Cooking delights

When I was younger my mother would good a good meal each night – meat, potatoes and vegetables usually factored in each sitting; each nutritious and enjoyable; I recall being taught how to cook the more popular ingredients our family enjoyed – sausages, beans, bacon, eggs, chips and veg, such as peas and carrots etc.

When I left home at sixteen these lessons helped me well, but with fast food, microwave meals and dehydrated noodle packs the level of care to the food I was consuming was minimal; I viewed food as a “quick fix“; something that would take a lot of time out of my day to prepare and cook… and to do that three times a day? No thank you, I just wanted to run around and mess about in my twenties! If you were to calculate how much fast food I have purchased over the years it would easily be in the thousands of pounds from me…

So I am VERY surprised to find I have developed a sudden interest in cooking meals from scratch… and not the simple ones, some really nicely complicated ones full of different combinations of yummy ingredients – mostly plant-based as well (my body is wondering where all the vitamins and nutrients are coming from!), but mainly ones with ingredients I haven’t eaten for a while…

So, here are a few meals I have made recently and wanted to share:

Broccoli, onion and blue cheese quick quiche from The Green Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer.  This was so easy to make and keep some for the next day’s lunch.

Dorset Apple Traybake by BBC Good Food (though this was cooked in a tin, not a tray). This was very tasty, so simple and quick to make and the portions lasted ages.

My first ever Sunday roast (cooked on a Monday…heh): Lamb (in accordance with label instructions), caramelised onions and carrots, honeyed parsnips, roast potatoes and boiled sprouts (as soft as mother used to make – lovely!). Proud of this! I had been baking a lot of vegetarian food, so this was a change recently…

My ultimate favourite: Crispy Chilli Tofu from the Bish Bash Bosh book. I’ve made this a couple of times since moving here and would make it more often once I discover where to find cheaper tofu from…

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…and, PANCAKES! Learning to perfect those pancakes for a quick morning treat… can’t ever eat enough pancakes, they are too delicious!

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I have cooked a lot more than this but neglected to take photos; I have several recipes in my list that I wish to cook; tonight I’m cooking a carrot Tarte Tatin from The Green Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer and I’m eyeing up a Vegan ‘Big Mac’ from Bosh.tv... can’t believe I’ve waited this long to actually get cooking!!

– Just Joanne

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