Permaculture in Action

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gardeners Pie

Rhonwyn and I made Gardeners Pie today which is the vegetarian equivalent of Shepherds pie.
The basic recipe is as follows:
 1 cup brown lentils
 1 tspn onion powder
 1 large onion finely chopped
  1 clove garlic crushed
  1 cup mushrooms sliced
 2 1/2 cups mashed potato
 1 stick celery sliced
 1 carrot chopped
 1/2 cup broccoli florets
 1 Tblspn soy sauce
 mixed herbs
 3 tblspn tomato paste

          Soak the lentils for 2 hrs or overnight. Drain and rinse, Add fresh water and bring to boil . Simmer 15mins. Drain. Fry onion garlic and mushrooms 5mins. Add remaining vegetables and saute a further 5mins. Add lentils, soy sauce, herbs and tomato paste. Stir over heat until combined and simmer 15mins. Mixture should be fairly thick. Turn into a 5cm deep dish, top with mashed potato and grated cheese. Brown in hot oven 15mins or until browned.

            This is basically what I do but I just use whatever vegies I have available and substitute  tomato puree or whole tomatoes depending what I have available. I also use these lentils as they don't need to be soaked and I prefer the taste.

And here's some new photos of Rhonnie. She's into her 18th week now and doesn't she look gorgeous!

Here's the latest little cardigan that I've knitted for the baby. It's knitted all in one piece from the hood down. Very quick and easy!


  1. She looks beautiful! Makes me clucky. I make a similar dish with red lentils which the whole family loves. Btw we made baked beans today. Yum! Thank you.

  2. SOunds such a good recipe - we do like a lentil dish here. Beautiful Mama to be - how exciting!!

  3. We make a similar dish when ever we have leftover mashed potatoes - which, sadly is not too often!
    Your mama to be looks beautiful with her little bump! Seeing your tiny cardi makes me wish I could 'get' how to follow a knitting pattern.... maybe I will have to try harder...sigh ;o(

  4. I love lentils so this is perfect.
    What pattern did you use for the sweater? It is just adorable.xx

  5. Just made your chickpea patties for dinner. They were a hit with my family.

    So exciting waiting for a baby.

  6. I'll be making this dish for sure! And Rhonnie does look gorgeous, and well. x

  7. Hi Linda, Glad you liked the baked beans. Cath, glad you all liked the patties, they are one of our favourite recipes especially if someones having a bar-b -que. Tracay the pattern was from Ravelry. I'll find it and post a link tomorrow.