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Recipes and diet diary

Lemon Flan

This must be one of the easiest and most enjoyable puds in the world.

lemon-flan-recipe
Thanks to Cookbook.co.za for this picture of lemon flan.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 packet of digestive biscuits (dark chocolate ones are also good)
  • Third of a block of butter
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • Equal quantity of double cream. Use the tin to measure it out.
  • 2 lemons

 

Directions

  1. Put the biscuits into the food processor and blitz into crumbs, or put them in a sturdy plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin.
  2. Melt the butter gently in a large saucepan or a frying pan, then add the crumbs and turn and stir until the crumbs are coated with the butter.
  3. Press the crumb mix into a flan case about 8″ in diameter – or anything deepish and widish. Set aside to cool.
  4. Pour the condensed milk into a mixing bowl  then use the can to measure the cream and tip that on top of the ‘connie onnie’.
  5. Add the zest and juice of the lemons and stir everything tgether. The lemon juice will make the mixture thicken.
  6. When the base it cool, tip on the lemon mixture, smoothing the top, then cover and chill for a few hours in the fridge.
  7. Decorate with a swirl of cream, and poke in something pretty like chocolate curls, crystallized lemon or a sprig of mint.

Bish bash bosh.

When Size Matters

A woman should never complain when her husband is helpful. It’s bad form and she runs the risk of him refusing further attempts. A husband should be rewarded with respect and gratitude when he takes up his domestic hat, and dusts it off before making for the supermarket or the Marigolds.

It was to Costco that Whizz headed, on his way home from a hard day with a customer. I wouldn’t have done that, I’d have wanted to get back and watch the sun set with a gin sling, so I was very grateful and even felt a little guilty (It’s a generation thing) when I accepted his offer and gave him a fairly long list. What I didn’t say was,

‘Only buy what is on the list.’ It would have been disrespectful and anyway he often remembers something I haven’t. Continue reading When Size Matters

Recipe. Spicy, creamy prawns with rice

Hopefully you’ve read my previous post about rice.

This recipe served one person. I was all alone with a bottle of this. A remarkably good bottle of rose from Aldi. It cost £5.99.

food and drinkIt needed something fishy and luxurious and this is what I cooked.

Ingredients

A knob of butter or a tbsp of oil – not olive as it’s a bit strong in flavour

Prawns, (Aldi prawns are particularly tast and cheap. I used about a quarter of a defrosted bag)

Half a red chilli about 2 inches long, diced small

A quarter of a small onion diced

4 quartered cherry tomatoes

3 mushrooms sliced

4 tablespoons of half fat creme fraiche (you could use cream if you felt decadent)

1 desert spoon of fish sauce

200g cooked rice

Directions

Fry the onion and chilli gently in the butter/oil until the onion is soft, then add the mushrooms and continue cooking for a couple of minutes.

Throw in the tomatoes and cook until soft, then add the prawns, cream and fish sauce and cook until warmed through.

Throw in the rice and turn it through the mixture then turn the whole thing into a pasta bowl or onto a plate.

Good with rocket or peas.

Rice – a working woman’s staple

rice and how to save timeApparently rice can be dangerous if cooked and frozen, then re-heated. There’s a bacterium that can be found in rice. I’ve never met it but here’s a quote from www.nhs.uk:

Uncooked rice can contain spores of Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning. When the rice is cooked, the spores can survive. If the rice is left standing at room temperature, the spores can grow into bacteria.

The website doesn’t tell us what the chances are of buying rice containing this bacterium and speaking from experience I have been cooking and freezing rice in portions for years with no ill effects. I’m not saying there is no risk, I’m saying calculate it and make a decision based on evidence.

The main thing is to chill the rice quickly after cooking it. Freeze it in portions – 200g of cooked rice is the size of portion my family looks for. I usually cook it by the bucket load and shovel 600g into each freezer bag for three of us. You may have slightly smaller appetites than us. In our family we are pretty enthusiastic consumers of food.

Having ready cooked rice in the freezer saves a lot of time on a busy evening when kids need to be taken to activities and husbands have to go to meetings – or the pub. Defrost it in the microwave. Bung the bag straight onto the turn table and cook for 2 minutes on full power. You may worry about the chemicals coming from the bag. I don’t, and look, I’m here to tell the tale.

There are a number of quick recipes using pre-cooked rice. Watch this space and they will appear.

Once more the brain lets me down

Alternative ways to serve a burger

Are you getting bored with my brain? I certainly am.

Last weekend we went to visit Horace in Chorley – blooming miles away. We had to wait for Mavis to get home from school, at about 4.30pm, before we could set off, and we were all a bit behind with things as there was a plethora of jobs demanding attention during the day so we finally left home at 5,30pm. Almost immediately the sat-nav began warning of traffic and recalculating our route. The eta became later and later; it was just as well we had agreed to eat en route.

After an hour or two we pulled into a service area on the M1. McDonald’s only – not my favourite. I ordered a 1955 burger (my DOB so it seemed appropriate) and Whizz queued while Mavis and I collected napkins, straws, salt, pepper, ketchup and powdered sweetener from the condiment point.

We found a reasonably clear table and when Whizz arrived I was feeling fairly enthusiastic about my meal due to the lateness of the hour.

‘Pass the salt, please.’ Whizz sprinkled it liberally onto his potato wedges.

I grabbed another packet and shared it between potato wedges and burger before taking a bite.

‘Have these wedges got barbecue flavouring on them?’

‘No, I don’t thinks so.’ Whizz tried another, ‘No, mine are plain.’

Mavis ‘chipped’ in ‘Perhaps you’ve put sugar on them. Ha ha!’

She was joking but unsurprisingly, she was right!