Courgette and butter bean fritters 🌱

I have made a very simple little snack! I had high hopes for this and it hasn’t disappointed me.

At this time of year vegetable growers are proudly plucking the last of their crops, giving away gluts of this and that.

Well if you have searched and found this look no further!

This is a very cheap recipe if things are a bit tight, or you are a scrooge.

You will need…..

A tin of butter beans

2 small or one large courgette or a fancy pants one if you so do wish, grate it finely and squeeze excess water off.

Herbs and spices of your choice

(I used ….

fresh coriander

Crushed coriander seeds

Cumin seed

Garam masala

Salt

Chick pea flour

And added chilli powder and a chillies finely chopped to half of the mix as my children are not chillie heads yet!

I mushed up the butter beans with a fork and mixed in the rest of the ingredients.

Made into little patties and coated in chick pea flour.

If you have time put them in the fridge.

Shallow fry the fritters for about five minutes. Turning each side.

Voila!!

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Vegetarian pork pie! 🐷

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As a vegetarian there are some particular foods I thought were unavailable to me again.
A good 'ole Pork pie was one such thing. Well that isn't the case at all…

I made this over two days.
Day 1
I made the Hot water pastry.
This is the reason my porky pie isn't vegan as it has been made with butter.
I will make it with Vegan margarine/ butter style as I read this works.
Also I will forget the egg wash.

I used 170 g of butter
2 1/2 full cups of flour.
100mls of hot water.

I softened the butter and added the hot water. Made sure the butter has melted and then added the flour.
Mixed it around and then formed a play doh consistency and put it in the fridge overnight, wrapped in cling film.

For the porky bit I used
2 slices of bread made into bread crumbs.
1 white onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped.
6 vegan sausages defrosted (I used Linda Mcartneys)
1 cup of Veggie mince.
3/4 packet of silken Tofu
1/2 tin of borlotti beans
2 tablespoons of fresh sage.
1 big spoon of Thyme
1/4 teaspoon of both nutmeg and allspice.
Black pepper and salt.

In a food processor mix the onion, garlic, tofu and sausages into a smooth paste.
Add the remainder of the ingredients except the breadcrumbs.
I mixed those in last in a bowl to make the mixture thicker.
And voila the pastry is ready to roll out and the vegan porky bit is ready to go into the middle!!!
Make little cases and lids! Stuff with the pork middle and then bake in the oven on 160 degrees for 30- 40 mins.

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I will be updating this entry with a photo of the end result in due course. I am afraid as I write this had forgotten about the ‘jelly’ in a regular pork pie but I intend to use Agar Agar to achieve this in my next attempt.

I intend to serve this with pickles and gherkins and and possibly a dollop of piccalilli !!! I can’t wait for lunch tomorrow.
Best bit of this is of course this is meat free happiness 🙂

Nommity Pie

I haven’t used much of my Veg Box produce this week. I took some vegetables out of the fridge, what was I going to do with these?

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Alas Nomnity Pie is born!

I sweat the Leeks in a pan and then added a chopped up bulb of Fennel and a cubed sweet potato.
I added a large garlic clove and 400 mls of soya cream.
Mixed in 250 g of cheese and let it melt in.
Finally I added Broccoli (about 4 big handfuls) mixed it around and then put a thick layer on a deep oven dish with a layer of mash potato on the top.

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Lovely comfort food!

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