I had to sneak the healthier mashed-potato topping on so as Theresa wouldn’t see it. I know she just wanted potatoes, mashed, seasoned and generously buttered, but I feel I have to take the reins of a more healthy diet for us both. So I did, and she actually said she liked it. Albeit, in muted tones I thought.
I think it’s hard to actually buy seitan pre-made in the UK. The rest of Europe’s vegetarian community seems to embrace it a lot more. The last recipe on this blog shows how to make home made seitan. It’s much easier than you might think.
If this doesn’t tickle-your-fancy stay tuned for next weeks post which’ll be something more inspired by where we’re currently at; think more curried flavours and fresh coconut and coriander..
- Soak the lentils for at least 4 hours. Drain and rinse and place in a pan with 1 cup of water. bring to the boil, then cover and turn to medium low and simmer for 25 minutes. Switch off and set aside.
- Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Finely dice the celery and carrot and add it to the oil. Saute, until it softens, about five minutes, then add the peas and stir for another couple of minutes, then the tomato, chopped finely, tomato paste and herbs. Turn up the heat and fry until the mixture starts to dry.
- Now add the rest of the ingredients as well as the lentils, semi-cover the pot, and, turning to low, simmer for at least an hour, stirring periodically. Otherwise, dump the whole lot in a slow cooker on high for a few hours.
- When ready to bake, set your oven to 375 as you assemble the topping. Turn out your gravy into a deep-dish and set-aside.
- Place two large pans of water on the stove. In the first place the potatoes, salt, and bring to the boil. Turn to a medium low and simmer for 20 minutes. drain and turn out into a large mixing bowl. When they are cool enough to handle, slip off their skins.
- When the second pan of water comes to the boil and the celeriac and cauliflower. Add a pinch of salt and boil for 10 minutes. Drain and place in the bowl with the potatoes and the rest of the ingredients apart from the milk.
- Mix together and then mash, adding the milk periodically until you reach your desired consistency. Spread the mixture over the gravy layer and bake, uncovered for 20 minutes.
- Switch to the grill and brown the top for another 5 minutes.