Meat in bread II: Beef and Butternut Squash.

Jon is loving the “meat in bread” things I’m making. It is literally just a bread roll with meat and other fillings inside it. Here’s how to make one!

Recipe: how to make stuffed bread.

Ingredients:

  • 500g flour and raising agents
  • 300g steak
  • 200g butternut squash
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 egg
  • 5tsp sugar
  • 2tsp salt
  • 2tsp pepper
  • water as needed

Utensils:

  • mixing bowl and fork or whisk
  • greased, floured or nonstick baking tray

Recipe:

  1. Mix the flour, sugar, 1tsp salt, 1tsp pepper and egg together.
  2. Add water while mixing until a firm, smooth dough is formed.
  3. Leave to prove.
  4. Peel and prep the squash and onion.
  5. Chop the beef, squash and onion. Mix with the remaining salt and pepper.
  6. Divide the flour into quarters. Roll into small balls and gently pull to stretch out, like pizza dough.
  7. Place a quarter of the meat and veg into each disc. Fold the disk around it. Be sure to leave no holes.
  8. Bake at 160C for 1h 30min.
  9. Leave to cool thoroughly before serving.

It really is that simple! They make great festival food, great picnic food, great travel food and can be made smaller to create less messy sandwiches for small hands.

 

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Picnic and BBQ Recipes I.

Here are some great picnic and BBQ friendly recipes for the upcoming Summer weather!

Lamb in marinade.

Ingredients:

(Serves 4.]

4x 100g/3.5oz lamb steaks

2tbsp garlic paste or crushed garlic

1tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Utensils:

a grill or BBQ

Recipe:

Mix the garlic, oil, salt and pepper together.

Put 1/8 of the mix on one side of each steak.

Put the lamb on to cook, seasoning facing the heat.

Add another 1/8 of the seasoning to the other half and cook the other half until cooked through.

Beans in sauce.

Ingredients:

(Serves 4.]

200g/7oz cherry tomatoes

200g/7oz bell peppers

1 onion

4 cloves of garlic

steak seasoning

ras el hanout

400g/14oz tin butter beans

400g/14oz tin black eyed beans

Utensils:

chopping board and knife

pot and stirring spoon

blender

Recipe:

Peel and chop the onions and garlic.

Chop the peppers and tomatoes.

Place in a pan on a medium heat until all soft.

Blend with the seasoning.

Drain the beans.

Stir the beans in.

Serve hot or cold.

Princess chocolate cake.

Ingredients:

(Serves 8.]

400g/14oz flour and raising agent

100g/3.5 dark chocolate

55g/2oz cocoa powder

50g/1.7oz sugar

2 eggs

200ml milk

50g/1.7oz yoghurt

icing, toppings, whatever you fancy, mine was princessy because I wanted something cutesy

Utensils:

mixing bowl

greased or nonstick baking tray

Recipe:

Preheat the oven to 160C/320F.

Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Incorporate the yeast and mix thoroughly.

Crumble the chocolate and mix it in.

Mash in the eggs and yoghurt.

Quickly incorporate the milk and transfer the mix to your pan.

Bake at 160C/320F until a skewer comes out clean.

Allow to fully cool before decorating.

And there are three nice recipes for some Summer fun!

What do you fancy cooking this Summer?

 

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.

How To… set up a great picnic.

I’m not sure what it’s like where you are, but around here the weather is just about right for picnics. The Summer heat is fading a little, but the wind and rain hasn’t picked up yet. This means filling a hamper with food and going somewhere nice and warm to eat it.

This is how I make a traditional picnic, without relying on crisps and fruit, to have a great time anywhere.

1: Pies, pasties and puddings.

I try and make sure that all the soft foods like jam, meat stew and the likes are firmly encased in pastry, to make them easy to handle and carry.

Meat breads are also a great idea. You make dough and then as you are forming the rolls, you tuck meat and vegetables into the centre of the bread. When it bakes the dough absorbs some of the juices and makes for a delicious treat that is more robust than a sandwich.

2: Solid things.

Bring only hard fruits, like apples, or things in tupperware boxes. Anything soft or crunchy will crumble apart.

3: The basket.

You want a basket that closes well and keeps everything inside even if it is swung around. You want to pack it neatly.

4: Dishes and cutlery.

Choose less breakable items and try and bring a tray to keep them together.

5: A blanket.

A requirement. If the weather has been a little damp, bring a ground mat from a tent!

6: Keeping clean.

Baby wipes, two tea towels and a bottle of lightly soapy water for rinsing everything.

7: Drinks.

Bring plastic bottles, not glass or cans. If necessary, decant drinks from cans and glass bottles into empty water bottles before leaving. Just don’t bring glass or cans, as they can break, injure people, waste drinks and make a mess.

8: Against the elements.

Pick a spot where your blanket stays put on its own. Just put it down and watch it a moment if you’re not sure. When the wind doesn’t move it, the spot is right.

Don’t set up immediately under a tree, at the shell line on the beach or near sand dunes.

9: Against ants.

If ants are hard to avoid, bring some cinnamon and sprinkle it over your blanket. It burns ants so they will leave you alone.

10: For fun.

Bring two things for every person. There can be overlap, for example if two of the kids want to play football, that’s one thing for each of them, plus a magazine for the older kid and an art block for the younger one. Make sure everyone has something to do.

11: Make memories.

Press a few flowers, take some pictures or collect some still life every time you go on a picnic, it makes it all the more fun.

Finally, like anywhere, don’t overstay your welcome. When the food is gone, everyone has had fun and people are getting bored and tired, it’s time to leave. Trying to linger when everyone is bored is a surefire way to ruin a good picnic, not a way to make the day more fun.

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

Do you like picnics? How do you manage them? Got any good picnic recipes or ways of wrangling the kids? Feel free to share them with us!