I promise that I haven't abandoned my little blog. I went to Sydney for a holiday for a week and it has taken me a while to get back into the swing of things. I had a great time on holidays and really didn't want to come home, does anyone? I got to catch up with friends and met some new ones. It definitely was a lot of fun and just what I needed.
I had made my meal from this issue before I went away but I just didn't get around to actually blogging about it as I was racing around doing things before I left. However since I haven't gotten back into the swing of things I now find myself quite behind in not only the posts but the cooking as well. Oh well, I am sure that I can get it all done.
From issue #17 there were a few choices Valli Little's Lamb Shanks with Wasabi Mash sounded really good, however it didn't really fit into my vegetarian plan for the month. I was very nearly persuaded to make Gary Rhodes' Mixed Mushroom & Bacon Pie with Melted Blue Cheese Creme Fraiche, even though it wasn't a vegetarian meal. It sounded and looked incredible, although I was wary of the blue cheese after my last outing with blue cheese. I am not particularly enamoured of blue cheese but the pie sounded fantastic.
One night after a late day at work I was looking for something quick and easy to make for dinner and I decided to go with Valli Little's Vegetable Cobbler. I was very impressed with it. It was easy to make and very tasty and was made from things that I would normally have in my house. I made one quarter of the recipe, although decided it was too hard for the "scone" topping and I made half a recipe of that. I was going to put half on the dish and then just bake the other half but I forgot when I was putting the whole thing together and put it all on top so it was a bit carb heavy. Next time I make it I would also put some green vegetables into it, some quartered brussel sprouts, small broccoli florets or peas. Corn would also be nice in it and perhaps some quartered mushrooms. You really could put anything in it that you want. It was a wonderful vegetarian meal however it could also make a nice side dish with a roast.