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Monday, February 20, 2006

Dinner tonight - vegetarian shepherd's pie. Kind of.

After two humid, 36 degree days, Sydney dipped to 23 max. I came home shivering and in the mood for a hearty meal so I made a vegetarian shepherd's pie. Kind of.

Ingredients (Amazingly I had all these lying around):

One brown onion, chopped thinly
Three garlic cloves, chopped thinly
A handful of chopped broccoli
6-7 chopped mushrooms
One zucchini, thinly sliced and halved.
Five potatoes (chopped in squares to make mash)
One can of Sanitarium tender pieces
One can of chopped tomatoes
Two tablespoons of tomato paste
A little milk and margarine for making mashed potatoes.
Salt, pepper and my Dad's home made red wine to taste.

Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil until brown. Add the broccoli, mushroom and zucchini and lightly cook. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes.

Add the tomatoes, tender pieces and tomato paste. Let it cook for a couple of minutes, then add salt, pepper and red wine to taste (I added about a tenth of a wine glass. Sadly I can't translate that to any formal cooking metric.) Let the casserole base simmer for about five minutes or until the vegetables become tender.

Drain the potatoes. Add a dessert spoon of margarine and mash. Add a splash of milk if you prefer it creamy, then salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the casserole base into a baking dish and spread the mashed potato on top. Let it cook in a 180 C oven for approximately 20 minutes. Serve, eat and enjoy!

3 Comments:

  • I ate at the restaurant at which Shepherd's Pie was served.

    The choice on the menu was limited. However, of the 1 main courses that were available, 100% was vegetarian.

    The prevailing atmosphere would best be described as "home style".

    The dish was also very affordable (free), which made up for the fact that the restaurant does not appear to accept credit cards.

    While the menu was not extensive, the meal itself was delicious. The creamy potato topping complemented wonderfully the tasty tender pieces.

    All up, the experience was a VVV.

    By Blogger Andrew, at 3:33 AM  

  • Guess what? Phnom Penh actually has a supermarket that sells sanitarium tender pieces (who would have thought?). I will have to give this one a go. Sounds very yum... although I can't foresee the temperature dipping to 23 degrees any time soon. Maybe shall just have to pump up the aircon whilst preparing and eating :o)

    By Blogger Anth, at 9:00 PM  

  • Great news that the tender pieces are sold in Phnom Penh - although I agree it's not really a humid / hot weather dish! I still want to try Quorn (not sure if that's how it's spelt) - the fake meat product sold in the Uk. Maybe Jules can ship some to us.

    By Blogger Veggie Friendly, at 2:36 AM  

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