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Friday, 5 February 2010
Having got home from the park a little later than usual, I needed to put something together quickly that would be filling and nutritious. I found small pots of squds & celeriac mash, slow cooked buttery leeks and steamed salsify. I decided to heat the mash & leeks together but not in a frying pan, just directly in a microwavable bowl, and when that was hot, I made a little crater in the mix and cracked an egg in! Back in the microwave for about 50 seconds, and I had a perfectly "baked" egg in colcannon-ish stuff. Very soothing, filling, quick, easy & cheap!
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
I also seared up some stunning scallops and then crisped up a couple of shredded slices of thin salami in the same pan, with some lemon juice and tarragon stirred in. So we had 2 starters (scallops etc, and artichokes and melted butter) and a very, very filling main.
The whole combo of our main course was utterly gorgeous; the gravy of the pork was thick and oozily unctuous, and the sweetness of it was beautifully offset by the slight grainy salty creaminess of the polenta. I loved the texture and flavour of the salsify, just lightly buttered and lemoned. I definitely got my veggies in and loved every second. Oh and the dog DOES like artichoke...
Now, if that was not enough, I decided to throw together a pudding I'd had in mind for a few days. I'd baked a choc cake from a packet mix, and about a third of the cake was sitting around, mildly stale, but not very, presumably because of some chemical in the mix, so I crumbled it into the bottom of a bowl. I then sliced on a peeled pear that was a bit too soft for the kids to agree to eating but was perfectly fine. I then added some Clipper Organic Hot Choc powder and some Green & Blacks cocoa to a basics pack of instant custard powder mix, then made it up as per the instructions, tho slightly less water than it said, so it was slightly thicker than usual, and then I dollopped that onto the cake & pear. Finally I had a bag of plain choc Lebkuchen from Lidl, left over from Christmas, well, there were a few crushed up hearts left in the bag, and I crumbled those on the top. I have to say, this is probably one of the best puddings I've ever made and it went down a treat. But not one to repeat too often, but what a WONDERFUL use of bits that I would certainly have thrown away otherwise. Usually after having them sit around in my kitchen for a few weeks with the thought that I "might do something with them". Frugal indeed, if perhaps not the healthiest food. However, not like I do a pudding every day, and cheaper than buying something or making something from scratch with new, specially bought ingredients.