Modern Min (diarytypething) wrote in vegancooking,
Modern Min
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Stovies

It's been one of those days when it's cold and grey, and I couldn't be bothered going outside, so instead I stayed in and experimented with veganising a traditional Scottish recipe for use on days like these when you want warm, sticks-to-your-ribs comfort food. To explain for anyone living outside of Scotland, stovies were originally the kind of thing people would make to use up the leftover meat and potatoes from their Sunday dinner, but now it's more the kind of food you would have at social gatherings when you want to feed something simple and filling to a lot of people. While this doesn't taste *exactly* like traditional stovies (because in that, one of the main flavours is dripping), it does look quite similar, and when my meat-eating flatmate tried some she was pleasantly surprised, although she can't figure out what the taste reminds her of.

Unfortunately, I don't have a camera, so can't provide a picture, but the recipe is

Quantities are per person, and are all approximate.

1 large potato
25g/1oz red lentils (dry)
1/4 onion, chopped (+ oil for frying)
1/2 pint vegetable stock
1/3 tbsp margarine
1/3 - 1/2 tsp marmite
Black pepper to taste

Peel the potato and cut one half of it into very thin slices, and the other half into chunks. Fry the onion until it goes transparent, then add all of the other ingredients.

Simmer it on a very low heat for around 30-40 minutes, stirring enough to stop it from sticking to the pan. The thinly sliced potatoes will dissolve into the stock, leaving it with a consistency like that of very soft mashed potatoes, but with some potato chunks in it. If it starts to dry out, add some more water, but it should still be thick enough to put into plates using a spoon rather than a ladle.

Et voila, slightly obscure ethnic food. For the full experience, serve with pickled beetroot and oatcakes (or vegetables if you're feeling particularly healthy) and wash down with whisky or irn bru.
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