Back before "Greater
Manchester" was even a twinkle in the eye of a local government clerk,
Pendlebury and Salford were definitely in Lancashire.
Lowry lived and worked
there for more than 40 years. He represented people at work and play (along
with their ‘matchstalk’ cats and dogs).
If he came to dinner, there is one dish which Zelda would have to serve him...
Vegetarian Lancashire Hot Pot
4 vegetarian burgers, defrosted
if frozen, chopped into bite-sized pieces or, as used here, 2 Quorn vegetarian beef steaks
2 onions, peeled and chopped
400ml vegetable stock
1tsp Bisto granules
50g butter, cut into cubes,
plus extra for greasing
Heat the oil in a pan and
fry the onions until they have softened. Add the meat substitute and cook until lightly browned.
Add the flour and stir in until
everything is well coated with the flour.
Simmer for about 10 minutes then discard the bay leaf.
Pour in the stock along
with the Bisto, thyme, bay leaf and brown sauce.
Butter a lidded casserole
Slice the potatoes into
thin disks and place about one third of them in the bottom of the dish.
Season with salt and black
Then spoon in half of the ‘meat’
and thickened stock mixture.
Repeat the layering process,
finishing with a layer of potatoes on top.
Dot the potatoes with the butter.
Then cover with the lid.
Place into the oven at 220°C/425°F/Gas 7 and cook for 30 minutes.
Then remove the lid.
Replace in the oven and cook for a further 20-25 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden-brown on top.