Oops ... no picture of breakfast again!!
It was toast for both of us.
Straight after breakfast I put on a big pan of potatoes, I needed mash for what I was about to make. More mash to cover my now naked Woolton Pie leftovers and I also wanted some for a portion of potato pastry later in the week, so I thought why not make it all in one fell swoop and save time and washing up.
The beauty of 'living on rations' in 2018 rather than doing it for real as they did in 1940 is that I have a fridge and a freezer to make my life so much easier than it was then ... and I do realise this.
Here's a little little tip that I read about somewhere and tried out today just to see if it worked, when you get to the tail end of your unsliced loaf rather than just having a couple more slices and then a crust ...
... knock it over onto it's front and slice it that way.
It's so much easier to slice and you get lots of 'half' sized pieces of bread, ideal for sandwiches.
I was actually using the end of the loaf to make some breadcrumbs for todays wartime recipe 'Mince Slices'. I used the chopping blade on my Nutribullet to save myself some time, in the war years you would just have chopped it up finely or perhaps grated it.
The breadcrumbs once made were put into a plastic tub, so that once I had used what I needed for todays recipe I could pop the leftovers in the freezer for next time a recipe calls for breadcrumbs.
I used Tom Kerridge's method of cooking the mince, simply placing it in the oven for twenty minutes instead of browning in a frying pan with added fat or oil. It really intensifies the flavour ... or so I've been told. The dogs seem to appreciate the smells in the kitchen while it cooked anyway ;-)
Nice and brown and half the weight ... but with no liquid left in the baking tray, so I guess that's why all the flavour is retained in the meat.
Once cooked the potatoes were drained (the cooking water was saved for soup making of course) and left to steam dry before being mashed.
There was a whole hoo-ha on Facebook the other day as some bright spark on a frugal foods page said we'd all been cooking our potatoes for mash 'the wrong way' and she knew 'the right way'. Her way ... well it was to cook the potatoes in milk and then add HUGE quantities of butter, no doubt this is very tasty but it's basically turning a day to day reasonably healthy vegetable into a calorie fest ... no wonder her children loved her mash and no wonder lots of children are getting bigger and heavier!!
Today's recipe was this.
Done in half quantities, with one half just as the recipe says to do it and the other half made with some of my cheese and finely chopped onion. The 'loaves' were left to rest in the fridge for a few hours before being sliced and cooked. The mix seems very crumbly at first but the natural moisture in the mashed potato eventually holds everything together.
Some of the mash once cooled was used to turn my now naked Woolton Pie ...
... into a potato topped version for later in the week.
I had thought the suet pastry top was too hard to still be tasty after being in the fridge overnight, so I chopped it up and gave it to the chickens ....much to Alan's horror. 'I would have eaten that' was the cry that went up when I admitted what I had done ... oops!!
And the last of the mash was weighed and then popped into the fridge for Potato pastry later in the week.
Lunch was sandwiches made with some sliced bread from the freezer, salad and a bit of Violife cheese for me and ham, cheese and salad for Alan.
Just before cooking the Mince and Cheese rolls, now lovely and chilled, were sliced up and laid out on a lined baking sheet. The recipe says four to six helpings ...
... but we ate them all very comfortably, with cabbage and the rest of the mash, so much for it being saved for making pastry ;-)
They were delicious, but I would say if you are following my 'cheesy' idea be careful which cheese you use, mine were very soft once cooked and if you made them with a soft cheddar or similar I think they would melt before they cooked.
Todays main recipe for our evening meal was taken from this book.
For reasons totally beyond my control I have three copies of this book, the one I am using with all my little scribbles in, and two spares.
If you would like to have a copy for yourself I am going to give two of them away.
This Giveaway is only open to anyone who has already commented on any of the posts since we started our 'Living on Rations' Challenge on 12th February.
Leave a comment below if you are interested, I will post them out worldwide if necessary if your name is one of the two to be drawn out of the enamel pan.