Tuesday, 21 May 2013

National Vegetarian Week - May 20th - 26th

In todays society it is important to consider many different food types when designing menus in eating establishments. It's amazing how many people now inquire about gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options for meals.
 Here at The Old Red Lion, Litchborough we are always happy to discuss alternative options to the menu with customers and try to include a variety of vegetarian meals on our menu.
 As we enter "National Vegetarian Week" I thought I would share with you some of the meat free options on our current menu.

Todays dish is Vegetable Tagine with Toasted Almond Couscous.
A "Tagine" is traditionally a Moroccan dish and would be described as a slow cooked, sweet and spicy stew.
I got this recipe originally from the BBC Good Food website and the dish is proving to be very popular already on the new menu.
We even managed to find some lovely, white, mini tagine dishes which matched our plates perfectly!!
We love good presentation for all our dishes!
There are some lovely ingredients found in this dish including dried apricots and chick peas. It's also a very healthy meal if you are watching your weight at the moment!
When reading the recipe, one of the ingredients is Harissa paste which I had never heard of before. We found a jar in Waitrose to begin with but it's very easy to make your own version. You can find a recipe HERE .
It certainly does give the stew a very distinctive unique taste.
The great thing with the mini tagine dish is that the stew forms a great shape which remains in place when the lid is removed!!

Have a go at the recipe yourself or, if you fancy being treated, pop by the Old Red Lion and let us do the cooking for you!

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