Monthly Archives: October 2014

Sweet Potato & Sultana Scones

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So with the other half of the Infinite Sweet Potato, you can knock up these savoury/sweetish scones, that I think might just do better with cheese than they would with jam (you may disagree).  Either way, easy to knock-up last minute and put in a Tupperware box labelled “Spooky Sweet Potato Scones!” for the Halloween festivities…..

Original from here…..

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/oct/29/jack-monroe-pumpkin-sultana-scones-recipe

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withthestarsburningandexploding

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If you have the other half of the sweet potato to use up, and if you want your flat to smell lovely and autumnal, and if you picked up a mini cheese-board selection from the supermarket earlier ‘cos it was just too cute not to buy, I would recommend knocking up this quick and easy sweet potato “pickle”.  Serve with cheese and bread, or maybe as an accompaniment to grilled sausages.  As it’s not a proper conserve, it will need to be eaten within a week as it won’t store longer.

Original from the same internet recipe page as the risotto just posted.

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Sweet Potato, Fake Bacon and Leek Risotto

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Took a hint from the biryani rice recipe of the other day, and gave up on risottos where you stand and stir, add more stock, stand and stir, add more stock….not when there’s an Angry Birds Halloween tournament to attend to, no sirree!  Sling it all in a roasting tin, pour over the stock and seal with foil.  Bung in the oven, and Bob’s your uncle (or at least the singer from the Cure).  Adapted the below pumpkin and bacon risotto for this sweet potato and Quorn bacon-type fing.  Served with a sprinkling of parmesan and the sweet, sweet taste of victory over those pesky Angry Birds zombie pigs……

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/oct/25/pumpkin-recipes-curry-pie-waffles-risotto-salad-pickle-pecan-tart-10-best

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Winter Vegetable & Cider Stew

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Six days to payday, several late nights due to overtime at work to factor in, and I’m considering the contents of my pantry with a “well I could make a vegetable bake but that would leave no bread for breakfast and I could re-make that swede risotto from the other day but that would mean most of my protein comes only from nuts and cheese for the rest of the week as I’m using that cheap Tesco’s nut-roast as a basis for my Tupperware lunches for the next three days but I’ve opened that pack of feta cheese so I should find a way to use that up before it starts tapping on the inside of the fridge and singing Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” in tinny-yet-crumbly voice also I have that stew pack of winter root veg that I need to do something with as well……..”

Welcome to First World Problems!  And The Inside of My Head.  Aren’t you glad you’re just visiting?

Google, and a dusty can of Strongbow cider from the back of the drinks cabinet, To The Rescue.  For those not keen on cider, the original recipe just uses chopped apple.

http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/26967/sweet-potato–barley-and-lentil-casserole.aspx?o_ln=SimRecipes_Link_4&o_is=SimilarRecipes

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Lentil, Bulgur Wheat, Paprika & Mint Soup

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Between overtime at work and various other stuff it’s likely to be busy this week, so decided to knock up this tasty lentil soup.  Between this, the biryani rice, and a pack of defrosted mini-naans I should be well sorted dinner-wise for the week ahead….

Original from here:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/feb/05/couscous-bulgur-quinoa-recipes

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Vegetable Biryani

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Yesterday was 3 hours on the train and 3 back to an old university friend’s 40th birthday.  He now has a large family so it was an afternoon sandwich buffet and catch-up rather than a raucous drunken affair, but it was lovely to meet up with people I hadn’t seen for quite some time, look over photos from the 1990s *cringe*, and generally see where life has taken us in the intervening 20 years.

Came home knackered and with that over-stuffed with cheese sandwiches, pizza and crisps feeling.  So slept in late, and brunch was a bowl of salad and chicken quorn pieces drizzled lightly with olive oil.  Feeling that my fat and salt levels had been restored to normal, I decided to clear the fridge of some odds and ends of vegetables with this tasty and fragrant biryani…

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1397/spiced-vegetable-biryani

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Bulgar Wheat & Swede Risotto

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After my unfeasibly early awakening, tidied the flat, listened to Seth Lakeman’s Freedom Fields and PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake back to back, and then pulled together this seasonal risotto.  Original suggests using spelt wheat; I used bulgar…..see what’s in the cupboard and works for you….

http://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/swede-speltotto/

 

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