A lazy weekend & A vegan pie

This May bank holiday weekend was spent relaxing and enjoying the great weather.  Dave was not off shooting a wedding at the weekend so we got to spend it together (yay)  we used it to full advantage and ate out at my particular favourite bistro in Kilkenny Foodworks,  we visited friends,  I painted my garden furniture,  we watched a fascinating and life changing documentary titled “Forks over Knives” ( I highly recommend that you watch it), I cooked my first vegan cottage pie,  we had coffee at my favourite cafe where they serve the most delicious cupcakes “The Foodhall”  and we watched the cat laze around and get fat.

In short it was a great weekend.

(photographs by David McClelland)


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Vegan Cottage pie

What do I need?

  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and diced small
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced small
  • 2 stalks celery, diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  •  1½ cup green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 8 medium red-skin potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 4 parsnips, peeled and chopped

What do I do?

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Place the onion, carrot, and celery in a large saucepan and sauté over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Add water 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time to keep the vegetables from sticking to the pan.
  • Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Stir in the rosemary, lentils, bay leaf, and enough water to cover the lentils by 3 inches.
  • Bring the pot to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and cook, covered, for 30 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste to the saucepan and cook for another 15 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove from the heat, discard the bay leaf and rosemary sprig, and pour the lentils into a 9 × 13-inch baking dish.
  • Meanwhile, add the potatoes and parsnips to a medium saucepan and add enough water to cover.
  • Bring the pot to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, covered, until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove the potatoes and parsnips from the heat and drain all but ½ cup of the water (you can drain all the water and then add in Soya milk to help with the mashing process).
  • Mash the vegetables until smooth and creamy, then season with additional salt and spread the mixture evenly over the lentils.
  • Bake the casserole for 25 minutes, or until bubbly. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Please see the following links:

Forks over knives 



  1. Oh my gosh, that dish with asparagus at the top looks amazing. What is it?

    Also – I love the composition of your photos.

  2. That looks yummy! will be making that before the week is out!

  3. Holy sticks of celery this is great!! That pie looks delicious!!

  4. Theresa O'Brien says:

    Gorgeous Dee, will be trying that very soon x

  5. The furniture (and the pie) looks great. Nicely done! Would you have some tips on painting furniture?

    • Hi Katya, well firstly I sanded the furniture to remove the excess varnish, before putting on white primer and sanding again. I painted 2 coats of primer before finally putting on specific “wood” paint. I painted my chairs and the legs on of the table in a cornflower blue. Iightly sanded back the wood paint to reveal the white primer underneath in an attempt for “shabby chic”! I hope this helps! good luck! 🙂

  6. Sounds like a packed but perfect weekend! Love that I recognise some of the cafe/restaurant names and trying not to be jealous. Also love the garden furniture and hope you have many sunny days to enjoy it. Look forward to blogs from dining in your garden. Hugs xox

    • Ahh Esther that is so lovely! Davy took all the great shots of course! I am delighted you recognised all the places too! it was great to have you both here! 🙂 hope you’ve settled back in your new home! x

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