Thursday, 11 August 2011
In the Footsteps of Andy the Gasman
this stew named after that canny Essex lad to tempt him to cook. It seemed to fit the bill nicely but I didn't have all the ingredients.
Now, I bet a lot of you know the dangers of popping out to the shops for a couple of odd items and ending up with a basketful of 'off list' goodies. To avoid this temptation I decided to make do with what was in the fridge and garden. The lack of celery was compensated for with replacing it with a piece of butternut squash that I needed to use up and a few of the first crop of runner beans in the garden. A can of cannelini beans were substituted for the chickpeas stipulated by Jamie. And darn, no oranges! But hold on, there was a couple of mandarins in the fruit bowl that were well past their best so I used their juice instead. Before you ask, we do have a tin of lovely smoked paprika to hand, so I didn't have to think of something inventive to use instead of that.