Almost irresistible, this one !

Should I apologize for my single-mindedness ? – naah.

I’ve completely rearranged my pantry so that my spices & stuff now have their own section; and have fallen in love with cooking new recipes all the time. Only problem is storage; and I’m about to run out of room in the frig and the freezer. Will be obliged to stop cooking for a while.    :\

Bean, Potato & Vegetables Bake


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 large potatoes, 1 red capsicum and 1 large-ish zucchini, all cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 or so large-ish button mushrooms, halved
  • 400g tin whichever beans you like best, drained and probably rinsed
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsps smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp hot chilli powder OR 1 long red chilli, sliced
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 75g cheddar, grated
  • 3 pieces dark chocolate, bashed to bits with the base of your cooking knife (or whatever)
  • Fresh parsley to serve


  • Pre-heat oven to 200°C
  • Spread the diced potatoes out in a large casserole or baking dish, add the oil and toss. Roast, tossing again halfway, for 50 minutes or until the cubes are starting to get crisp.
  • Add all of the vegetables to the dish, along with the kidney beans, tinned tomatoes, and spices. Season generously, and mix well to combine. Return to the oven for a further 30 minutes, until the vegetables are soft and the tomatoes have formed a rich sauce.
  • Scatter the chocolate and stir it well in; then top with the grated cheese and bake for 15 more minutes.
  • Serve topped with parsley if desired.

This one created a real storage problem, as I wanted to keep it the more-or-less single layer it was cooked in. Had to leave it to go totally cold, and could then pick the remaining three-quarters in three sort of solid bits; each went onto a dinner-plate, into a big freezer bag and then into the frig. So now you know why storage is at a premium !

I think I’ll have to invest in those foil food-keepers with lids that Nigella uses so much. Reusable and all, and not plastic – win|win, right ? Besides, they don’t take up as much room as the plastic ones do, so I could cook, like, more ..   [grin]

Oh yes: note that this dish takes a tad under 1¾ hours to cook, allowing for the taking out of the oven and steaming up the specs and swearing, stirring, and returning to the oven again (X 2) ..

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Have finally found home: in my ... ahh ... later years. With no family within coo-ee and no assets, I'm in a wonderful and totally independent unit within the auspices of a celebrated aged care organization. Idea is that I have two 'houses' I can move into were I to become cerebrally challenged: but it's my firm intention not to. :D P.S. I have no idea how I got to this number of years: I was young only last week ..

2 thoughts on “Almost irresistible, this one !”

  1. I shall no longer bore you with apologies, Sue: you’ve worked out your own intake to your satisfaction.
    Problem with feeding my neighbours is that none of ’em is vegetarian. No: I am going to HAVE to stop looking for recipes; and also stop cooking those I already have, pro tem.
    Sighh ..


Go on - you can say it. :)

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