At Home This Week:
I seem to have spent a lot of time thinking of ways to use Cucumbers again! After last week's cake disaster, I avoided any baked goods, and instead focussed
on preserves: Satsuma, Lemon and Cucumber Jam turned out better than you might think, and although sweet, could easily be added to Oriental-style stir fry sauces to add a cistrussy note. Tastes OK with cheese too!
The quantity of Tomatoes is reducing,
as they are being used in all sorts of savoury dishes, which are then frozen such as a Chicken & Potato Curry (and other veggies can be added when thawed, prior to re-heating) and Courgette & Tomato Pasta Sauce... used up a couple of Courgettes too,
which was helpful
I have not picked enough Blackberries in one go for making Christmassy, Bramble Jellt, so have been freezing them almost daily in batches to keep them fresh, and I shall make the jelly when time is less pressurised in the kitchen
The Apple and Blackberry Cake was delicious, despite me jugging with the red hot cake tin as I took it out of the oven, so half the cake slid out onto the floor!! Definitely an excellent recipe, which I shall be keeping here so I can find it again next
A good sort out of the big kitchen freezer, has meant I have been able to organise all my "ready meals" in one place, which will make sure i see what is there to use them all.. Mince & Onions was the latest addition, helpfully using up a fair
quantity of Onions that would not have stored for long
Next on the kitchen jobs list is sorting and storing the Potatoes as currently here are 14 kg sitting in buckets on the floor, rather in the way! Also, I don't wan them to start going green in the
light. Smalle ones will be washed and dried, before going into trays in the vegetable cupboard, and larger ones put in thick brown paper bags in the garage. Damsons need some consideration too...