I still savour a plate of veggie food though and, will choose innovative neat-free options if we eat out. I cook it for myself too when I don't have Louis with me. A big bowl of warming dal is my favourite although sometimes I'll ruin it for the vegetarians and serve it with a sausage on top. Don't even go there and suggest I could substitute a quorn or soy protein one. They're really not the same beastie.
Now Louis is a carnivore extraordinaire, out of the same mould as his 'meat and two veg' loving grandad. Although he eats a variety of food he's not keen on hot or spicy numbers and quite a lot of vegetables that I adore are off piste too. Aubergines are one of them. Probably too slimy but I want to introduce them regularly into my diet big time since I had a serving cooked in teriyaki sauce in a Chinese restaurant. They are lush and easy to do at home, particularly as Lidl had ready made teriyaki in their special's aisle. The sachet was enough for two greedy servings. Easy peasiness itself. For each portion I fry a sliced aubergine in rapeseed oil and just heat it through in the pan with the sauce. It's all the yummier for being simple.
A few days ago I came across an easy recipe for Macho Peas that come semi mashed and mixed with parsley, mint and chilli. Apparently it's a Nandos staple but I've never eaten there. Not sure that it's an omission that I need to be rectifying. Here was tea/supper/dinner last night, an aubergine pea combo served with a breaded Camembert. Japan meets Portugal meets France! Louis wouldn't have touched it with a barge pole. However the peas needed cooking first. I just separated off his portion and served them with an all steak Pukka pie for my small hunter-gatherer. It's one of his favourites. Both of us were very happy bunnies indeed!