The Corrie Sandwich

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I think I’ve made it pretty clear in previous posts how much I adore houmous and falafel, howevs, I’m not a big fan of them in sandwiches… Yes, you heard me. Don’t get me wrong, a falafel wrap can be a beautiful thing, but cold dry falafels squashed in brown bread with a mere buttering of houmous does not a nice sandwich make! Oh, and if you’re lucky you might find a bit of yogurt slopped inside for good measure… YOGURT DOESN’T BELONG IN A SANDWICH! Also, it’s a piss poor attempt at disguising the unpalatable dryness of it all.
As usual I’ve drifted off topic, sorry about that. Anyway, so this is my favourite sandwich, creatively christened ‘The Corrie Sandwich’ by my ex boyfriend Andrew. He loved it so much he pestered me to make it for him most weekends. I know he’s felt the loss of my sandwich in his life ever since, so Andrew, this one’s for you. Enjoy!

The Corrie Sandwich
Makes 1 sandwich / Takes 10 minutes / V
1 deseeded tomato, sliced
Slices of cucumber
A couple of tsps of Hellman’s mayonnaise
Finley sliced red onion
Handful of salad leaves
3-4 Quorn wafer thin chicken style slices
Fresh brown bread
Salt and Pepper
1 tsp dijon mustard (optional)

Method:
… I’m not going to tell you how to assemble a sandwich but I will say this “JUST DON’T FORGET TO SALT AND PEPPER YOUR TOMATOES DAMN YOU!” Just don’t okay?! Good.
You don’t have to deseed your tomato if you’re eating it straight away but if you’re making it for lunch then I would strongly advise it to prevent a soggy sandwich situation.
Also, use your lettuce and the Quorn slices as moist barriers to the onion, tomato and cucumber (see above picture)
Nowadays, I’ve started adding a cheeky bit of Dijon mustard to one of the slices of bread but you don’t have to… YUM!

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If you’ve had a go at making my sandwich or any of my other recipes I’d love to hear about it. @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com

Quorn for thought…

I don’t really know much about Quorn, I know it’s some sort of protein from a fungus which sounds a bit rank actually, but I’d have given my right arm for it when I was a kid. My massive ugly veggie burger, disintegrating and staring at me on the BBQ next to all the other uniform beef burgers. “Errrr, what’s that? It looks like a poo” my friends would squeal, “yeah, it tastes like one too” I would think to myself, before running off to eat my embarrassing burger without anyone else noticing it’s freakish appearance. I like to think that Quorn was invented for tortured vegetarian kids like myself.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Quorn Spaghetti Bolognese
Quorn Spaghetti Bolognese

So Quorn, hmm. Not really sure how I feel about it if I’m honest, but it works really well in this dish, mainly because I adapted it from a meat recipe. When I was a kid, I used to get furious bolognese envy. I’d look over at my best friend Philippa shovelling forkfuls of cascading spaghetti into her mouth, flecked with delicious, oily meat and cheddar cheese. I would then woefully look down at my plate, a lone soggy stuffed pepper staring up at me, I wish I was dead… Okay so that’s perhaps a little dramatic, but I wanted to create a decent alternative to bolognese that would make little Corrie very happy. I now cook it all the time and everyone loves it, it’s cheap (about £3 per portion) and easy, although it does take a couple of hours in the oven so I always make it on a lazy Sunday. Enjoy!
(Oh and I use a hand blender in this recipe to blend the vegetables but just because I do this doesn’t mean you have to. Simply chop your veg up smaller, blending doesn’t make much difference, I just prefer the texture).


Spaghetti Bolognese
Serves 4 / Hands on time 30 mins / Cooking time 1 – 2 hours / Mf 
You’ll need: A hand blender/ food processor. A oven-proof cooking pot with a lid.
1 tsp olive oil
1 white onion, roughly chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
2 celery sticks, roughly chopped
350g Quorn mince
150ml semi skimmed milk
150ml vegetarian white wine*
1 can plum tomatoes
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Large handful of black olives in brine, drained
300g wholewheat spaghetti
Extra virgin olive oil
100g Parmesan* or vegetarian alternative (you can actually use any cheese you fancy, I used my homemade goats cheese)
Handful of fresh basil


Mf– Meat and fish free  – Suitable for home freezing
❄ This 
bolognese is suitable for home freezing once cooled. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months. 
*Most wines are unfortunately not vegetarian or vegan, due to products used in the ‘fining’ process. Wine makers are also under no obligation to disclose if they have used animal products on the label. Vegetarian and vegan wines are available in most supermarkets.
* Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiani) is always made using animal rennet, therefore it is not vegetarian. Substitute for Italian hard cheese if applicable.


Method
1. Preheat your oven to 160°C/140°C fan/gas mark 3. In a large oven-proof pot, on a medium heat, sweat the onion, carrot and celery in the oil (if the onions start to stick, add a dash of water to prevent the vegetables from burning and to help them steam).
2. Once soft, take off the heat and roughly blend the vegetables with a hand blender or food processor. Return to the heat and add the mince and the milk. Cook for a few minutes until the milk has absorbed before adding the tinned tomatoes. Break the plum tomatoes up a bit with a spoon and add the white wine, olives, nutmeg and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper.
3. Put the lid on a jar and cook slowly in the oven for up to 2 hours, stirring halfway through.
4. Remove from the oven and serve on top of spaghetti, with torn fresh basil, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a good crack of salt and pepper.

 

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If you’ve had a go at making my bolognese or any of my other recipes I’d love to hear about it. @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com