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.

2p Wraps..

So easy to make your own wraps..
WRAPS less than 2p each to make, its actually 7.5p to make 6.
Based on Tesco everyday flour at 45p for 1.5 kilo.

250gms of plain flour,
about 110/130ml of water (add a bit more if too dry) ,
teaspoon of salt, optional

Make into a dough,
Cut into equal parts,
I did 6, roll out flat round, mine were uneven lol, and put onto an oiled chapati pan or frying pan for 2 mins each side.
You can add flavourings, like coriander, garlic etc.

Caribbean Pepperpot Stew

This is hot, due to the scotch bonnet chilli can sub for a milder chilli

Caribbean pepperpot stew (very spicy)
chicken thighs, can get at a reasonable price
700ml of stock
fresh thyme, can use dried
scotch bonnet chilli, very hot
2 cloves of garlic
2cm of fresh ginger
1 onion
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons of allspice
tin of butter beans (or dried ones cooked)
2 or 3 sweet potato
fresh spinach
200ml of coconut milk,  i buy 400ml tins and freeze half, can go from freezer into a curry, B&M, Home Bargains often hae coconut milk in cheap.
2 chopped toms

fry the chicken, onion, garlic, ginger, toms and chilli till cooked
add the stock, thyme, bay leaves and all spice
then add beans, sweet potato and cook for about 40 mins, stir in spinach and coconut milk and cook for a further 10 mins.. serve with rice..

Spicy Bean & Veg Soup

12552619_1517664735195368_5997973570940603105_nSpicy veg and bean soup, great for using up veg that needs using… cheap to make and will serve 6 hearty portions.
4 chillis
2 garlic cloves
an inch of grated ginger
4 shallots
1 red pepper
1 courgette
half a butternut squash cubed
tin of kidney beans
litre of veg stock
teaspoon of cinnamon
teaspoon of cumin
tablespoon of ground corainder
wilted spinach or frozen spinach balls.

I fried  4 chillis (i like it hot though),  2 garlic cloves,  ginger about an inch of it grated and  4 shallots and red pepper for about 5 mins then added a cubed courgette and half a butternut squash cubed (could use sweet potato), and a tin of drained kidney beans. Then a litre of veg stock. Then a heaped teaspoon of cinnamon (this really adds to the flavour) a heaped teaspoon of cumin and a tablespoon of ground coriander and let it cook for about 30 to 40 mins., then wilted some spinach leaves in, or can add a couple of frozen balls.