Tuesday already?

Well hello, good morning or afternoon,

It is Tuesday already and I am supposed to be ready to go to Birmingham…. it’s not happened but it will, I have till 2pm to be ready so fingers crossed 😉

So just a quick blog today or else I won’t have time to pack my entire wardrobe for 4 days ..

We had a lovely weekend we had my partners two younger girls come to stay and we watched Ru Paul’s Drag Race season 6, well most of it, we finished it last night, if you haven’t watched it before it is well worth a watch as long as you can cope with bad language and men looking better in a dress and make up than I ever could, I always feel very  under dressed  when watching it 😀  Some of the guys who are on RP’s DR have had it really tough coming out and expressing who they are and have been treated badly by  others at school and some even had struggles with family.

Ru Paul gives wonderful advice and it’s not just about the dresses the contestants really get something out of being on the show, getting support and teasing by the others in a cheeky way and even if they fall out they make back up again because they support one another.  Personally I can not understand that if you have a child who has a unique personality why you wouldn’t love and support them but maybe it is the upbringing of the parent that has caused them to have issues with sexuality, who knows?  I remember watching Danny La Rue as a child and being in awe,  men dressing as women has been around a long time, lets remember that in Shakespeare’s time women were not allowed on the stage !

Oh and you will have the theme tune in your head…. forever ..

Anyway.. I  made a vegan shepherds pie yesterday…I don’t know why I chose it, I am not really a fan of cottage or shepherds pie but hey, it was ok.. I think it reminds me of being a child who never really liked meat ( I went veggie at 13 ) and minced meat was a nightmare as you couldn’t pick it out.

So the recipe is..

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  • Handful of lentils
  • tin of tomatoes
  • sundried tomatoes
  • onion
  • carrot
  • celery
  • potatoes and sweet potatoes
  • seasoning
  • Bread

Firstly pop the oven on 200* for toasting the bread and baking the pie

Chop the onion, carrot and celery. Starting with the onion fry till translucent then add the carrot and celery, allow these to fry for a little while then add the lentils, if you have a packet of dried ones, follow any instructions for soaking, continue to fry for another 3 minutes.

Peel and cut the potatoes into 1 inch cubes and boil for 20 minutes or until soft enough to mash.

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Add the tinned tomatoes to the lentil mix and 3 diced sundried tomatoes, or a good tablespoon of tomato puree or ketchup, it is just increase the tomatoey flavour.

Hopefully the oven is hot,  cut your bread into slices and put a little oil over the top to help it crisp up as it toasts. This should take between 5 and 10 minutes. When they are toasted pop them into the blender with a clove of garlic and blitz until its crispy breadcrumbs, this goes on to of the mashed potatoes to make them extra crispy.

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With a bit of luck, everything should be nearly cooked, the lentils should be soft in the middle and a little bite on the outside and the veggies should be cooked but still have a little bit too as they have to go in the oven next.

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MMMmmmm  rustic….

This mix has to cool before putting the mash on the top or it will sink in, so have a little patience and give it 5 minutes.

 

So mash the potatoes with some margarine of your choice and a little milk, I used almond and pop it on the top, then sprinkle some of the breadcrumb mix on the top, what you don’t use can go in  a freezer bag for another day.

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20 minutes later… hey presto you have a tasty filling dinner which isnt very expensive to make either…  it is flavoursome, rustic and a good meal for the change in the season, Winter is coming…. ( sure I have heard that somewhere before 😉 )

I better get ready! time is fleeting..

 

Have a wonderful day wherever you are,

take care and smile

Gilly.

 

 

 

 

 

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