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.


  • 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


  • chopping board and knife
  • baking tray


  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.


  • 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


  • chopping board and knife
  • small pot


  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.


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


  • chopping board and knife
  • frying pan


  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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Wonderful Wednesday Wok. Roast Dinner.

Yes, a roast dinner for a packed lunch. Yes, at the end of the month. A few of his more budget-limited co-workers were shocked.



-1 chicken

-600g potatoes

-4 onions

-4 large carrots

-400g peeled plum tomatoes

-400g carton chopped tomatoes

-200g green peas

-200g yellow peas

-200g rice flour

-butter as needed

-salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika, chives, mint, mixed herbs


-chopping board and knife

-mixing bowl

-1 deep baking tray

-1 roasting tray

-1 cupcake tray


1: Place the chicken in the roasting tray. Ours was nice plain, but you may want to flavour it. If so, undo the tie and separate the skin of the neck down through the breast and put the seasonings there before retying.

2: Slice the potatoes up and surround the chicken with them.

3: Place in the oven at 150C for 2h.


4: Chop up the carrots and onions. Place in the deep tray with the peas and mix in the tomato.

5: Add some extra water and salt, mixed herbs and paprika. Cover with foil.

6: Place in the oven alongside the meat for 1h, 30min.


7: Take 100g of rice flour and 50g of butter.

8: Mix them alongside mint, chives, onion powder, smoked paprika and salt.

9: Spoon the mix into the cupcake tray and bake with chicken for 15min or grill at gasmark 5 for 10min.


10: When the chicken is done, pour the fat into a mixing bowl.

11: Add about 200ml of boiling water.

12: Sift and stir in the rice flour until thick.

13: Add salt, pepper and a few herbs.



The finished meal:



And here it is as a packed lunch. A chicken breast, some potatoes and a piece of stuffing with gravy drizzled on top and the veg.