Saturday, 8 October 2016

Banana pancakes

A great way of using up those over-ripe bananas and frugal too, especially as otherwise the banana might be chucked.
It's not my recipe although I added the milk as the batter was too thick.  I think it might be a Slimming World recipe although I am not sure, so apologies.

Ingredients (made enough for two for me)
1 very ripe banana
1 medium egg
50g rolled oats, zizzed down a bit if not using a thermo
50g milk
1/3 tsp ground cinnamon
coconut oil for frying
Normal Method
Put all the ingredients apart from the oil in a bowl and mix together really well to make a thick-ish batter. There should be some texture in the oats but the batter should be fairly smooth.
Thermomix method
Briefly zizz the oats.
Add the banana, cinnamon, milk and egg and zizz again. There should be some texture in the oats but the batter should be fairly smooth.
Rest of method
Heat the oil. When hot, add a ladleful of batter. Reduce heat to low and fry for 3-4 mins before flipping over and cooking the other side. You may need to flip over more than once as the batter is thick and it does take some time. Don’t over-brown.
I found it made enough for two in my small pan but turning them was tricky. Next time I might use my bigger pan and my crumpet rings to make smaller, more easily flipped pancakes
Serve with a dollop of yogurt and a drizzle of honey

Friday, 7 October 2016

Carrot and lentil soup

I found this one on the BBC site and it's good.
Here's the link

I only changed it a bit .
I didn't do the dry fry thing at the beginning as I had ground cumin rather than seeds and used chili puree.  Instead I sauted the onions and the cumin in a little oil before adding the chili puree and the other ingredients.  I used half amounts of both chilli and cumin because I don't like the sprinkle over the top thing.

It made a smooth, almost creamy but not quite soup with a wonderful flavour.  Worth a try!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Two soups

As October has entered our year, so has the chillier weather and my thoughts turn to soups.  Delicious, filling, warming home made soups for lunch.  Perfect.

Here are a couple that I made over the last few days.  Please bear in mind that I made them up as I went along so amounts are somewhat vague.  Also, I am sure they are not in any way original but they are adaptable so use your imagination and what you already have, whenever possible!  These are quite frugal but won't be if you go and buy special ingredients for it.

Cream of tomato soup

Ingredients to make enough for one
A bit of onion, carrot and celery, all chopped finely
A blob of butter
A squeeze of garlic puree to taste
Some tomatoes*, halved
about one level tsp chicken stock powder (or veg stock powder if you want it to be vegetarian)
Water (see * below)
A splash of cream (or milk but cream is better!)

*  This is the problematic bit.  I used tomatoes from the garden - lovely, juice sungolds.  They are small tomatoes and I suppose I used about 15 to 20.  You could use a can of chopped or plum tomatoes or tomatoes that are going soft, I reckon.
Because they were so juice, I didn't add any extra water but firmer tomatoes would need some water.

Soften the onion, carrot and celery in a blob of butter.  Add the garlic puree and continue to cook, gently, for a minute longer.

Toss in the tomatoes, the chicken stock and a bit of water (see * above).  Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until everything is soft.

Zizz everything until super smooth, then push the lot through a sieve to get rid of any residual gunk.

Return the soup to the saucepan, check seasonings and adjust, if necessary.  Add a splash of cream and reheat to just under boiling.


Additions such as more cream, croutons, etc, would be delicious!

Sort of non-traditional minestrone - ish soup.
This one is so vague that it's really an idea, not a recipe.  I don't care: it was gorgeous and filling and I shall make it again soon

Ingredients to make enough for two
A splash of olive oil
One can of chopped tomato, zizzed smooth (or you could use the equivalent amount of passata, I guess)
A small onion, a small carrot, a mushroom or two and about a third to a half of a rib of celery, chopped to the size you want in the soup
A smallish, waxy potato, chopped as above.  I left the peel on
Some haricot beans (I had some baked beans left over so I just roughly rinsed off the sauce)
A few frozen broad beans, peas, sweetcorn . . .
Bit of chilli puree and a bit of garlic puree
A level tsp chicken stock powder (or the vegetable equivalent)
A good pinch dried mixed herbs
Salt and pepper (be careful of the salt as the stock powder is already salty
A little water, if needed

Zizz the canned tomato and set aside

In a saucepan, soften the chopped onion, carrot, celery, mushroom and potato in a little olive oil, adding the chilli and garlic purees towards the end.

Then add the remaining ingredients, bring to a simmer and cook, covered, until all the vegetables are soft.  The sauce should be quite thick but add some water if it seems to be getting too thick.

Check and adjust seasonings, if necessary.

Serve piping hot with some nice crusty bread.  Lovely!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Crumble cream cookies

These are lovely and made from leftovers.

The other day I made an apple crumble and made more topping than I needed (on purpose), thinking to freeze the rest

But then I had an idea.

The topping was just flour, butter and sugar, the basic recipe.  Almost the same as shortbread really.  So, into what was left, I added a dash of cream (also left over from the crumble)enough to mix it all into a stiff dough, broke off walnut sized pieces, rolled them and then flattened them on an oven tray with parchment on.

The oven was 160C and I baked them for around 15 to 18 mins, until done.

They are absolutely delicious and this is definitely one to make again, maybe at Christmas as I have decided not to get a tin of posh biscuits this year - my own home mades are much nicer!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Broad bean pate. - using up leftovers

There were some broad beans left over after Sunday dinner so I made some broad bean pate.  It was very tasty with a clean, light flavour and a fresh green colour.

Ingredients to make enough for one (because, after all, it was leftovers)
36g cooked broad beans
20g soft cheese
a little bit of garlic puree
half tsp olive oil
half tsp natural yogurt
2 or 3 fresh mint leaves
salt and pepper
a lemon wedge

Using a mini zizzer, put in all the ingredients apart from the salt and pepper and zizz until everything is pureed and nearly smooth.  Push the mixture down the sides now and again, if necessary.
Add a bit of seasoning, mix and taste.  Adjust if necessary.  Chill, covered, in the fridge.

Serve with crackers, oatcakes, pitta bread or similar, with a wedge of lemon

Monday, 22 August 2016

Posh bread and butter pudding

It's been a very long time since I posted anything in here.  My apologies and thank you to everyone who pops in to check anyway.  I will try to be a bit more talkative in here!

Yesterday I made a very delicious bread and butter pudding.  I used some stollen that I had popped in the freezer before Christmas and it had slipped to the bottom and hidden itself.

I followed an ordinary recipe, such as this one

I sliced the stollen fairly thin.  I cut out the dried fruit because the bread already had plenty but it was a home made stollen so it had been generously endowed with a variety of dried fruit - use more if you want.  I cut out the cinnamon completely because the stollen was spiced.  I cut back the sugar to just a little sprinkle because stollen is a sweet bread.  I used the full 500mls milk and two eggs and had just a bit left over after allowing it to soak in for half an hour and topping up twice.

I wish I had taken a photo because it baked beautifully, rising almost like a loaf of bread and browning to golden.  The marzipan was indescribably delicious.  And there was none left by the end of the day!

You could use any kind of sweet bread to make this.  Hot cross buns that have gone a bit stale would work well.
I will definitely be doing this again.

Friday, 29 July 2016

freezer oaty bars

These were showcased on Eat Well for Less this week.
The recipe is available online, here.

I reduced amounts down to a quarter because I was just trying it out and I had to make some substitutes.
I had no agave so I used more honey, I used walnuts instead of almonds and plain puffed wheat instead of rice pops.

It all worked fine and the final results were sweet, sticky and delicious.  I cut it into very small chunks and each bit is now wrapped and in the fridge.

It's nice to have a recipe that is so versatile.