What to do with a load of unused stuff in the fridge/pantry?
Yes, I know it is hard to believe but I have an unused chorizo! No, I don’t come down in the middle of the night like Nigella and eat it directly from the fridge! What do you think I am?
As Summery as this dish looks it has been blooming freezing this week. In fact, as I sit here in what is the hottest sunshine we have had this year, only a couple of days after this pic was taken we had snow!
I used dried chickpeas and did all the hard work with them yesterday.
Thickly slice a chorizo
Halve some cherry tomatoes
Cut some bread into big chunks
Slice some lettuce
Grate some parmesan
Chop some mint
Get olives, lime, oil & seasoning ready
Throw it together…
Heat a pan and cook the chorizo until starting to crisp, remove and set aside.
Add the bread chunks to the pan and cook, tossing regularly, until crisp.
Toss the tomatoes and chickpeas in a little oil and squeeze in some lime juice. Season well and add the mint.
Dish it up…
Pop the chickpeas on a bed of lettuce then scatter over the olives, the chorizo and the croutons then sprinkle with parmesan and another squeeze of lime juice.
Obviously you can just go with the flow with this one and throw in whatever you have to hand.
I can’t believe it is only the end of the second week back at work since Christmas, it seems such a distant memory.
I’m quite excited as this week I booked tickets for myself and five others to go see the Northern Ballet’s interpretation of one of my favourite books – Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre – at Cast in Doncaster. This performance is to coincide with the fact that this year is the 200th anniversary of Brontë’s birth.
I’ve had a week of using up odds and ends from the freezer and pantry this week. Sunday was a big mistake. Crispy fish wraps sounded better than the battered convenience fodder with a bit of salad in tortilla wraps. I stumbled on Monday and ordered a takeaway of pizza for me and kebab for Mr S.
On Tuesday I wanted to use up some pearl barley so I made a chorizo and sprout pearl barley ‘risotto’ which turned out to be very mediocre.
So it’s coming to something when the best meal of the week (excluding Saturday when we made the beef) is fishcakes. I put together cod cakes (shop-bought) with roasted balsamic shallots, rocket and cheese sauce (frozen – home made) and it was delicious.
On Thursday, using up some basil and mozzarella tortellini (from a previous 2 for 3 quid offer), I made a quick fresh tomato sauce and toasted some pine nuts. This was also a good one.
On the subject of leftovers, over Christmas I cooked a ham and had loads left over. We made this delicious chicken and ham pie. We poached a chicken, quartered and fried some mushrooms, made a cheese and wholegrain mustard sauce and then put the chicken, mushrooms and ham in the cheese sauce, let it cool and froze it.
When we were ready, we defrosted it along with some peas then, and I have to say this as it is really well done, Mr S put it in a pie dish and added the shortcrust pastry. (If I use pastry it always looks like I threw it on!).
Cook it for about 20-25 minutes and serve.
Here’s Walter firing up the computer to let me thank all of his well wishers and to show you that his curls are coming back.
I’ve decided that I’m going to note down the books I read this year. I’m interested to see how many it will be. I read an article somewhere that someone had read 300 books last year. That’s nothing! I reckon my sister reads that a month! 😉 She can read in her sleep I’m sure. If you see her out and about she still has a book in here hand.
Well I won something. I’m racking my brains to think when this has ever happened before…Nope, nothing…Ooops, just remembered, I bought some raffle tickets to win a bottle of champagne – a very big bottle, I was told. Unfortunately, when they brought the bottle to me, it was Pomagne. Now I can’t find much about it online but I’m pretty sure it was like drinking sweet pop! So I’m going to class this as my first win!
I had the sauce left from the stew a couple of weeks ago so froze it. I have a method now. Write the freezing date on the pack and write on the calender what it was. No more puzzled looks at random items in the freezer.
I also had some sweet potatoes left from something a couple of weeks ago which have lasted surprisingly well so here’s what we did:
Cut some sweet potatoes into chips (don’t peel)
Preheat the oven to 190ºc (fan)
Get the sauce, plaice, spinach and seasoning out
Boil the potatoes until just about done then transfer to a baking tray and bake for about 10-15 minutes.
Fry the plaice for a minute each side (I did it in the bacon fat pan from the previous night) then transfer to a baking tray, season and cook through – it won’t take long.