Real vegetarian food, served in an imaginary world...

Wednesday 26 January 2022


Zelda has already made cannelloni for Marlon Brando, using dried pasta tubes. This one is a great way to use up some left-over lasagne sheets.

4 fresh lasagne sheets
250g cooked spinach, excess water removed. (If using frozen spinach, four balls should suffice)
1 white onion, finely chopped
1tbsp olive oil
1tsp crushed garlic
250g ricotta
black pepper
200ml tomato sauce (bottled or home-made)
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, de-seeded and chopped
2tsp chopped mixed herbs
70g cheddar cheese, grated

If using fresh spinach, wash it and cook it in the same water until it wilts. If using frozen, heat it with a little water. Squeeze out any additional moisture.
Heat half the oil and cook the onion and garlic.
Place the onion, garlic and spinach in a blender. Add lots of black pepper and blitz together well so that all is finely chopped.
Tip out into a bowl and mix with the ricotta.
Cook lasagne sheets as to packet instructions. If fresh, put them in a large shallow tray and cover with boiling water.
Carefully take one out at a time, dry, and cover with a quarter of the spinach mix.
Roll the sides in and place in a dish, with the seam on the bottom. Don't worry if a bit of the filling spills out.
Repeat with the other three sheets.
Gently fry the red onion, pepper and tomato until soft. Add the tomato sauce and mixed herbs.
Pour on the pasta and sprinkle the cheese on top.
Cover with foil. Cook at 190˚C/ 375˚F/ Gas 5 for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for another 10 minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbling.
Lovely served with a salad.

Saturday 22 January 2022

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest - SIDNEY POITIER

Zelda was very sad to hear of the recent death of Sidney Poitier, one of her favourite actors. 

Poitier was a mesmerising presence on screen. 

He excelled at playing characters who succeeded against all the odds and eventually gained respect, in films such as To Sir With Love and the wonderful In the Heat of the Night.

So, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?


Serves 2-3

6 vegetarian sausages (robust meat-substitute ones rather than vegetable ones)
2 red onions, peeled and roughly chopped
1 red pepper, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tin butter beans, drained and rinsed
1 tin borlotti beans, drained and rinsed
1 tin tomatoes
1tbsp olive oil
300ml tomato pasta sauce
1tbsp tomato puree
2tbsp sweet chilli sauce
1tsp chopped, mixed herbs
splash of red wine vinegar
pinch of caster sugar
2 bay leaves
handful fresh parsley

Place an ovenproof dish (which has a lid) on the hob and heat the oil.Add the sausages, onion and red pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes until the onion and pepper have softened and the sausages have started to brown.
Add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes more.
Pour in the tin of tomatoes, then re-fill the tin with water and add that, too.
Add all the beans, mixed herbs, tomato sauce, tomato puree, caster sugar, red wine vinegar and bay leaves. 
Season and bring to the boil. Turn to a simmer and put the lid on.
Place in the middle of the oven at Gas 7/ 220˚C/ 430˚F. Cook, covered, for about 40 minutes.
Remove the lid and cook for 20 minutes more.
Serve with the parsley on top and a nice glass of wine.

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest - LISA LOPEZ

'Left Eye' Lisa was a member of TLC. She received four Grammy Awards and was instrumental in the writing of most of their songs. But, in spite of the success and recognition, she was not a happy girl, leading to her burning down her boyfriend's house. In 2002, in an attempt to 'get back on track', she was filming herself for a documentary as she drove to a charity event in Honduras. She swerved off the road to avoid a crash with a truck, rolled the car, landed in a ditch and died instantly. 

To commemorate her status as a well-known vegetarian, Zelda would like to invite her round to have a slap-up meal.


Serves 2 but can easily be multiplied

2 Quorn fillets, defrosted if frozen
½ onion, peeled and chopped finely
1 tsp olive oil
4tbsp cream cheese
black pepper
1/3 sheet ready-made puff pastry
splash of milk

Heat oil in a pan and fry the onion until golden.
Mix with the cream cheese and season with lots of black pepper.
Cut a long rectangle from the puff pastry (either use the rest to multiply this recipe or use for other meals).
Place one of the fillets on half of the pastry.
Spread the cheese mixture over the fillet and the pastry.
Place the other fillet on top.
Fold over the rest of the pastry and crimp the edges.
Cut into the top to make it look pretty. Brush with milk.
Cook at 220˚C/ 425˚F/ Gas 7 for 25-30 minutes.
Cut in half to serve.
For a lovely main meal, serve with Parmesan-style Parsnips and Lemon Potatoes.

Sunday 2 January 2022


Serves 2

2 large potatoes
1tbsp olive oil
2tsp lemon juice
black pepper

Wash the potatoes but leave the skins on.
Cut into chunks.
Place in a baking dish with the oil, lemon juice and copious black pepper.
Cook in oven at 220˚C/ 425˚F/ Gas 7 for about 50 minutes, turning halfway through.