Posted in Food, tagged bacon, cabbage, cooking, easy, family cooking, Food, gammon, gluten free, greens, leftover, lemon, main course, recipe, simple, spring on 10 July, 2014|
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This is a fabulously fresh, easy and tasty recipe. It uses ingredients I nearly always have in, so is great if extra mouths need feeding, or if I’m not feeling up to fancy cuisine. A perennial Vicarage favourite, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
- Potatoes – 2-3 medium per fairly hungry person, peeled (if not new) and chopped into large chunks
- Greens – cabbage (white, sweetheart or Savoy) or Spring greens are fine – finely sliced – a good handful per person
- Bacon (2-3 rashers per person – I normally use smoked streaky), or leftover gammon, chopped
- 1 lemon (for up to 4 people)
- Olive oil
Boil the potatoes for about 15 minutes, then add the shredded greens for 3-4 minutes in with the potatoes. Whilst the potatoes are cooking, fry your bacon in its own fat or gammon in some olive oil.
Once the potatoes and cabbage are cooked, drain & place in a serving dish and pour over bacon or gammon in its oil. Add the finely grated rind & juice of your lemon and perhaps some extra-virgin olive oil, and lots of black pepper. Serve immediately. Help yourself to seconds.
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Posted in Food, tagged Asian, Chinese, cooking, easy, eating, fast, fish, Food, ginger, Japanese, main course, noodles, quick, recipe, rice, simple, soy sauce, vegetables, Vicarage Recipes on 9 January, 2014|
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This is a Vicarage favourite (apart from with the Engineer, who has a Thing about fish). Very simple and quick to make, and great with rice or noodles and stir fried veg. It’s loosely based on a recipe from a great little series of recipe books (Periplus mini) I bought in Singapore, but alas unavailable in the UK.
These are per person – and are very flexible. I just tend to slosh the soy about and add a bit less juice, then scatter sugar/honey and ginger over.
- a salmon steak (smaller or larger, depending on budget and fish consumption preferences)
- 2 tbspns light soy sauce
- 1 tbspn lime or lemon juice
- 1 tbspn runny honey or brown sugar
- 1 tspn grated fresh ginger
Pop your salmon steaks in an oven proof dish (ceramic or pyrex, not metal) and pour over the sauce ingredients above. Leave to marinade if you have a few minutes, otherwise pop straight under a hot grill for 8-10 minutes, until the fish is cooked through and a little blackened on top.
We ate it with steamed rice and some cabbage stir fried with garlic, soy and a little sugar.
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Posted in Craft, Kids, tagged activities, Children, Craft, easy, frugal, Fun, homemade, Kids, Messy Church, playdough, recipe, simple, toddlers on 29 June, 2011|
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Last night we had a great time at Messy Church – the next one in our series on the ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus. This time we were looking at ‘I am the True Vine’ and the craft team decided that they’d like one activity to be making playdough grapes to place on a vine drawn on a paper plate. The Vicar then volunteered me to make the playdough, knowing that I had a recipe up my sleeve.
Every playgroup leader has a recipe for playdough – that ubiquitous soft dough which mums hate to find in carpets. But many folk I’ve spoken to have found their homemade dough to be too sticky or oily. This recipe always seems to come out well, though, as long as you don’t mind your fingers getting a bit stained with food colouring. It lasts a few weeks if kept in an airtight box in the fridge.
- 1 cup (250ml) plain flour
- 1 cup (250ml) water
- 1/2 cup (125ml) salt
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- Few drops food colouring
All you do is pop all the ingredients together in a pan (preferably non-stick) and heat it up, stirring, until the dough magically forms. You can also do it by heating it in a covered dish in the microwave for 1-2 minutes but it’s so fast on the stove top I use that method. Also, the food colouring can make the inside of a microwave dish look rather interesting.
I know these were meant to be grape coloured, but the local shop only sells colouring for pilau rice and Indian sweets, so the colours are a little lurid and approximate. For Messy Church I made a quadruple batch, which was ample. It’s great fun to hold and knead – we gave a couple of handfuls away to some of the teenage tearaways who were lurking in the church yard. One came in especially as he reckoned it would help him to deal with stress.
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