By guest blogger AMY WRIGHT
We had a great turn out again on 29th September, all eager to improve our culinary skills... this time we were in the hands of cooking leader Ian Mackenzie, a local chef who specialises in vegetarian and vegan food and who runs Manchester Vegan & Vegetarian Festival. The dish for this - the third of our weekly sessions running over a month at Didsbury Sure Start - was a root vegetable and bean one-pot with mashed potato - a true vegan dish!
We started with the mashed potato, boiling potatoes then adding some vegetable oil spread. Then there was plenty to get our teeth into... lots of chopping and discovering new vegetables... we used: beetroot, parsnips, red onions, garlic, chilli, squash, sweet potato, carrots, leeks and not forgetting the all-important parsley to add in at the end (best to do this so as not to lose flavour). All these ingredients went into a pan of boiling bouillon stock, alongside a tin of brown chickpeas and some black-eye beans, and the stew was cooked until the vegetables softened, but not too much!
The result was fantastic... 'delicate and fresh' were the comments in the room. The beetroot made it for me but I think everyone discovered new flavours and some were definitely surprised by how easy and tasty it was... not to mention healthy!
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