I am not feeling too clever and was in real need of some comfort food. I had a marrow sitting around in the veg basket and decided that it would fit the bill perfectly. When I was little, my grandfather used to write our names on the marrows when they were no more than a courgette. As the marrow grew, so did our names. There was such pride when we cooked ‘our’ marrows with our grandmother. Now she used to add mince to the stuffing, but obviously I have veganised the recipe.
1 medium onion, diced
Garlic (2 cloves)
1 carrot, diced
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 can of green lentils
Handful of red lentils,
Handful of pearl barley
Splash of veggie Worcestershire sauce,
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 vegetable stock cube
1 cup of water
To finish – breadcrumbs and vegan cheese.
Slice marrow in to thick rings, deseeded and peel. Place in a baking dish.
Gently fry onion & garlic until soft. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to the boil. Turn down heat and simmer for about 40 mins, add more water if it begins to stick to bottom of pan.
When sauce is nice and thick and pearl barley is cooked, spoon into marrow rings, put any extra around rings. Cover with tin foil and cook for about 1 hour gas mark 6, until marrow is soft. Remove tin foil, cover rings with with breadcrumbs and cheese. Put back in oven for 15 mins. Serve with mashed potato for maximum comfort food.