Monday, 27 January 2014

Welcome and baking...

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Over the weekend I was busy on Saturday baking carrot muffins:
Two lots of four muffins were frozen to help resist temptations. Two loaves of bread using rye, wholemeal and white flours were made, one of which was frozen:
Sunday dawned and it was time to use up my last half beef chuck joint. It weighed around 1 1/4 pound once minced. It was browned with some onions, carrots and pumpkin. Half was put to one side and this first batch had peppers, mushrooms and fresh tomatoes added and was turned into two Shepherd's Pies. This was one of them before the potato was added:
A bit rough and ready to look at but the potato had gone cold by the time the base had cooled, making it difficult to do a nice topping:
We had one for tea last night followed by stewed apple and home made yoghurt for supper. The other half of the meat had more things added and was turned into two batches of chilli con carne:
We shall have one of those for tonight's tea, the other half of both dishes have gone into the freezer. So then to recap, 1 1/4lb of mince, lots of old vegetables, 4 meals for 2 people - not too shabby methinks!

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  1. All looks delicious. I must make more of an effort to batch cook (there are 3 of us: me, the man and the only son).

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    1. I wasn't particularly in the mood for batch cooking yesterday and wasn't really hungry by the end. We have eaten all our meals out of the freezer now, so time to begin again.

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  2. I always cook meals such as shepherds pie or casseroles for four and freeze the other two for another time. Its surprising how they mount up over time and as I never buy fast food, so useful when we've been out for the day and want something quick we we get home.

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    1. It does add up nicely and like you say, perfect for those days when you aren't able or don't feel like cooking from scratch. Must make some more faggots as we have run out!

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  3. I like the rough top potato and I especially like the dish, it reminded me of the rice puds my mum used to make, I always used to scrape the burnt edges when the dish was empty. yum yum
    Briony
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    1. I think I got them from lakeland, 3 medium and 3 small.

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  4. It's not rough looking - it's ' rustic' ! Everything looks delish!

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  5. A great day's baking, and all the things we would have ourselves. Always makes sense, I think to make a decent amount and freeze for later - jolly handy, half the work, and a lovely virtuous feel into the bargain!

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    1. Have to be in the mood but when I am, can do lots of things before getting cheesed off!

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  6. Very constructive and it looks wonderful - I'm getting hungry now!

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    1. Ah muffins, just the thing to put into your pocket for munching whilst out on a boat?

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