Sunday, 1 February 2015

Cooking, baking and food challenge

Well done Andy, you fought well and it is nice to see you return to form.

Whilst the oven was on for making some potato wedges and an impossible quiche (recipe on tab above) for tea, I took the opportunity to make a half sized soda bread as we have finished our normal bread:
We had some of the bread today, with what should have been French Onion soup. However, I forgot to keep an eye on it and the bottom caught. We added the stock, then tomato purée and checked it over once cooked. Still a very slight burnt taste so we added a spoonful of curry paste. Perfect:
There is enough left for another day as well.We ate half the quiche and wedges with some home made coleslaw for tea, the remainder has cooled and gone into the fridge to be served with slaw for our final tea of the food challenge:
I love impossible quiche, it is so quick to make as there is no pastry involved. It does have flour in it which settles on the bottom to give a thin crust like texture. If you can't eat gluten or want to reduce the calories a little, make it without, it works just as well.

I had some crème fraiche left over so that went in, instead of cream. I also used up most of the rest of the vegetables left from this week which included, courgette, pepper and mushrooms. The last 3 small carrots and a bit of the white cabbage went into the coleslaw!

The vegetables have almost gone that were purchased as part of the £20 per week food challenge for 2 people, just enough left for the soup above plus some slaw for the final tea.

This is the end of our food challenge for a week. It was a bit meagre on the fruit and vegetable front but overall, we felt full and well fed. We even managed to bake a small war time fruit loaf!

We enjoyed the challenge so much, we are going to do another week! I am not sure you could keep this up for too long and still be able to eat healthily. Food staples would rapidly disappear from the store cupboards and would need a big shop just for them.

Some people however, do have to do it and stick with tinned and packet goods and I for one, take my hat off to them.



11 comments:

  1. I've never heard of impossible quiche. I would love the recipe if you would post it.

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    1. There is a link to it on my recipe tab at the top, under main meals.

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  2. I take my hat off to you too. Well done for trying it out. As you said in one of your blogs last week an extra fiver would make a huge difference in what you could buy. It does make you utilise everything.

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    1. Thank you. We normally allocate double that amount for everything in a week including toiletries and keeping the spare cupboard topped up.

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  3. I still couldn't to the challenge.... I'm a growing lad! (Well sideways that is) ;)

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    1. It would be difficult if on your own with only £10!

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  4. I occasionally take my eye off the soup pan and get stuff 'catching', leaving a slight burned taste. A friend told me that a bit of peanut butter stirred into soup/casserole fixes the problem. I was very sceptical, but it works!

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    1. A very useful tip, thank you. How much is a bit in your estimation?

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    2. Somewhere between one and two tablespoons, depending on the amount in the pan and of course, how burned it is!
      Less than three weeks to go until the weddings, time's flying by now! DS is currently in Belgium for his Stag 'Do'. Twelve of them including DH and DS's future FiL are travelling around the WW1 battlefields. It may seem a weird thing to do for a 'Stag' but he's very keen on military history, so it's perfect for him.
      I thought I'd be quite lonely with DH away, but actually it's been quite a nice break, and the kettle isn't on every hour or so for cups of tea!

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  5. Okay, thanks. I know, time is rushing here as well although no doubt, faster for FDiL's parents who are responsible for far more of the arrangements than us!

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    1. Our FDiL's patents both still work, and as we're (early) retired, a lot of the organising has fallen to us. Oh, and her parents couldn't organise the proverbial in a brewery!
      It wouldn't be a problem, but the wedding is being held 110 miles from where we live, so we're constantly doing 220 mile round trips! It's starting to get a little tiring! As long as DS and FDiL have a wonderful day it will have been worth all the travelling!

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