Lentveggie – the preparation


We plan to go vegetarian for Lent. I don’t know yet whether the whole family will manage to stick it out all day every day between next Thursday and Easter Sunday. Yes, I know Lent actually starts on Ash Wednesday, but that is the Boywonder’s birthday this year so we’ll just have to be late starters. It’s not as if we’re even believers. I’m  not making any grandiose claims at the moment, so ingrained is our flesh eating. We shall just wait and see.

In the meantime, I asked my dear friend Twitter to come up with recommendations for vegetarian cookery books. I see getting organised with meat-free recipes in advance as a means of breaking the hold of meat. Lovely Twitter came up with suggestions as follows:

River Cottage Veg Every Day  – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Catching the last episode of this series by chance in one of our infrequent family forays into the world of television was the main inspiration behind the Lentveggie idea. I’ve already cooked two of the recipes from it, including the one in the photo, a courgette and rice filo pie, awarded a 80% rating by my family.

Cranks Bible – Nadine Abensur

New Book of Middle Eastern Food – Claudia Roden

Vegetarian Dishes from the Middle East – Arto Der Haroutunian

Anna’s Kitchen – Anna Thomas

The Meat Free Monday Cookbook

And a quiz team member suggested

Plenty – Yotam Ottolenghi

I heard about him recently on Radio 4’s The Food Programme and bought his book and it looks fab.

So, must dash, but watch this space for how we all get on and for other whys and wherefores.


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