Vegeramalamadingdong! (The Post Katy Perry Post)

We’ve been away. I’m sure someone noticed. Road trip and hiking for me and G.F, holidays for Kid and family, new job for me, etc….

Vegerama1We just haven’t had time to be here.
Oh and somewhere in there I turned 40. Yay!

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Last night we went to Katy Perry. Holy Wow!
I’ve been to loads of gigs in my life but never the full Popstar experience.
There was me and Kid and Kid’s BFF. Show was great. What a good fun night.

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We ate Fish and Chips, icy poles, lollies, chocolate, popcorn and as we were leaving I decided we’d need a late night ice-cream. Because, that’s why.
I asked Kid the best thing about her family holiday?
‘The gelati shop.’ Of course.
We need vegetables.
Along the way on our road trip we were often left with less than inspiring choices for vegetarians so G.F and I would just order chips, vegetables and gravy. ( What’s that? The vegetarian police are knocking at the door? Well we did eat gravy.)

Go. Away.

So I thought I’d recreate something similar. A nostalgia dinner of sorts.
Roast  Vegetables, Greens and Vego Gravy
Ingredients
Vegeram4Roasted
Potatoes, Pumpkin, Carrots, Sweet Potato or whatever.
HOW
Chop and apply a little olive oil and salt. Roast on 180*c until everything is cooked nicely.
Greens –
Broccoli, Beans, Peas or whatever.
HOW
Simmer gently in lightly salted water until just tender. Beans first, then peas, then broccoli. Drain and serve.

Vego Gravy
Ingredients
2 medium carrots
1 large onion
5 cloves garlic
1 cup red wine
100  ml light soy
3 cups veg stock/water
a pinch of thyme or rosemary or sage.

Vegerama5HOW
Slice the vegetables thinly and sauté in a pan until really soft. It’s good to get some colour on them too, for flavour. Make sure they’re really soft and caramelised. Add the red wine and simmer gently until the wine has all but disappeared. Add soy and repeat. Add stock and simmer gently for 3-4 minutes. Puree in a food processor or with a bar mix or vitamiser.
You won’t need to add salt. There is plenty in the soy and on the vegetables already. Pepper or sliced sauté mushrooms will give you that authentic rural bistro feel.
Serve liberally over your vegetables.
Vegerama7We also had vegetarian sausages. Because, that’s why.

What Kid Did
Kid was up until after midnight on a school night so after the beans were picked and the table set I let her roam free. On the couch.
Well done Kid.
Baby, you’re a firework!

The Wash up
Awesome, nutritional, yummy dinner that left us all flopped on the couch Al Bundy style afterwards. Just the effect I was hoping for.
If vegetarian isn’t important to you, use beef or chicken stock. You’ll find my chicken stock recipe in the tags list. Serve liberally over your favourite roast.
Carrots are naturally very sweet once you get them cooking. It is also the carrots that will determine the consistency of your gravy.

Get cooking 🙂

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