Do you cook the same kind of food all the time?
I don't. When my family go camping in the summer I cook myself extravagant little delicacies. I make dishes like tarragon chicken, garlicky scallops, baked goat's cheese in pastry, steak and hollandaise sauce. I indulge.
When I am feeling full of good intentions (usually after eating too much of the above) I make lots of lovely, big, modern salads. Like these.
When I want to make everyone happy I cook roast chicken, sausages and mash, pizza and chocolate fudge pudding.
When the weather is cold and miserable and I'm a bit bored I bake things like brownies, cinnamon roll cake and rainy day muffins.
And when I'm trying not to spend too much I cook simple, old-fashioned grub. If I bake then I choose recipes which don't call for things like whole bars of best quality chocolate, pistachios, maple syrup or dried cherries. I choose instead recipes like flapjacks, scones or these date slices.
Cook 8oz of chopped dates in 5fl oz water until soft -about 10 mins.
Rub 4oz self-raising flour and 1 teaspoon bicarb with 4oz butter until you have a breadcrumb-like mixture.
Stir in 4oz oats and 4oz sugar.
Grease and base line a tin about 7" by 11" and press half the crumb mixture into it.
Spread the dates on top and cover with the rest of the crumbs pressing down.
Bake at 180°c (160°c fan oven) for 25 mins.
Homity pie is a good, honest, frugal dish. A shortcrust pastry crust is filled with chopped cooked potato, fried onions and cheese. I added a parsnip and a leek to mine because they needed using up. This was made in a deep cake tin and baked for 40 minutes at 200°c (180°c).
Simple, wholesome and cheap is my kind of cooking at the moment. Who knows for how long though. It all depends on my mood, the weather's mood, and how many driving lessons George is going to need.
In other news I am being plagued by spammers at the moment. The spam box is always full but just lately a lot is getting through Blogger's screening and ending up on the blog. I delete between thirty and forty spam comments a day at the moment. I do not intend to put the word verification as I don't think it is fair to ask genuine readers to decipher those things. I won't enable comment moderation either because I'll still have to read and delete them. Instead I have decided to close comments on all posts older than a month. If anyone has a question about an old post just contact me directly -details on the black bar under my heading.