Good weather always makes me feel energetic and wanting to do something, so I rummaged in the fridge and cupboards today to see what I could make with leftovers and the dregs at the bottom of jars.
I made mercimek (lentil) soup from stock that I had from cooking a chicken this week, using up the last of the lentils in the jar. A neighbour gave me a huge bag of spinach this week and also a small amount of brocolli. I made spinach with eggs yesterday. All I do is chop and fry onions in olive oil, blanch the spinach in boiling salted water...drain and chop and add to the onions in the pan. I then make some wells in the spinach and crack an egg into each one, cover with a lid until cooked. We then eat it with crusty bread.
Today, I blanched the rest of the spinach and stored in plastic containers in the freezer for future use.
Next, I found some cheese which was slightly stale, but still edible. I decided to make brocolli and cheese quiche. I haven't made shortcrust pastry for years and I had a vague recollection that the ingredients were twice the amount of plain flour to margarine, plus water. Anyway I had a go and made enough to produce two quiches. I baked them blind (using the last of my dried beans) and then made up a mixture of grated cheese, beaten eggs, milk, mustard and seasoning, added this, along with the cooked brocolli, to the pastry cases and baked in the oven.
At the same time I made one of my "very adaptable" cakes...or "Turkish cake" as it's now well known in Costa Rica (according to Fly). I had no nuts or dried fruit, so I just used the remainder of the lemon marmalade I recently made.
|Lemon cake and brocolli and cheese quiches|
Last week I wanted to make some shortbread but I didn't have butter so decided to use margarine instead. I can't really consider it to be shortbread without butter so I'll refer to them as biscuits. So that the taste of margarine wouldn't overshadow the biscuits, I added some cocoa powder and they were very good...well at least Mr A says they were and he demolished the lot within a couple of hours.
I made some more today, with margarine again, but I had no cocoa so I added cinnamon. Of course I can't show you them because of the dead batteries in my camera, but they look and taste really good.
I'm afraid I'm very clumsy when I'm busy in the kitchen. I burned myself twice on the oven and now have blisters on my hands. I've also just spent an hour scraping pastry off the floor and vacuuming up flour which got spilt and which Poppy decided to walk through.
With the last bit of energy I have left, I'm now off to tackle a pile of ironing....groan!
But all in all a very satisfying and productive day.