive oil

750ml of vegetable stock

2 onions, peeled and chopped

2 carrots, peeled and diced

2 parsnips, peeled and diced

2 beetroot, peeled and diced

1 sweet potato, as big as your fist, peeled and diced

1 leek, sliced

2 sticks of celery, sliced

180g of red split lentils

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

227g tin of chopped tomatoes

Freshly ground black pepper

1 heaped teaspoon of ground coriander

1 heaped teaspoon of ground cumin

Juice of half a lemon

Method

Add a little oil to a big pan over a medium heat

Add half of the onion, all of the carrot, parsnip, beetroot, sweet potato, leek and celery.

Keep stirring and fry for about 5 minutes.

Add the garlic and the lentils, stir and cook for another 5 minutes.

Add the chopped tomatoes and stock, give it a stir and put a lid on the pan.

Let it simmer for about half an hour, until the veg is just about cooked.

In another pan, over a medium heat add a little more oil and add the remaining onion.

Add the ground coriander and cumin and fry for 10 minutes, don’t let the onion brown you just want to flavour it with the spices.

When soft, add the fried onion to the stew with the lemon juice, season with ground black pepper and give it a final stir.

Serve and nom!