Tuesday, 26 October 2010

You big baby ;o)

I had forgotten how hard beansprouts were to eat when I bought a Value bag of stir fry on Friday night at Tesco. It was reduced to 50p, a bargain not to be missed. My diet consists of a lot of out of date items which have had their prices dramatically slashed. If I had waited another half an hour I could have probably got my stir fry for less, that's if it hadn't been snapped up by another bargain snatcher. I didn't take the chance and was happy with the 50p. I can get three meals out of this, I thought, as I put it in my trolly.

Last night I cooked my stir fry in a large saucepan, starting it off in olive oil, and adding any flavourings that came to hand. Tomato paste, grainy mustard, lemon juice, garlic granules, black pepper, and turmeric. I can't be bothered standing over it continually stirring with a wooden spoon, so I added some water and let it simmer while I went off and did other things. At this point it usually turns into some kind of stew.

After 20 minutes I dished up a portion into a bowl and sat down to enjoy it in front of the computer. As I started to chomp away I didn't seem to be making much headway, it was taking ages to break it down into smaller pieces. At this rate it was going to take a long time to finish it, and my poor stomach would be protesting loudly as I demanded that it do the work that my teeth were supposed to be doing.

Only one thing for it, stick it in the blender and mush it up. I added a drop of boiling water from the kettle to improve the consistency, but bingo, it worked, and it tastes lovely. I had two bowls of my baby food last night, and I have this third bowl in the fridge which I shall microwave for lunch, with a few chunks of out of date crusty bread. Just the job on a chilly autumn day.

5 comments:

  1. You just cannot beat soup, I like it just like that, thick, but with no lumps. Amazing what the family will eat when it's disguised as soup LOL

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  2. You and your exploits never cease to amaze me you are so inventive!!

    Thank you for your comments re OH. He is a little better today thankfully.

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  3. That`s the ticket. Never be afraid to experiment with food! That looks very nice.

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  4. Even cheaper, Ilona - sprout your own! No special equipment, and you can produce as many as you like - big jam jar, thin layer of dried mung beans)/aduki beans (whatever you have - not kidney beans) soak for 12 hours, drain, then rinse and drain twice a day and keep them on the window sill. After 2/3 days they will sprout - eat. x

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  5. Yum! Will be trying this. It sounds delish with all those spices added. You are very creative as well as frugal.

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