Friday, 9 December 2011

Root Vegetables with Chickpeas and Cobblers

I started writing this blog post yesterday, but got sort of caught up with the howling weather.  Its the worst storms for a decade in Scotland. At one point, I was too afraid to look out of the window, and when I did take a peek - the back of the flat where the commuter train passes.  I noticed the neighbours kids trampoline has been uplifted by the ferocious winds and flung onto the rail tracks, of course we rang the Scotrail.  The only damage in our garden: the bird table knocked down and a scattering of pots.  It was not the same for the front - the fencing that separates ours and the neighbours car parking has come down. Typically landing on our driveway. I guess I should be thankful that no slates have come sliding down or a new leak in the roof.   Its not over yet, more snow and blizzards are predicted.   

Anyway, yesterday I made this simple .  The root vegetale broth is extremely light, so to give it more oomf - substance I made some cheesy cobblers in the shape of bushy tailed foxes.  I've been dreaming of friendly foxes lately. 
You don’t have to make these cobblers and could easily serve this with mashed potatoes, or even rice.  But I liked the delicate aspect of these cobblers that were golden and puff, and almost melted in your mouth.  I think suet dumplings would work wonders too.
I am sharing this frugal recipe with Frugal Food Thursday, Fight Back Friday and Fresh Bites Friday.  
Root Vegetables with Chickpeas and 'Foxy' Cobblers
Serves 4 – 6
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 stalks of celery, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and cubed
2 medium parsnips, peeled and cubed
½ swede, peeled and cubed
2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon dried thyme or 1 teaspoon of fresh
Salt and pepper to taste
60ml soy sauce or Tamari
400g cooked chickpeas
Saute the onions in the oil until soft and translucent, then stir in the garlic, celery, carrots, parsnips, and swede cubes, along with the seasoning and Tamari and simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.  Add the chickpeas, simmer for a couple of minutes.  Then turn off and allow to cool, before transferring into a casserole dish.  Adapted from Ken Bergeron Professional Vegetarian Cooking.

Ingredients for the Cobbler Topping
225g self raising flour
60g butter
125g Cheddar cheese, grated
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 egg, beaten
150ml milk

To make the cobbler topping
Preheat oven to gas mark 6.

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Rub in the butter, then stir in the cheese and the thyme. Beat together the egg and milk and add enough to the dry ingredients to make a soft dough. Knead lightly, roll out to 1 cm thick and cut into 2 inch rounds.
Arrange the rounds on top of the root vegetables in the casserole dish, brush with the remaining egg and milk.

Bake in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes, until the topping is risen and golden. Serve immediately.


  1. Sorry to hear that you have had such terrible weather. Down here in the South we have got off fairly lightly.
    BTW: I don't dream of fluffy friendly dear little foxes - I have nightmares of horrible creatures ravaging my veg beds!

  2. Thank you for visiting my blog!

    The weather has turnt upside down everywhere, even here in Asia. Hopefully the blizzards will be gentle. Take care & keep warm in the upcoming storms.

    This recipe looks good during the cold weather, and your foxy looks so cute and friendly. I love how you use the vegetables so creatively. thank you for sharing!

  3. Thank you, that's Monday nights dinner sorted.

  4. This is certainly a comforting dish especially in the kind of weather you are living right now!

  5. I can probably try this at the weekend from the list of ingredients...Saved again! Thanks, Shaheen. I hope your weather improves.

  6. I love your foxy cobblers, Shaheen. They really perk up your casserole and elevate it to fun eating! The weather everywhere seems to be so extreme these days. Hope you are safe and warm. Happy holidays to you and D!

  7. This is beautiful - the ingredients and flavours, but also the presentation. Gorgeous! Also, we managed to hear about the Scottish (and Northern English I believe) weather in Australia, so it really must be rough. I hope it calms down soon!

  8. Hi Shaheen,

    You're an amazingly talented lady, and I am enjoying catching up on what I've missed. We're on the verge of giving up the allotment now the kids are getting older. It's breaking my heart but your photos show that you don't need to grow your own food to enjoy cooking with seasonal ingredients.

    Thanks for the never ending inspiration.


  9. That looks so tasty and the cobbers are a lovely touch!

    We managed to escape any damage, thankfully. It is nice, well when I say nice, I mean dry, here today, but my mum says they have snow over in Fife. Eeek!

  10. Hi, glad you survived the storm. We were lucky in Larbert that it passed fairly quickly with minimal damage.
    This dish looks very hearty and I love the look of the cobbler topping which would appeal to my kid. Do you think it would work with margarine as alas, butter is on my no-go list for now.

  11. Thank you Mark.
    OOh beaties ravaging veg beds isn't good for any veg grower! Just a part of a growers life.

    Thanks for you comment Shannon.
    It is really appreciated.

    Thanks Cookie Jar.
    I shoudl mention that it may be wise to make the base in advance as the flavours develop, the cobblers should be made fresh on the day.

    Thanks easyfoodsmith.

  12. Oh I adore those little foxes- just right for a lovely warming stew x

  13. Thanks e.
    I should mention that it may be wise to make the base in advance as the flavours develop. However the cobblers do need to be made and consumed on the same day.
    The weather is much better today, but it will be changing again. Time of year.

    Thank you Barbara.
    Yes it certainly brings a little fun to eating! Happy holidays to you!

    Thank you Kari.
    The weather must have been bad to here to have made international news.

    Hello Moy,
    So lovely to hear from you :)

    I am sorry that you are giving up your plot,but totally understand. If I lived near I would have sneakily said I'll take over from you and work on it. I miss growing so much.

  14. Thank you Scott.

    Thank you Jacqueline.
    Its dry here today, we nipped to the westend just to get out of the house and are back with some veggie ssausages, mushrooms for a home-made Veggie Brunch.

    Thanks Plummy Mummy.
    I am pleased to read that you were quite fortunate in Larbert. I really felt for all those people who lost power.

    Yes, I think the cobblers would work with
    margarine - just make sure its cold to start with. (I used to use margarine quite a lot, still do on my toast the vegan brand, but not so much in baking).

  15. Thank you so much Mother of Purl. So good to hear from you. x

  16. Ooh, what a lovely, warming dish this looks. And the foxes are adorable! Are they cut freehand or with cookie cutters?
    You have been in my thoughts with the bad weather, I hope the worst has passed where you are!
    Much love

  17. Oh my gosh, its so, so good to hear from you little black fox. I have been thinking of you, coming by your blog every other day - do sincerely hope that you are well. I don't know if you will believe me when I tell you this, but when I was making this - I was thinking of you too.x

    I used a cookie cutter - I've had it a long while, and have hardly ever used it. If i see them again, I will def. pick one up for you next time - seems right that you should get your very own.

  18. The cobbler topping was very creative. Thanks for visiting my space and do keep in touch. I am going to check more of your recipes on Sunday.

  19. This recipe just conjures up an image of being warm, safe and cosy near the fire whilst the storm rages outside. The cute foxes also add a country feel to the dish.

    I’ll have to wait for a drop in the temperature here before I can attempt to make it. We’ve had 30+ degrees Celsius over the last few days.

    I’m a hoping your storms abate as my daughter will be leaving from Glasgow airport to come here for Christmas. Last year the snow made it a very close call...most other airports closed due to the weather but Glasgow remained open thankfully.
    I’m hoping the same for this year if the weather persists.
    Take care and keep cosy ;D

  20. I NEED fox cookie cutters! So cute! Hang in there with the weather--blizzards are no fun. We've had at least a couple per year since we moved to Kansas, but it's still a bit early for us, although we've had frost on the ground all week. I guess winter's getting ready to really get going!

  21. Wonderful dish to beat the winter blues..:))

  22. Hi Shaheen - love the animal shaped cobblers! I mean they sound great enough on their own but it's wonderful to add some fun.

  23. Hi Shaheen, I have tagged you for Food Bloggers Unplugged. I hope you don't mind.

  24. Really lovely! - I hope the rest of the storm is kinder to you. I think chickpeas are my favorite legume.

  25. it looks scrummy

  26. Thank you Neetu.

    Thanks Neesie.
    I so agree it conjures up an image of being warm and cosy.

    Yes I hope the storms abate too, I have my best friends sister coming over to spend Hogmanay in Edinburgh, she's flying from America. Fingers crossed the weather flying conditions is safe for all those who travel to be with loved ones.

    You take care too ;D

    thanks Lauren.
    Do keep an eye out for them. I can't remember when or where I purchased them, but wish I had picked up more than one now! Woudl have been great to given them away.
    Do hope the weather is kind to you toox

  27. Thank you Reva.

    Thank you The Soon to be Keens.

    Oh thank you so much The Cookie Jar.
    Of course I don't mind, its another variation of blog tagging isn't it?! I've done tags before. I think I will participate, so let me think on it. Thank you once again for choosing me and making me blush!.

    Thank you David.
    Its really lovely to read a comment from you on my blog. Thank you for your kind comment too, It was really appreicated.

    Thank you Little Craft Boy.
    i am curous as to how you found my blog? I will only know if you come back to my blog to let me know. Maybe I will pay you a visit.

  28. Love your foxes. Did you hand form each one or used a cutter?

  29. I am so soryy to hear of that storm & about the damage to your garden & driveway!

    That root veggies stew with that foxes & stars topping looks so beautiful & is nearly to pretty to savour! MMMMMM,...lovely flavours in here!

  30. Thank you Norma.
    No, I have a cookie cutter in the shape of a fox. The robin cookies in my side bar are cut by hand.

    Thank you Sophie.
    Its part of the season, plus living in scotland.

  31. This looks wonderful! I would love to give this a try. Looks perfect for this time of year amid the cold weather!

  32. I love the foxy cobblers! What a cute cutter, I could try to abuse my mammoth or squirrel cutters though :)
    We had stormy weather here, too (of course not to this extent, I saw the storms in the news must have really been horrible up in Scotland)

  33. Thank you Stephanie.
    Really is perfect for this time of year amid the cold weather!

    Thanks Torwen.
    Do try using your squirrel cutters :)
    Talking of weather I have woken up to snow - eek


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