Monday, 2 March 2015

Welsh Nosh and Welsh Things In My Kitchen

In the past, Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial who hosts In My Kitchen (IMK) series has been kind enough to give me the opportunity to showcase my new Welsh kitchen when I moved home.  

Now nearly a year on I am going to share some other Welsh things and nibbles.  So what's in my kitchen for March?!  As we just celebrated St David's Day in Wales I thought IMK this month would have a distinct Welsh influence.
I am not a beer drinker at all, but I had to have this glittery beer glass.  It will probably never be used for drinking, but it looks pretty.  I may just fill it up with pens and pencils and put it on a table; or fill it up with daffodils when they pop up in our garden.  Next to this big glass is a little Welsh shot glass, look close and you will see a little Welsh lady.  
I have some Laverbread: a traditional Welsh delicacy that is often just spread on toast.   I have made some vegetarian recipes in the past with it like vegetarian burgers and pie, but I have recently made some new ones over the weekend, I will showcase them in the coming days, if you interested.  In the dainty red ceramic jar, we have Halen Mon Anglesey sea-salt that was gifted to me a little while back.  
Lurking back at the back of my cupboards in the kitchen, I found two Welsh Lady jars, one contains Roasted Chestnut Chutney and the other Mincemeat. You may not the little red ceramic dragon sitting on top of the left jar, I picked the cute little dragon from a crafts fair around Christmas time.  
Next we have 100% Welsh Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil by Blodyn Aur.  It's been a while since I've used Rapeseed oil, the last time was actually when I lived in Scotland and I picked one up from the farmers market then. I am looking forward to using this mostly on salads.  Next to it, we have a Welsh Dragon Chilli Sauce called Electric Mud.  I picked this up when I was in Cardiff from the Riverside Market.  It is extremely hot and to be used in very small drops.  

My Legume Love Affair February 2015 Round Up

Early this month I was humbled to be hosting the 80th edition of My Legume Love Affair for February 2015.  
Here are the vegetarian and vegan legume-bean tastic contributions.
Bean and Winter Squash from Briciocle.
Pan Fried Black Chana Kebabs by Lemon in Ginger
Red Lentil, Chickpea and Millet Patties from Lisa from Lisa's Kitchen and our organiser at MLLA HQ

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Proper Vegetarian Fiery Chilli Welsh Red Dragon Pie

Its time for a proper Welsh Red Dragon Pie.  I've made this recipe numerous times, but I have not blogged about it, so with it being St Davids Day here in Wales today, the desire to cook up some Welsh inspired recipes came calling.  

Before I begin, I must point out that no Welsh Red Dragons were harmed in the making of this vegetarian pie.  And although this pie does not contain any 'meat' it  certainly does breath a little fire to give your warmth.  This is one intensely full flavoured pie, even if I don't say so myself.  Its ultimately a vegetarian Shepherds Pie but with a a Welsh twist and a little fire and spice. 
The last time I posted a variation of a Red Dragon Pie in 2009, I was inspired to make a variation of it again for St David's Day.  The original recipes credited to Sarah Brown's in Vegetarian Kitchen is super duper easy.  Anyway, this is my adaptation, modern, proper Welsh and spiked with spices.  I do hope you approve. 
If you squint, you may just be able to make out a cayenne chilli flecked red dragon on the top of the pie. And for further visual effect, dragon scales. 

So what is in this fiery Red Dragon Pie?!
Firstly Aduki Beans acquired by Suma Wholefoods.  Aduki beans are henna red in colour, in some parts of the world they are fondly called red wonder beans or Red Dragon, hence its incorporation in this appropriately named pie.  Then we have carrots, for the Welsh aspect some Welsh Leeks from Blas Y Tir enhanced with red chilli flakes.  

Then topped with Welsh Dragon Mature Cheddar Cheese Mashed Desiree Potatoes also from Blas Y Tir  The mashed cheesy potato is enhance further with some fresh herbs and red chilli flakes and cayenne powder.  Finally its put into the oven to go all golden and hot.