As I may have mentioned not only do I collect cookbooks I also collect recipes…. Also did I mention that I was a vegetarian for about 14 years?
I was talking to the guys in my local vegetable shop, The Farmer’s Gate, about recipes we could give their customers that use produce from the shop. So I went back through my recipe notebook for inspiration and came across this one for Savoury Vegetable Crumble. I think the original came from a vegetarian magazine way back when I was dedicated to the cause. It’s been adapted a bit over the years and here’s the latest version.
You can use any mix of vegetables for this dish but winter root vegetables work really well. Tonight I used leeks, celery and carrot as they were in my vegetable rack. I also added a red pepper for colour.
What you need:
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 red chilli, finely chopped
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder
- 1 cm ginger, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- Mix of vegetables – such as 2-3 carrots, few sticks celery, 2 parsnips…..
- 500 ml vegetable stock
- 1 400g tin cannelloni beans
- 75g/3 oz spelt flour
- 50g/2 oz butter
- 75g/3oz Kilbeggan Porridge Oats
What you do:
- Sauté the onions and the chilli until soft but not coloured.
- Dry fry the cumin and coriander seeds for a minute then grind in pestle and mortar with the other spices. Then add to the onions and chilli and cook for a few mins.
- Add in the purée, cook for another minute, add vegetables and toss to coat in the spice mix.
- Finally add in the stock and the beans. Bring mix to the boil and then simmer over a low heat for 15-20 mins.
- Make the crumble by rubbing the butter into the flour and then add in the oats.
- Transfer the vegetable mix to a casserole dish and scatter the crumble over the top.
- Bake the dish at 190 C/Gas 5 for 25 mins until crumble is cooked
I served the dish with some minted yoghurt – a perfect warming dish for a dark winter’s evening!
Happy Cooking !
And yes, before you ask – it was the rasher sandwich that ‘brought me back’!