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November Food Week 2

We are trying to cook from scratch a bit more so are spending more time in the kitchen, Dan making bread and me just getting into the swing of cold weather cooking. We started off with another cauliflower curry, we're finding lots of inexpensive cauli at the minute which is great. 

Then using a cheap squash from Aldi there was a quinoa and lentil one pot, served with a soy and linseed schnitezel and topped with the toasted squash seeds. I should make my own celeriac version, but on this occasion it was shop bought. It looks a bit bland in this picture, but was very nice indeed.

Soup of the week was cauliflower and carrot.


Dan fancied some sausages, he's very fond of the Shroomdogs from Sainsbury's at the moment, I kept it simple and serve them with peas, mash and some mushroom and onion gravy.



As we were being traditional we decided to make apple crumble too.



I made more soup mid week, but had a slight incident that ended up with soup all over the kitchen so Dan whisked me away…

Carrot and Chickpea Sandwich Filler

As requested here is how I make my sandwich filling. This came about as neither of us want to smell too much of garlic when we're at work, and not wanting to go nip to the shop to buy anything. 

During the summer we visited The Apple Pie Cafe in Ambleside where I had their harissa chickpea and carrot sandwich. So I decided to make a version if it myself.


I roasted the carrots first then put them into a frying pan with the rest of the ingredients, I used around 1 teaspoon each of cumin and coriander, plus around half a teaspoon of paprika and a glob of lemon juice. It might be the juice of half a lemon, but I'm common so use it from a bottle. Heat everything up, I don't think there's a reason for cooking it, I just do, season with salt and pepper and that's it!


Admittedly, it doesn't look great,  I mash some of the mixture, leaving some whole chickpeas, but the taste and texture are good for a nice chunky sandwich, especially with something like beetroot or red cab…

November Food Week 1

This year has been one large expense after another so we are now at a point where building up the savings account is a necessity. As such I'm trying to make the most of the grocery budget to find an extra few quid each month.

Last weekend I saw sweet potato and lentil soup as a special at a cafe, I was on the verge of buying a sweet potato for the dhal I already had planned when I remembered the three carrots in the fridge and decided to use them instead. This small jar of dressing was lingering in the pantry so added that to the pan too along with a tin of chickpeas. 




As mentioned in another post, I made up a packet of falafel mix for lunches


Mid week the fridge was looking pretty bare


But I managed to cobble enough things together for some spicy rice with IKEA veggie balls


We are the last of the dhal with some baked onion bhajis (looks a bit orange due to the dining area light!)


At the weekend I made some squash, carrot and chickpea sandwich filling, based on something I ate at Apple …

Freebie and Bargain of the Week

Quite a few things this week. 

I bought a book from the charity shop for 49p. I think I've borrowed this from the library before, there are some good, basic recipes in there so should be good. If not, I'll pass it on.

Someone offered us a bag of rabbit food, which was gratefully accepted. It's the brand we regularly buy so it won't go to waste. 

The main thing that saved money was to stretch the food we had to make an extra meal. Dan was in London one day and didn't think he's be eating at home, but he was home early enough, so although the only vegetables we had were onions and broccoli I made some spicy rice, based on a recipe for jollof rice, and served it with some life saving IKEA veggie balls. 

The night before we fancied a bit of a treat because a couple of things had gone wrong with the house and we were at a bit of a low ebb. I had already made dhal so I spent 36p on onions and made baked onion bhajis, Dan made flatbread. Saved us money on shop bought item…