Saturday, October 22, 2022

Day Twenty One - Old Jam, Fadge ... and This Week's Giveaway

 

A simple and very early breakfast, hence the low lighting in the kitchen.  

Isn't it staying dark longer in the mornings now, something I quite like just as I like the dark evenings.  Something I'm not so keen on though are the high winds and heavy rain that we've been having over the last few days.  Alan's Fig tree went from leaves and fruits to just a few unripe fruits clinging grimly to the branches in the space of two nights.  Oh well we are halfway through Autumn now, so it is all to be expected.

I noticed that the jam that I am currently using is one of my much earlier batch of Compost Heap Jellies made way back in 2016.  There have been many others since then, so I wonder why this one is still around.  It's still very tasty that's for sure.  I need to get my new, much smaller batch done today.


Later I set to making some mashed potatoes.  

I drained the potatoes and kept the cooking water.  While it was still hot, I dissolved two teaspoons of stock powder into it as I thought it would be a good base for a flavoured rice on another day.


Once they had steamed dry a bit while I was making the stock, the potatoes were mashed and divided into two.


The 8oz of potato was mixed and kneaded into 4oz flour.


Then patted out into a round that would fit into my frying pan and cut into four.


I sprinkled some grated cheese on one of the farls as they were cooking and then topped it with one of the others once it was on my plate.  To be honest I could barely taste it, so although it perhaps made it slightly healthier it was a bit of a waste of cheese for flavour.

It was quite tasty, but also very stodgy.  I should maybe have remembered from the Potato Floddies recipe that I followed HERE, that potato and flour do not sit that lightly with me.  Anyway, it was a filling lunch and feeling so podged meant I did not have any inclination whatsoever to snack during the afternoon.


My tea was a simple Bangers, Mash and Gravy using the last of this morning's batch of mashed potatoes.

 Oh, I do love mashed potatoes ... especially when they are not mixed with flour.  😄


And now, time for this week's giveaway.  All you have to do is leave a comment below saying you would like to be entered and your name will go into the draw tomorrow to win this little collection of replica wartime ephemera.

Good Luck. 😀



Sue xx

 

18 comments:

  1. We used to have potato pancakes quite often as a child - I just loved them - and maybe it is about time I made them again. Gorgeous with bacon and egg (so hardly frugal!!)
    I would love to be in this weeks give away, thank you. xx

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    1. It's a very economical dish ... unless you add bacon and eggs, but I guess even then because you are filling up on the potato pancakes it means you can get away with a lot less of the more expensive parts of the meal.

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  2. Tattie scones here in Scotland and I made some earlier this week when our daughter popped in for brunch. Catriona

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    1. They are all very similar things aren't they, just with regional names and occasionally slightly different ingredients or added extras.

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  3. Granted, it has been raining hard this morning and the cloud is very low, but I noticed at 8.00am it was barely light.
    Great idea to add stock to the potato water - it will be brilliant for cooking rice, I shall remember that :-)

    (I do not need to be in the draw, but you are so kind to do this for your readers, x)

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    1. I never pour potato or any vegetable cooking water away now and I'm careful not to salt it too much if I know I want to add stock powder or bouillon to it afterwards.

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  4. Jeannette …I’m going to try the potato cakes tomorrow they look really nice love to goin draw thank you x

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    1. I hope you enjoy them. You've been added to the draw. :-)

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  5. Mashed potatoes are a go to comfort food especially with lashings of gravy , I know that gravy granules are convenient and reasonably priced but I don't get on with them, I just don't get it right, always lumpy so I am making my own gravy based on Gaz Oakley's recipe and freezing in batches and I always eat the veg used in the making ,yummy . I would love to be entered in your give away, thank you.

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    1. I just stir like billy-o with a fork at the same time as pouring on the boiling water, and I always make a really thick gravy at the very bottom of the jug before gradually topping up and more stirring with a fork until I get the thickness that I want. I only used to get lumps when I poured the whole amount of water in straight away.

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    2. Ahh, thank you for the tip , I shall have to try that, I don't want to waste my special gravy on husbands meat sausages, I want it all for me :)

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  6. Mashed potatoes and “gravy” is my number one comfort food….mmmm…

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    1. It's lovely isn't it. On a cold evening a big bowl of mash and gravy ... with maybe a sausage or two sticking out ... is just so comforting.

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  7. I just love your comments on the recipes you have found. You seem to have a knack for tweaking the recipes a little to make them better - still staying within the remit of your challenge. Inspirational, thank you.

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    1. That’s me above - Val. Not yet an expert on this commenting lark as you can see.

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    2. Thanks for reading along Val, I do like to have a bit of a tweak. :-)

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  8. Ooh bangers, mash and gravy :) one of my favourites!

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