Sunday, 18 October 2020

I've stopped for a rest

 I decided to have the big cooking session this morning and have just stopped for a rest. I'd bought a kilo each of diced steak and steak mince yesterday.  I've put 200g of the raw mince in the freezer for another day. The rest I have cooked and turned into a kind of hotpot, a cottage pie and  three portions of chilli.  Each portion of chilli is plenty big enough for two people and the hotpot and cottage pie are big so there's plenty for two people to eat two days in a row with maybe some green beans or steamed cauliflower.  The potatoes on top of the hotpot aren't actually as yellow as that. I added turmeric to the cooking water.  I am trying to have a lot of turmeric and black pepper in my diet as it's supposed to help with arthritis. I finely grated some good strong cheese on top of both the hotpot and cottage pie for a bit more flavour and calcium. As soon as they have cooled down I will wrap the dishes in foil and pop them in the freezer. It's nice to have some meals ready to just pop in the oven for days when I don't feel like cooking

Once I got all the washing up done I set to again and currently have a huge pan of diced steak and vegetables simmering away.  I plan to make a meat and veg pie tomorrow with one third of it.  Another third will make a beef and veggie curry and then the final third Tony and I will have with mashed potato, steamed veg and Yorkshire puds tonight. The gravy is already tasting gorgeous and it will be lovely by this evening after it's had chance to simmer long and slow

17 comments:

  1. Love this - great dishes, and dishes prepared for future days. Great stuff. Feeling hungry now.
    xx

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  2. Oh wow! You are such an excellent cook! My mom used to make Yorkshire pudding for her dinner parties. It was always so festive and impressive. I like to prepare hot meals in ad advance, too. All you have to do is just heat them up and serve.

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    1. Thanks Stephenie. I enjoy cooking and it will be save me a lot of work when I want a nice meal but don't feel like cooking from scratch.

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  3. Your cooking time will pay off on the nights you just don't wan tto bother. I felt like that this week, when I had a frozen spaghetti bake one night, and apple sausage cheddar meatballs another.

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    1. Tomorrow I am planning on making a batch of scotch eggs. They will be lovely with chips or salad through the week.

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  4. Well done & although I'm not quite that industrious, I use my crockpot (slow cooker)to make a batch of casserole or some other thing which then covers several mealtimes. You've just jogged my memory to grab out the mince from freezer & make some scotch eggs. Forgotten that, so thanks. Take care, stay safe & huggles.

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    1. I should (and will) make more use of my slow cooker. My son makes some fabulous meals in his.

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  5. Wow, you have been so busy today and put me to shame. The meals look delicious. I agree that sometimes we just can't face cooking a proper meal and its wonderful to pop something in the oven to heat up with little effort involved. I bet you are knackered tonight Cherie! You should sleep well 😴 x

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    1. I am glad I made the effort. Now I can have a few nights off from cooking

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  6. The cushion I was telling you about comes from benjallyn.com. Might help your problem.xxx

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    1. Anything to support my aching back.. had to put that in case people were wondering about my problem :-)

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  7. Good for you. I'm a great believer in batch cooking and the freezer is a wonderful resource. You will be so glad you've made the effort.
    xx

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    1. It will be nice to just pull something delicious from the freezer and steam a few veggies.

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  8. It all looks extremely delicious! All the talk about slow cookers in the comments has got me thinking to start using mine again. Hope this comment publishes. I lost my Google/Blogger account for a while but think I have managed to retrieve it. How is your hip these days? As you don't mention it any more, I'm hoping that you are now fully recovered.

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    1. hi Hazel. The hip is absolutely fine but sadly the leg will never feel normal.. I've learned to live with it but it's a blimmin nuisance.

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    2. So sorry to hear that, Cherie.

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