We had some frost on the field one morning last week so I guess it's officially Autumn in Cornwall. Sunday roasts are on the menu most weeks now, no getting away with a bbq outside so the bearded one has hung up his pinny for another year. I have been fiddling with the lentil bake that gets trotted out regularly to go with the roast for us veggies in the family and so far this is my favourite version of it. If I don't write it down somewhere I will forget what I actually put in it and it went down so well I'm thinking of making it for our Xmas dinner. Nothing fancy but something all of us like (which is a flipping miracle in our family) It is gluten and oat free so I can eat it, no mushrooms which youngest hates and no nuts which both of them hate. As usual my cooking involves throwing in whatever I find and not measuring anything so these are rough measurements. Adjust them to your own tastes, excuse the terrible photo, everyone was too hungry to wait for me to faff around with the camera.
LENTIL AND SWEET POTATO BAKE
A couple of cups of red lentils (very approx, )
2 small red onions
1 large sweet potato
1 sweet pointed pepper
handful of spinach
1/2 tsp of thyme
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
2 - 3 oz Grated cheese
Cook the lentils in your usual way, drain well and set aside
Cook the sweet potato in the microwave and scrape out when cooled and set aside
Saute chopped onions and pepper until soft,
Add herbs, salt and pepper stir well and simmer for a further minute
Put the lentils and sweet potato into the pan with the onion and mix well
Add chopped spinach and cook until wilted.
Mix in the cheese.
Grease a loaf tin and pour the mixture in, smooth the top and place into a medium oven until heated right though and the top has browned slightly.
I actually made it in the morning and put it in the fridge ready to put in the oven with the rest of the roast in the evening. Things that can be made ahead make life a lot easier!
It has been absolutely chucking it down here today, the cows are huddled against the hedges seeking shelter while the deer seem oblivious. We needed something warming for our evening meal, as usual despite having lots of lovely cookery books I went online and found this Moroccan Chickpea Stew from The first mess We had cavolo nero in the veg box so that went in as well, it made a lovely warming stew that certainly hit the spot.
I am still working on my shawl, I think I must be the worlds slowest knitter and could do with wearing it this winter not next! I am o.k. with the shawl itself but it has a frilly bit to add to it which is looking pretty daunting so I may be asking for help from the knitters out there some time soon. It is a Debbie Bliss pattern knitted in Fine Donegal from this book. My wool is actually more of a green/blue than the photo shows, it reminds me of the winter seas.
Work continues slowly on the house and we are working outside at weekends (don't you just hate getting home from work in the dark!) We are waiting for the power company to upgrade the poles to the house before we can put up the solar panels, we are also in the process of replacing the light fittings with more efficient energy saving ones. On the day we moved in, as it got dark we realised that most of the lights were not working, it seems that as they blew they were not replaced, we could barely see a thing!
I was delighted to see several goldfinches in the garden this morning, they were occasionally seen at our old house tempted by niger seeds, but were pecking away at the grass here. I have also been watching the mother deer with her youngster who are often in the next field. The baby isn't completely weaned yet and I managed to get a photo of it feeding when it was in one of the more distant fields. Not a great photo but you can just make them out.
I hope you have all had a great weekend.