Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Cousin Janet's squash

On our recent trip to the Isle of Wight, we popped over to visit my Uncle Donald, Auntie Joan and cousin Janet. We were chatting about the veg we had grown and Janet gave me two of her homegrown butternut squash - they are rather cute! Mine weren't successful at all. I'm not sure I've really got enough space.


The latest Waitrose magazine has some appealing recipes which I have been trying out this week. They are really good at having lots of really tasty vegetarian recipes in their seasonal magazines. Let's hope they improve their practice of dealing with excess produce!

The first recipe I tried was Mushroom and Butternut dhal with poached eggs. YUMMY! Very tasty indeed and one I would recommend. Not too spicy but bags of flavour.
http://www.waitrose.com/content/waitrose/en/home/recipes/recipe_directory/m/mushroom-butternutdhalwithpoachedeggs.html?wtrint=1-Content-_-2-Recipes-_-3-hearty-mains--_-4--_-5-hotspot-_-6-mushroomdhal

It made nice leftovers the following day even though the eggs had all been eaten the night before.

The next one was the the Pumpkin, spinach and coconut biryani. I used one of Janet's butternut squash for this rather than the pumpkin in the recipe title. We served this with poppadums, yoghurt and mango chutney. This was even nicer and a great success with us all. It is of course GF and vegan too.
http://www.waitrose.com/content/waitrose/en/home/recipes/recipe_directory/p/pumpkin-spinach-coconutbiryani.html?wtrint=1-Content-_-2-Recipes-_-3-hearty-mains--_-4--_-5-hotspot-_-6-pumpkinbriyani



I'm also planning on trying out the Japanese-style shredded vegetable pancakes, omitting the pickled ginger as a side dish because I'm not keen on buying any extra specialist ingredients. I have a cupboard full of jars that I'm trying to use up with an eye to simplifying my store cupboard too. I have a lot of leftover ingredients from previous recipes.

We have had some delicious meals from these little magazines and the Waitrose website has some good ideas too.

I noticed this morning that the views counter has tipped over 100,000. How exciting! Thank you to everyone who pops by to have a read and to those who take the time to comment. I really appreciate it. :) x

13 comments:

  1. The biryani looks good, the recipe is available from the Waitrose website so I'll give it a go, thanks.

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    1. Oops - forgot to add the links. Done now! They really were very tasty recipes!

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  2. I found your blog a few weeks ago following a link from "just a little less" and I've enjoyed reading your posts. I have been getting butternut squashes in my veg box and can second the fact that the mushroom and butternut dhal is delicious. I think I will try the biryani with this weeks squash.

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    1. It's certainly well worth a try. Hope you like it.

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  3. I love biryani and the mushroom ad butternut dhal with poached eggs is my kind of food. My mother who was Indian used to serve the meat curry on the first day. She would add boiled eggs to the the leftovers leaving them overnight to absorb the flavours. It was lovely . I only got 3 butternut squash this year compared with 8 the year before. I grew them up the fence tying the plant up with old tights. It worked.

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    1. I'll have to try the tight method of training butternut next time. I'd love to grow them as we eat loads of them. Thanks for the tip :)

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  4. I googled the biryani recipe (before you added the link) and will be trying it out on Friday evening. It looks delicious. Thank you. X

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  5. Lovely recipes! My sort of food, thanks for sharing. We don't have a Waitrose at the moment so I can't get to see the magazines, but will check out the web page.

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    1. I've made lots of their recipes now with great success :)

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  6. Please, please, please, it's spelt Isle of Wight - sorry x

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  7. I love those Waitrose magazines you are right they do have lots of yummy vege recipes in. We don't have a Waitrose anywhere near us so I have to rely on my mum to pass on ;) That biryani looks delicious.

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