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.