Feeling anxious about various family things, I didn’t sleep very well on Friday night, and on Saturday morning decided that time spent in the kitchen would be the best antidote. It was very productive. I made some things for this week and some for the freezer:
Cheese & potato pie
Chilli with minced beef to serve with rice (one portion for Husband, one for Brother and two for the freezer).
Spicy bean chilli baked potato filling for Brother. I also put a portion of the bean chilli in the freezer.
Chestnut, parsnip & onion pies x3 individual. Love this combination but not sure that Husband will be interested! I used a little gadget I bought for the lattice topping. It’s not very good because it needs pressing hard to cut through the pastry but if it’s pressed too hard it springs apart.
Woolton pie Initially known as Lord Woolton pie after the head of the Ministry of Food during WWII. It was created by chef Francis Latry of the Savoy Hotel as a way to stretch food during rationing. Any vegetables can be used, cover with a little gravy and top with a pastry lid (mashed potato could be used). I used up all kinds of vegi bits and pieces from the fridge and freezer and will be trying it out for dinner this evening.
Cheese straws with the left over pastry trimmings, wholegrain mustard and Applewood smoked cheese. (They look rather like roasted parsnips in the photo, don’t they)?
Lemon syrup cakes x2 and Dangerous fruit buns with apple and mixed fruit, so called because I love them and am tempted to eat too many, hence most are now in the freezer.
Date & nut ‘energy’ balls – ideal for Husband to take when he goes walking. These are sold commercially for around £1.50 each but mine cost around 50p each. Pulse 250g of mixed nuts and 200g chopped dates. Mix with 250g mixed fruit and roll into balls. They are best kept in the fridge or they go a bit too sticky. I froze some too.
And finally, Panna cotta to go with some cherries in Kirsch which were a Christmas present.