Courgette Mash with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Courgette Mash with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Been having loads of fun in the kitchen, trying out more of Johan and Len's recipes from their book 'Once upon a Chicken Pie'.

Just to set your mind at rest - I know this isnt a vegetarian recipe book, but three quarters of the recipes are fully vegetarian.

First was the Courgette Mash with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes.

Absolutey stunning flavour!

Here I deviated just a touch from their recipe - I did not put in the optional cayenne pepper, and it was perfect.

Champignons a la Grecque

Next was the Champignons A La Grecque.

This was really quick and easy, and very tasty.

The recipe calls for really small button mushrooms. I had some larger ones in the fridge so I just halved them.
The other slight difference was that the recipe does say the tomatoes should be skinned.
I am afraid I was a bit lazy here.

And the thyme came from our own garden.


And then Papoutsakia which is Greek for 'little shoes' and is really stuffed aubergines.

Here I followed the recipe, but I think my aubergines were a bit large, and could have done with longer in the oven, so I had to cheat a bit and give then a quick blast in the microwave!

Made a lovely accompaniment to our vegetarian burgers and green peas.

Lastly I tried the Sahleb. Or this is Johan's version of it, as it normally requires the powdered root of an orchid species which is rather expensive.

This drink is actually made in South Africa and is known as Melkkos.

Whatever you call it, it's delicious. In fact it was so 'more-ish' I never got to photograph it.

This recipe book is more than just that - it has wonderful accounts of their travels and lovely stories as to how these recipes came about.

It is a must for any cook/traveller.

Bon Apetit

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