Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Vegetable casserole.

Firstly I must apologise to you all for the slow rate at which I am posting!
Time just seems to fly by and  keeping up with everything is not easy, especially at this time of year, when the garden needs a lot of attention!  

I have still not managed to edit my photos of the Lot region of France and we go on holiday next month, so there will be loads more photos to edit on our return after 3 weeks of travelling.  I have, however, managed to keep up the photo diary, for those who are interested. Catching up with 'My life in the Charente' in summer may be difficult but I will do my best when we return from holiday.  Tomorrow we have a blogger friend arriving and we are looking forward to showing her around; sadly the weather has taken a turn for the worse and lots of rain is forecast!

Meanwhile, I have discovered an amazing way to make a vegetable casserole and decided to pass on my 'invention,' as we thought it was so good.  No amounts or weight are involved; just decide how much you need for each person.


You could use pretty much any vegetable of your choice but I used:

2 carrots
1 parsnip
A large stick of celery
2 leeks
A few mushrooms
Two sticks of asparagus that I had in the fridge.
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Chop all and put into a dish with a lid.  I then added liquid 3/4 of the way up the dish.  This was a 50:50mix of box orange juice and dry white wine with a vegetable stock jelly added.  Put on the lid and cook in the oven at about 190C (375F, gas mark 5) until the carrot is just tender; mine was done in a little more than an hour. Pouring in heated liquid  first would speed up the cooking time if you were in a hurry.

When the vegetables were cooked, I drained off the liquid to make a sauce and kept the vegetables warm meanwhile. 

Butter - about 60 grams or 2 ounces, melt in a small saucepan then add some flour (about 2 tablespoons), Add a couple of heaped tablespoons of lemon and lime marmalade, stir well then slowly add the vegetable liquid, stirring all the time until you have a thick pouring consistency.  Serve up the vegetables and pour some of the sauce over.


I served it with a potato cooked in the slow cooker, and a grilled pork chop, it was delicious.

Pasta sauce.

We had some of the above vegetables left over, as I had cooked more than we needed. I made up a little more sauce using butter, flour, wine, orange juice and marmalade and adding the left over vegetable.  We then poured it over our favourite pasta and hey presto, what a great sauce it made.

I hope that you get to try this out as I thought it was really exceptional and the lemon and lime marmalade just finished it off with a novel taste.  It may work with any marmalade, but that is for you to try and experiment with!



See also My Life Before Charente (updated 9 March)
and my daily blog

46 comments:

  1. We truly treasure your "posts de cuisine", with yummy preparation pics and recipes.
    And we'll take 'em when you send 'em, with whatever frequency you can manage.
    I, for one, shall give this veggie casserole a try.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Rick what a lovely comment and it is appreciated. We so enjoyed this dish and it was just an experiment that worked so well. The first time we had it, I served it with guinea fowl and that was also superb. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Keep well and have a good week Diane

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  2. That meal looks delicious Diane, I could tuck into it right this minute!
    I hope you have a nice time with your blogger friend, and a wonderful holiday.

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    1. Thanks so much Jean, it is amazing how things just came together in this dish, nothing was planned I just chucked together what I had on hand :-) I hope the weather perks up, it has not stopped raining all day today, hopefully it will get the worst over before Anne arrives tomorrow late afternoon by train. We have much planned for her to see but mostly outside! Thanks for the good wishes. Hope all is going as planned for you, take care Diane

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  3. Wonderful tastes dear Diane, the citrics, the wine and the veggies all mix perfectly, thanks for sharing, I will try this. I miss your posts, but please, you don't have to apologize! We know you are busy, time runs soo fast for all! I do understand you, I wish I had more time for blogging too! Have a great time, enjoy your friend, enjoy the coming holidays and keep in touch!

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    1. Pamela thanks for the kind comment and I really hope that you enjoy this dish as much as we did. Try it with guinea fowl as well, that was excellent but I did not take a photo! have a good week and take care Diane

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  4. The vegetable casserole looks and sounds delicious... so does the pork chop & potato too. My kind of dinner.

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    1. Pam the flavour of the sauce was unusual but very yummy. Keep well and have a good week Diane

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  5. Simply awesome and delicious looking vegetable casserole, Diane. It's always a pleasure to indulge in such comforting and delicious meals in this summer. Kudos to you.
    Deepa

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    1. Thanks Deepa for the visit and the kind comment. We really enjoyed this meal so I hope that you may try it and enjoy as well. Keep well Diane

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  6. This looks oh, so good!!! Delicious, moist and tender, from what I can see, Diane. This is my kind of dinner as well!

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    1. Linda thanks for the comment. It was really so easy but the flavours made it very special for us. Hope you are well, have a good week, Diane

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  7. The meal does look good, Diane, and judging by your recipe, fairly simple to follow.
    Best wishes for your holiday and give my regards to Anne. Tell her that if I know where she lived, I'd send her a postcard from somewhere!!

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    1. Gaynor it was really simple and I discovered just by throwing together what I had in the fridge. The wine was one we did not like very much but it was perfect with the added flavours :-) I have sent you an email which I hope you receive, not sure which of the many addresses I have for you to send to! Have a good week Diane

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  8. That looks like a delicious meal, and is precisely the type of recipe I love - just use what you have, and the sauce perfects it! Have a wonderful trip.

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    1. Thanks Marjie and perfect for a big family, you can just use as much or as little as you like. This week we will be out and about with Anne, (weather permitting, it does not look wonderful at the moment) then off to Spain and Portugal :-) Keep well and make sure your husband does not over do it. Diane

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  9. What a delicious idea, I can just smell the orange juice and marmalade, we have lots of oranges here in Sicily but people don't really eat it with meat. I cook too much all the time so there's always left over and the funny thing is that I don't like leftovers, so my husband and my daughter end up eating it!

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    1. Francesca I do not generally cook fruit with meat but after this experiment I may do it more often:-) We love left overs, it makes the next meal easier to cook! Take care Diane

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  10. I decided to give a version of this a try last night. I didn't have any wine or orange juice (we are wine-free during the week), so had to make do with a veggie stock cube and some orange water kefir. I didn't have the nerve to add marmalade to the sauce but put in some mustard powder instead. I'm sure it wasn't as nice as yours but it went very well with the mixed grains (rice, quinoa, millet, amaranth) I cooked to go with it. Next time I try this, I'll be sure I have wine to hand.

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    1. Ha ha Sarah this is another new 'invention', I have to say I think the marmalade was what perfected it! Sounds interesting and we love mustard so I will give that some thought with a mustard sauce. Thanks for the comment, have a good week Diane.

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  11. It looks great. I am really impressed and started to do by seeing them!

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    1. Many thanks for your comment and visit. Have a good week Diane

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  12. You may be very busy Diane but you certainly eat well. What a delicious meal.
    Sam

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    1. Sam I wish I could add several more hours to the day and to the night as well!! We never go hungry though :-) Take care Diane

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  13. Have made a note of this recipe, and looking forward to give it a try.

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    1. Vera I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did, it was delicious. Have a good week Diane

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  14. Summer is a busy time to enjoy. Heck I can't even find time to cook. But I'd hire you to.

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    1. Ha ha Gaelyn, I would love to come and cook for you, what a great chance to see the Grand Canyon. Keep well Diane

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  15. I love that addition of lemon and lime marmalade. Delicious. Here's hoping that the weather forecasters are wrong and that the sun shines on you and your visitor.

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    1. Phil it really gave an amazing flavour :-) The forecasters have been wrong; we have had massive storms and more rain than they said!!!!! Oh well, so far we have seen everything planned although we have got a bit wet. Take care Diane

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  16. You certainly know how to make my mouth water, Diane! :-)

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    1. LOL José it was a particularly good recipe and we will be making it time and time again . Diane

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  17. Enjoy your holiday! The warme rmonths are always so busy. Your vegetable casserole looks delightful.

    Velva

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    1. Thanks Velva. The casserole was very yummy, it will be a popular dish in this house :) Take care Diane

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  18. That looks really filling and delicious!

    PS.. Sorry for not visiting too often, been so buys with my kids' school events.

    Take care always and have a great summer!

    Rose

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    1. Thanks Rose. Do not worry about visiting I know how short time is!!! Just keep well Diane

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  19. Hi Diane .. what an interesting way with veg .. I will try that ... I enjoy making simple veggie dishes .. and often cook things together ... the lime marmalade and lemon juice sounds a fascinating twist - I'll try that ..

    Have a happy travelling time and time out .. your garden does keep you very busy .. but you're taking full advantage of being in France .. I will get to scan through your photo blog ... it's cold and wet here ... but I'm told May is like this ..but I'm sure I don't remember it like this when I was younger .. Have fun - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary the weather here the past week has been horrible and it was Anne's first visit to the Charente!! Hope you try the veggie dish and enjoy it as much as we have. Do take care and I hope the weather improves all round! Diane

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  20. I can definitely vouch for Diane's "invention " . As I am staying with Diane..Dinner last night was so tasty. I am going to give this a go when I next cook :-)) Thanks Diane...xox

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    1. Thanks Anne for your kind comments. It has been a fun week. Safe trip home, take care Diane xox

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  21. Yum! I'm going to try that. I too have trouble keeping up with blogging. We are renovating at the moment, plus photo books of the grand children to make and my story to continue. Retirement is so busy........

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    1. Thanks Diane for the comment, I could not agree more, retirement is extra busy. I had far more time to myself when I went out to work all day!!! Have a good weekend Diane

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  22. That looks good, Diane! I'm always ready for a new veggie recipe. It's good to know a person can cook well while being busy! Way to go and have a good rest of the week!

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    1. Thanks Pam, I have now made this several times with a variation of vegetables, each one we enjoyed as much as the first one, Have a great weekend Diane

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