Thursday, July 28, 2005

Beany Sausages

Having a go at this cooking completely from scratch lark and actually rediscovered that I love cooking!

Tonight's experiment was Beany Sausages which went down very well with my lot.

A quantity of cannellini beans and split peas, soaked and cooked.
tomato puree
smoked tofu
pimento stuffed olives
pepper/salt (i used a dash of soy sauce instead of salt)

Mash the beans and peas, stir in tom puree, chop everything else and stir in well. Form into sausage shapes and roll in flour. Fry in olive oil.

No pics, they got eaten too quickly!

Monday, July 18, 2005

banana birthday cake

Banana birthday cake
This used double the quantity of my usual banana cake, (made in a loaf tin), and a heart-shaped tin approximately 10" wide. I had to adapt the recipe to what was available in the cupboard, and used less bananas, as I usually weigh them after peeling and I don't think you are meant to do that. So, whereas I usually use 5 or 6 bananas for a banana loaf, I only used 6 for this, which weighed nearly 2 lb with the skin on, as this was all I had that were overripe.

at least 6 ripe or overripe (black) bananas (2 lb with skins on); more bananas can be used for a moister cake.
4 oz dates
4 oz sultanas
2 oz walnut pieces
2 oz sunflower seeds
4 oz oats
10 oz plain flour
200 ml of sunflower oil (this is approx 8 fl oz but my pint jug is broken so have to use plastic metric ones now)

for decoration:
Soft margarine or butter
Golden Icing sugar
Walnut halves
Glace cherries- natural colour

Mash bananas and mix in rest of ingredients
Spoon into a tin lined with non-stick baking parchment
Bake for 50 mins- 1 hour at 175C in a fan oven, otherwise 190C or gas mark 5
Leave in tin till cool enough not to disintigrate when lifting out
Decorate with icing made from a large spoonful of margarine and some golden icing sugar, using the back of a fork to even out and create a pattern.
Add walnut halves and glace cherries round the edge.

Friday, July 01, 2005

another cake

I used double the quantity of my usual chocolate cake recipe in a large roasting tin, reducing the temperature and leaving it in longer. Chocolate icing: made from chocolate icing sugar. The children are jelly babies! (Seen that some where before?)

cheese grater

Lidl Online
well, I definately need one of these...

pastry mould

Lidl Online
how about this?

pasta maker

Lidl Online
hmm...I'm quite tempted to get this... help me...........................!