I keep getting asked for vegetarian recipes and I know there are a lot of you out there. I am not a veggie, but I don’t eat meat every day and really enjoy some of the dishes below. My husband’s favourite is cheese and potato pie; very easy and inexpensive to do, but I have to limit him or he would eat it every week. The quiche is good hot or cold and this time of year I serve it with salad. For a change this evening, why not try the tortillas? Again, very good with salad and so easy to do. I even have them instead of a sandwich when trying to cut my bread intake down.

Buen Apetito

Cheese Quiche
1¼ cups of wholemeal flour
Pinch of salt
4 oz butter
Cold water to mix
4 eggs
275 ml milk
30ml tomato puree
30ml Worcestershire sauce
30ml chopped parsley
30ml chopped chives
125g grated cheese (any, but the stronger the cheese, the more the flavour)

Make pastry by mixing ingredients and chill. Beat eggs with the milk, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce and herbs. Mix in the cheese. Roll out pastry and line quiche dish. Pour in the egg mixture and bake for 40 minutes on 200º C

Macaroni Cheese
225g short cut macaroni
65g butter
90ml flour
900ml milk
Salt and pepper
½ level tsp mustard
225g cheese
45ml breadcrumbs

Cook the macaroni in a large saucepan until tender. Melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour and cook gently for 1 minute. Remove from pan and gently stir in milk. Bring to the boil and continue to cook, stirring until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and add seasoning, mustard, 2/3rds of the cheese and the macaroni. Pour into an oven dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese and the breadcrumbs on top. Bake in an oven 200ºC for 20 minutes or until brown.

Fish Cakes
350g salmon
175g haddock
300ml milk
3 bay leaves
450g potatoes
25g butter
1 tbsp tarragon and dill
Pinch of nutmeg
50g flour
2 eggs
75g breadcrumbs
2 tbsp sunflower oil

Put the fish in a pan with the milk and bay leaves. Bring to boil and simmer until flaky. Peel and chop potatoes. Cook in boiling water until tender. Drain and mash with butter. Mix in herbs and nutmeg. Skin fish and break into large flakes. Mix with mash and shape into patties (makes around 8). Coat each one first with flour then egg and finally dip in breadcrumbs. Cook fishcakes for 3 minutes on each side in oil until golden.

Tortillas with Corn and Beans
2230g red kidneys beans
340g sweetcorn
1 red and 1 green pepper
2 cloves of garlic
3tbsp sunflower oil
1 tbsp oregano
2tsp cumin
150ml vegetable stock
8 wheat tortillas
Salt and pepper

Rinse and drain kidney beans and sweetcorn. Finely cut the peppers and chillies and crush the garlic. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the peppers, garlic and chillies for 3-5 minutes. Stir in the beans and sweetcorn, oregano and cumin. Season and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes. Add the vegetable stock and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Heat the tortillas in a dry frying pan for 30 seconds each side and serve with the mixture rolled inside.

Ma Millbank’s Cheese and Potato Pie
740g potatoes, peeled and cut
2 large onions
8oz cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and pepper

Boil potatoes for 20 minutes or until soft. Cut onions and fry until browned. Drain potato and mash while hot. Add 7oz of cheese to potatoes and mash again. Add fried onions and mix again. Add salt and pepper. Tip mash into a buttered oven proof dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of mash. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes in an oven on 180ºC until brown on top.