M is for Marmite
You either love it or hate it. Which one are you? I am mostly a hater. I can occasionally eat it, sparingly, on eggy bread (that's French Toast to all you la-de-dah's). But I have to share this amazing Nut Roast recipe which one of my veggie friends gave me, as the secret ingredient is Marmite.
It seems Nut Roast is a British dish as no-one I've met in America has any idea what it is. So I will give a brief explanation: it is used as a vegetarian alternative in lots of pubs and it normally consists of nuts (*duh*) and breadcrumbs and other ingredients. It is normally shaped like a rectangular loaf of bread, hence sometimes called Nut Loaf. Usually it is dry and boring. Which is why this recipe is so amazing, as it is absolutely delicious.
It's one of those recipes that everyone loves - meat-eaters and veggies alike. It's yummy. And really easy-peasy to make. You basically just chuck everything into a bowl, mix it up and shove it on the oven. Great one for kids. It always turns out fab. I can't tell you how many people have asked me for the recipe. Try it. You'll thank me afterwards :)
Mushroom Nut Roast Recipe
6oz mixed nuts (anything: hazelnuts (filberts), walnuts, cashews, almonds, not peanuts)
3oz wholemeal breadcrumbs (I use any brown bread I have lying around and just crumble up or put in blender/liquidiser, but sure packet breadcrumbs would work too)
3oz grated cheese (mature Canadian cheddar, if poss)
2 onions – chopped
4-5oz mushrooms – sliced
1 egg – beaten
Vegetable or olive oil
1 teaspoon Marmite (Cost Plus sell it)
4oz vegetable stock
Cook the onions and mushrooms in the oil until soft.
Make up vegetable stock in hot water and melt marmite into it.
Mix stock and all other ingredients together in a bowl and add onions and mushrooms when cooked.
Turn into a cake tin or loaf tin.
Cook at approx 180C for 30 – 40 mins.
I normally add some sesame seeds on the top before/after cooking too.
I serve with baked potatoes and salad, but you could have anything you like.