Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Cabbage lentil parcels with spicy tomato sauce, 'tatoes and purple sprouting broccoli

There are times, when you have a veg box delivery, when you have stuff to use up so as not to waste them, and stuff delivered which are so yummy fresh that you want to use them TODAY.  I had this today.  Last week's cabbage was waiting, as were a couple of carrots - but new today .. delish purple sprouting broccoli.  So, I did this...

Roasted potatoes (they're a bit of an addiction at the moment), cabbage parcels filled with lentils, leek, celery and carrot - with a tomato chili sauce - and steamed purple sprouting broccoli.

I won't separate this out into 3 dishes - I will set out the chronology of the processes of the dishes together.


Olive oil
Potatoes - chopped into bite sized pieces
Cabbage - leaves pulled whole from the stalk
Leeks - chopped and rinsed
Celery - chopped
Carrots - peeled and diced
Puy lentils
White wine
Mixed herbs
Tin of tomatoes
Chili flakes
Purple sprouting broccoli

1.  Put olive oil in a frying pan, and an oven dish (for the potatoes).  Put the oven dish into a hot oven.
2.  Boil potatoes, steam cabbage leaves on top.
3.  Sautee in olive oil - chopped leek and celery, diced carrot - when a bit soft add garlic, puy lentils, a glass of white wine, water and mixed herbs, and a spoonful of mustard - simmer for about 20 minutes - checking it doesn't get too dry.
4.  Meanwhile, drain parboiled potatoes and chuck into hot oil - move about until all covered in film of oil and return to the oven to roast.
5.  Set cabbage leaves out to cool.
6. Finely chop onion and soften in olive oil.
7.  When onion is soft add garlic, then add tin of chopped tomatoes and half a tin of water - and crushed garlic.  Simmer until it looks like a yummy sauce (you may need to add more oil or water as you get there).
8.  When the lentil mixture is done (about 20 minutes) spoon into cabbage leaves, and fold into parcels.
9.  Set parcels into oven dish, cover with tomato sauce and stick into the oven under the potatoes.
10.  Steam purple sprouting broccoli.

Taste and season as you go - I put salt on the 'tatoes - and lots of pepper in the lentils.

Just over an hour after the potatoes hit the pan put all dishes on the table - and scoff. We did.  The word parcelabulous was invented.

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