Monday, 28 May 2012

Homemade Butter and Hummus.

Hello Dear Readers,

Yesterday I made butter:

All I did was put 2 cartons of double cream from aldi into my mixer, added about half a teaspoon of salt, and turned it on to beat for about 5 minutes until the butter had formed lumps and the buttermilk was sloshing about. I then gathered the butter into 3 balls squeezing any remaining buttermilk out and voila!

We were pottering in the garden on and off all day yesterday so had an easy meal of baked potato, (with my homemade butter) some salad and grated cheese and mayo on top. (Sorry forgot to take photos).

I now have a bowl of buttermilk which I will use when I bake some bread later today.  

The Hummus I made today was from this book

I used it as a guide.
2 tins of chickpeas into a bowl.

I sploshed in some lime juice as I have no lemon juice.

Then I finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic. They had started to sprout so I will probably plant a few cloves
 and hope they grow, I've never grown garlic before.

I then added 3 tbsp of olive oil (from aldi) and the same of tahini paste.Season to taste and mix together until smooth.

Great with baked potatoes or as I just had as a dip with quavers yum :)

My girls are being little darlings and providing us with plenty of eggs and now I am wondering if they can be frozen in any way like maybe shelled and put into pots ready for baking at a later date. Does anyone know? Any ideas gratefully received.

Bye for now.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Walking the little fluffies.

  Here are some photos  of us getting out with our little monkeys in the sun yesterday:

Sorry I couldn't upload the videos for some reason so I will try that another day, I'm not very up on uploading things on here yet.  We had a lovely walk and the fluffy babes really enjoyed exploring.
Back later maybe. Bye for now.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

homemade coleslaw, quick baked potato and economy stain remover

Last week I made coleslaw with:

Shredded white cabbage in a bowl with some finely chopped red pepper, celery,tomato, radish, then I stirred in  3 tablesps  mayo, 1 tbspn vinegar and 1 teaspn of wholegrain mustard. We had it with quick home baked potato:

I zap them in the microwave (4 potatoes) for about 12 minutes then finish them on about gas 7 for about  15 to 20 minutes to get that crispy skin and flavour which you don't get with just cooking them in the microwave.

I'm fed up with paying silly prices for stain remover for my washing which doesn't even always work and I had run out anyway so I sprayed some basic lemon multi surface cleaner which is only about 30 pence for a 750 ml bottle which I decanted into an old cif spray bottle and it works as good as so more money saving.

Off to take the dogs out now and take in some vitamin D.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Getting things done, de-cluttering, finding things,stockpiling, and cooking, for a start.

Haven't been blogging this last week gone, although I have been reading a few, as we've been de-cluttering again so that some decorating can be done. I found a multi-chef pro food processor (aquired by way of freecycle) which I have been looking for for ages. Just hope it still works. If it does, I will search online for some instructions for it.

We are planning on painting the living room, hall and stairs this week, so today we went to the supermarket and bought a cheap roller set (under £2), brushes set (also under £2), and some one coat gloss for the doors as we've already got emulsion for the walls to make a start. We also needed more socks  so found some for 4 for £4.

I am trying to get a bit of a stockpile going as the cost of shopping goes up every week. Economy tins of tuna went up 10p one week!! These are the 2 book cases (basics) bought from b & q recently, in our dining room loaded with my hoard.

  You may recognise some of it from app foods ie the stir fry sachets,  catering size sauce bottles large bags of pizza mix and such.

Below are more photos of my stash of tinned food in the side passage stored in my parents old dressing table which I don't like to discard as it's a memory from my childhood and now it serves a purpose as food storage.

I popped into my youngest'  school recently and whilst waiting for her I was sitting on a chair next to a very large spider plant which was sprouting lots of baby plants. I spotted 1 that had dropped off and was lying on the floor so I picked it up, and when I got home I popped it into a small bowl with some water. In a few weeks I should have my own rooted spider plant all for free! Happy with things so far.

My youngest and eldest decided to buy some flowers to put on their grandfather's grave this week so they bought 2 bunches of flowers. There were so many, we managed to get a small bunch left to keep in the house. I love having flowers and plants in the house.

In sains this week they were selling 2 x 2 pints of bagged milk for £1 with a free jugit so I bought 8 bags and put 6 in the freezer.

Yesterday I found that asda had started to stock the instant cheese sauce packets again woo woo! They haven't been stocking them for months and hadn't had a shelf for them so I thought they had stopped doing them but ever the optomist I keep checking  every time I went in the shop and got lucky. They are 4 for a £1 so much cheaper than usual. I bought 24 packets.

So yesterday I made past bake with cooked basics pasta in an oven proof dish with some frozen sweetcorn, tin of basics tuna, 4 eggs from my hens just cracked and thrown in, 2 packets of the cheese sauce was stirred in and it was covered with a layer of cheese ( buy one, get one free in sains). Cooked in the oven on gas 5 for 45 mins. Tasty :)  Was so hungry I forgot to take a photo. Had enough for 2 portions for lunch today.

Off with the chihuahuas now to walk it off in the field. If I can remember to take my camera I will take some photos and blog later.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Home made veg curry

Yesterday we had veggie curry made by boiling up a bag of frozen, mixed chunky veg and simmering till cooked then adding a basics jar of veg curry sauce which had been heated up in the microwave. I served this with some cous cous. It went down very well and there was enough leftover for 3 more meals which have been frozen for another day.Only spent £41 at supermarkert yesterday :) Using up stuff in the freezer helps (had to as it needs defrosting since door was left ajar recently.)
 I plan to make roast dinner tomorrow veggie of course.
Bye for now.