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Lockdown Larder – Day 53

Chicken Schnitzel, blueberry & lemon cake – and pancakes!   Sunday afternoon I felt like baking. I found some blueberries in the freezer, and had plenty of lemons, and so they called to be made into a cake. Bill Granger had a recipe I’d never tried: Blueberry Tea Cake. https://foodthatserves.com/tag/cream-cheese-icing/ I made one change to … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 53

Lockdown Larder – Day 52

The Return of the Quiche   I enjoy more adventurous cooking at the weekends, and this time I made quiche again. Partly because I didn’t want a heavily-meat-focused meal, but also because I had bacon and mushrooms that would work perfectly together as a filling. I used the same herb pastry recipe as last time, … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 52

Lockdown Larder – Day 51 (Friday)

Homemade Steak & Cheese Pie   We had braising steak - and a couple of sheets of puff pastry - in the freezer, and a can of Guinness in the larder. We didn’t have any mushrooms, but we had enough meat to make a pie out of. This time I didn’t use a recipe. A … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 51 (Friday)

Lockdown Larder – Day 50

The curry that nearly wasn’t…   Have you ever opened a packet of supermarket chicken pieces and found they smelled funny? Yep, that happened tonight. It was a packet of chicken breast fillets that I intended to turn into curry, but they ended up going straight into the bin. I’d frozen them within half an … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 50

Lockdown Larder – Day 49

Homemade Meatball Subs! (Official Subway recipe!)   Subway was on our list of favourite takeaways, and Son was excited when he found the recipe online for their Italian Herb & Cheese subs. The challenge was on. Could we recreate their Meatball Sub? The sub recipe had a couple of quirks, but I followed it to … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 49

Lockdown Larder – Day 48

Baked Pork Chops with mushroom gravy   There are several things I struggle to cook well. Steak is one of them. Pork chops are another. I manage to dry them out to the consistency of boot leather, and so I rarely cook them. I was determined to find a method that works for me, and … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 48

Lockdown Larder – Day 47 (Monday)

Spaghetti & Meatballs – and Nigel Slater’s Focacia   A family favourite for dinner tonight, and with a plan to use the leftovers tomorrow. I made a double-sized batch, using around 800 g of minced beef. I think this started life as a Jamie Oliver recipe, but I adapt it every time I make it. … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 47 (Monday)

Lockdown Larder – Day 46

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken! Sunday ended up being the dinner we planned for Saturday. Ever since the son told me about the AMAZING popcorn chicken he ate at Mr Go’s café / restaurant in Wellington, I had to try it for myself. And yes, it was beyond delicious. We started experimenting to make it at home, … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 46

Lockdown Larder – Day 45

A last-minute change of plan   Employee canteens. Love ‘em or hate ‘em? I’ve ben lucky to work for several companies that have provided onsite catering facilities, and they’ve all been pretty good. Simple, delicious food, and usually for the same cost as buying a sandwich. Saturday’s dinner was a favourite from a works canteen … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 45

Lockdown Larder – Day 44

The last steak & mushroom pie – and colcannon potatoes   It was with delight I found a third family-sized steak & garlic mushroom pie in the freezer, and that felt like a Friday night dinner. I usually make mashed potatoes with it, but I had some silverbeet leaves to use, so I turned the … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 44