A granny’s loaf is a Scottish cake containing currants and sultanas, spiced with ginger and cinnamon.
I’ve been making quite a few Greek dishes, and I love the creaminess of beans cooked in olive oil. This recipe made me think of making the beans into the mash in a pie-style dish. I am sure you could vary this with a different combination of vegetables, depending on what you have available.
- 800 grams (cooked weight) giant white beans
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 200 grams potato
- 1 large onion
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 handful of dried mu-err mushrooms
- 150 grams tinned corn, drained and rinsed
- 250 grams mushrooms
- 2 handfuls of frozen peas
- 3 stalks celery
- 3 large tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast (optional)
- 1 teaspoon seaweed flakes (optional)
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- salt to taste
Soak the mu-err mushrooms for at least half an hour in cool water and rinse them well before using.
Soak the beans overnight if using them dried. Cook in a little water with all but 2 tablespoons of olive oil until soft. If you are using canned beans, drain and rinse them and add them to a pan with enough water to cover and all but 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add salt and fresh thyme and simmer the beans for half an hour. Drain the beans, reserving the liquid. Remove and discard the thyme stems.
Mash the beans, using one tablespoon of olive oil and some of the reserved cooking water. Add salt to taste. Set aside.
The reserved bean liquid should measure about four cups. Reduce it if there is too much.
Dice the potato, carrot and tomato and put them to simmer in a pan with the reserved bean liquid. Dice the celery, mushrooms and mu-err mushrooms and add them to the pan.
Dice the onion and cook on medium-low heat in a frying pan with the remaining tablespoon of oil until soft and just beginning to brown. Add the onion to the other pan, along with the peas and corn. Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius/350° Fahrenheit. Cook until the carrots, potato and celery are soft and the tomatoes have dissolved.
Add nutritional yeast, seaweed flakes, Worcestershire sauce and salt to taste. Drain the vegetables, reserving the liquid. Put the vegetables in a square baking dish.
Put the cornstarch in a small bowl and add liquid to blend. Mix the slurry into the pan. Let the liquid cook down until thick, then pour it over the vegetables.
Top the vegetables with the bean mash and cook for 30 minutes, until the bean mixture is just starting to turn golden on top.
For this recipe I used turmeric powder, 1 cup white flour, ½ cup whole wheat flour, and hazelnut milk. I put raisins and dates in the muffins, and used the recommended seasoning. I added a little bit of stevia powder to increase the sweetness. I opted not to top them with anything.
In my opinion these muffins need more oil than the optional amount suggested. Mine stuck to the paper, even when fully cool.
I worked from this recipe, but I substituted vegetable stock for the chicken stock, and used green speckled lentils instead of brown lentils.
This is a simplified version of the gravy used in the vegetable biryani recipe I use.
- 500 grams potatoes
- 5 tomatoes
- 400 grams (cooked weight) chickpeas
- 2 cups packed mint leaves (1 large bunch)
- 2 cups loosely packed coriander leaves
- 6 cloves garlic
- 2″ (5 cm) of ginger
- 2 large onions
- 2 green chillis
- 2 teaspoons coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 500 grams Greek yoghurt
- Mixed vegetables, such as:
- 250 grams mushrooms
- 400 grams green beans
- 2 courgettes/zucchini
- 2 romano peppers
- … carrots and cauliflower are other vegetables which might go well in this dish
Chop the mixed vegetables, onions and potatoes and put them in a large bowl. Add the chickpeas to the bowl. Dice the tomatoes and add them to the bowl as well.
Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius/350° Fahrenheit.
Grind the mint leaves, coriander leaves, ginger, chillis and garlic. Add water as needed to ensure it is ground into a paste. Mix the paste with the yoghurt, salt, oil and spices. Pour this paste over the chopped vegetables and chickpeas and stir to mix.
Put the mix into a large baking tray and bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Remove the cover and stir, then continue to cook, stirring at 15-minute intervals, until the vegetables are completely cooked and excess liquid has evaporated (about 45 minutes).
Add additional salt to taste. Serve with Greek yoghurt. You could also serve it with pasta or rice.