Veggie Haggis

Serves 4

Ingredients 100g onion, peeled & finely chopped

1tbsp sunflower oil

50g carrots, very finely chopped

35g mushrooms, finely chopped

50g red lentils

600ml vegetable stock

25g mashed, tinned red kidney beans

35g ground peanuts

25g ground hazelnuts

1 tbsp shoyu (soy sauce)

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp dried thyme

2 tsp dried rosemary

Generous pinch cayenne pepper

2 tsp mixed spice

200g fine oatmeal

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Salt to taste

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F or Gas 5. Sauté the onion in the oil for 5 minutes, then add the carrot and mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes.

2. Now add the lentils and three quarters of the stock

3. Blend the mashed red kidney beans in the remaining stock, add these to the pan with the nuts, shoyu, lemon juice and seasonings. Cook everything, well mixed together, for a further 10 to 15 minutes.

4. Then add the oatmeal, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes, adding a little extra liquid if necessary.

5. Turn the mixture into 4 lightly oiled pudding tins (I roll haggis into a cylinder and wrap in oiled tin foil.) and bake in the centre of the oven for 20 – 25 mins

6. Serve with mashed neeps (swede) and tatties (potatoes), green veg and onion gravy.

(I have been making this for a few years now. You couldn't get oatmeal in N.Z then so I used ground up rolled oats. Now you can get oatmeal again (Commonsense Organics) so I am going to try that this year. Don't be fooled into thinking that all those diced up vegetables don't look enough. When you put the oats in - it grows. I also put a lot more spice and pepper in than they do, keep tasting until it is spicy enough for you.)

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