This looks so delicious …
Fennel and Sausage Stew
On a chilly autumn or winter evening this vegetable stew will warm you up from within and make you feel nourished, calmer and even happy.
1 red onion chopped or 1 leek sliced
3 cloves garlic crushed
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Lots of fresh thyme and sage chopped roughly – 1 tbsp each
3-4 potatoes cubed
1 bulb fennel chopped
2 carrots chopped
¼ pumpkin chopped
Optional and very nice: 1 red capsicum chopped
Water to barely cover
To add at the end
1 bunch kale or spinach chopped
2 vegetarian sausages fried separately and sliced (from Suzy Spoons Vegetarian Butcher: www.ssvb.com.au)
1 lemon cut into wedges
Best organic sourdough bread drizzled with olive oil
Gently brown the onion and the garlic in a medium size heavy bottom pot. After a few minutes add the dry herbs, then the rest of the vegetables. (Having said that, if you like your pumpkin whole and not dissolved to mush, you can add it a bit later, say after 15-20 minutes of cooking time).
Add water, don’t cover the vegetables, keep ‘iceberg tips’ visible, otherwise you will have soup, not stew. Cook gently with the lid on, stirring only every now and then, until all vegetables are soft.
Add the kale or spinach, turn the heat off and let sit for a few minutes to wilt.
Fry your sausages and cut into rounds, add to the stew.
Serve with desired garnish and accompaniment, but please note the sausages are a must!
The stew gets even better the next day!
Make heaps and freeze some for those uninspired times.
You can also add 1/3 cup soaked pearled barley to the soup and a touch more water. Barley contains gluten, so you can use brown rice or quinoa instead which is gluten free. This makes the stew even heartier and filling. Yum.
Carin Gala – Wonder Food (Vegan Healthy and Delicious Catering)
Carin creates healthy and delicious food in and around Sydney that is gluten free, refined sugar free and vegan. Emphasising on seasonal, local, and real wholefood ingredients. She passionately caters for retreats, workshops, runs cooking classes, cooking demos and is working on compiling further cookbooks. You can sign up to her newsletter on her website www.galasorganickitchen.com, find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Just look up ‘Gala’s Organic Kitchen’. Bon appétit!
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