Spring Clear Out 2

The next thing I wanted to change was the way I eat, although at the moment I think I have a good healthy diet there is room for improvement. My task is to try and make my kitchen as eco friendly as possible. Firstly I would like to get rid of my plastic containers and use glass, I had some mason jars already , so I got rid of some plastic and used them for to store some of my cupboard ingredients, also used some smaller glass jars for my spices. I still have a long way to go, but hope to replace all the plastic with either glass or stainless steel eventually.

Now the task I am most excited about at the moment is I am trying to make everything from scratch I do make all meals from scratch, but I am now making my own stock, tahini, blend of spices,jams and potato waffles.

I recently bought a waffle machine still experimenting, but things looking good so far.

This morning I made date jam for the first time, and tahini.

Date Jam Recipe

50 g dates

120ml fresh apple juice (this was one apple juiced)

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Method

1. chop dates finely.

2.Put all ingredients into a pot , bring to boil then simmer for 20 mins. Stirring now and again.

3. Pour into sterile glass jar.

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I only made a little to see how it was going to taste and how long it would last. Let you all know later.

 

 

Saving on waste

fruit-and-veg-family1I am not a fan of wasting anything especially food. I have found many tips to prevent waste, here are some –

  1. If I have more veg than I can use I chop them up and freeze for example spring onions, leeks and peppers. Put them in zip bags and freeze.
  2. Freeze all bones chicken, rabbit, even chop bones, just keep adding to the bag until you have enough to make stock.
  3. Freeze mushroom stalks to make soup at a later stage.
  4. Freeze skins off of veg like khlorabi, ends of carrot, outside of celery, to add to soup stock.
  5. Make breadcrumbs out of any leftover bread, then freeze. Can be used to coat meat or fish.
  6. Wash lettuce then dry and put into airtight container with kitchen roll on top, will keep for over a week in the fridge.
  7. Herbs can be dried in the microwave, then put into jars to use as needed, or you can chop them up and freeze in ice cube trays with oil or water depending how you want to use them.

Wheat free Mexican Recipe

For what ever reason I fancied a mexican tonight for tea, I have not really tried Mexican food, but  wanted something different for tea. After surfing the net looking at recipes etc. I decided on making tortillas with maize flour, using turkey as the meat and bought a sachet of tex- mex spices, all set to go.

Tortillas

1 cup of maize flour

1/2 cup of water

salt

Method-

1. Pour the water into the flour and salt slowly, till you form a consistency that resembles play dough.

2. Divide into small balls, place between two sheets of grease proof paper, and roll out until quite thin.

3. Stack between grease-proof sheets until ready to cook.

4. Cook on hot griddle for about 3 mins each side.

5. Keep warm under cloth.

Filling

Minced Turkey, Chicken or Beef

sachet tex-mex mix

tomatoes

sliced onions

lettuce

smoked cheese

glass of water

Method

1. Heat oil in pan and brown meat-

2. add sachet of tex-mex, then glass of water.

3. Bring to the boil then simmer for about 10 mins, sauce should be thicker now.

My tortillas were quite crisp so hard to make a wrap, I had them on the side.

Place lettuce on plate top with meat,  tomatoes, onions then cheese.

Will definitely try this again but will make my own sauce next time.

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home made tortillas.

My version of moussaka

I like inventing my own recipes with the foods I like, Lasagne and moussaka are two of my favourites so I  decided to make a combination of the two.

Here is the recipe, you do not have to be too particular about the amounts, make enough to fill the dish you are going to cook it in.

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1 Clove of garlic grated
Courgette
Tomato
1 Carrot grated
1 Egg
Balsamic vinegar
nutmeg
oregano
cornflour
feta cheese
tomato sauce
worcester  sauce
Method

  • Fry off mince and onion until brown, add garlic and grated carrot.
  • add enough water to cover
  • add a pinch of nutmeg, a tsp of oregano, a dsp of tomato sauce, worcester sauce and  a few splashes of balsamic vinegar, bring to boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 20 mins
  • mix a spoonful of cornflour in a little water then add to thicken mince, once thickened take off heat and let cool
  • slice about half a courgette and lightly fry in pan, set aside to cool
  • beat an egg then add to a tub of natural yogurt, greek yogurt is good for this
  • now assemble the dish in a deep container
  • place a layer of courgettes on the bottom, then some mince, crumbled feta cheese,then sliced tomatoes repeat until all ingredients are used
  • pour yogurt and egg mixture on top
  • top with grated Parmesan
  • bake in oven 180 degrees for about 40 minutes till top is brownDSC00726

What did you have for breakfast ?

Look what I had for breakfast. I never used to eat breakfast,and still find it difficult to eat when I first get up, so I usually have a cup of hot water with a slice of lemon and some honey, and then make breakfast. Breakfast is a really important meal it sets you up for the day ahead, if I don`t have a good breakfast I struggle, not to snack on unhealthy food because I’m hungry.

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This is what I had this morning.

Boiled egg, white anchovies, Cheddar cheese just a few squares, cherry tomatoes, spring onions, sweet corn, rocket, rye and sesame cracker, drizzled with natural yogurt and chopped herbs ( Rosemary, Thyme, and Parsley, form my garden ) No need for salt, you get enough from the anchovies and cheese.

This breakfast was inspired by Andre`s blog “Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork”. Looking at her blog I realised that you can have what you want for breakfast, you don’t have to stick to what is traditional, you can use up what is in your fridge as I did this morning, give it try you will be surprised, how good it is and how fulfilling, and of course it is healthy.

What do you have for breakfast? Would love to know what sets YOU up for the day.

Quick Vegetable Soup

Made this yesterday out of what I had in the fridge. It was surprisingly good,so I thought I would share it.

1 ltr veg stock
1/2 finely chopped onion
Handful of chopped garlic chives
Diced tops of 2 large spring onions ( green part, the part that is usually discarded )
1 sweet potato chopped
10 pieces of asparagus stalks ( tinned )

Put all together in a pan, and simmer for 5 mins.
Liquidize and serve with crusty bread, ryvita or wheat free bread, if you are like me and have a wheat intolerance.Garlic chives can be frozen if you chop them first and place in an air tight container, surprisingly they stay separate. The garlic can smell the freezer so make sure you put the chives in two containers one inside the other.