Recipe: Spicy Lamb Flatbreads

Easter Sunday saw W arrive in Canterbury armed with flowers, creme eggs and a rather large leg of lamb to feed four people. Consequently my living room looks so much more cheerful, I managed to satisfy my creme egg craving (though they are definitely not as good as they used to be), and we had a lot of leftover roast lamb to get through.

 photo Leftover Lamb Flatbreads 6_zpsgnwrkxxy.jpgWhilst the stew and pie filling I made (gravy infused with about half a bottle of red wine and plenty of mint) was delicious, these lamb flatbreads absolutely stole the show. Based on my favourite lahmucun from teenage Turkish holidays, topped with yoghurt, mint and salad, these are spicy, soft, crunchy and so very fresh. The perfect way to use up leftover lamb in the summer!

The base is also pretty special; it’s my go-to pizza base recipe. Crisp base, good flavour from a slow rise, and the soft chewy texture that only the best pizzas have. The recipe is based on Rosie’s, but I’ve altered it slightly to my tastes (and laziness). The amounts make two filling lamb flatbreads – perfect with a salad as a dinner for the two of us.

 photo Leftover Lamb Flatbreads 9_zpsr0oynysd.jpgAs I was using leftover lamb, I whizzed up a sauce from a roasted red pepper, garlic, half an onion, plenty of chilli and a drizzle of honey, spiced up with cumin and a little cinnamon. I’ve made versions before with fresh lamb mince, where the mix is drier; simply onion and flavourings with the mince. I preferred the peppery version here, as I felt the sharpness cut through the rich lamb. I imagine it would be great scattered with a bit of feta too…

Ingredients

  • 250g strong white bread flour
  • 5g salt
  • 5g yeast
  • 170ml water
  • 1 roasted red pepper, whizzed until smoothish
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp each of chilli and cumin
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1-2 good handfuls of leftover roast lamb, shredded
  • Pine nuts, completely optional, I just had some floating around in my cupboards from making pesto!
  • Small pot greek yoghurt
  • Handful fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • Crunchy salad, to serve

 photo Leftover Lamb Flatbreads 3_zpsj0haqlta.jpgProbably the longest ingredients list I’ve used in a while, I promise it’s worth it!

In the morning, start on your dough pop the flour, salt and yeast into a large bowl, and then pour in the water (it should be warm, but not hot). Stir with a knife until a rough ball forms, and then tip it onto a lightly floured work surface and bring it all together. The dough will be sticky, so traditional kneading won’t work – I go with the throw and slap technique for a few minutes (James Morton explains it far better than me!). Once the dough is noticeably smoother, throw into a bowl, cover with cling-film and pop in the fridge.

Make the sauce whenever – fry the onion until soft, add the garlic and spices and fry for a minute, then stir in the red pepper paste and honey. Taste, season and leave to cool or use immediately.

About an hour before you want to eat, remove the dough from the fridge and whack the oven on to around 220C. On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into two and shape into rough circles – Rosie suggests holding it, spinning it and letting gravity do the work. I agree – and it means one rolling pin less to wash up! Once stretched, heat a dry frying pan over a high heat, then pop the first bit of dough in. Turn the heat to medium and fry for 1-2 minutes, until crisp underneath and starting to brown. Flip and do the other side, then repeat with the leftover dough.

Top your part-cooked bases with the sauce, followed by the lamb and pine nuts. Bake for around 10 minutes, until the base is completely cooked and crunchy. Top with salad and drizzle with minted yoghurt.

 photo Leftover Lamb Flatbreads 7_zpshr7b7oyk.jpgI imagine these would be perfect made ahead then thrown in the oven for a summer BBQ type thing – something a bit different, but still easy peasy. And of course, the pizza base is just made for all sorts of toppings. My current favourite is a white sauce made with creme-fraiche and parmesan, topped with mushrooms, ham and plenty of mozzarella. Divine!

Are you a fan of pizza? What would you do with leftover lamb?

Recipe: Roast Lamb & The Ultimate Shepherd’s Pie

Following on from my basic Roast Chicken and favourite Brisket, another roast me and W conquered over the summer is lamb. Probably the most expensive we cooked portion-wise, it was a bit of a splurge but all the more delicious for it. At about £7 for a half a shoulder, this did us two eat-until-we’re-stuffed meals. As both of the dishes were quite heavy and warming I’ve waited until now to share them – they are perfect comfort food for this time of year!

 photo Ultimate Shepherds Pie_zpswhqd0t1r.jpgThe roast lamb is tender, melt-in-the-mouth and perfectly flavoured – meaty but with a decent herby kick too. However I think the real star here is the Shepherd’s Pie. Inspired by Jamie’s recipe (as always!) it is an indulgent version of one of my childhood favourites. Seriously, why did I never think to line the dish with potato all the way round?! Coupled with cheese and breadcrumbs this makes for a crunchy casing surrounding an intense filling. Worth the stressful few hours in the kitchen to make, though I would perhaps avoid doing so in the summer heat again…

All quantities below serve two; two for a greedy roast, two for a comforting pie. I reckon this would be pretty easy to scale up though!

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Ingredients (Roast Lamb)

  • 1 half lamb shoulder
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • Lamb stock (1 litre)
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour

Ingredients (Shepherds Pie)

  • Potatoes (I do around 250g unpeeled each)
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 slice bread, whizzed into crumbs
  • 75g coarsely grated cheddar
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

Drizzle the lamb with a little oil, season with salt and pepper, and rub to coat. Tear over some fresh rosemary, then place in a roasting tin on top of the onions. Add a splash of water to the tray, loosely cover with greaseproof paper, and roast at 170C for two-three hours, removing the cover for the final 45 minutes. The lamb should be very tender, almost falling off the bone.

Make your gravy by removing the lamb and keeping warm. Spoon off any excess fat from the pan, then place on the hob over a medium heat. Add two tablespoons of flour and fry, stirring constantly, for two minutes before gradually adding the stock. Strain through a sieve, making sure to save a good amount for the pie.

 photo Roast Lamb and Ultimate Shepherds Pie 1_zpsx0ffadxs.jpg photo Roast Lamb and Ultimate Shepherds Pie 2_zps50sulq1m.jpgAfter eating the roast, roughly chop any leftover meat, and chill or freezer along with the leftover gravy. On pie day, fry the vegetables in oil (or any reserved lamb fat) until soft and golden. Add the lamb, half of the gravy and a little rosemary and simmer until you have a thick stew like consistency. Meanwhile peel and boil potatoes, before mashing and leaving to cool.

Assemble the pie by brushing the dish with a little oil. Lightly coat with breadcrumbs, sprinkle over a little cheese, then press half of the potato around the dish to form the sides and base. Spoon in the meat-veg filling, top with the remaining mash, cheese and breadcrumbs, then bake at 180C for 1 hour, until golden and crisp. Enjoy with the leftover gravy.

 photo Roast Lamb and Ultimate Shepherds Pie 5_zpsr7c7bfzf.jpg photo Roast Lamb and Ultimate Shepherds Pie 7_zpsdtlytllf.jpgWhilst definitely a bit of a splurge, I do love lamb – I only wish I could have it more often. Whilst it took quite a bit of time, the pie was a great way to stretch the leftovers a bit further whilst still being really indulgent, perfect really!

What’s your favourite roast meat? Have you made anything really delicious with your leftovers?

Recipe: Chicken Chowder (& Homemade Stock)

Yes, I made stock. Yes, it was the most boring hour of my life. No, I’m not about to do it again in a hurry. This person does not have the time or the patience to stand over a pan skimming scum from my stock. This chowder, however, is definitely worth the time and effort. It doesn’t need much, really just a stir here and there, and I’m willing to bet it would be fine with just a stock cube. Having said that, I did like the intense chicken-y flavour of the stock, and if I wanted to cook something really special I would make it again. The real star of the show here is the Chicken Chowder.

 photo Chicken Chowder9_zpsqvvlab4u.jpgA really simple recipe, this Chicken Chowder is a hug in a bowl. It’s creamy and comforting, slightly spicy and a little sweet, full of interesting textures. It really is a meal in a bowl, and it’s become one of my favourite ways of using up leftover chicken.

Based on Jamie Oliver’s recipe, the quantities below made me four generous servings of this Chicken Chowder. I’ve lightened it up a little by reducing the cream and the bacon, and added a little heat by grating in some fresh chilli at the end.

 photo Chicken Chowder10_zpspq5d8mhi.jpgIngredients

  • Chicken carcass – see last week’s post for my Roast Chicken recipe
  • 2 rashers of bacon
  • Half a bunch of fresh parsley
  • 2 onions
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 sticks of celery
  • 1 large potato (around 250g)
  • Leftover chicken (I used around two handfuls – i.e. a small roasted chicken, minus two lunchtime salads)
  • Small tin of sweetcorn
  • A splash of double cream
  • Cream crackers, to serve – it’s well worth splurging on some nicer ones here, I highly recommend Doria Doriano Crackers* (so moreish!)
  • Red chilli, to serve

To make the stock, simply roughly chop one onion, 2 carrots (peel, but add the peelings too), and 2 celery sticks and throw into a large pan. Break up the chicken carcass and add that, then top with plenty of water. Bring to the boil then simmer for as long as possible, skimming scum off the surface every ten or so minutes. Strain into another saucepan, and then reduce down until you have around a litre of stock.

 photo Chicken Chowder12_zpszkrvinct.jpgFor the chowder, chop the bacon and fry in a little oil until crisp. Remove and set aside. Dice the remaining onion, carrots and celery, then fry in the bacon fat along with the potato (peeled and cubed into 1cm dice) and parley stalks (finely chopped) until soft and caramelised. Keep stirring to stop the veg burning, but try not to rush this stage.

Add the stock to the veg, along with the sweetcorn and chicken. Simmer for 10 minutes until reduced slightly, then whizz with a handblender. Add a splash of cream, season well and serve with parsley leaves, bacon pieces and some crushed crackers. I like to grate some fresh red chilli over at the end for a bit of a kick!
 photo Chicken Chowder11_zpsutwqtjjy.jpgServed with the crackers, this doesn’t need anything else. The contrast in textures and flavours makes this super yummy, and it also freezes really well (though I’d add the cream after reheating!). The perfect use for leftover chicken!

What’s your favourite way of using up leftover chicken? Have you ever made a chowder?

 

 

Love Your Leftovers: One Pan Mac’n’Cheeseboard with Gammon

Its a little bit late for Christmas leftovers I know, and I had originally planned to do a couple more posts (I made and devoured a fabulous goose stew, but it just wasn’t attractive to photograph so I didn’t dare post it!), but I couldn’t resist sharing this little recipe alteration to an existing recipe with you. It’s an adaption of my One Pan Mac’n’Cheese, which of course was based on The Londoner’s fantastic post.

My experiments for this post confirmed my suspicions – you could add a variety of things to the basic recipe. Its perfectly versatile, would take pretty much any cheese, as well as work with plenty of meats. I’m thinking of doing a lighter vegetable version in the summer, so watch this space!

Also – Don’t forget to vote for me in the National UK Blog Awards 2014, in the following three categories; Food; Lifestyle; and Young Persons (18-25) 

2014-01-02 13.46.04You will need:

  • 90g of pasta
  • 1/2 a mug of vegetable stock
  • 1/4 of a mug of milk/cream (I used soya cream – you could indeed use up scraps of ordinary cream here too)
  • Slice of leftover gammon (thrifty tip – the Aldi smoked gammon joint is one of the best I’ve ever bought/eaten, and a lot cheaper than anywhere else)
  • Any leftover cheeses, around a handful or so – here I used cheddar, red leicester, and some type of blue cheese that was stinking the fridge out

Now to turn these simple ingredients into a bowl of yumminess:

As in my original recipe, add the pasta to a saucepan with the milk/cream and stock, stir, cover with a lid, and put on the lowest heat possible. Remember to stir every now and then.

Meanwhile, cube/grate your cheeses, and chop the gammon into large-ish but bitesize chunks.

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Resist giving scraps of cheese to any waiting soulful eyes.

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After about 12-15 minutes or so (as I’ve said before, keep stirring every few minutes!) your pasta should be cooked to your liking, in a thick creamy sauce.

2014-01-02 14.03.17Add your cheese and your gammon. I would add that I’d like to try adding the gammon earlier, as I reckon it’d impart more of its flavour.

2014-01-02 14.04.29Allow the cheese to melt, stirring constantly, then tip into a bowl, curl up on the sofa, and enjoy.

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How did you use your Christmas leftovers?

Love Your Leftovers: Gnocchi

This is a bit of a strange one. My recipe of these wasn’t entirely successful (though I think I did better than most of the guys on Professional Masterchef a few weeks back!), but it was certainly yummy, and certainly something I’d do again. Not sure I preferred it over Bubble & Squeak, but it made a nice change, and the very wet mash I was gifted by a housemate was far more suited to this! I think the next time I make this I will brown the gnocchi for longer, and then add the bits (bacon, cheese, sauce etc) as the texture might improve. I’d cut down the butter in the pan too, as it was very greasy! But none-the-less, here we go!

What do you need?

  • Mashed potato
  • Flour – about half the amount of your potato, plus extra for rolling
  • Seasoning – I used garlic powder, and plenty of black pepper
  • Butter
  • What you want to serve it with – I went for sausage balls, bacon and cheese.

And what do you need to do?

Mix the flour, seasoning and potato together, quickly but gently, not overworking the mixture. Roll lightly into sausage shapes.

2013-12-05 19.27.09Cut into bite-sized pieces with a knife. Then drop into a pan of boiling salted water. Make sure you have a wide frying pan with your butter melted and hot on the heat too.

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Once the gnocchi start to float, transfer them to the hot butter, and fry until the edges are slightly crisp. Add your toppings, and serve immediately. Here’s my attempt:

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Has anyone tried making gnocchi before?

What’s Cooking Wednesday (#7)

I must say, I think last week’s post went better that Week 5’s! This week I am attempting to use up all of my fresh food, so (1) we have a bit of a mish-mash, and (2) it is very likely to change!

This is also the last What’s Cooking post for a few weeks. Next week is the last week of term, so I’m planning out all meals til I go back, and then I’ll be at home (and so not having to meal plan too much). I’ll be back with this series in January!

Wednesday – Southern Fried Chicken, with Homemade Wedges & Coleslaw

I’ve had a craving for homemade coleslaw for weeks, I have red cabbage to use up, I had money off breaded chicken. Win win, craving = sorted. This dinner is the kind of dinner I really enjoy, but don’t let myself have too often. Homemade coleslaw = the best!

I’m afraid I didn’t get a picture of this – but my coleslaw was good!

Thursday – Christmas Dinner

As you know, my house does a Sunday dinner, and this weekend it was due to be our Christmas one. However I have an important event on Monday which I need to prepare for, so we’ve moved it to Thursday. I’m excited for all the trimmings!

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Friday – Dinner In London: WAHACA Time!

I’m meeting my boyfriend in London (because, well, I miss him!) so its to our favourite restaurant. I need to email them tonight to re-check their menu for tomato-free ness!

Saturday – Sausage & Chicken Pie, Mash and 3 Types of Cabbage

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Sunday – Mushroom Risotto, Salad, & Garlic Bread

Monday – Leftover Risotto

I possibly might do this in a bake-form, which a crunchy breadcrumb and cheese topping.

Tuesday – Sausage & Mash with Vegetables

Wednesday – Curry Night

It is a housemate’s birthday, so we’re ordering a take-away. Obviously I can’ risk ordered too much off-menu, so I’ll be cooking my own curry sauce and just buying rice and naan. This also marks the last day of proper lectures and assignments, so a bottle of cider may be in order!

Thursday – Home Time!

I’m hoping to be home by Thursday night, so that is the end of my ‘week’ – Merry Christmas meal planners!

What recipes do you have for using up ingredients?

Love Your Leftovers: Bubble & Squeak

I was shocked when I moved to university (apparently I’m seen as a Northener down here, despite only being from the Midlands!) as no-one, absolutely no-one, seemed to know what bubble-and-squeak is. To those who don’t know – it’s leftover mashed potatoes, mixed with leftover finely chopped green vegetables and bacon, fried until crispy, and you need to try it. For those who do know, it always seems to be a favourite. I know it is for me!

We have this quite often at home on a Monday (which reminds me – meatless Monday’s make no sense to me, as it’s the day you have meat leftover from a Sunday roast. I get the meatless thing, just not the Monday for sake of alliteration!), and it’s a Boxing Day staple in my house. It never fails to remind me of home, even the smell just seems so homey. It’s also a fab way of using up mashed potatoes and vegetables if you’ve cooked too much, or if you have vegetables going past their best, it’s great to cook them fresh and use them in this rather than chucking them away.

Granted, this isn’t a sophisticated dish (especially when serving the potato mixture on top of good crispy bread smothered in butter…) but it sure tastes good! Like this ‘leftovers’ post I won’t be writing a proper recipe, but here goes…

Take some leftover mashed poatoes, some leftover green vegetables (I have savoy cabbage and curly kale here), and some diced bacon.

2013-11-25 18.34.42Fry the bacon in a little oil until crisp.

2013-11-25 18.40.32Meanwhile mix the potato and greens together with a fork. When the bacon is done, add a small knob of butter to the pan to melt.

2013-11-25 18.36.17Tip the potato mixture into the bacon-y-butter-y pan, and mush together into a cake, making sure the bacon is distributed throughout.

2013-11-25 18.45.23Fry on a medium heat for 20-30 minutes, stirring up to get lots of crispy bits.

2013-11-25 19.01.56When done, it should look something like this:

2013-11-25 19.10.31I served mine with sausages and sweet chilli sauce (I loved ketchup with this dish, but that’s a no-no now!). It’s also good with pickles, and good cheese and bread, with leftover cold meat (my Boxing Day meal!) or grilled gammon. Yum yum!

How do you use up leftover mash?

Love Your Leftovers: Pizza Pinwheels

If you made my Chicken & Sausage Pie recipe, or indeed any pie recipe, you might find yourself with some spare pastry hanging around. I certainly did! Rather than throw it away (I have a ‘thing’ about throwing perfectly edible things away) I decided to make something, and raided my fridge/freezer for other things to use up. I have to admit though, I was very, very tempted to just make some Cinnamon Swirls

I found some Pesto (from my Tomato-free Bolognese recipe), chorizo, and cheese, and so some version of Pizza was going to be born. I also decided I wanted something portable, so I could use it for lunch the next day, so had a little google and found this recipe…and improvised. Here’s my very quick version, which taste delicious. They are easily adaptable for your own tastes, and whatever you have in too!

I’m not going to write this properly, with a full ingredients list, because it depends on what you want to include, but I’ll outline what I did and the basic method – the rest is up to you!

2013-11-25 16.15.40Take your strip of leftover pastry, and roll in out a little, so it’s long and thinner. Spread with the pesto.

2013-11-25 16.17.30Sprinkle with grated cheese, and top with the chorizo slices. This did make it quite greasy, so next time I’m going to try ham instead.

2013-11-25 16.18.58Roll up tightly – a bit like this:

2013-11-25 16.19.38Then cut into slices – mine worked well at around 1 cm width. Place on a foil covered baking tray.

2013-11-25 16.21.52Bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes, the cheese should be bubbly, the pastry golden and crisp. All totally yummy!
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Try to resist eating, if you can. These would be great served with a salad as a main meal, but I’m going to enjoy them instead of a sandwich in my lunch box. This is definitely an idea I’ll be trying again, with lots of possible variations!

 

How do you use up leftover pastry?

 

 

 

 

Recipe: Chicken & Sausage Pie

This seems like a bit of a strange recipe to write on a student blog, as it seems so expensive – and I must admit the price did make me wince slightly when buying ingredients. But actually it makes a huge amount, and the cost spreads out. Each portion of pie is roughly £1.50, and whilst that’s not the cheapest meal around, its far cheaper than buying a ready meal.

Pies are so fun to make too! There’s so many different stages, but none are complicated (unless you are attempting to make your own pastry, with a cling-film roll instead of a proper rolling pin), and you can tailor the flavours to your own tastes completely. They are perfect for crowds – I made this when it was my turn to cook the house Sunday dinner and it was very well received. Not only did I make enough to feed four hungry girls, I made four individual pies for my freezer too – 2 hours work (and a lot of washing up) but I filled my freezer, relaxed from revision, and generally made a mess in the kitchen. Something I recommend!

2013-11-24 19.16.25And who wouldn’t want a dinner like that?! Served with plenty of mash and veg, this would have actually served at least another person, so I got at minimum nine servings out of this recipe, and I can’t wait to eat some of the ones I have stashed away in the freezer! I originally made a similar recipe from a Times magazine – I no longer have that recipe, so improvised with what was in my cupboard and what I remembered!

Ingredients

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  • Four chicken breast (£7 from Tesco)
  • 6 sausages (I bought 16 for £5, also in Tesco, working out at £1.88)
  • 1 slice of bread, this recipe is perfect for using the ‘end bit no-one wants’ (5p)
  • Two regular onions (40p)
  • A large knob of butter (20p)
  • A handful of the cheapest mushrooms, optional (20p)
  • 2 chicken stock cubes (10p)
  • Two tablespoons of flour (5p)
  • Some herbs and seasoning (5p)
  • 1-2 packs of ready-rolled puff pastry (£2 from Sainsburys)

Splitting the recipe into eight servings, this works out at £1.49 per serving.

Let’s make pie!

First of all, cook your chicken – preheat the oven to 200C, and get four large squares of tin foil ready. Spread each with a little oil, place a chicken breast in the centre, and season with salt and pepper (I also added a bit of thyme). Wrap the foil into a parcel, it should look a little like a Cornish pasty in shape. Cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, then leave to cool.

2013-11-23 16.20.42Meanwhile, finely chop the onion, and sweat down with the butter until soft.

2013-11-23 16.44.00And while that is going on (see, we’re multi-tasking here!) remove the sausages from their skins. Pulse the bread in a food processor to make breadcrumbs, and mix this into the sausage meat – a kneading movement works well here. If you want, add a bit of lemon juice to this mixture – but don’t worry as it’s far from essential. Shape the mixture into balls – it makes lots, the picture below shows half of mine…

2013-11-23 17.03.57By now your onions should have sweated down. Make the stock up (you need 1.5-2 litres). Add the flour to the onions and stir to make a roux, then slowly add the stock whilst stirring. Once it’s all in the pan, add some herbs, salt and plenty of pepper, and your mushrooms (if using). You could also add vegetables at this point, I imagine some chopped carrot would work well.

2013-11-23 17.06.11Leave your sauce to simmer on a low heat for a bit, whilst you brown the sausage balls in a little oil. Make sure the pan is hot when they go in, or the bread will absorb oil and the final result will be greasy.

2013-11-23 17.34.48Back to the chicken. Remove it from it’s foil parcels, and drain any grease on a piece of kitchen towel. Cut up into bite sized pieces.

2013-11-23 17.43.15Once all of your elements are prepared, put some chicken and sausage in the bottom of your chosen dish.

2013-11-23 17.49.14Ladle in the sauce until it is roughly this full…

2013-11-23 17.49.19And bake for around 30-45 mins at 160C. If you are making a day in advance, keep the filling in the fridge, top with pastry when ready to cook, and bake covered with foil for 30 minutes, and then uncovered for 30 minutes. If freezing, use pastry that has NOT already been frozen (I made my own for my individual ones), defrost fully before cooking, cover and bake for 40 minutes, and then uncovered for 30 minutes. Remember to only use my timings as a guide – everything should be fully cooked and piping hot.

2013-11-24 19.10.14If you want, you could get fancy with your pastry and make some pretty shapes on top…mine was a little rough looking though!
2013-11-23 19.17.58Serve with plenty of green vegetables and mash, and you have a filling dinner for under £2.

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Having made this, I’ve been inspired to make more pies – I’m planning on making some steak ones over my Christmas holidays! Does anyone else make double portions and freeze meals to save time?

What’s Cooking Wednesday (#4)

It’s amazing how quickly the weeks go by when you do this type of post!

This week’s menu is based on trying to spend as little as possible, as it is my turn to cook on Sunday. My plan is to start eating up what is in my freezer, slowly emptying it down for the Christmas break (despite it being a long way off!). Remember to check back as the week goes on to see how my meals went – last weeks post is now fully updated.

Wednesday – Potato & Lentil Curry (from freezer), Spinach, Rice & Naan

No picture of this, but it wasn’t the most attractive of dishes – tasted good though!

Thursday – Mushroom Pasta (with Spinach) & Garlic Bread

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This is my comfort dinner – I love a creamy mushroom sauce. Mine is made by slow-cooking a can of condensed mushroom soup with half a tub of chopped fresh mushrooms, a chopped onion, a tub of creme fraiche and loads (five cloves!) of garlic with some herbs too. This makes five or six servings for the freezer, and as long as you stir it well when reheating (as it does split) it is absolutely fine.

Friday – Out at McDonalds!

Me and the girls are heading out to an 8.30pm showing of the new Hunger Games film, we have McDonalds vouchers, so thought we’d make a cheap night of it – I’m looking forward to some junk food!

Saturday – Noodle Stir-Fry

Again, not the most attractive of dishes, so no photo. But see my basic stir fry here!

Sunday – Chicken & Sausage Pot Pie, Mash & Veg

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It’s my turn to cook this week, and I thought I’d go with this. I made it at some point from a Times Newspaper recipe, but I’m hoping I can find a similar one elsewhere as I’ve lost it! This meal definitely went down well, and I’ll be blogging about it soon!

Monday –  Bubble & Squeak with Sausages

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I changed my menu plan to accommodate leftovers, and it was definitely yummy!

Tuesday – Mushroom Risotto

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I was in need of a treat/comfort me, and this is my go-to ‘recipe.’ Made enough for Wednesday’s lunch too!