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21
July
2014

Mozzarella and Parsley Croquettes

I am  a big fan of mushed potato.  I love its cloud-like nature, its creamy texture, the way you can jazz it up with just a few herbs, a little pancetta or lashings of freshly ground black pepper.

It makes a perfect pie top when  you cant be bothered with pastry.  It's massively but simply enhanced by grated cheese or grainy mustard stirred through it.

The child in me still loves the fact you can mould it like the experts in seaside sand sculptures Is there anything more classically simple than a couple of vertical sausages standing to attention in a bed of creamy mash?

But this time of year when we have alfresco dining (if the weather behaves) beautiful salads, fresh veg and lashings of salad dressings, do we really have a place in our menu for the mashed spud?

 

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21
July
2014

Just the best Moussaka!

Moussaka has become mainstream in the UK.  Easily found amongst the 'ready meals' in your local supermarket.  But remind yourself that being frugal isn't about living on packs of 9p noodles, its about living better, feeding yourself better, getting out of the Supermarket and back in to the kitchen.

If you are nervous about 'making your own' then this is the dish to try first.  You can make it in parts whilst you are doing other things and up to two days before you eat it as long has you keep it in the fridge.

I can guarantee that your efforts will be appreciated by all those invited to indulge even, even those who wondered what these beautifully shiny, if a little odd shaped, purple vegetables were, that you picked up in the Supermarket. 

 

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20
July
2014

Mediterranean Roast Chicken

Black olive and sundried tomato tapenade

The sun is out - the family however still want a roast dinner..........what to do?

It is quite an important thing, our Roast Chicken on a Sunday, not only because it causes us to sit down together as a family, but also because the other members of the family (our two dogs) have come to expect a roast dinner on a Sunday and left overs mixed in with their nomal food for a couple of days early in to the new week.

So after standing in the kitchen with this dead bird pondering the problem, I wondered what the result would be if I made a sort of tapenade with ten black olives and a few sun dried tomatoes?  

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20
July
2014

James Martin's Mums Goulash

Doing it by the book

Some of you will remember that we went to Prague in February this year, and came back with a Hungarian Goulash problem.

It has taken several months of therapy to get us back on to more normal foods, and we think we are finally now in a a place to declare that we are 'over the goulash' - however the proof of the pudding as they say..............

So one more try today, to see if we are cured, and as a result I have decided to give James' Mums recipe an outing.  

I am not a big fan of the strict recipe when making a Goulash but I was interested to see how I got on

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19
July
2014

Peach Melba Meringue

Move over Masterchef!

Okay its true, I have felt inspired since watching the end of Masterchef last night, and as a result tonight we had a dessert.

Not just any dessert

A thrown together "look what you can do with a tin of peaches, some fresh Raspberries, the last of the double cream, and ...........did you know Home Bargains have 6 meringue nests for 60p ish" pudding.

Oh and theres a secret ingredient just to make it extra special

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19
July
2014

Gluten Free, Four Flour Dinner Rolls

Try this with Corn Flour, Bread Flour, coconut Flour the options are endless

As we have had visitors, we have odd things in the cupboard which need eating up.  I am going to have to worry about the 'sea' of gluten free breakfast options in the cupboard at a later date, but today I needed some bread to go with Goulash, and I had no Bread flour, so my option consisited of either, driving to the shops, or using what I had in the cupboards.

A rummage around and a short time later I had Rye, Plain, Spelt, and Brown Rice flours.  I had rejected the cornflour (because I cant get over the idea of uising it for anything other than thickening sauces) and coconut, because I have never known a food stuff remove the moisture from your mouth the way Coconut flour does.

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15
July
2014

Baked Apples with Maple Syrup

Delicious Gluten and Dairy Free Dessert

We have house guests this week, one of which is a 'blasted nuisance'.
No Gluten, Wheat, Cows Milk................and expects a pudding after supper.

So what to do?  Well my earlier attempt at Blueberry Muffins is making an appearance later this week and Carrot Cake is arriving on day three

Today, large pink Lady apples and some raisins, walnuts and a good dash of maple syrup come together to produce a delicious simple dish......in fact ask yourself, when did you last bake an apple?  To be honest I am pretty sure I never did...........until today 

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25
June
2014

Courgette Taglitelle

A fabulous alternative to Pasta for the Summer

Pasta.  Wonderful thing. Cheap, simple, quick to cook.................fattening.

So is there an alternative?  Well we have made lasagne with layers of vegetable in instead of the pasta sheets so today with Courgettes at their absolute best, I thought about making a little courgette side dish to go with my left over quiche and corn on the cob, for my lunch.

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24
June
2014

Cheese and Caramelized Onion Quiche

The cooking of this makes it distinctly un-frugal.....unless you have solar panels!

This flan is a wonder.  It is essentially a cheese and onion quiche (especially if you double the mix and make the flan deeper) but its most definately worth the trouble..........and the trouble is......the onion.

Now, I will admit that the onions can probably be prepared in 90 minutes, but because I work from home and have solar panels I turned the heat right down and finally, after starting the onions at 9am took them off the heat at 1pm.

Whether you cook the onions quickly or slowly - do try this dish - it will stop you picking up a supermarket "cheese and onion quiche" ever again - assuming you have the time.
Perhaps you will revert to to Supermarket quiche, but if you do I bet you utter the words "its okay but this isnt as nice as the homemade one we had in the summer"

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23
June
2014

Two cheese, Sun dried tomato and Basil Jacket potatoes

Jacket Potato Snowballs

I know it, this time of year we should be eating new potatoes smothered in butter, black pepper and mint.  Its true.  But there is something so frugal about a jacket potato that I personally think that they should make an appearance on your meal plan weekly.  Either as a 'side' or as a whole meal.

This recipe combines summery flavours and is most definately a whole meal.  Serve it with a small green side salad - or just on its own.

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