Remember the red pepper and tomato soup? That I forgot to take a photo of?
Well here you go. I finally took a photo the next time I made some, and, I even included celery and orange juice in the recipe.
Recipe and ingredients back on this post here for anyone who didn’t see it before.
And I thought I would share an excellent recipe I found on WordPress, maybe it was a featured one or something. Here it is – food to glow. I won’t precis her recipe, she also gives some good and interesting nutritional points, eg I didn’t know that shiitake mushrooms were so good for your health.
The author is not vegetarian, although this recipe is, but she does say that non-veggies can substitute chicken for tofu. I would have thought tofu or tempeh would work far better, but each to their own etc.
I was amazed when I first learned that the ‘seaweed’ you get in Chinese restaurants was not seaweed at all, but shredded brassicas, cooked dryly and quickly.
This recipe suggests using cavolo negro (always wondered what to do with it when I saw it on the shelf and never bought it), but as there wasn’t any in Morries I just bought a bog-standard bag of kale.
Important note. It looks as though there is loads in the bag of kale. When you put it in the oven to cook, it shrinks massively. I started off using half a bag the first time I made this, and then added more. The second time I just tipped the whole bag in.
Important note number two. If you buy tamarind pods (I always wondered what to do with that as well, once I had bought it and looked at it sitting forlornly in the fridge) it is messy to make the paste yourself. If you don’t do your own washing up – this may result in a grumpy partner.
Having said that, the tamarind-based sauce was really zingy and lemony, so well worth making the mess, IMO. And basically it is a pretty quick meal to prepare too, so that’s always a plus point. I served it with Thai noodles but my pic of the final dish is crap :D – suggest you look at the ones on the recipe blog.
Cost for two greedies:
Shiitake mushrooms – £1.59, the most expensive part of the meal
Kale – £1
Tofu – approx £1.50 as I used about 3/4 of a pack
Carrots – not a lot
Noodles – can’t remember
Sesame seeds – 30-50p say?
Tamarind – probably another 50p ish.
On a separate but related note, ie not about this recipe, but about cost, I was wandering past the meat counter at the supermarket and noticed the price of steak. I was totally gob-smacked. Around £15 or £16 a kilo for rump/sirloin, and £32 for fillet. If you wanted to pay more you could go up to £42 for fillet steak.
It is so long since I have eaten meat that I had no idea what it cost. I’d totally lost track. It also brought it home to me how much of a rip off it is when you eat a vegetarian meal out and it costs the same as meat or fish. Yes, I accept that the labour costs and all the on-costs have to be considered. But still, the meal I have just priced up cost around £5/6 for two people, cooked at home, with very little prep or cooking time. I wouldn’t be very pleased at having to fork out £12-£20 for it out. Which is one of the many reasons I don’t eat out.