LeeksMarmalad

Having had a big bunch of leeks in my veg box, I couldn’t resist trying this curious sounding recipe.  I found it in a book I bought a while back in a second hand shop, ‘The Whole Earth Cookbook’ by Hilary Meth, (you can also get a copy on Amazon).

The book does feel like a flash from the past, using a lot of packaged and convenience foods in the recipes.  But I did rather like this recipe for leeks.  It was simple, a bit different, and went very well with some veggie sausages!

The original recipe called for the addition of soy milk, which I decided to leave out at the last minute, as I thought the dish looked complete without it.  Also I finished cooking in a casserole in the oven with the sausages, which I think gave it a slightly richer flavour, but you could manage without this step.

Leeks in Marmalade Sauce

2 medium leeks
170 ml water
3 tblsp marmalade
1 tablsp olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper

Preheat the oven to 170C.  Trim and carefully wash the leeks, then slice them into 5mm thick rounds.  Bring the water to a boil in a pan, then add the leeks.  Cover the pan and simmer the leeks for 3 – 4 minutes.

Add the marmalade and olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Put the leeks in a small casserole, with the lid and cook in the oven for around 15 minutes.

Early Vegetarian Recipes by Anne O'Connell

Thank you to everyone who commented on this blog over the last couple of weeks and we now have a winner of the National Vegetarian Week competition to win a copy of Early Vegetarian Recipes.

Congratulations to Yvonne at Krista, at the heart of it all.  I hope you enjoy the book!

PaellaThis recipe is adapted from a recipe published by the Vegetarian Society for their theme of ‘Share’ for this year’s National Vegetarian Week.  It was pretty simple to cook, filling and very tasty – perfect for sharing, in fact.

And to celebrate the week, DON’T FORGET to make a comment on the site to be in with a chance of winning a copy of Early Vegetarian Recipes!

Veggie Paella with Purple Sprouting Broccoli

200g Brown basmati rice
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
30g flaked almonds
1tblsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
200g purple sprouting broccoli
50g black pitted olives
200g button mushrooms, sliced
1 tblsp tomato puree
10 cherry tomatoes, halved

Put the rice and turmeric in a large pan of water, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile toast the almonds in a dry pan for 2 – 3 minutes.  In a separate frying pan, heat the oil and gently fry the onion for 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and broccoli and cook for a further 5 minutes.  Then add the mushrooms, olives and tomato puree and cook for 5 more minutes.

Add the cooked rice to the frying pan, mixing well and stir in the tomatoes.  Served sprinkled with the toasted almonds.

cornbreadlgeThis delicious cornbread is a great addition to the bread basket and a fantastic gluten-free staple.  It’s especially good as an accompaniment to spicy soups or a chilli, but is also perfect for breakfast with just some tangy marmalade.

This quantity made one loaf in a 20cm square tin, and 12 mini muffins.  if you do this remember the muffins only need half the cooking time of the loaf.  If you make this quantity into one large loaf, you will need to increase the cooking time to approx. 30 minutes.

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Gluten Free Cornbread

2 eggs
450ml natural yoghurt
50g butter, melted
65g plain gluten free flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp salt
275g fine cornmeal

Preheat the oven to 200C / 300F / Gas 6.  Grease and line the baking tin and grease the muffin tins.

Whisk the eggs in a bowl until they are frothy.  Add the yoghurt and melted butter and whisk until combined.

Sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt, and stir in well.

Fold in the cornmeal, ensuring it is fully mixed in.  Divide the mixture into the tins.  Cook the muffins for approximately 10 minutes and the loaf for about 20 minutes.  They should be slightly browned when cooked and spring back when gently pressed.

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share-banner-newNext week is National Vegetarian Week in the UK and the theme this year is ‘Share’.  So in keeping with the spirit of the week, I’ll be sharing (or giving away) a copy of my book, ‘Early Vegetarian Recipes’!  All you have to do to enter is make a comment on this blog by Thursday 21st May and your name will be put in the hat!  The winner announced and contacted for their postal address on Friday 22nd May. Good Luck

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