Things are a little dull and flat here at The Quince Tree. The weather is a bit rubbish, there is nothing pretty outside to photograph and I haven't been able to buy my usual bunch of post-Christmas flowers yet.
I haven't been anywhere interesting for what seems like weeks unless you count the clinic. I'm up there every other day to have my dressing changed. The nurse told me on Friday that it would probably take another 3 weeks for my foot to heal completely. It is healing though and now looks like someone has sprinkled bacon bits over it.
Sorry, were you eating a bacon sandwich?
I can drive now and walk my daughter to school although footwear is a bit of a problem. C's wellies seem to be the easiest option at the moment.
To cheer myself up, and you if you feel the need, I thought some sexy men would be nice :o)
Now for the chopping up.
I've mentioned my freezer vegetable hash before on this blog. I find it an invaluable time-saver in the kitchen. It is simply a mixture of flavouring vegetables chopped very finely in the food processor.
Onions should make up one third to a half of the total amount. I added more onions to this lot. I always include garlic, celery, leeks and carrots. If I have them red peppers go in too and sometimes courgettes and mushrooms.
Prepare your veg chopping them into large chunks.
Throw them in the food processor and process until finely chopped.
Mix everything together.
I spoon my veg hash into small plastic freezer tubs. You can use plastic bags as well.
I got 30 portions from this batch.
Use in curries, tomato sauces, bolognese sauce, chilli, stew or soup. Anything where you would fry an onion before adding other ingredients. If you forget to take it out of the freezer in time then put it in the microwave for two minutes (I always do this). There will be a little water in the defrosted mixture, either drain it off before adding to your oil or forget the oil and let it cook gently with the water.
I ran out just before Christmas, a pity as it would have made C's life easier in the kitchen.