Monday, March 19, 2012

Roasted vegetables with a red wine vinegar and mustard dressing

Look at me using dried herbs! What kind of food blogger do I think I am?

Um, a lazy one. OK, let's use the word "realistic". I've been meaning to buy rosemary and oregano plants for the garden, but it rained a lot, then it got way too hot, then I got pregnant and I haven't moved off the couch for three months. So I threw on some whatever it was I had in the spice rack. I don't even know what it was.


I don't even make nice food styling pictures, and I don't make dinner at 9am to catch the good light. I don't even make it at 5pm to catch the good light then. I make it when it's dinner time and you all have to suffer through the resulting awful photos.

I like to think I'm a rebel, but I haven't the energy.

Speaking of a lack of energy, I honestly put everything in here at once... the purists among you will tut-tut my not leaving the asparagus out until 10 minutes prior to serving time, but they were still good! The only exception is if I was using spinach, I really would leave that out.

In this mix you will find potato, eggplant, sweet potato, asparagus, onion and tomato. Just about any vegetable will work well, and if you were using a different dressing, haloumi would be a lovely addition.

Toss in some oil and season with salt, pepper and whatever herb you like. Bake an hour or so at 180C.

When ready to serve, drizzle with the dressing. I used 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard, 1 teaspoon hot English mustard, a pinch each of sugar, salt and pepper. I like to squash my tomatoes into the dressing once it's on my plate too. Yum!

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  1. Who has time to cook dinner at 9am?! Not me!

  2. oh I use dried herbs all the time lol, I didn't think it was a no-no, shows what I know...I do actually have lots of herbs growing in my garden, and always have done but often am too busy to run out there and pick them, yes really....and also I often throw in a load of dried herbs anyway with fresh ones especially for italian dishes cos I think they add a different flavour somehow...

    but I do like me a bit of food styling lol ;-) 

    this looks lovely, oh and lady right now I am impressed you are even thinking about dinner, let alone taking a photo of it 

    nice post

  3. I'm lucky if I'm functioning at that hour!

  4. Haha if I was worth my salt in food blogging circles, I would have lovingly tended that rosemary plant with organic mountain water from Europe and I wouldn't be caught dead with an old jar of dried-up somethingorother. I guess I'm not really a food blogger, I'm just a normal person making basic food haha. I have lots of other herbs growing too, but nothing that I really thought would work so well in this dish.

    I love me a bit of food styling, but I'm usually shooing the cat and holding the baby away with one foot while I try to snap a good photo. I think it makes such a difference, but for the dinner posts... forget it. I'm lucky I'm still standing by that time of day! xx

  5. Ma man will be all over this one.

    Dried is sometimes preferable to fresh. Surely. x

  6. yo' man! That is cute.

    I'm with you. Well, I'll tell myself that anyway!

  7. Yum! This looks fantastic :) I might try it this week while hubs is away as it looks so easy make to suit one person :)