Smoky butternut squash & black bean stew, served with corn bread and a beautiful tomato, orange & coriander salsa. This recipe is based on a fabulous lunch I had at Eden in Cornwall recently where we spent New Year. I’ve made this twice already since then, once in a casserole and then in a slow cooker; both ways work well. My version of this recipe is below and you can throw in other vegetables you have in the fridge such as courgettes and mushrooms.
1 medium butternut squash peeled + chopped
1 tin of black beans, drained + rinsed
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 red chilli, deseeded + finely chopped
Half a red pepper washed, trimmed + chopped
1 celery stick washed, trimmed + chopped
1 red onion, peeled, trimmed + chopped
3 cloves of garlic, peeled, trimmed + chopped
Veg stock dissolved in 300ml boiled water
1 tsp paprika
Seasoning to taste
2 spring onions, washed, trimmed + chopped
Place all the veg in a casserole dish, stir in the veg stock, paprika & seasoning. Bring to the boil & simmer for about 40 minutes or until the squash is soft. Finish with some chopped spring onions. For the slow cooker method, I sautéed the onion, chilli and butternut squash in a little cold pressed rapeseed oil, before adding to my slow cooker with all the other ingredients. Then slow cook on low for 3 hours.
Salsa: 2 tomatoes chopped, half a clementine (or similar) chopped & a handful of fresh coriander – chopped too! Mix altogether with 1 tsp olive oil (I use a chilli infused oil which is just as nice). Pop the salsa in the fridge. Lovely served cold on the side of the stew *perfect*.
Eden project opened in 2001 and includes the famous tropical and Mediterranean biomes, as well as tons of other educational displays, great food and entertainment. The ice skating rink opens from November till mid February, and they are constantly evolving their offerings. Pukka Herbs tea tasting is a regular (and deeeee-licious) feature on their daily calendar. Not to mention possibly the largest and most beautiful bee in the world!
Find out more about the Eden project: http://www.edenproject.com/