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Warming French Lentil Casserole and dumplings (Vegan Friendly And Hygge!!!)

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The other day I was reading about the idea of “Hygge” in Danish culture. It’s an idea that seems to have got quite a following lately, but isn’t really anything new. It’s a comforting, wholesome, satisfying, heart-warming concept. It seems to be about finding pleasure in simple accessible things in life. Hygge food tends to be slow cooked and warming- the kind of thing you might think of as comfort food. This is a dish that I love to make in cold weather and like to eat, snuggled up and warm when it’s drizzling and dark outside. The slow cooking of the lentil soup and dumplings makes this dish thick, and brings out all the rich flavours of the tomatoes and veggies. It’s a classical French style casserole, with melt in the mouth dumplings that is just so comforting to eat in the Autumn and Winter.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1hr 30 mins

Difficulty: easy

Serves: 2

 INGREDIENTS:

 For The Casserole:

Vegetable oil for sautéing

1 medium onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 medium carrot

1 small courgette

1 yellow bell pepper

50g lentils

2 tsp chopped herbs de provonce or Italian herbs

1 veg stock cube

500ml water

1 tin (400g) tinned tomatoes

For The Dumplings:

100g self-raising flour

1 tsp rosemary

Pinch of salt

A few grinds of pepper

A small handful of pumpkin seeds (optional)

50g Atora vegetable suet

5 tbsp. water

Tip: If you want to make this dish a little more rich and deep, add a dash of wine before adding your stock

Method:

  1. preheat oven to 180°C (350°F/ moderate)
  2. Roughtly dice the onion and saute in a medium, oven safe sauce pan.
  3. Finely slice the garlic and roughly chop the other veggies. Stir in the garlic, dried lentils and other veggies once the onions have beccome transparrent and softened.
  4. Allow these to sweat down for about 15 minutes add the herbs, stock cube, water and tomatoes, and pop into your preheated oven. Pop a timer on for 40 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile make your dumplings: thoroughly combine all dry ingredients and mix in the water. Once formed into a firm but pliable dough, use floured hands to roll into 10 small balls.
  6. Leave the casserole to bubble away in the oven and enjoy a nice comforting hot drink while you let the oven do the hard work.
  7. When your 40 minute timer goes off place the dumplings directly into the casserole, and set your timer for another 20 minutes.
  8. When your timer goes off again your casserole should have thickened and the dumplings should have expanded and formed a nice crisp crust.
  9. This meal holds it heat really well, so enjoy slowly and lovingly- and be careful not to burn your tongue.

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One comment on “Warming French Lentil Casserole and dumplings (Vegan Friendly And Hygge!!!)

  1. Burnside Lodge
    September 27, 2016

    Scrummy 🙂

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