Eating all the pig!

Because yum!

I am still blending vegetables to create sauces and am considering writing a short recipe booklet on blended vegetable bases for pasta, rice and dipping sauces. Who wants? 😀

Ingredients:

  • 400g pork and beef mince
  • 300g chorizo
  • 3 pork sausages or 200g bacon
  • 150g black pudding (optional)
  • 300g dried turtle beans
  • 500g carrots
  • 500g parsnips
  • 1 aubergine
  • 100-300g assorted vegetable scraps and end bits
  • garlic, salt and pepper to taste

Utensils:

  • pot for soaking
  • chopping board and knife
  • large pot
  • blender or food processor

Recipe:

  1. Soak the turtle beans in hot water. Rinse and put on to boil in fresh water until soft.
  2. Chop the vegetables and boil them until tender. Take off the heat and allow to cool.
  3. Blend the vegetables in the water until smooth. Season.
  4. Chop the meat into bite-sized pieces and add it all to the vegetables.
  5. Bring to the boil, then simmer until thoroughly cooked.
  6. Serve with beans stirred in or on the side.

I’m loving blending all these vegetables into our weekly sauces. This one looks like there isn’t a veggie in sight, tastes awesome and yet hides a few less favoured vegetables, like aubergine and cabbage. Chances are I will go back to regular stews soon enough, but I’m going properly crazy with this, trying all sorts of combinations. Got any suggestions for a blended vegetable sauce?

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

 

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WWW. Cheap to Glorious Burgers and Frozen Cakes.

Seeing as Jon’s work is now very different, the Wok will be a little different. Rather than making the nicest, most elaborate or most interesting meal on Wednesday, I will make them as and when he needs them and choose the best food of the week for the Wonderful Wednesday Wok instead.

This week, the main’s some burgers that I made turning cheap, value brand, reduced price beef mince into something with the bite and texture of steak mince and the flavour of a BBQ patty. And the pudding’s an ice-cream cake in a cup I made for Valentine’s day. There were five flavours: pear, blackberry, pear and currant, strawberry and peach. I had the pear and currant one as a carby treat on Valentine’s, but the rest were Jon’s for the week.

The rest of the Valentine's meal.

The rest of the Valentine’s meal.

Cheap to Glorious Burgers.

Ingredients:

-500g cheap mince; ground beef is not suitable, but cheap, unfrozen pork mince or turkey mince would work too

-1 egg

-2tsp herbs

-2tsp onion granules

-2tsp paprika

-2tsp salt

-1tsp pepper

-1tsp soy sauce

-butter or tallow for frying

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and fork

-frying pan

Recipe:

1: With high quality beef you’re told not to overwork the mince or the burger will lose its consistency. With cheap mince you want to do the opposite. Mash it together before adding the spices and the egg. Mash thoroughly until everything is mixed in.

2: Form patties by making a ball, flattening it in the palms of your hands and pinching the middle so it’s got a little “bowl” at either side. This ensures good browning and even cooking.

3: Heat the fat in the pan at medium temperature until all melted. Add the burgers.

4: Cook for 5 minutes either side.

5: Serve with sides of choice. I went for salad, Jon went for beans and cheese.

The burger’s texture is firm and meaty, the taste is subtle, salty and very beefy, the grease levels are minimal and the crust on the outside tastes of soy sauce BBQ.

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Fruity Ice-Cream Cake in a Cup.

Ingredients:

-1 conference pear

-1 peach

-15 blackberries

-8 strawberries

-40g mixed currants

-150ml double cream

-50g 85% chocolate

-80g 55% chocolate

Utensils:

-microwaveable bowl and a fork (not to be put in microwave, obviously)

-chopping board and knife

-mixing bowl and blender / food processor

-jelly molds or other freezable cups/pots

Recipe:

1: Crush the 85% chocolate and share between the bases of the containers.

2: Cut up whatever mix of fruit you like and share between the bases of the containers, leaving room for the chocolate ice cream to drip through.

3: Microwave the cream and 55% chocolate together on medium until they form a smooth chocolate paste.

4: Share the paste between the containers, making sure to get it down into the chocolate later and to cover the fruit. Freeze.

5: Blend the remaining fruit into a smoothie-like paste.

6: Once the chocolate ice cream is frozen, add the fruit paste on top and refreeze.

7: To serve, gently warm the container’s sides only, turn it upside down and squeeze or tap until the cake is released. Leave a little to soften for easy eating.

Pear and currant version.

Pear and currant version.

So those were, in my opinion, the best meals we had this week. What was the best meal you had this week? Recipes, anyone? 🙂

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

WWW. BBQ Everything.

Yesterday was dawn til dusk. Tutoring, cleaning, writing, tutoring again, more writing. So, for a quick and easy meal that would still be nice enough to count as a break, I barbequed everything.

Everything.

Everything.

Ingredients:

-a big roast cut, such as whole chicken, pork shoulder joint or lamb leg

-400g mixed veg (we had parsnips, carrots, sprouts and frozen veg to bulk)

-1 sweet onion

-BBQ sauce (Click here for an almost-Paleo, delicious BBQ sauce recipe!) around 1/2 cup

-tomato sauce (ketchup for those with sweeter tastes, tomato puree or passata for those with richer tastes) around 3/4 cup

-powdered paprika

-salt

-honey (optional)

-mustard (strong mustard, also optional)

Utensils:

-a tray deep enough to take all the food

-knife and chopping board

-something for basting

Recipe:

1: Rub the paprika and salt into the meat.

2: Add half the tomato and BBQ.

3: Place in a tray with the sliced onion and cook on a low heat (120-130C) for two hours.

4: Chop the vegetables to uniform size.

5: Remove the tray from the oven and baste the meat in the juices. Rest until warm to touch.

6: Roll the vegetables in the juices with the onion.

7: Add the last of the sauces and baste the meat again before returning to the oven, still at a low heat, for another two hours.

8: Baste one last time and turn the temperature up to 160C to finish off.

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So that’s what we had for dinner yesterday. Tasty, low carb (well, mine was, Jon likes his beans) and although it takes forever to cook, minimal investment in the prep. Win, win, win. 🙂

No sprouts and many beans.

No sprouts and many beans.

I’ll be back tomorrow with FitFriday and on Saturday with some organization crafts so easy and practical that you can relax whilst making them and whilst using them!

Until then, TTFN and Happy Hunting!