Hello Dear Reader,
Darling Daughter is relaxed and has her feet up. Tabitha has moved into my office window sill and is keeping an eye on me.
It’s a bright sunny day so Dearly Beloved and I sawed and chopped kindling for the week.
The fire got going early as it’s grey and damp and I’ve a week’s washing to dry. Bobby Dazzler as usual felt he needed to help.
Scruffy/Big dog, saw no need to help but just fell asleep, legs akimbo in front of the fire.
I then embarked on a bulk cooking session. I made a kilo of pastry and then started with cheese and bacon quiche.
Chop and fry bacon, peppers and onion.
Beat together the eggs, milk (which makes it go further) and cheese. Pour the batter mix in the pastry cases first and then add the bacon and onions on top. Finally, float the slices or halves of tomatoes on top.
I then made the start on a batch of steak and kidney pies. Meat is so expensive that I add carrots and potatoes to make it stretch further. Fry the onions first.
Slice the braising steak into cubes. I find that braising steak is often the same price as stewing steak. From the front legs, but braising is usually flank. ~Finally, holding the core of the kidney (I used lambs), use cooks scissors to snip the kidney around it. Keep the chunks as big as possible or they’ll melt into the gravy.
Here’s the final stewed down filling; it had gently bubbled away for two hours on a low heat. Make sure the carrots are soft and the steak cubes with break easily with a fork. You want it melt in the mouth tender.
Here’s the final result. We ate a quiche for ‘tea’ with salad. Two quiches, three steak and kidney pies and half a dozen mince pies from the left over pasty. All cooked in the oven at once.
I’ve also read a book today. An easy read and a romp through the lanes and byways as told by Maggie Smith-Bendall. A lovely cold day by the fire kind of book.
Nothing spent, washing drying by the fire, the kitchen smells lovely of home cooking and I even found time to relax with a book. Sometimes the simplest days are the best.
Love Froogs xxxxxxxxxxx