Today started off well with a nice bowl of hot porridge with sultanas, yoghurt, a pinch of cinnamon and a light drizzling of honey just to appease my sweet tooth. A great way to start the day off.
As Petula had some smoked mackerel left over from earlier in the week, she decided to whip up a smoked mackerel paté for lunch. This is a nice simple recipe made by mashing the fish in a bowl with some low fat natural yoghurt, some lemon juice and some freshly grated black pepper. This we had with a some watercress, sliced tomatoes and crispy sour dough toast.
Petula likes to use lentils as the basis of our meals quite often as pulses are particularly healthy, and red lentils are easy to use as they only need a short cooking time. This leads us nicely into our evening meal which today was individual luscious lentil cottage pies, a fabulous dish which was particularly moorish and great for a winter’s evening. The recipe for this cracking cottage pie is:
Lentil Cottage Pie
- 1 onion, chopped.
- 1 large carrot, diced.
- Green vegetables e.g. peas, shredded cabbage etc.
- 100g red lentils.
- Tomato puree or tomato ketchup, to taste.
- 1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs.
- 10 floz vegetable stock.
- Enough potatoes to make a mashed potato topping.
- Grated cheese e.g. cheddar.
- Preheat oven to 180°c.
- Cook the potatoes, mash with a little milk, and season with a little freshly ground black pepper.
- Meanwhile, in a saucepan, fry the onion and carrot in a little oil for 5 minutes.
- Add the red lentils, green vegetables, mixed herbs and stock and bring to the boil.
- Cover and simmer until tender, approximately 15-20 minutes.
- When cooked, stir in some tomato purée or tomato ketchup to taste, plus some freshly ground black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
- Put the lentil mixture into 2 individual or 1 larger oven proof dish and top with the mashed potatoes, fluffing up with a fork.
- Sprinkle the grated cheese onto the top.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes in the oven.
Give it a go – you know it makes sense!
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