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Comments on Thursday 31 August 2006:
Today, a mediocre recipe-pair. Quite delicious, but not as delicious as any other recipe I've posted, and more effort, so it's not going to happen again. And not very funny either. I probably shouldn't even be posting it.

Vegan naan bread and split-pea, uh, stuff

Rinse 200g of split peas, then soak them for four hours, then new water and boil them for fifteen minutes, then simmer them for two hours, then drain them. You see why I'm never doing this again.

Vaguely overlapping with that, put into a bread machine the following: one-and-a-half-cups of warm soymilk (not so hot it kills the yeast), 3 teaspoons of coconut oil or margarine, 2 teaspoons of active dry yeast, a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of baking powder, 2 tablespoons of olive-oil, 2 teaspoons of sugar, a teaspoon of egg-substitute-stuff, 2 teaspoons of fake-cream-cheese-stuff, and apparently about a pound of flour - I just added flour until it become suitably doughy, with the machine doughing it. Speaking of which, turn the bread machine on in dough mode. Or! You could mix all those things together in a bowl in some appropriate order without using a bread machine. Either way, afterwards you will need to wait for a couple of hours.

Then bake the dough in flat pieces at gas mark 8 or 500F (I have no idea if these are equivalent - the recipe I was basing on said 500F, I used gas mark 8) for a few minutes. You can leave the result of that covered for as long as it takes to do everything else.

Now the stuff! Chop up and fry an onion. Pour a tin of chopped tomatoes in with them. Add a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of turmeric, and two teaspoons of cayenne. Chop a couple of cloves of garlic and about twice that volume of ginger into slivers and put them in (or use equivalent powdered stuff, lazybones). Simmer for 15-20 minutes, then realise it boiled dry while you weren't paying attention, and tut.

Lightly toast the proto-naan to burn off the 'proto' prefix. I did it in a toaster, but if you're less lazy it would be worth doing under a grill, brushing the second side with oil and sprinkling minced garlic on it before you toast it.

Put stuff in a bowl, and eat with naan. Serves 2-3 with stuff, and 4-5 with naan; resolve this mismatch by having naan for breakfast. [23:29]

Carina
Naan bread pizza is remarkably good! Of course if you dont' like cheese, and non-dairy substitutes aren't so good, it may be a bad idea.

Another really delicious one is red lentils with sweet potato, lashings of garlic and some fresh chilli - simple, but really good with toasted brown pitta. Bonus - the red lentils I tried worked really well without soaking and all that palaver.

As for ginger, the best 'lazy' way is to get a jar of ready-chopped in white wine vinegar. The English Provender Company do a range, somewhat unsurprisingly called 'Very Lazy' which includes garlic and the aforementioned ginger. Great if you're using them in cooking - if not cooking, they're not so good as you can taste the vinegar.
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