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Let’s love lettuce

Hi again gluttons. here I am again hoping to tickle your fancy or fan your flames with with gluts of lettuce!

This week a friend of mine enquired “would you like a lettuce”? Now, I’m as enamoured with green leaves as the next man – or woman-, but a crate of them?  My flames were duly fanned, I was overwhelmed with gluttony and the creative juices began to flow.

Serve with fresh crusty granary bread and a large glass of Chardonnay.

GREEN EGGS.    Serves 4    V.   4, Ramekin dishes, Baking Tray, Pre-heated Grill

4 Fresh Free range eggs, soft boiled. Shelled.

3 Little Gem lettuce or other crunchy variety. Shredded.

25g butter.

1 wineglass of White wine or veg stock

2, shallots, finely chopped.

Butter 4 ramekins, place on an oven proof baking tray.

Melt butter in a pan fry the shallots, until soft, but not brown. Add the shredded lettuce, pour over the wine or stock, cover with baking paper and a lid. Simmer for 4-5mins. Remove from pan, season and divide between the 4 dishes. Place the eggs on top of each dish.

Sauce.

25g Butter.

1 Rounded tbspn plain flour

100g Blue Cheese, use up those left over bits lurking in the fridge.

400ml Milk, warmed.

Melt the butter, add the flour, cook stirring for 2 mins.

Slowly add the warmed milk, continue to stir until the sauce thickens.

Remove from the heat and crumble in the blue cheese. Season to taste.

Divide the sauce between the 4 dishes & sprinkle with browned bread crumbs or crushed potato crisps.

Place under a hot grill until golden brown. Serve at once sprinkled with chopped chives.

Sit back with your glass of wine and congratulate yourself on using up your leftovers and glut of lettuce.

Until next time. Enjoy.

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Glutton for punishment.

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Courgettes, Courgettes, Courgettes

I know, you’ve spent all that back breaking time in the garden, tilling the soil, weeding and watering, proudly growing your own food and what do you end up with???

You glutton for punishment you. You end up with a glut!! Ok, those first pickings where a joy. Boasting to your friends over Sunday lunch served with your home grown veg, but after the fourth meal served with a side of courgettes you are begining to have had enough.

Let me see if I can help you with your problem. Below I have given you a couple of recipes and a few suggestions on what you can turn your excess of courgettes into.

COURGETTE & CARROT SALAD.  GF/ DF/ V   Serves 4-6 Allergens: Nuts

4, Large Courgettes, Very thinly sliced. ( Use a mandolin )

2, Large Carrots, Scrubbed and either thinly sliced or cut into match sticks.

8, tbspns Home made french dressing.

Combine the above together in a large serving bowl & allow to stand for a few hours.

When ready to serve add:

100g Pitted Black Olives

100g Pine nuts

Large hand full of fresh oregano, chopped

Sprinkle over:

100g Shaved Parmesan cheese.

Serve as a light lunch with crusty homemade granary bread, as a starter or as a side dish to accompany a meal.

If you have a fancy for some hot courgettes

Heat

1 tbspn Rapeseed oil in a wok

Add

4 Chunky sliced Courgettes

2, Cloves Garlic, Crushed

Handful of  Mint & Lemon Thyme finely chopped

Shake to coat the veg. Cover & cook over a medium heat, for 5 mins shaking occasionally

Serve sprinkled with lemon juice, chopped mint & lemon thyme & seasoning.

Other suggestions you may want to try:

Courgette & Feta Fritters

Courgette Soup.

Ratatoullie

Stuffed Courgettes

Courgette & Mushroom Fritatta

Courgette & Oregano Jelly. Lovely with Lamb

Well guys. That’s all for now, until next time when the subject of gluts will be tomatoes.

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Food Waste Fodder.

Hi Foodies. Here’s some food for thought. Our food costs us our hard-earned cash. Why do we throw it away?  Hopefully through this series of blogs, I can give you some ideas to save money and provide you with some delicious, homemade healthy food made using leftover food.



SPICED SWEET POTATO & COCONUT SOUP.

Serves 4-6. Gluten free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Vegan. High Fibre, Part of your 5 a day.

INGREDIENTS.

3 tbspns Veg Oil.

1kg Sweet Potatoes. Peeled & Chopped

2. Carrots chopped

2. Onions. Peeled & chopped

3. Sticks Celery. Chopped

1. Chilli. Deseeded & chopped.

1. tspn Ground Cumin

2. tspns Ground Coriander

1 Tin of Tomatoes or Left over soft fresh tomatoes

1 Tin Coconut Milk

1 Ltr Vegetable Stock.

2 Cloves Garlic Chopped

Seasoning to taste & Fresh Coriander to Garnish

METHOD

In a large saucepan heat the oil over a medium heat. Add the onion, sweet potato, celery, and carrots. Cover with a lid and fry for 10 mins, stirring occasionally.

Add the ground spices & fry for a further 5 mins, stirring.

Add the Coconut Milk, Tomatoes, Garlic & Veg Stock. Bring to the boil, lower the heat, cover & simmer for 30.mins or until the veg is tender.

Using a stick blender, puree until smooth. Season to taste. Gently reheat & serve garnished with the fresh coriander.



If the soup is to thick it can be thinned by adding more stock. If you prefer a more chunky soup, puree less, leaving chunky bit in the soup.

Alternatively. use less stock in the recipe to make a thick sauce, which you could use to add leftover, chicken or pork. Serve with rice, noodles or what ever takes your fancy.

Until next time foodies. #loveyourleftovers.

Soup Coconut & Sweet Pot

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A Souper way to “Love your leftovers”

Everyone is now into “grow your own” but what do you do with that glut of tomatoes and the mint that is threatening to over take your herb garden.  What about that of a box of veg on the market stall that you can’t resist because it’s a bargain? The answer foodies, is make it into a delicious homemade soup, which can be served hot or on ice.

Soup is not just for winter, cold soups are very refreshing in the summer. Just imaging picnicing by a babbling brook with a glass of wine and a chilled thermos of Minted Tomato & Yoghurt soup served with home-made Parmesan crackers – made with that bit of leftover cheese – you where going to throw away.

MINTED TOMATO & YOGHURT SOUP.

Serves 4-6.  Gluten free, Vegetarian.

INGREDIENTS:  3. Tbspns Olive or Rapeseed Oil. 1.5 Kg Fresh Tomatoes, Skinned & Deseeded, 2 Tbspns Tomato Puree. 1 large Red Onion, chopped. 1 Large Carrot, diced, 3 Sticks Celery, chopped. 2 bay leaves. 1 Tspn Ground Cumin. 750ml  Vegetable Stock. 2 Tbspns Marsala Wine. 2 Cloves Smoked Garlic, chopped. Small tub of full fat natural yoghurt. Handful of fresh mint leaves. Seasoning to taste.



METHOD: Heat the oil in a large saucepan. add the onion, carrot & celery. Cover & cook over a medium heat for 10 mins stirring occasionally.

Add the Cumin & fry for 2 mins.  Stirring.

Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, bay leaves, vegetable stock, mint & Marsala. Cover & bring to the boil, turn down the heat & simmer for 30 mins or until the veg are tender.

Add the smoked garlic & using a blender stick, blitz until smooth,  stir in the yoghurt & season to taste.

Reheat, without boiling & serve hot garnished with extra mint leaves, or turn into a bowl, leave until cold & chill in the fridge. Serve in small bowls garnished with mint leaves & Parmesan Crackers & a shot glass of iced Vodka for extra pizzazz.!!!!

Until next time. Happy dining foodies

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Its a wrap. Wrap up your leftovers.

I love a wrap, they are very useful things, which lend themselves to a quick healthy meal, depending, what you put in them, of course. Wraps can be both sweet or savoury, hot or cold, personally I like mine, cooked on a Panini toaster, or in a dry, non stick frying pan.

Wraps are available in white, wholemeal, white & wheat ?! and multi seeded, my favourite, they also come flavoured with an assortment of different herbs & spices. You can also make your own, which I sometimes do using a mixture of Spelt & Multi grain flour. I tend not to add any flavourings as they can then be used with either sweet or savoury fillings.

Which ever variety you choose, always go for the best quality, as the cheaper brands tend to be rather tough & when toasted have the consistency of cardboard.

In the photo above, I used leftover Pork from last Sunday’s roast, thinly sliced green pepper, chopped spring onion & smoked garlic as the filling. I spread Sweet Chilli Chutney, from the marvellous Pot of What range of chutney’s & pickles over the wrap, popped the filling in the middle & folded the wrap, to completely enclose the filling.

wrap-unrolled

Quickly toasted & served with a beansprout, carrot & apple salad drizzled with fresh lime juice & Sesame oil, The wrap made a substantial, healthy supper dish, which was ready in minutes, had quite a ring of a non greasy pancake roll about it.

Right cookies, get creative & make some for yourself. There are a few suggestions below, but really, your fridge holds the ingredients.

SAVOURY:

Leftover roast lamb, Feta cheese & mint, spread with tomato chutney.

Cooked sausage, grated Cheddar cheese & chopped onion, spread with mustard & mayo.

Olives, sun dried tomatoes & roasted peppers, spread with herby cream cheese.

Tuna, sweetcorn & grated cheese, spread with Mayo.

Leftover roast beef, cooked beetroot & garlic, spread with horseradish & soured cream

Serve with a salad & a dip of your choice.

SWEET:

Sliced Banana, Blueberries &  a sprinkle of Lime Juice, spread with cream cheese.

Sliced Banana, Pecan nuts & chopped chocolate, spread with Nutella.

Sliced Peaches, raspberries, Spread with honey.

Crushed meringues, stale cake crumbs, strawberries, spread with lemon curd.

Chopped dates, grated Orange rind & chopped nuts, spread with cream cheese.

Give the sweet wraps a dusting of icing sugar & serve with Fromage Frais, Greek Yoghurt or to be very decadent Clotted Cream.

Have fun creating your own personal favourites. Maybe they could be a quick alternative to Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Who knows?

 

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Food, Love your leftovers

Love your leftovers.

Learn to live with your leftovers.

Generations past knew how to plan meals and feed their families with out wastage. The disposal of unwanted food was unheard of. It was commonplace for people to grow their own veg and shopped on a daily basis, weekly meals were planned, making use of food stuff that were in season, but most importantly, people knew how to cook.

None of us can afford, or need to throw away food, but in today’s fast-moving consumer society we are encouraged to purchase and discard everything from televisions to tomatoes.

Although we are time poor, with a little planing and less impulse buying it is possible to eat well and turn those left overs into quick nutritious meals.

In this series of blogs on Love your left overs, I hope I can give you some ideas which may help you get creative with your food and save you from making your pooch porky, emptying the waste bin so often or pondering on what goes into recycling.

leftovers-quiche
Love your left overs. Put them in me.

Get creative with the Basic Quiche recipe.

Basic Shortcrust pastry.    Serves 6.

  • 225g Plain Flour.
  • Pinch of salt.
  • 50g Butter or Margarine
  • 50g  Vegetable Fat or 50ml Vegetable oil
  • 4 tbspns Cold Water.

Place the flour, salt, butter & veg fat in the food processor ( If using oil add at the end with the water).

Process until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.

Remove lid & add the water – & oil – if using, to the centre of the mixture & process until the mixture comes together & forms a ball. DO NOT over process.

Wrap the pastry loosely in cling film & rest in fridge, while assembling the filling.

Heat oven to 200c. Gas Mk6. 400f. If using a fan assisted oven reduce temps by 20c

Basic Filling

  •  2 Large Free range Eggs
  • Yolks of 2 large Eggs ( use the whites for meringues, omelettes or scrambled eggs )
  •  500ml Milk.
  • Seasoning,  Salt, Pepper, Chilli Flakes, Herbs, etc  to your taste.

Place the above in a bowl & beat together.

Now here’s the fun part. The fillings below are only suggestions, use your imagination or more importantly, use up your LEFTOVERS.

Roll out the pastry & use to line a 20cm Flan tin & fill with your choice of left overs, which could be:

  • Left over cooked potatoes, greens, sautéed onions, cheese & thyme
  • Sausages & sliced tomatoes, cheese. & sage
  • A mix of assorted cheeses & cayenne pepper.
  • Fish, fresh of tinned & fennel or tarragon
  • Cooked cauliflower, cheese & parsley
  • sautéed mushrooms, bacon & thyme
  • Roasted red peppers, Sun dried tomatoes, olives, parmesan & basil

Pour over the egg mixture, stand the flan tin on a pre-heated baking sheet, lace in the centre of the oven & bake for 40 mins, reducing the heat to 180c, 350f, Gas 6, after 15mins.

When cooked the Quiche should be set & slightly puffed up – will flatten slightly as it cools – Serve Hot or cold. with salad or cooked veg.

Hope you enjoy the first of my LOVE YOUR LEFT OVERS series.  If you have any comments or want me to suggest how to use your left overs please fill out the form below.  Happy cooking.

 

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Food

I love food

I love food, I love cooking, in fact I cook to live and live to eat.

All my life, one way or another I have been involved with food.  I know, we all have, we need to eat to stay alive, but my love of food goes a bit deeper. I have written & tested recipes all my life and am rather long in the tooth, so it has been some time.

Cooking,  yes I have done that too, not just for my own family but other peoples families, christenings, shoots, tea parties, weddings, diets and for retail shops. You name it I have probably done it.

Now my family has grown and long since  fled the warmth of my kitchen I have turned my hand to the world of Social Media & the blog.

I run a web site wiltshireartisans.com in which I endeavour to support & promote small rural food producers from Wiltshire and also publish weekly recipes, which incorporates the products of the said producers. I am also very active on all the usual media sites.  Please pop over & take a look if you have a mo.

This blog is really digging a bit deeper into food, its producers & its origins. Each week I will publish something here related to the subject.

Next week, after my little sojourn in the county of Suffolk I will be reviewing a few establishments and sharing with you my ramblings about this mesmerising county.

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