My fellow Melburnian, Johanna of Green Gourmet Giraffe, is hosting an event called A Neb At Nut Roast. Johanna has challenged us to make a nut roast and post about it by 5 May 2011.
I personally had never made a nut roast before. My sole experience and knowledge of nut roasts is the Christmas sequence in the film, About A Boy, where Toni Collette's slightly unhinged mother character serves a nut roast for Christmas dinner, as she and her son are vegetarian.
I chose to make Johanna's cheesy nut loaf, made of vegetables, nuts, cheese and rice, as I could not find a recipe for nut roast in my own recipe books, and this sounded like a nice introduction to nut roasts. Here are a few of the ingredients:
The nut roast was easy to make - I recommend having a food processor to grind the nuts yourself, or else buy the nuts pre-ground.
I served my nut roast with steamed veges and tomato sauce - and it tasted pretty good, as well as looking very colourful, and was quite filling:
I see no reason why I wouldn't make nut roast again. It seems like a fairly healthy alternative to meat, is easy to make, and there are lots of variations out there.
Thanmks to Johanna for hosting this event and for introducing me to something that I may not have otherwise been motivated to try.