Vegetable Casseroles

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The best vegetable casseroles I have ever tasted were in Kenya. There are some cheap and cheerful places down town Nairobi which sell cheap vegetable casseroles. Those casseroles stew for a long, long time over low heat and because the ingredients are 100% natural and authentic they just taste phenomenal, sweet and succulent. I have also had great casseroles elsewhere in countries such as Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Each country has its own unique flavour and distinct ingredients although the stables are always beans of some sort, tomatoes, onions and other vegetables. Sometimes ground nuts are also used. Although casseroles are not regarded as the most fancy of foods it is still my absolute favourite. They are always served with rice, a slice of lemon and chapati bread. Filling, comforting and homely, an absolute devine combination.

A mild and filling soup, perfect for the whole family

Dhal (Lentil Soup) with Pumpkin and Coconut Milk

I actually had to bake this soup in an oven proof baking dishes since the gas on my stove finished, just in the middle of my cooking!

A very healthy dish, packed with antioxidants, vitamins, protein and calcium

Kenyan Baked Eggplant and Tomatoes

Eggplants and tomatoes are widely used in Kenya and are actually a good combination as you will find in this hearty dinner perfect for a lazy afternoon.

Every time I visit East Africa I always ask for the local Kitheri

Kitheri - Kenyan Vegetable Stew

Just like the Italians have different Bruschetta for every region in Italy, so do the Kenyans have for Kitheri.

Simple and healthy, always a good combination

Oven Baked Vegetables with Pasta

A very simple and cheap dish, perfect for the mid week headache of "what should I have for dinner?".

A hearty meal which is very easy on the stomach and packed with vitamins

Pearl Barley baked with Spinach, Garlic and Mushrooms

This is a light yet healthy meal, perfect as a light dinner. It is packed with complex carbohydrates, iron, folate and other vitamins and minerals.

Extremely simple, yet tasty and satisfying

Pinto Beans and Vegetables from Rwanda

In February 2008 I went gorilla trekking in Rwanda. It was absolutely magical.

A very colourful combination, packed with vitamins and goodness

Sweet Potatoes in Nut and Ginger Sauce

This is a very colourful and a very healthy combination.

A fairly substantial meal, perfect for a chilly evening after hiking

Trail Casserole with Couscous

The picture accompanying this recipe is taken in the Scottish Highlands were we once went on a hike. It was marvellous.

A lovely dish which I serve often

Zanzibar Beans with Sweet Potatoes in Coconut Sauce

We visited Zanzibar in September 2007 and it was an absolutely lovely visit.