Oatcake Wraps.

Traditional oatcakes are made with butter, cheese or maybe bacon and sausages in them. They are brilliant. Some day I may master making them from scratch and then all you furrners can try them. 😛

Jon is always looking for more ways to eat oats. Porridges, oatcakes, stews, breads. Although he stopped short of the savoury porridge that a friend and I tried out, which was actually pretty nice. However when we discovered derbyshire outcakes which were so thick and heavy they were basically tortilla wraps anyway, he just had to try them with something other than bacon or sausages in them.

So here are a few things we have done with heavy oatcakes, which make good, healthy, albeit stodgy dinners for hungry Celts.

1: Chili chicken.

Ingredients:

  • 1 thick oatcake
  • butter as desired
  • 1 chicken thigh or leg
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1/2 pepper
  • 2tbsp chili sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Utensils:

  • chopping board and knife
  • baking tray

Recipe:

  1. Place the chicken in a tray.
  2. Slice the onion and pepper. Place over the chicken.
  3. Season and roast.
  4. Warm and butter the oatcake.
  5. Strip the chicken and shred the vegetables.
  6. Fill the oatcake and warm once more under the grill or by microwave.

2: Beef and vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 1 thick oatcake
  • butter as desired
  • 100g beef mince
  • 100g mixed vegetables
  • 50g cooked black turtle beans
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cilantro/coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste

Utensils:

  • chopping board and knife
  • small pot

Recipe:

  1. Brown the beef in the bottom of the pot.
  2. Slice the vegetables finely and add them to the beef.
  3. Lightly cook in the spices until the fluid is all gone, save the coriander for near the end.
  4. Once stewed down, add the coriander and set aside.
  5. Warm and butter the oatcake.
  6. Fill with the mix and warm once more.

3: Eggs and ham.

Ingredients:

  • 1 thick oatcake
  • butter as desired
  • 2 eggs
  • 10ml cream
  • 100g ham
  • smoked paprika, salt and pepper as desired

Utensils:

  • chopping board and knife
  • frying pan

Recipe:

  1. Whisk the eggs with the spices and cream.
  2. Dice the ham and lightly fry with the eggs, scrambling as you go.
  3. Warm and butter the oatcake before the eggs are cooked.
  4. Fill the oatcake with the eggs and ham mix.

Oatcakes are a great food and I’ll keep working on the main recipe so everyone can replicate them as nature intended. 😀

 

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I Tried To Make Chocolates (and it almost worked)!

So there are two recipes today: my own home minced meatballs and some chocolate filling that I used in my disastrous first attempt at chocolate making.

Meatballs rock, bacon meatballs rock more.

Having a mincer is awesome!

Ingredients for meatballs:

  • 500g pork
  • 200g bacon
  • 100g flour
  • 2 eggs
  • BBQ mix: 1tsp worcestire sauce, 1tsp soy sauce, 1tsp smoked paprika, chopped spring onions, 2tsp garlic paste, 1tsp salt, 1tbsp pepper

Ingredients for sauce:

  • 1.5tbsp garlic
  • 1tbsp basil
  • 1tsp mustard
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 400g tomato passata
  • 300g broad beans
  • 200g spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste

Utensils:

  • mincer
  • chopping board and knife
  • pan

Recipe:

  1. Put the meats through the mincer. Mix in the other meatball ingredients and rest.
  2. Roll your meatballs as you heat some butter in a pan.
  3. Pan fry the meatballs on all sides to seal them. Put aside as they seal.
  4. Add the basil, garlic, mustard and paprika to the butter and stir into a paste.
  5. Reintroduce the meatballs. Pour passata on top. Allow to simmer.
  6. When the meatballs are cooked through, add the beans and spinach, turn off the heat and cover. Leave to finish in its own heat.
  7. Serve over pasta, gnocchi or noodles.

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Filling for chocolates, or for angrily licking off the spoon when your chocolates fall apart.

A friend has taken a course in chocolate making and is great at it. I’ve been watching a bit from the sidelines and bought myself a chocolate mould the other day, to give it a go. So my first attempt at chocolates looked like this.

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The second attempt went a bit better.

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But the filling is DELICIOUS.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rhubarb
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar

Utensils:

  • chopping board and knife
  • pot and wooden spoon
  • blender

Recipe:

  1. Clean, peel and chop the rhubarb and mango. Put in the pot on a low heat
  2. Once softened through, add the white sugar, keep heating and stirring, as though you were making jam.
  3. Add the icing sugar slowly and stir in. Take off the heat and leave to rest.
  4. Blend everything together. There should not be many lumps left anyway.

I put this in some white chocolates with walnut and some dark chocolates with a bit of brazil in the centre. 😀

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

 

For help starting out homemaking, check out The ESSENTIAL Beginner Homemaker’s Guide. For help budgeting all your everday and not-so-everyday essentials, from food to transport to clothes, check out On A Budget: The good homemaker’s guide to economizing.