Frequent and long standing readers of this 'ere ramblings might remember that last year I gave up meat for lent. Well, I've done the same again this year. It's day one, I'm ill and there is left over chicken pizza in the fridge - it's torture! Anyway, onto the purpose of this post...
I've decided to do a bit more research into vegetarianism this year, and try to expand my food palette from veggie sausages (they are delicious though) and bland risottos. With a little tap into Google I've discovered a whole world of vintage vegetarian recipes! The best seem to come from the website called 'Vintage Recipes' (Imaginative, I know) although some digging has revealed quite a few have meat in, naughty naughty! They date from 1672 (how to boil samphire, and how to fry pompion - whatever that is!) to the 1920s. A lot of these recipes appear to be just how to prepare and cook vegetables, hardly enough for an entire meal! I will attempt to recreate some of them though, and share with you my successes - or failures!
Glancing down the list these seem to be my favourites:
Brighton Stew (1892) - a haricot bean based stew, yum yum yum!
Croquettes of Salsify and Celeriac (1898) - Although apparently I need a fire for this, gas hob will probably do!
Flan of Vegetables (no date) - This sounds like a good one hot for dinner and then cold for lunch
German Lentil Curry (1915) - Sounds like a dhal curry to me, not sure if I have to use German lentils (what are they?), so might substitute for chickpeas instead.
Legume Loaf (1918) - This is from the book 'Foods That Will Win The War & How To Cook Them' and sounds like a nice, nutty bread.
Minestra (1915) - Vegetabley, ricey dish mmm
Nut and Pepper Croquettes (1920) - I'm sensing a croquettey kinda Lent
Savoury Pie (1915) - Another beany, eggy recipe
I managed it last year, I'm sure I'll do it this year! What are you giving up/taking up for Lent? Do you have any favourite vegetarian dishes?