I’m not going to pretend that transitioning to eating a vegan diet will be easy, particularly if your family eats meat, dairy and eggs. So I have created a simple meal, which will make you feel included in one of Britain’s longest traditions— Sunday Roast! The key to this meal is ‘Alberto’s Potatoes’. Alberto is the Italian chef my Mum met on her travels, and he taught her how to make easy but delicious roast potatoes… and you don’t even need goose fat! Serve them with traditional Sunday Roast veg and a grilled aubergine.
Ingredients Serves 4:
For the Potatoes:
- 5kg potatoes
- 2 large carrots
- 2 red onions
- 2-3 sprigs of rosemary
- Sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste
- Good glug of olive oil
For the Aubergine: (For 1 vegan)
- 1 large aubergine
- 1 clove of garlic
- Sprinkle of salt and pepper
- 1tsp of dried oregano
- Olive oil to taste
- Steamed vegetables, as you would do for a usual Sunday Roast… just don’t eat the cauliflower cheese!
- Pre heat the oven to 200°C
- Chop the potatoes and carrots, into small chunks, and the onions into slightly larger chunks. You don’t want to chop the onion too small because it will cook too quickly and burn to a crisp!
- Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and whole sprigs of rosemary (no need to chop it up)!
- Cook in the oven for 30-40 minuets or until the potatoes are golden brown and the carrots are soft.
- Around 10 minuets before the potatoes and the rest of the lunch is ready, slice an aubergine lengthways into about 4 chunks.
- Coat with finely chopped garlic, oregano and olive oil and place under the grill or on the barbeque for 10 minuets. Make sure you flip the aubergine steaks over after 5 minuets.
- The aubergine should be soft and translucent, (so there are no hard white bits left in the middle). Aubergine will taste bitter if it is not cooked for long enough!
- After the aubergine is cooked, wrap in tin foil to keep it warm and cook the veg.
- Once the veg is cooked, you are now ready to serve and eat! The only thing you are not eating on the table is meat; this should make you feel more included in the family tradition!