Last year for my Birthday I had a ‘best of winter’ themed party with soups, roast, mulled wine and so on. My friend Nat baked a nut roast, it was delicious and since then my housemate Simone has longingly reminisced about it on several occasions.
We decided it was time to act and invited Nat around for an English feast – nut roast with gravy; roast potatoes; Yorkshire pudding; mushy mint peas; and spotted dick with custard.
Befitting to our English feast we enjoyed a bottle of 19 Crimes 2013 Shiraz. 19 Crimes is a Victorian winery and tells the tale of the 19 crimes for which British criminals were sent to Australia rather than to death. The wine was robust and flavoursome and worked well with the nut roast.
Over the next four posts I will share with you the recipes for each of the dishes we made starting with nut roast, roast potato and gravy.
Nut roast is a rich and savoury vegetarian dish consisting of nuts, rice, veggies and other flavourings. It is often served as a vego alternative to a traditional meat roast. On this occasion we made a mushroom nut roast.
- 5 cups mixed nuts, chopped coarsely
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 3 cups mixed mushrooms
- 1 cup fresh ricotta
- ½ cup cheese (mozzarella or cheddar)
- 3 eggs
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- fresh parsley
- smoked paprika
- mixed dried herbs (e.g. oregano, rosemary, thyme)
- Food processor
- Chopping board and knife
- Fry pan
- 2x bowl
- Loaf tin
- Greaseproof paper
- Finely chop the mushrooms (or pulse in the food processor). Fry in the fry pan with oil, salt, paprika and dried herbs. Fry until liquid is reduced.
- In a bowl, combine the mushrooms, parsley, mozzarella, rice and garlic. Mix until combined.
- In a bowl mix the eggs and ricotta. Beat until combined. Add to the other rest of the mixture.
- Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper and spray with oil. Fill with nut loaf mix and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for an hour or until firm and golden.
Instant gravy is easy to make and Gravox traditional brand is vegan. Mix 2 tablespoons of Gravox and water in a bowl. Combine Gravox mix and 1 cup water in a saucepan. Stir whilst heating until the gravy thickens, this will only take a couple of minutes.
Roast potatoes are delicious and easy. Use one to two potatoes per person. Cut the potatoes in quarters and roast with olive oil and garlic at 18 degrees Celsius until cooked through and golden.