Holiday at home and day 9

 Hello again,

As usual, many many thanks to all of you who clicked, googled or found ‘Frugal Queen’.I’m still utterly amazed that more than two thousand of you do that every day.

I thought I’d start by saying what I’ve used up today. I had the pastry mix, which makes dumplings or the lightest crispiest pastry. I used the chicken and bacon pie filling (cooked last week and frozen) and quickly mixed up some pastry. Whilst it was ‘resting’, before I made the pie, I thought I would answer a few queries about sprouting seeds. I buy mine in the local health food shop and they seem to give me salad for days on end when I remember to use them. The seeds also seems to keep, in a twisted bag for months and months until I remember to use them again.

 I just follow the instructions of the packet. I rinse them and then soak them over night.

 I don’t use many at a time as a little go a very long way. Right now, they are soaking in a glass on my kitchen window sill. I’ll show you the sprouter, and what I do next, tomorrow.

 We’ve had a really good day. We’ve mooched around the garden, trimming and pruning, tidying and weeding. The washing has all been dried outside, it’s ironed and back in the cupboards. I’ve blasted music around the house (Kate Rusby, followed by Fleetwood Mac……do you have favourite ironing music?)

Still haven’t been food shopping and I’m still determined to use up everything I have. Dinner was a childhood classic! Just the sort of food that my mum used to make. Chicken and bacon pie, chips and peas and plenty left for tomorrow.  That’s if I don’t sneak off to the kitchen for some cold pie later! There’s two things for you to ponder and comment about, music to iron or do the housework to and what’s your childhood classic?

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35 thoughts on “Holiday at home and day 9

  1. Hi Froogs, glad you have enjoyed your day of mooching. Your pie looks delicious, I have chicken and gammon on the menu this week so I will be trying your pie with some leftovers, I hope it will look as good as yours. Music… I'm into Cara Dillon and Seth Lakeman at the moment, it makes the jobs quicker somehow. My childhood favourite… I have so many, my mum was a great cook and could make wonderful pies. The first thing that came into my mind was shin beef with the gorgeous rich gravy served with baked leek pudding. That was dumpling mixture with chopped leeks in brushed with egg and baked in the oven. Pure stodge, pure heaven!

    Karen x

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  2. Music to iron to: no – but any good old black and white film for me. Hoovering music though, has to be “dude looks like a lady” by aerosmith. Childhood classic: Cinnamon toast.

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  3. I haven't done much with sprouting seeds so I'm looking forward to seeing what you do. I tried mung beans when the kids still lived at home but had so many complaints that eventually I gave up. I've tried sprouting alfalfa since then and I like that in a sandwich or an omelette or just in a salad. I've not been very adventurous with sprouting seeds – yet.

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  4. Well not exactly ironing music (it is me after all) but favourites to work in the garage with at the moment is a mixture of classical (powerful stuff such as Holst's 'Mars', or even Bolero for instance) mixed with a selection of powerful film themes and music from such as gladiator, Lord of the rings, Jaws, spaghetti westerns and the like. But in the car it's Aerosmith, AC/DC, Led zep, Iron maiden etc,
    Oh at that pie looks delicious..and the seeds – great idea (again :o))
    Regards,
    John

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  5. Another Seth Lakeman fan, although I normally do the ironing to something I've recorded on the TV, usually ab Agatha Christie. Childhood classic – steak and kidney pie x

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  6. I don't do the ironing. Only when absolutely essential. Life's too short. I fold and put it on top of the range and that's basically it. Body heat takes care of the rest. But as for favourite childhood food…..jam roly poly, rice pudding, apple crumble, stew….actually everything I ate. Even school dinners! Everything so much better than nowadays. I really miss my mum's cooking.

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  7. I generally don't iron for long but last time I ironed to a talking book of The 39 Steps.

    I made some falafels tonight but am not doing the storecupboard/freezer thing as I don't have enough stuff in. I had to buy the cumin, coriander and parsley as I'd run out.

    They were really nice and I shall never buy them again. I did use dried but I have to ask if the cost of cooking outweighs their cheapness? However I am going to sprout some too.

    Your chips made me want some! The pie looked delish although I only eat cheese and onion myself, I make chicken & mushroom for oH.

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  8. I prefer to iron in front of a video; one I watch every now and again is Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, (Kevin Costner) and even the great Robin Hood, Men in Tights (including my favourite line; “Unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent!”)
    My childhood classic recipe is beef stew, which my Mum honed to perfection, unlike her macoroni cheese that included a tin of tomato soup; yuk!

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  9. I watch a movie when ironing. Favourite childhood meal? Mum's chicken pie (made from the leftover chicken from Sunday of course!). I no longer have a favourite meal …I love them all!
    Jane x

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  10. I iron as little as possible, only Lovely Hubbys work shirts and the odd shirt of mine, everything else gets folded and aired on the Aga, then body heat makes the creases fall out. So I don't listen to music just get on with it (I HATE ironing). But I guess you have to look smart at work so you can't get out of it.

    My favourite childhood meal was when I used to come home for lunch before I had to stay for the dreaded school dinners, Mum used to make egg and cheese on toast, it was just scrambled egg with grated cheese mixed in while it was cooking but it tasted divine, and I always felt she had tried extra hard to make me a nice lunch. Even when I was little I knew we were hard up and the extra touch of cheese was yummy….and special!!

    Sue xx

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  11. Have you given the recipe for the chicken and bacon pie before? It looks delicious. Is it like a quiche!

    I have no special music for ironing. It is a task I hate but fortunately I'm very good at it. Maybe music would make it more bearable! 🙂

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  12. I iron as little as possible, but all housework is easier to a background of Queen or Greenday.

    Childhood favorites are still favorites now, bacon and onion roll and Lancashire hotpot.

    Your pic of the sprouting seeds has reminded me to make some. My seed sprouter goes in and out of favour too. I havnt made any for a few months. I like a lunchtime sandwich with houmous and sprouts, very tasty.

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  13. I don't iron to music it's sports radio for me or watching rugby on the telly.I know, I'm sports mad, sad woman that I am. Childhood classic, my mum was a cook in England between the wars so she was a brilliant cook, I would have to say Sunday tea, boiled eggs usually, scones, and always a beautiful cake, usually sponge with jam and cream.

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  14. Another non-ironer here, eileen. All my kids are adults now so if they need anything ironed they do it themselves and I don't iron sheets or anything. But I do love music while I'm cooking and mostly rock but obscure Finnish bands. Although I like older stuff like Deep Purple I'm pretty up to date and love finding new stuff on YouTube.

    As for childhood faves I still make a lot of them, like bacon roly poly, shepherds pie, macaroni cheese,tuna fishcakes, chicken and leek pie.

    I'm just about to start planting salad leaves in tubs in the yard and have a dish of cress seeds on the window sill, so will have to give sprouting seeds a go to mix in with my salads. My daughter works in a wholefood shop so I'm sure she'll be able to get them for me (and at a discount). Another good idea from you, Froogs.

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  15. Pie looks scrummy. Childhood food, roast dinners and apple pie, also rice pudding all cooked in a coal fired oven. Don't iron, but do most chores to Radio 4, or rock music. Enjoy the rest of your holidays. Hoping for a holiday in Cornwall at Easter, wondering if we can fit in a visit to Eden Project. Ali from Dorset.

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  16. I never iron,it's only me here,and my clothes don't require it,lucky me as i hate it,your Pie look's lovely,now i want to go make one,i love chicken and mushroom,i am going to go make the pastry right now,another diet day out the window!!

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  17. Oooh, it all looks so good! I may try sprouting some lentils. Everything my mom cooked was always really good. & music–I like country-western. I so look forward to your postings every day.

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  18. When ironing I like to listen to radio 4 or The BBC News on the computer. I can't get the hang of watching someting when I iron as I don't want to iron my fingers..it has been known..My favourite meal as a child would be a cold collation. We would have left over cold meats, usually chicken and ham, lots of salad and some dressings, pickle and silverskin onions, boiled eggs and mashed potatoe with some bread and butter..followed by apple pie and custard, nom nom nom 🙂

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  19. Counting Crows is my music for cleaning the house. Love them.

    My childhood favorite dish? I didn't have a real favorite particular dish, just my great-grandmother's Sunday dinners in general. She did make a mean fried chicken!

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  20. I don't iron so I guess I can't answer that one. My favorite food classic from my childhood is goulash. Not Hungarian, but American. Made with elbow macaroni pasta, stewed tomatoes, kidney beans and ground beef fried up with chopped onions. Mix it all together and squeeze a bit of ketchup in for sweetness. Mom also made it over the campfire every time we went camping. Oh, and its better the 2nd day.

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  21. It seems you have mixes for everything there in the UK. We don't have that here where I live. You have to mix a lot of things yourself. I was surprised when your rice bag said rice pudding. Here we have all kinds of rice but none that has on it's label rice pudding 😦 We would just buy regular white rice or arborio rice for that and look for a recipe. Now I see you have dumpling mix. Again I'd have to buy white or whole wheat flour and mix my own. Same goes for the sprouts. We don't have mixed seeds so I'd just have to buy them and mix them for sprouting but even to buy the seeds is not so convenient. By the way, I'm hoping you're going to post the recipe for the rice pudding which you made a few days back. I'd really like to try it.

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  22. ironing isnt usually on my agenda but if im cranking up the stereo its probably dave dobbin (a kiwi singer) or peter framptons guitar talk. favs from childhood, easy, lemon meringue pudding, mum would make it as my birthday dessert as i could choose anything, i still make it for my birthday. other classics from childhood include beef olives, corned beef with mustard sauce and mash potatoes, and a very easy throw together meal of creamed corn, bacon and hard boiled eggs, all mixed together atop of toast, friday night fix.

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  23. Music for ironing, mmmmmm??? If I'm in classical mode it has to be Handel's Messiah – the entire works which I sing along to at top volume in its entirety! (Thankfully for our poor neighbours our house is detached) or if modern music is the answer to the dilemma it has to be Paulo Nutini as I can bop along whilst dashing away with that smoothing iron. As for childhood comfort food it has to be Finnan Haddock poached in milk with my mum's mashed potatoes – the smell of that wafting from the kitchen window as I returned from school always put an extra spring in my step

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  24. I forgot to answer your questions. I don't iron anymore but if I have to it would only be one or two items so I wouldn't put any music on. My stereo is now on the fritz so that's the end of my music unless I play it on the computer. As for favourite childhood meal that would be a hard one. Mom's cooking was always the best. But I do find myself making bannock bread (like tea biscuits but a big slab and a bit more rustic) coupled with some steaming hot hamburger soup.

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  25. The only ironing I do is the occasional work blouse usually the morning I need it, try to have things in my wardrobe that don't need ironing. When I am cooking I like to listen to a mix of things – Toni Childs, Amici Forever, Bryan Adams. Childhood favourite, roast followed by rice pudding.

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  26. Well I don't iron anything (hooray), I gave up when I realised I was becoming a slave to the board, so it will have to be music I cook to which is usually Newton Faulkner or the Cranberries. Childhood favourite would be scones, my mum could make them until they were so tall they almost fell over.xxx

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  27. I like to listen to radio 4 when ironing, I took you lead last week and made chicken and bacon pie and chicken and mushroom pie (Still yet to eat the chicken and mushroom)childhood favourite was sheperds pie with baked beans, a must when we stayed with my grandmother.

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  28. Hey there..glad you have enjoyed today..its beautiful..well my favourite ironing music is Keane,Muse,Coldplay…i have to wear my mp3 player and i sing along to my hearts content..probably sounds bloody awful..but for those moments i am a popstar lol….as for childhood classic it would have to be my grans goulash with creamy mash potatoes and green beans..it was divine…

    take care froogs
    love to you and yours
    sara
    p.s..who ever posted about the semolina at asian markets..thanks ..but i found a big box in asda..plus tapioca yuk..
    sara

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  29. I listen to audio books while cleaning the house or doing hand work…mostly mysteries and thrillers…as for childhood favorites…Mom loved to bake so what I remember is cinnamon rolls, pumpkin bread, apple pie, peanutbutter fudge, popcorn balls, chocolate cake with chocolate fudge frosting and cookies of all sorts…for meals it was meat and potatoes or sandwiches…no veggies for Dad so no veggies for me…

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  30. Always George Michael to iron to and my fave meal that my mum used to make – on busy wash days – was real chips with tinned Heinz vegetable soup poured over!! xx

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  31. Great post and some brilliant responses.

    I normally have my ipod on shuffle when ironing and see what I get, so it could be nice smooth easy listening ironing, or bopping about ironing! I also tried listening to some of Terry Wogans 'Janet and John' stories but have to be careful not to scorch the ironing when laughing! Childhood classic -always Heinz tomato soup when feeling under the weather.

    Jane x

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