Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Oats and Beans and Barley-o

The Girl is visiting for a week and has declared herself an L-plate vegetarian.
As she has a milk allergy, this makes her... a vegan who eats eggs?

DIY muesli:  oats, barley flakes and assorted seeds and dried fruits
She was slightly alarmed by my enthusiastic response to this plan, involving grow-your-own beansprouts and bread-baking.  She said she wasn't planning on being "that sort of vegetarian".  Heh heh heh - is there another kind?!  
Roman Army Spelt bread, recipe from the Doves Farm flour packet
Well, yes of course there is, and it is likely that we will hit the vegeburgers before the week is out, but for the time being, I am brandishing The Veganomicon with born-again zeal.

The Menu:
Saturday:  Chick Pea Romesco with basmati rice and steamed broccoli followed by Lemon Drizzle Cake (baked by The Girl)

Sunday:  Thai Vegetable Green Curry with noodles, made by The Girl

Monday:  Lemon and Green Pea Risotto with roasted red peppers and a green salad

Tuesday:  Penne Vodka with steamed purple sprouting broccoli and mange tout, followed by The Girl's Chocolate Brownies
Probably the best brownies in the universe
Wednesday:  Refried Beans (from a wonderful old vegy recipe book) with wraps and sweetcorn and salsa

Thursday:  Pineapple and cashew nut quinoa
Friday: Pumpkin Baked Ziti with caramelised onions and a sage crumb topping

Don't you wish this was chocolate brownies?

...not just a freshly-ploughed field?


Paula said...

I love that cookbook. Can really recommend the chickpea cutlets and the lemony roast potatoes.

Linda C said...

That Pumpkin Baked Ziti looks interesting and tasty. Only change I'd make is to use ricotta instead of crafting it from cashews and tofu- oh, I'd keep the cashews in for flavor. One funny thing about the recipe - it mentioned Earth Balance (which I took to b ea sort of butter or margarine substitute) when I clicked on the link, it took me to a page (or shop) with yoga clothes for all the family - the only thing I saw related was body butter advertised, don't think so.

My son is spending the week helping his dad with some projects- since dad has the week off for spring break . With my son here, I am doing lots of fresh vegetables and salads--and meats and potatoes (ham from Easter, curried chicken tonight. It will be a meat loaf one night and probably more chicken or fish before he leaves. Well, you will agree, it's nice to cook for some one who enjoys it.

Good week I hope to you three.


indigorchid said...

Wow, that is one impressive menu! I'm a vegetarian of 10+ years, and I guess I could stand to get back in the spirit and make these sorts of dishes!

Oh, and as for naming conventions (though, at some level they're just labels, it could be useful in certain situations):
- ovo-lacto vegetarian (eats eggs and dairy)
- ovo vegetarian (eats eggs, no dairy)
- lacto vegetarian (dairy, no eggs)

Sounds like it was a lovely Easter, at least food-wise!

Laura said...

It sounds like you're as enthusiastic about this as she is - that's a great menu for the week! Thanks for all the links :) We try to eat at least 50% vege for health reasons if nothing else. I'm rubbish at remembering to eat fruit, so vegetables in meals work much better. Hubby has been complaining lately that we only seem to eat the same meals over and over, so hopefully he'll like some of these!

ashley0107 said...

That meal plan sounds amazing! Dom and I are veggie, and we eat quorn a lot. I find it much easier to cook than meat. We have the quorn kitchen cook book, and I love it :)
I want to try cooking with tofu, but our local supermarket doesn't sell it.
Have fun with it, I love cooking :)

Cate said...

Hi Roo,

Your menu sounds great! She's a lucky new veggie, your daughter. I've been veggie for 22 years and my father still thinks I eat meat (Rolly eye thingies). I've just given up milk but not eggs (yet), so I know how hard it is to find things to eat that are dairy-free.

If you need anyone to make up the numbers around the table, give me a whistle. I'll be up on the next train from Waleshire! :-)

Joan said...

I want to come over for dinner. Any night of the week would be fine! :)

LinB said...

The only thing that would make these recipes better is bacon, lol.

Seraphinalina said...

Yum! My brother dated someone who was vegetarian and allergic to dairy. It threw my mom for a bit of a loop until she shifted her thinking. There is a lot of Indian food that works well, it's my go-to for entertaining vegans or celiacs (or celiac vegans..). Nothing like a little challenge to get the creative juices going.

christinelaennec said...

Yum, yum, yum!

Scruffybadger said...

Hurrah!! Sounds reasonably hard core but totally yummy!! I too have unearthed my sprouter....must be mad thinking salad time is nigh....

rosyragpatch said...

I think I'd like your menu very much.
I made the Roman army bread from the Dove's recipe too - we love it & it's so easy.
A whole field of chocolate brownies? How yummy would that be?

Anonymous said...

Oooooh! Thank you so much for the link to the Fudge Brownies! It looks exactly like a recipe called Saucepan Brownies that my Aunt M gave me when I was at university. Well, as exactly as I can remember it nearly 40 years later! lol

Unfortunately, we both lost our copies of the recipe over the years. Never did find one that was as close as this one!

I'm a lapsed vegetarian (25 years when being a vegetarian was extremely unpopular). No specific reason to be or not to be a vegetarian, I just was. *shrug* I think I changed primarily because I did not have time to prepare food for myself and different food for other people--and they would not eat what I ate. *sigh*


Kat said...

Sounds yummy! We eat mainly veggie, I just prefer it, but I don't like Quorn or tofu so that means a lot of pulses! Tortilla wraps with vegetables and refried beans is a particular favourite. We really like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Veg book.

Pam said...

I love Veganomicon - it's a great book. Have you checked out her (Isa Chandra Moskowitz) website Post Punk Kitchen (theppk.com) - there are more great recipes there. She's so creative & imaginative! I don't think I've ever made a recipe of hers that wasn't delicious.

Your menus this week sound great... can I pop round?!