The ninth day of our Challenge dawned with the usual breakfast, one of us toast and one cereal and eaten at different times ...we need to synchronise!! No photo of this sorry, but I'm sure you can imagine :-)
Straight after breakfast I double checked my recipe and set to to make a Woolton Pie, using the recipe from my 'Victory Cookbook', but using smaller quantities of the vegetables. There's no way I could have fitted four pounds of vegetables into my dish.
I decided to use up the red onions mentioned the other day, so I sautéed them along with 2 leeks and some garlic in a little olive oil. I wanted to add as much flavour as possible to what sounded like quite a bland recipe.
Then I added the veggies from the top photo, 2 potatoes, 2 parsnips, 2 large carrots and an ancient sweet potato that was lurking in the potato bag.
When I realised that there was no way I was going to be able to stir things or even much room for the liquid I got out my big soup pan and tipped everything into there instead. I used a little Bisto in some hot water for a cooking stock, then it was all brought to the boil and then put into the bottom oven of the Aga for around 40 minutes.
After the forty minutes it was tipped through a colander and then into my ovenproof dish. Some of the cooking liquid was poured back into the pan with an ounce of oats, seasoned and cooked until it thickened slightly before being poured over the vegetables. Once it was all cool again it was placed in the fridge until teatime.
Of course what cooking liquid I didn't use to make the sauce went straight into a jug and into the fridge to be added to the next pan of soup I make.
For lunch it was the two jugs of soup shown in the fridge on the 'Leftovers' post, mine vegetable and Alan's with chicken. I like dropping pieces of bread or toast in mine, Alan is more of a dunker.
At teatime the Woolton Pie was given a suet pastry top and baked for around 30 minutes ...
...and served in our big bowls with peas and gravy.
Boy was it good ... filling, tasty and very satisfying. And joy of joys there is half left for another night.
There were some little pastry trimmings left over once the vegetables had been covered with their blanket of suet pastry and trimmed. These were quickly scrunched together, rolled out and spread with a spoonful of marmalade and rolled up in 'Swiss roll' fashion. Fifteen minutes in the oven and it made a tasty little nibble each to have with a cup of coffee when we got back from the cinema.
Waste not want not :-)
As Sue from Suffolk would say I 'donated to charity' the other day.
Two books from the charity shop for just £1.25 each. I had to buy the Hannah Hauxwell one when I saw it, I read this many years ago and then donated my copy to a charity shop, I almost instantly regretted it. Now I have it again and this time the local hospice shop has benefitted. I was so sad to hear she had died a couple of weeks ago at the grand old age of 91, she was a very special lady. I'm going to watch her Dvd again as it's years since I've seen it.