Relatives are coming to stay with us on Monday. They stayed with us last year and it really doesn’t seem like a year has passed since then. If the weather is kind to us, we will undoubtedly go out during the day each day of their stay, and to make life just that bit easier for myself – for I know I shall be tired by 4 pm each day and will not wish to embark on creating a supper dish from scratch – I’ve done some preparation, i.e. prepared food for next week which I can pop into the freezer and bring out as and when required.
First of all, I made a beef casserole. This is a standby dish, perhaps one we might use ourselves at the weekend as I would prefer to cook a pork, apple & cider casserole for our guests, but I had the diced beef in the fridge and so have used it. Just different veggies, beef, stock, a splash or port, and seasonings. This will ‘mature’ overnight in the fridge and it will be our supper for tomorrow or Sunday (I have already made a lasagne for next week and that is already in the freezer.)
Next, I made a nut roast. Husband and I both enjoy this, it is very nourishing and contains no meat or even meat extract. Here you can see some of the ingredients I will be using, the nuts ‘toasting’ in a large frying pan before I grind them, and the finished product, cooling.
Next, I made a leek & potato soup, sufficient for six portions, so husband and I might have some for our supper this evening and the rest will be popped into a box and put in the freezer. Above, it is at the almost-ready stage. Once it has cooked and cooled, I add some low-fat double cream, so it’s really a cream of leek & potato soup.
Next, I made an all-in-one fruit loaf (by all-in-one I mean that all the ingredients are put into the mixing bowl and mixed together, none of this creaming, adding, etc) which is on the right, and a banana and walnut loaf which is on the left. We shan’t need all these cakes, but it’s nice to have some cakes in the freezer – both of these can be served plain, or buttered, or with custard (or cream) as a dessert.
After all that cooking and baking, I did a pile of ironing – but before I could do it, I had to borrow our daughter in law’s iron as ours has died, and it’s only two years old and not a cheapie, either. But I expect two years’ work is about all an iron today can manage! Things are no longer made to last.
But on a less gloomy note, I recently took out a subscription to House & Garden and the first copy arrived this morning. I’ve not yet opened it. I’m saving that until this evening when I an sit and enjoy this little indulgence.
But first, I must find room in our small freezer for the results of today’s productivity! I do enjoy a day devoted to cooking and baking.
Not long after I published my latest post, above, there was a knock at the door … it was a dear friend. She doesn’t use a computer and as she keeps poor health I write to her each month – she says my letters cheer her up. I was really humbled as she had brought me a lovely Art Deco style shopping bag and also a container with some mauve and crimson cyclamen. How kind some people are, and this friend is one of the kindest of them all.
Until next time.