- WINTER SOLSTICE FEAST
This year instead of celebrating Christmas why not celebrate the winter
solstice (22 Dec). The point of darkest night, but also the point at
which the sun begins to return. Anyway, whether you celebrate Christmas
or the solstice here are some simple vegetarian recipes for your feast.
and onion soup
Cut up five leeks and two small onions, fry in oil. When brown add to
1 pint boiling water. Add salt and pepper and ginger to taste. Boil
for 5 minutes, add another pint of water and some tarragon and sage.
Bring back to boil and simmer for at least 2 hours, or longer if possible.
¼ hour before soup is ready, melt a dessertspoon full of Miso,
a dessertspoon full of Tahini (sesame cream) and add to soup with a
bit of soya sauce. Serves six.
Dice finely 2 small onions, heart of a cabbage (red or white) or 2 small
leeks, or broccoli or some cauliflower. Mix 1 cup wholewheat and 1 cup
unbleached white flower, or 2 cups wholewheat flour, ½ pint of
milk, 1 teaspoonful of salt, 1 teaspoonful Tamari soy sauce, and enough
water to make a creamy batter. Fold in vegetables. Lightly oil a large
flat frying pan (if you haven't got a big one a little one will do).
When oil is really hot spoon in enough batter to cover bottom of pan
and reduce heat. Cook. Eat. Yippee. Makes 4 pancakes?
Shred 1 large white cabbage and saute in oil or butter until tender.
Slice 1½lbs mushrooms and saute likewise. Oil a casserole and
put in a layer of cabbage in the bottom. Fry 1 large onion. Add layer
of onion to cabbage. Lay mushrooms on onions and ¼lb sliced tomatoes
on mushrooms. Sprinkle with basil and grated black pepper and salt.
Top with the rest of the cabbage and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Add
butter or oil to crumbs and bake in medium oven until golden. Serves
Boiled brown rice or buckwheat
A few hints on cooking brown rice:
a. Bring to boil then cook slowly.
b. 1 cup rice, 2 cups water; but not 2 cups rice, 4 cups water. Lessen
quantity of water relative to rice as you use more rice, i.e. 2 cups
rice, 3½ cups water.
c. If your rice is still sticky when you want to eat it, try removing
pan lid for 5-10 minutes while still on low heat. All enquiries to address
at end of these recipes.
Buckwheat: saute 1 cup buckwheat in 2 teaspoons of oil, stirring all
the time. Add 1½ cups boiling water, a little salt or Tamari
soy sauce. Lower heat and simmer very gently for half an hour, or until
soft but not mushy. Very yang. Mmmm. Serves 2. So more for more people.
(80 cups for 160 people if you're entertaining a large community this
Soak 4 cups breadcrumbs (or 2 cups breadcrumbs and 2 cups well-cooked
rice) in 2 cups milk. Add 2 cups chopped nuts (any kind you fancy),
1 grated onion, 1 chopped green pepper (and any other veg you fancy),
¾ teaspoonful salt, ½ teaspoonful paprika, teaspoonful
of mixed herbs, 1 tablespoonful minced parsley. Blend with fingers into
paste (we can assume in this instance that fingers are used to manipulate
the mixture and are not intended to form part of the ingredients - Ed).
Turn into well greased pan. Top with 2 cups grated cheese and sunflower
seeds. Bake in moderate oven for 25 minutes, or until top is brown.
Eat. Serves 6-8.
Blend together to make a crumbly texture 1 cup wholewheat flour, ½
cup brown sugar (or honey), ¾ - 1 cup oil (reserve ½ cup
for topping), press remainder into oiled pan and bake at 350F for 12-15
minutes. Soften 8oz cream cheese or 4oz cottage cheese and 4oz cream
cheese (or 4oz cottage cheese and 4oz Danish blue). Blend in ¼
cup of honey, grated peel of 1 lemon, ½ teaspoonful nutmeg, 2
tablespoonfuls of milk, juice from 1 lemon or orange, ½ teaspoonful
vanilla extract, beat well. Spread over baked crust, sprinkle with reserved
uncooked crust. Garnish with sunflower seeds or chopped nuts or sliced
fruit. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Cool it before cutting. 6 large
slices for 6 large people. 8 pieces for 8 smaller people.
Vegetarian mince pies and Christmas pudding
Excellent recipes for both in Mrs Beeton's Cookbook, under vegetarian
Christmas pudding and vegetarian mince pies.
Hope you have a good feast. If you use these recipes, they'll taste
good, do you good and cost you very little. If anyone does use any of
these recipes we'd like to talk to them about it so if you feel like
it phone us at Newcastle 811876.
Peace, joy and strength to you all.
Gordon, Judy and Maysie, One Life Co-op