Sunday, 22 January 2017

Rib sticking soup

I've made two storecupboard dishes today
Lentil Dahl and Rib sticking soup, I had everything to hand so no shopping needed

Lentil Dahl
400g red lentils Cook these in plenty of water.
2 tsps turmeric
Melt a knob of butter in a pan, add 2 tsps cumin,
1 small onion, finely chopped, 2-3 tsp of lazy garlic or puree, 1-2 tsp lazy ginger, 1-2 fresh green chillies, finely sliced, I had these in the freezer from some we grew this summer. 1 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp ground coriander. Add half a tin of tomatoes
When the lentils are cooked, they need to be sort of porridge consistency, add the fried mixture and stir thoroughly, serve with rice or naan.

Rib sticking soup.

I made the soup in my pressure cooker, using a handful of cooking bacon chopped small, I fried the bacon, added a sliced onion, carrot and potato, then I added a tin and a half of tomatoes, a squirt of tomato puree, some garlic, mixed herbs. Next add 1 or 2 pints of water, large handful of lentils and a handful of pearl barley, if you add a few strands of spaghetti you can call this minestrone soup.
Bring to the boil, simmer until lentils and barley are cooked.
This soup can be made with any veg you need to use up, I've used cabbage and squash before. You can use just tomato puree and add baked beans, or add dried soup mix instead of lentils and barley.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Car again

I've had to buy a new battery for my car, more money just when we are trying to save, never mind, at least we had the money to pay for the battery.

I'm making another batch of lentil curry for my lunches next week, something warm and spicy stops me buying food from the canteen.

DGD Eileen stayed last night, but because the car needed a new battery we weren't able to collect her from school. When she came out of class and saw her mum she burst into tears and said 'I thought it was my turn to go to Nana's this week'. Mum quickly reassured her and explained that it was her turn and dropped her off at our house with my L&M whilst I was getting a new battery fitted.

This morning  Eileen and I made sprinkle cakes for her to take home, just ordinary fairy cakes with icing and sprinkles on. I need to buy some more sprinkles as all I have left are chocolate ones and she prefers more colourful ones. I will look in B&M next time I'm passing, they are quite cheap in there.

I shall have a rummage in the freezer and make a rough meal plan of what we are eating next week. My plan is never set in stone, it depends a bit on what we fancy when we get in. One evening we will have an omelette as I have loads of eggs in the freezer.
I have potatoes, onions, cabbage and carrots in the fridge, enough to last the week I'm sure.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

The lighthousekeepers wife

My grandchildren like the Lighthouse Keepers Lunch to be read to them as a bedtime story.
In the story Mr Grinling and his wife live in a little cottage on the cliffs above the lighthouse.
When they are in bed Mr Grinling can see the light and hear the horns on the passing ships tooting.
I assume Mrs Grinling can see and hear the same things.

I'm beginning to feel like the lighthouse keepers wife.
My L&M has recently decided that all the upstairs doors need to be closed at night to keep the heat in.
This is ok but it means I cannot see where I am going when I get up to go to the toilet during the night.
So after 3 or 4 weeks of me cannoning off the bed and the walls hubby decided his sleep was being disturbed way too much.
So he bought a nightlight to fix above the bathroom door, it has a motion sensor so it comes on when I get up in the night.
Unfortunately it as developed a fault and flashes on and off throughout the night.
It doesn't disturb my beloved because he sleeps on the far side of the room.
I however sleep nearest to the door, what with the light and my beloved farting like a foghorn I really do feel like the lighthouse keepers wife.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

I want to thwack someone

A day of high's and low's today, I was in the courtyard at work today when a child barged past me, I stopped him and told him he wasn't allowed in that area.
'Prove it' he said 'I want you to phone a member of staff and prove I'm not allowed here'.
I showed him my ID and said 'I am a member of staff'.
'Well I don't recognise you' he replied.
So I said 'Well I recognise you and you are in trouble'.
At this he told me to fuck off and ran away, to my great joy our assistant head appeared and when I described the child she knew exactly who I meant and deprived him of the rest of his lunch break. I'd still rather have thwacked him.

I've had my car looked at and repaired £20 to have part of my exhaust replaced. It's a local garage, a bit rough and ready but they are very good. I usually see the owner (I looked after his dog last year when he went home to Poland for a wedding), but he wasn't there today.
The office was locked up but a  huge man with a beard was sat in a car, he didn't appear to speak any English apart from 'OK' but I handed over my keys.
It was only as I was sat on the bus coming home I suddenly wondered if he was an employee or just a passing car thief.
I text my son who used to work there and he reassured me, 'That will be his mechanic, he's huge but very shy'. What a relief!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Use it up, two meals made.

I have to take my car to be sorted out tomorrow and I will be home late, hence 2 meals being cooked tonight.

I had 3 small slices of ham left and a punnet of mushroom that were past their best.
I used 2 onions thinly sliced and divided them between a frying pan and my pressure cooker.
I added half a punnet of mushrooms to each pan and softened them over a low heat.
I then added a tblspoon of flour to each pan and stirred it in.

To one pan I added some milk, just under half a pint at a guess, I stirred this so it didn't go lumpy and then added to slices of ham cut in to small pieces.
I cooked some pasta in another pan. The pasta and sauce were both ready at the same time and we ate that this evening. There is enough left for tomorrows packups.

I added some beef skirt to the pressure cooker, some herbs and seasoning too. The skirt was £1.79, reduced in Tesco's, it's been in the freezer for a couple of weeks, I got it out this morning to defrost.
I bought the pan up to pressure and cooked the beef for about 15 minutes.

Tomorrow I will reheat it whilst I'm cooking the side veg.
This will do for packups for Thursday. If I wanted to stretch it further I'd make some dumplings.

Pasta 10p
Mushrooms 45p
Onion 10p
Milk 12p
Flour & seasoning 10p
Under £1 and served 3/4 easily.
I've not counting the ham as it was left  over from Christmas, sliced and frozen then defrosted and used as our Sunday roast.

Beef skirt £1.79
Mushrooms 45p
Onion 10p
Flour & Seasoning 10p
I will serve this with mashed potato, carrots & cabbage. This will serve four at least, maybe more.

Elaine is back

I'm so glad to see Elaine has returned to blogging, she is down to earth and not at all preachy.

Monday, 16 January 2017

That & this

Susan Foster, thank you, that is very kind of you, I don't need any 5 inch charm squares, I just want some, there is a difference and I must learn that.

I gave all my quilting stash to a lady who quilts for Project Linus, when I emptied my craft room.

I kept a lot of yarn and I was wondering about donating some of my crochet blankets to Project Linus but my local branch only accepts quilts, oh well.

I do so love having a useful son, I phoned him today as my car was making a funny noise, he came to have a look. 'That's the exhaust he said', and then proceeded to tell me exactly what to say to the garage when I take it in.