Leftover Christmas Muffins

I had a sad looking apple in the fruit bowl and a jar of mincemeat from Christmas.

I made these.

INGREDIENTS

400g Jar of Mincemeat

250g Self Raising Flour

2 teaspoons of Baking Powder

1 giant apple/2 medium apples, diced

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

50g sugar

1 egg, beaten

Butter/Oil

METHOD

Sieve the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl

Cook the diced apple in the butter with the cinnamon in a pan, add the mincemeat and cook till slightly thickened.

Add the wet mix to the dry mix and add the egg. Combine.

Grease a 12 hole muffin tray with a little oil and divide the mixture.

Cook for 30 minutes at gas mark 4 or until a skewer comes out clean.

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Savoury Bread and Butter ‘Pudding’

Yeah, I know, another Cheese and Carb feast in my trusty white dish.

Well, I’ll explain. As you know I hate food waste, and we get through a lot of bread, but sometimes we have 1-3 slices left of a loaf which aren’t going to cover us both for breakfast and lunch until our next shop, so we do need to buy a new loaf but then we would have too much bread!

Also it is usually the crusts that are left and I LOVE crusts but the boy hates them, and he is the bread fiend in the house.

So those 1-3 slices get thrown in the bottom freezer drawer.

I opened it recently and saw that we had a ridiculous amount of bread in there, so decided to make savoury bread and butter pudding.

INGREDIENTS

10 Slices of bread, you may need more or less depending on the size of dish you are using (I used granary bread, any will be fine, but granary has a certain panazz to it)

125g mozzarella

100g cheddar cheese, grated

4 eggs, beaten

tomato puree

Chives

paprika

METHOD

Butter the slices of bread, cut into triangles and layer up and overlap in your dish.

Meanwhile mix the beaten eggs, half the grated cheese, chives, paprika and tomato puree in a jug all together. You may find the tomato puree clumps up a little bit, this will just mean you may have random tomato-ey bits in your food.

Pour the egg/cheese mix over the bread, then scatter the rest of the grated cheese, the mozzarella slices and some more paprika.

Cook in the oven for about 25 minutes on a medium-high heat, keep checking.

Eat.

Do not eat it all. You will have the time of your life doing so, but just remember that’s 10 slices of bread and butter you would be eating.

You can add anything to this really, spinach, ham, onion, other veggies, the choice is yours.

 

 

Store Cupboard Veggie Cottage Pie

I batch cooked a load of cottage pie for tea and lunches this week. I used up A LOT of ingredients from the stores.

Things banished from the cupboards include:

100g dried soya mince (a bit of a faff to prepare but so cheap)

1 x 400g tin Haricot Beans

1 x 400g tin cut green beans

1 x 400g tin green lentils

1 x 400g carton of pasatta

Frozen peppers, onion and sweetcorn

2 ginormous sweet potatoes

2 tiny jacket potatoes

Cheese

Last of the BBQ sauce (adds a kick)

all but 2 of my carrots

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Tomato Puree

Herbs

You see the picture? That is the overflow cottage pie, I have another dish twice the size of that cooling down in the kitchen.

What’s the difference between a cottage pie and a shepherd’s pie? Apparently Cottage Pie traditionally uses Beef mince, and Shepherd’s Pie traditionally uses Lamb.

I used neither, but soya mince more resembles beef mince than it does lamb, that is why this is a veggie cottage pie.

 

Mixed Berry Rolls

I was inspired to make these after seeing a recipe in the January 2017 issue of the free Tesco magazine.

My recipe is basically a slight variation on the one that featured in the magazine, so not a true inspired original recipe. The Tesco recipe is definitely fancier, mine just used what I had.

INGREDIENTS

500g White Bread Flour (I bet wholemeal would work just as well)

350g Frozen berries

325ml water

Cinnamon

Mixed Spice

A bit of yoghurt (optional, a nice way to use it up)

A bit of icing sugar (optional, a nice way to use it up)

METHOD

Weigh out the 500g bread flour and mix with the water then mix with your hands to form a dough. When it no longer feels sticky leave it for 5 minutes.

Pour a little bit of yoghurt and icing sugar over the berries to make them a little less tart (this step is optional)

Roll out the dough into a nice rectangle shape. Sprinkle with cinnamon and mixed spice.

Cover the dough with the berry mixture and spread it out until even. Then roll the dough over the berries from the longest side and keep rolling till it is a nice long roll.

Cut chunks off and place them flat on a baking tray. You should have between 10-12 but it depends how big you have cut them.

Bake in the oven on gas mark 7 for about 30 minutes (your oven might be better than mine).

How to use up leftover Easter goodies #2 Chocolate Treat Tiffin

This recipe does not include any dried fruit that is more typical of a tiffin as the boy dislikes it. Feel free to add some if you like.

I was following a recipe from River Cottage Lover Your Leftovers which is a recipe book I absolutely love.

Basically if you have a glut of chocolate, biscuits of any description, chocolate treat items such as mini eggs, flakes, buttons, mini chocolates, caramels, candy bars and dried fruit (if you like) then you can’t go far wrong with any recipe for a tiffin.

I am going to make the boy take it to his work tomorrow as I feel a little bit sick if I look at chocolate now.

It will take at least 4 hours to set in the fridge, overnight is better.

Chickpea Crust Pizza (Thank You Eat Well For Less)

In the UK there have been three sporadic series of a show called Eat Well For Less on the BBC which I am a little obsessed with.

The premise of the show is you have a family who are brand loyal, or waste a lot of food, or eat really unhealthily, or argue about what to eat and in all cases they spend more than the national average on food for their family size.

Chef Greg Wallace and Green Grocer Chris Bavin are the faces of the show.

The show isn’t on air at the moment, and there are no videos of it to be easily found  but I absolutely love the show and when it was on TV last year I watched the episodes over and over again.

I spend in a whole month close to what the families typically spend in one week, so I don’t really have a problem with the food budget (though it has got a little out of control recently) but I have still found so many good tips from the show.

Predictably they released a cook book which I received for Christmas 2016 and I was happy to see a recipe from the show had made it in, which is the Chickpea Crust Pizza.

As per usual, because this is not my recipe I won’t repeat it, but it is essentially a chickpea pancake batter (set aside for 1 hour) fried on both sides, topped with tomato puree and cheese and veggies (I used a long neglected jar of green olives, frozen sweetcorn and onion and a whole ball of mozzarella, ooops) and placed in the oven till it has reached your desired level of cooking.

Chickpea flour is very cheap and makes a nice change.

I know my food photography is a bit rubbish and it looks like it’s been dropped on the floor but it was yummers.

The boy is at painting class, and all I have bought today was milk, though I did look around the entire store trying to find something shiny to buy.

I am watching The Resurrection of Jake the Snake as a way of trying to understand what my mum is going through.

I spoke to my Mum’s twin today and we talked about my Mum and I think unfortunately I left her a little upset. My Aunt has been through a lot in the last two years. She lost her husband, my beloved Uncle, two years ago and early in life to dementia that cruelly came along quickly and violently. She is the closest child to where my Granddad lives and does so much for him, especially now.

To be blunt, my Aunt does not need any more S*** in her life.

Neither do my brothers or I.

I am angry with my mum. I am devastated about my mum. And I can handle having both those feelings because at least it means I still feel something towards her.

But I can’t do anything. But at least I have Pizza and a Wrestling documentary.