Aubergine Parmigiana

In lidl at the moment, aubergines are 39p each for decent size ones.
My market is doing 4 for a pound.
Aubergine parmigiana a lovely veggie dish.

2 tins of chopped tomatoes 50p
1 onion 10p
3 garlic cloves 10p
1 large aubergine 39p
Mozzarella ball sliced thin 47p
2 bay leaves
sweetener or sugar.. teaspoon.
So around £1.60 to make this dish to serve 4, 40p per portion.

In a pan add 2 tins of chopped toms, chopped onion and 3 garlic cloves crushed, 2 bay leaves and sweetener, heat thru…
slice 1 large or 2 small aubergines length ways, and cover in salt and leave to draw moisture out, rinse salt off and pat dry,
fry aubergines in batches in hot pan till blackened, then layer oven dish with aubergines and tomato mixture, finish with slices of mozzarella, and bake in oven till crispy on top about 30 mins…
Parmesan is traditionally added to this recipe, I didn’t this time, you can also add breadcrumbs.

Dried Beans.

It is much cheaper to buy dried beans, I buy various beans such as pinto, haricot, turtle beans etc.
I cook, then portion & freeze in batches, I can then grab a bag from the freezer to bulk out meat meals to make meals go further or to do a complete bean meal such as 5 bean chilli.
Pick ones that have similar cooking times, then add 100gms of each to a large pan of cold water.
I do between 500gms and 1 kilo at a time of various beans, this gives me between 5 & 10 bags to freeze, 100gms of dried beans works out similar to a drained tin amount.
Soak them overnight.
Wash thoroughly.
Add fresh water and put on a rolling boil for 10 minutes.
Turn to simmer and cook for between 60 & 90 minutes, check packs for cooking times.
Drain beans, let cool then portion and put in bags to freeze.12642528_1518031245158717_6475098818742448050_n558931_10151770324464639_1783636881_n945719_10151560376534639_513662426_n

Tearing & Sharing bread.

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They charge way too much for this in the shops.
Red onion & Cheese Focaccia Bread.

500gms of strong bread flour, I used white
7gms of yeast
teaspoon of honey
tablespoon of olive oil plus some to drizzle on top
300ml of warm water
an onion and 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
Cheese optional

make a dough by placing flour, yeast and a teaspoon of salt in bowl, add water and honey and olive oil, make a dough & knead for 10 mins, leave to prove for an hour…
Stretch dough onto a shallow oiled tray, leave for 20 mins more…
Meanwhile fry onion, and brown sugar to caramelize,
when bread has proved, brush with olive oil, spread onions on top, add a sprinkle of salt, add some grated cheese if you like and push fingers in randomly, making indents, pop in oven gas mark 6 for 30 mins,…

Chocolate Concrete

Chocolate concrete, remember this from school? with pink custard or mint custard? i make it a lot now.

200g plain flour
200g granulated sugar
100g butter
50g cocoa powder

mix the dry ingredients, then melt the butter and add that, then with your hands mix it into like a crumble mix, pop into greased tray and flatten down, press into tin so firm, into preheated oven for 20 mins gas mark 4, do not burn, take out, sprinkle with sugar and leave for bout 10 mins to firm up..

Yorkshire puddings.

3 equal cup method, same cup, break eggs into it, where ever level comes too, fill same cup to same level with milk, then same again with flour.

Home made yorkies. i make in batches and freeze, then pop in oven from frozen for 4 to 5 mins like you would aunt bessies, only way better.
4 eggs broken into a cup, then same amount of flour and milk..
i beat eggs and flour then add milk, carry on beating….
heat oil in yorkie tray till very hot, pour in batter and put in oven for 25 mins. cool before freezing.

Damper Bread

Aussie olive and fennel seed damper bread, easiest bread ever to make, you can add anything you want, cheese works really well, rosemary etc… i believe its a bread traditionally made in the bush on campfires,

450gms of self raising flour,
a tablespoon of olive oil,
pinch of salt
225ml of warm water,
plus whatever you want to add

mix dry ingredients, i added fennel seeds, add oil and make well and add water, stir make dough, no need to knead, make flattish then add olives or whatever you want cheese etc, then fold edges in so olives are encased, keep doing it and pushing filling in, then make into round shape, put wooden spoon acrooss to make indents, push spoon handle down to nearly the bottom, into preheated oven for 30 mins on gas mark 6

Hot & Sour Soup

Serves 3 to 4 big bowls.
ok you can use any meat or prawns and any veg, ive used quorn in this, but you can use chicken, beansprouts, add noodles etc..

2 shallots
1 chilli
thumb size piece of ginger
half a pepper
handful of sugarsnap peas
handful of quorn chicken pieces
handful of mushrooms
2 pak choi
tablespoon of rice vinegar
tablespoon of soy sauce
half a teaspoon of sugar
600ml of stock of choice.

fry 2 shallots or an onion or spring onion, with a chilli and thumb size piece of ginger grated or chopped, add in chopped pepper, sugarsnap peas and the quorn and fry for a few mins…
Add a tablespoon of rice vinegar and half a teaspoon of sugar or sweetener, then add 600ml of stock and cook for 5 mins,  add a tablespoon of soy sauce,  mushrooms and pak choi and cook for a few mins more.