Phew! Between traveling on Monday, general business yesterday and gardening today, it’s taken forever to get to writing this. On the other hand, the first update photos of the garden and the finished sewing-project will be up soon. So yay!
As promised, I have added the measurements in ounces and fluid ounces and the temperature in Fahrenheit (rounded to the nearest 5).
Recipe 1: Seeded Burgers.
These are the ones I made for Dad and I for a lunch. I used some seed packs he got, that sounded nice. They’re here, but I can’t find anywhere actually still selling them. If you find anywhere that still stocks them, then please tell me because they were awesome. I used a Thai mix for half the mince and an Italian mix for the other half. Both were good, but could have done with a bit of a boost in terms of flavouring.
-1 Thai seed packet
-1 Italian seed packet
Nice and simple.
1: Pre-heat the grill or oven at 180C/355F.
2: Divide the mince in half. Evenly mix one seed packet into each half. Possibly add some more seasoning to them.
3: Divide each half into two normal burgers or three small burgers.
4: Cook at 180C/355F for 25min.
5: Serve as you wish. We had ours in crusty rolls with salad, and then with chips later.
Recipe 2: Mixed Fish Pie.
A far easier fish pie than the smoked haddock one, but just as satisfying, and probably a lot easier to feed to fussy mouths.
-900-1000g/31.7-35.3oz mixed fish (we used a 350g cheap pollock-based mix, a 250g pricier fresh mix and two tins of tuna chunks)
-30-50g/1-1.8oz rice flour
-Thai spice mix
1: Boil and drain the potatoes. Mash them with 1/3rd of the butter. Put to one side.
2: Dice the fish and fry it in a little butter with salt, pepper and some Thai spices.
3: Once the fish is entirely cooked, remove it from the liquid it released and the butter and place it in the baking tray.
4: Take the pan with the water and butter in it. Add the milk, the last of the butter and put the mix back on the heat.
5: Stirring continually, sift in the flour.
6: Once the sauce has thickened, add a lot of pepper and some salt. Pour it over the fish.
7: If necessary, reheat the potatoes a bit.
8: Mash-in the smoked paprika, onion powder and some salt.
9: Pile over the fish.
10: Pre-heat the oven at 150C/300F.
11: Cook at 150C/300F for 45min.
12: If necessary, raise the temperature to 200C/390F near the end, to brown the potato.
Recipe 3: Banana Bread.
We had a reasonable number of overripe and near-overripe bananas, so I decided this would be our “pudding” food for the next few days. Also, using Gari means it’s lower in carbs, which makes it easier on my body.
-4 overripe bananas
1: Mash the bananas into a pulp with a fork.
2: Mash in the flour.
3: Add the milk. Mix thoroughly and allow ten to twenty minutes for the flour to absorb the milk.
4: Stir again. Mix in the eggs and raisins.
5: Preheat the oven to 150C/300F.
6: Cook banana bread at 150C/300F for 1h, or until a fork comes out clean.
And the fish pie and banana bread are what Jon had for lunch today. In his words, the banana bread is “very nice”, but he can only have “a bit of it in one go”. Still, if he enjoys it then it’s a success. 🙂
Tomorrow I will definitely post the finished essay on the unexpected experiences of being a housekeeper and soon there will be an update on the garden and a post on my hand-made bag with a plan for making your own, if you think it’s cute and/or useful. I’m starting to find hand-sewing really therapeutic. Whenever I’m stressed or bored or my hands are a bit shakey from too much caffeine, or spending too long in the garden, sewing calms me right down.
Anyhow, TTFN and happy hunting!