A Simple Supper

I have been visiting my mum in hospital after work and my daughters have been great at organising dinner. Last night darling daughter no 2 made a really tasty lentil and vegetable stew with crusty baguettes. She adapted it from a Nigel Slater recipe to suit what she could find in the fridge, as follows:

2 onions
2 tbsp veg oil
2 tsp rosemary
2 bay leaves
3 medium carrots
4 parsnips
2 sticks of celery
125g mushrooms
2 small sweet potatoes
150g red lentils
2 tbsp plain flour
750ml hot veg stock
2 tbsp redcurrant jelly
Large handful of spinach
tbsp wholegrain mustard

Chop all the vegetables and fry up in some oil until the parsnips are starting to turn golden. Stir in the flour and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the stock to the pan with the herbs and lentils and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the spinach, mustard and redcurrant jelly and stir then leave for a further ten minutes for the spinach to cook. This would be good with rice but we enjoyed it with some ready to bake crusty baguettes from Aldi.

I was able to take my mum home today. She has a lot of cramp in her new hip joint, but other than that she is doing well. My dad sorted her tea and I left her in bed as she didn’t get much sleep in hospital so needs to catch up. One down, one to go – my dad’s op is on Sunday.

It was a glorious day today with daffodils and primroses everywhere. I love spring! Until tomorrow, bye for now.

8 thoughts on “A Simple Supper

  1. Very nice picture of your Mom. Hope she feels better soon and her surgery went well. Beautiful flowers. Cheryl

  2. Sounds very tasty! I like meals made up from whatever bits and pieces are around. Trouble is that when you really enjoy it, it can be hard to re-create because you never seem to have exactly the same combination of ingredients again!
    Good to hear that Your mum is doing well. Take care.

  3. Good to see a smile from your mum and that your daughter is caring for you.
    It must be exhausting for you at present.
    Hope your dad’s op goes well on Sunday. Sue

  4. Get well soon. Glad she’s home. My mum has had this op and it takes a while to heal, slow and steady. It’s lovely that your daughters are taking care of dinner for you too!

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