A Good Home, Cooking, Ontario Root Vegetables, Recipes, Vegetarian dish

Idiot-Proof

“John”, I asked, “Can you send me one of your simplest recipes?”

“Yes, of course,” John replied. “As long as you’re fine with vegetarian. That’s what I cook.”

“I’ll cook anything, as long as it’s idiot-proof.”

I’d forgotten John’s famous attention to detail, evident in the grand home he’s restoring in Prince Edward County.

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Painstakingly captured in photos….

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Like this recipe he sent me:

JOHN’S RELIABLE ROOT RECIPE

“First, Locate and gather a selection of your favourite Root Vegetables . . .

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Then Select a Nice Covered Baking Dish . . .

Take the Lid Off . . .

And see What Fits into the Dish . . .

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Then Empty the Dish, Rinse it with Water to remove any Dirt . . .

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Begin with the Onions, which are essential . . .

Peel, and Cut . . .

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Dice . . .

And into the Dish they go . . .

Three Diced Ontario Onions . . .

(From Prince Edward County) . . .

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Next the Ontario Sweet Potatoes . . .

Cut the Ends off . . .

Peel . . .

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Dice . . .

Add & Mix by Hand . . .

Two Ontario Parsnips are Next . . .

Lop the Ends off & Peel . . .

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Cut into Rings . . .

Add & Mix into the Dish . . .

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Next up are Three Ontario Carrots . . .

Ends Off . . .

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Peel . . .

Cut into Rings . . .

Add to the Dish . .

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Mix by Hand . . .

Two Wonderful Ontario Yellow Beets . . .

Lop the Ends off . . .

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Quite Pretty . . .

Even the Ends Look Good . . .

Peel Carefully . . .

Cut into ¼’s and Slice . . .

Add Slices to the Dish . . .

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Mix Again by Hand . . .

Next up, Two Ontario Potatoes . . .

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Peel . . .

Cut into ¼’s and Slice . . .

Add to the Dish . . .

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Note that the Level of the Root Vegetables . . .

Is Level with the Rim of the Pretty Dish . . .

Mix by hand One More time . . .

Add 2 Cups of Cold Water . . .

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Pouring both into the Dish of Course . . .

Then add 1/3 Cup of Sesame Seed Oil . . .

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Pouring it all over the top of the Vegetables . . .

Now for the Seasoning . . .

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From my Salt Hen, 1 teaspoon of Salt . . .

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And from my Pepper Mill, 1 teaspoon of Pepper . ..

Now Place the Lid on the Pretty Dish . . .

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Turn the Oven on Bake & set the Temperature @ 350 Degrees  . . .

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Then Place the Covered Baking dish Into the Oven . . .

Close the Oven Door . . .

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And Set the Timer for 90 Minutes . . .

Then Start the Timer . . .

Set another timer for 45 minutes . . .

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And Start It Too . . .

At the 45 Minute Mark Remove the Dish with Oven Mitts . . .

Look Inside and Things should Look like this . . .

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Make sure there is still some water in the dish!!

Then Place the Covered Dish Back into the Oven . . .

Then 40 or so later come back into the Kitchen . . .

Notice the Primary Timer is Nearly Done . . .

When it Sounds Off . . .

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Remove the Dish and Place it on a Heat Friendly Surface . . .

Take the Cover Off and it should look like this . . .

The Vegetables should be cooked and just a bit soft . . .

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I test them with a sharp knife . . .

Then Place the Lid On . . .

Wait for the Dish to Cool Down . . .

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And Place it into Refrigerator . . .

Then in 24 Hours it’s Ready to Eat . . .

It is Sooooooooooooo  Good . . .”

Thank you, John!  This idiot will report back.

Photos and recipe by John Garside.

Postscript from John: “Heat it up before eating! I forgot that!”