Ingredients for two people:
Two cans of butter beans or cannellini beans or a mix of the two as we did
Six tomatoes cut into pieces
Two tablespoons of double concentrate tomato paste
A dash of white wine vinegar
A couple of sprinklings of garam masala
A couple of sprinkles of Tabasco
A couple of handfuls of salt
A few bayleaves
Some fresh spinach to wilt
Handful of grated cheese. We used a very good cheddar.
Preheat oven to 180c
Sometimes I need a snack. Not the full dinner but something quick and very tasty. This is vegetarian and it’s always a complete delight to find something vegetarian can also be tasty. I don’t always need to masticate on some nice meat to be satisfied, though that may surprise you.
Fanny is very good at being quick. I am less so; I deliberate and procrastinate and it takes me a while but I do get there eventually. This however is reasonably quick to produce, although it’s all the better
if you don’t rush it. Let it do its thing at a gentle pace and the end result will be much more satisfying
This is a new recipe in which we have utilised a bunch of ingredients that were just hanging around looking rather forlorn.
As winter isn’t over yet , we needed something warming and we had Salamander to watch on iplayer, so it was out with the cans of butter and cannellini beans.
We also had some of those piss awful wintry tomatoes to use up as well.
Like I said, the situation was rather forlorn, and not improved by Fanny’s face. However we do have a rather fabulous condiments cupboard and that always helps in these moments.
So open the cans of beans and pour them into the pan with their juices and add the bay leaves. Cut up the tomatoes and add them to the pan.
Bring to the boil and then turn it down to let it simmer slowly.
Add the tomato paste, garam masala, the Tabasco, and the white wine vinegar at this point.
Once the vegetables are soft, add the spinach and let it wilt down and when the juices have reduced, then pour them into a good hearty dish, sprinkle on the breadcrumbs and the cheese and
stuff it in the oven for about twenty five minutes, or until golden brown on top.
Your family may be sniffy about vegetarian meals but believe me they will wants seconds. BG