“Spiced Garden Vegetable Casserole” from “Mary Berry Cooks”

CBAMVegCasseroleMaureen: Yeah! Meat free Monday!

Nicholas (10): What is this?

Maureen: Excellent question.

Nicholas: I thought you said we were having vegetable curry.

Maureen: I know I said that, but I’m rescinding that description. It’s sort of like a curry, which is why I made basmati rice to go with it, but it’s also sort of not like a curry, since it’s got harissa in it. But it is very, very good for you– loads of vegetables, very little fat and a vegan recipe to boot. So that’s something.

Tim: Is it more like a Moroccan tagine?

Maureen: Maybe. Who can say. Mary Berry calls it a vegetable casserole, which is hardly inspiring or interesting.

Andrew (14): Sort of like the taste.

Tim: I agree. It’s a bit on the bland side.

Maureen: This is exactly the reason why I put hot sauce on the table. I was anticipating this problem. It’s not bad with the hot sauce, but you shouldn’t have to add it.

Tim: Maybe she wanted it to appeal to as many people as possible.

Maureen: If that’s the case, in an effort to do so, she made it too bland.

Nicholas: I don’t think it’s spicy enough. Can I have some hot sauce?

Maureen: No way. It must be opposite day. I’m not giving you hot sauce, though. You’d put loads on it and then say it’s too spicy and stop eating.

Tim: I’m guessing you’re not going to make this again.

Maureen: You guessed right.

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“Spiced Garden Vegetable Casserole” from “Mary Berry Cooks”

2 thoughts on ““Spiced Garden Vegetable Casserole” from “Mary Berry Cooks”

  1. Jay Kay says:

    You cooked it wrong if you found it blad! You put more chilli in next time and it will blow your head off! Not make it again? Your loss. Pretty rude commentary too.

  2. Maureen Stapleton says:

    Thanks for your comment. We generally try to follow the recipes as written because then it allows us to be a better judge of the cookbook overall. It just wasn’t to our taste and it was bland, having followed the recipe as written. Also, I’m not sure I’d agree that we were rude in our commentary, we didn’t swear, we didn’t insult Mary Berry (we would never!), it’s just that we just didn’t like it. Thanks for reading.

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