I love chestnuts, whether it's a bag from a stall at the festive market or little sweet ones from a jar they're just one of my favourite thing about this time of year. It was wet and gloomy yesterday so I decided it was time to make something chestnutty - good old stew.
This is a variation of an old Waitrose Christmas recipes from years ago, see here. Until I looked again at the original recipe I'd forgotten about the walnut pastry, I'll make that again sometime, it's very nice. I don't have any beer so made a savoury stock.
I also pad the stew/pie filling out with some green lentils, the carrots and parsnips are from the basics range. The chestnuts are from Home Bargain and cost £1.19, that's more than last year when they were only 99p. I also roughly chop the chestnuts to stretch them too.
Roughly chop the veg, I have to chop the root veg fairly small otherwise Dan wouldn't be able to digest it easily, cook for a few minutes then add everything else, and a tbsp of flour to thicken (I used gram flour as it's all I had).
Cover with stock, I used about 1 1/2 tsp of yeast extract, I'd probably leave this out if I used beer. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and cook for as long as it takes the lentils and veg to soften nicely.
I use this in a number of different ways - to make pie, either shortcrust or puff pastry, as a stew just with some mash and veg, with a herby cobbler topping, dumplings or with layered potatoes on top. I've never made it into a crumble, but I'm sure it would be good! This made enough for two meals for the two of us.
The mushrooms remain unstuffed.
I've decided to start including more food posts as I look at the vegan recipes on lots of other blogs and they're far more aspirational, expensive, raw, light, contain "cheese", or ingredients that I just wouldn't buy. I'm sure there must be other people that feel the same so I'm just throwing in some cheaper and less fancy ideas.