|firmly in the "tastes better than it looks" category|
Yesterday I finally got round to using up some of the veg I brought home with me the other week. It was a cool morning so I thought a spot of cooking was probably a good idea. A few things have meant changes to the menu plan, but because the plan is built around the pantry it means it's easy to be flexible. In this case we had to change to make the best of the fresh things we had in, sometimes we adapt due to changes in schedule. So, this week we're having chilli instead of shepherdess pie, lentil curry rather than dhal, and pasties with soup rather than pasties with potatoes.
This is what I had -
a small turnip
loads of onions
half a celeriac
half a cauli
I made soup from some of the squash, a leek, onions and the celeriac, along with some lentils and stuff from the pantry. I made a nice big chilli with the rest of the squash, onion, mushrooms, and a pepper. I stuck the veg in the oven then when it was starting to look nice added some spicy chutney, tomatoes, stock, spices, a few lentils and two tins of beans, left it in the oven while I cooked the nut roast and that was that. The cauli, turnip, two spuds and the sprouts went with a nut roast, gravy and frozen peas for last night's tea (roast was planned for Sunday but everything had been pushed along a day as we didn't have tea on Friday).
The other leeks and mushrooms will go with some butterbeans and a mustardy sauce for the freezer. Finally the other spuds, onion and some frozen peas and sweetcorn will be made into pasties with some puff pastry we have in the freezer and some spices so we have something to take with the soup when we go to Workington on Friday night. We have bread in the freezer so we'll take that too.
Dan turned up last night with 4 fresh chillies, someone in his office had left a tub of them for people to take home, so he did! They'll be useful for the easy everyday lentil curry from Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast book. the only fresh ingredients are onions and chillies (and most of the time I use dried chilli instead), the rest is pantry stuff.
After all this I'll still have a yellow pepper and some onions, plus some peas and sweetcorn in the freezer. I think we'll go shopping for fresh stuff on Monday or Tuesday with just a stop off tomorrow for bunny greens, hair gel and milk.