30th Apr 2013
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Lamb and Potato Moussaka
Lamb and Potato Moussaka

Moussaka is a great dish to make in the winter and this version using potato offers an alternative for those who aren’t keen on eggplant.

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 800g minced lamb
  • A generous splash of red wine
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Handful of fresh oregano, chopped
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce

  • 75g butter
  • 75g flour
  • 550ml milk
  • 50g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Method
Heat some olive oil in a frying pan and lightly brown the onions and garlic. Add the lamb and fry for three to four minutes. Next, add the wine, tomatoes, cinnamon, oregano and bay leaf and simmer on a low heat for 40 minutes.

While meat sauce is simmering, parboil the potato slices. Drain and set aside.

About 20 minutes before the meat sauce is ready, make the cheese sauce by melting the butter in a non-stick pan, then add the flour and stir over a medium heat for about one minute. Gradually add the milk, stirring continually. As sauce starts to thicken, you may wish to use a whisk to stir. Leave to simmer on a very low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the cheese and season to taste. Remove from heat and allow to cool, then beat in the eggs.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius. Remove the cinnamon stick and bay leaf and season the meat sauce to taste. In an ovenproof dish, alternately layer the potato and meat sauce until all used. Pour over the cheese sauce, sprinkling a little extra cheese on top and bake for approximately 30 minutes.

Slice and serve.



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    RichF
    9th May 2013
    11:11am
    Looks good but how many is it supposed to be for Four? Eight? A dozen? Please explain.
    Colours
    9th May 2013
    11:26am
    I love eggplant! How about a version for those of us who don't like killing baby animals?
    doclisa
    9th May 2013
    3:21pm
    colours...note if your issue is killing animals vegetarianism does this rather a lot. If the issue is eating animals..then that is different.
    Incase you are wondering one of the things from widespread vegan or vegetarian diets is a problem with monoculture cropping.
    So for example the problem with mice plagues etc is brought about every 5 or so years in anywhere with monocropping of grains. The slaughter of tens of thousands of sentinent beings in really really dreadful and painful ways is accepted practice. Mice, whales and humans are the only recorded creatures that sing specific individual love songs to each other. Not just a tune or mating ritual but very specific changing songs....sad.
    Colours
    9th May 2013
    5:39pm
    doclisa - you are quoting Lierre Keith I presume. Have a read of this review: http://www.theveganrd.com/2010/09/review-of-the-vegetarian-myth.html

    My objection is to the deliberate exploitation of animals for profit, which inevitably means the tormenting and eventual brutal slaughter of the most gentle of domesticated animals. The problem with monoculture is not a vegan issue - pigs and chickens eat far more grains than the world's vegans, and corn is grown primarily for high fructose syrup and to turn into ethanol for fuel. I buy local and mainly organic produce, so few animals, singing or otherwise, suffer for my lentils and mushrooms and veggies. If some are accidentally killed, does that invalidate veganism? By that logic, we might as well say that since some road accidents will always occur, we might as well deliberately run down any pedestrians we see.

    Of course, the most brutal of all animal exploitation is found in factory farming, which Lierre Keith also despises. Her problem with it is rather surprising though - she wants to abolish all agriculture and return to hunter/gatherer days, which will require the destruction of some 90%+ of the human population. Vegans have a more optimistic approach - we know that the grains fed to cattle alone are enough to feed all the world's starving people. Only gluttony of the rich keeps the poor starving, as grains are exported from the poorest countries to the richest, to be fed to chickens, cows and sheep.

    My main question though is: why would you want to rip a baby animal from his distraught mother, send him on an interminable journey by truck often in extreme heat and usually with no food or water supplied on the way, then kill him and cut him up, when there is absolutely no need to do so? What moral justification is there? I only ever hear meat eaters offer one reason - it tastes good. So, I am told, do dogs and humans.
    poppsy
    27th Jan 2014
    2:09pm
    Your recipes look very inviting. Is it possible to put the Nutrition information with the recipes.

    I am a diabetic and especially the sweet recipes, I have to watch the sugar etc. Thank you.
    Nightshade
    31st Jan 2014
    4:57pm
    A number of studies show that plants feel pain, that vegetables are picked & eaten while still alive.
    How ever plants lack a nervous system & brain necessary to feel pain ?

    Plant perception or biocommunication is the idea that plants are sentient, that they respond to humans in a manner that amounts to ESP & that they experience fear & pain.

    ESP - QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT :- has been proven.
    Physicists introduced a pair of protons - then they separated them - long distance - they one proton was modified which immediately affected it's counterpart - at a distance of 144 kilometers away = ESP

    Surely, therefore, plants have a stronger case for being sentient ?
    Also, therefore there is cause to ask WHAT IS A NERVOUS SYSTEM & WHAT IS A BRAIN ?
    Is it possible that every individual cell that makes up a body is a thinking, feeling, being unto itself ?
    Nightshade
    31st Jan 2014
    4:59pm
    I love the recipe !
    Nightshade
    31st Jan 2014
    5:12pm
    Is it that humans have a bigger brain hence they are what they are ?
    Is it that we are made up of millions of tiny cell that are of a higher capacity, therefore we are what we are ?
    Are we the coolest place for the most-est of cells to hang out, therefore we are what we are ?

    Science lives in Charles Darwin's must old cupboard of fairy tales, hence we believe mush & bunkum & know nothing.
    Colours
    31st Jan 2014
    6:22pm
    I doubt plants feel pain in any meaningful sense, Nightshade. There is simply no evolutionary reason - they have no way of moving away from pain to survive.

    Either way, most of the plants that get eaten go through animals which we then kill, and it can take up to 16kg of plants to produce 1 kg of beef, so if you are worried about hurting plants, stop eating animals!

    Especially baby ones.


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