Sunday, August 31, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
I've made a meal for nothing!
Red Dragon Pie: Aduki beans, beetroot, any odds and ends of veg that need eating up (I used cabbage, courgette, onions and runner beans) and a good pinch of salt and garam masala. Stew it all together until it's red and cooked. Put on the bottom of a pie dish and cover with a layer of mashed potatoes and cook in the oven for a bit. It's a bit like Shepard's pie but with red dragons.
You can put cheese on the top if you like but I don't own a cow so I can't get milk for free...pity!
If you are wondering if I grew adulki beans then no, I'm afraid I haven't got the far but they were out of my store cupboard and had been sitting around for ages so as far as I was concerned I didn't have to fork out money for them.
With this whole credit crunch thing going on the price of basic food is rocketing. Oil, rice and pasta are now no longer cheep foods so I have been trying to use things that haven't gone up yet. This means looking at pulses and other grains.
I made a cracking dahl from green lentils and spiced it up with my usual look through my spice box and stick in stuff than smells about right. It was quite good but I had a chat to lady in my local world food shop and she said I really needed to dry roast my spices first. I kind of knew that but in the heat of the moment I had forgotten.
So I bought a selection of pulses and loads of spices (Adsa- small jar for over a pound, local Indian shop 49p for a small sack) and this week I will be experimenting.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
My Father-in-law keeps a lot of chickens and he has been plagued by a huge amount of starlings eating his chicken feed which is not cheep! (puns aplenty - ha!) So he is going to shoot them with his air rifle. I'm not sure if I'm entirely happy with his idea but he seems set that this is the only thing that will do. I thought that you might be able to eat the things. After a little bit of searching I found that the US Government in 1930 issues a book of recipes for Starlings in a bit to encourage the populace to eat the things. Here's one:
"Fry some chopped turnips and carrots. Add a little stock and a glass of red wine. Place some starlings or other small birds in the pan. Add a thin purée of boiled potatoes mashed with beaten eggs, dry mustard, and some stock and a little beer. Cover with stock and cook for about 30 minutes, adding some ripe olives near the end."
Anyway, I'm not sure anyone else is convinced this is a good idea. Someone said they were vermin and were probably full of germs but these guys have had a steady diet of Layers Pellets and are probably healthy birds.
Any thoughts anyone?