I started a Saturday Digest a few months ago and, yes, I know it’s not Saturday but, going through the links and notes I’m made over the past few months, I really need to share these with you or I probably won’t ever.
1. A Cautionary Tale – Don’t try this at home, children
From the New York Times
- ·Britons buy about three billion ready-made sandwiches a year
- ·We are each thought to eat to about 200 sandwiches a year
- ·A sandwich is the lunch option for 75% of us, says market research analyst Mintel
- ·The retail sandwich market is worth £6bn
- ·Britain’s favourite sandwich is chicken salad
Source: British Sandwich Association
3. The White Rabbit (Not quite on my kitchen doorstep, but it was on my caravan kitchen doorstep in October 2012)
This carving in St Mary’s Church in Beverley is reputed to be the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s White Rabbit.
4. Super Quick Soup
Take all the odds and ends of vegetables and chop them in a food processor – I use my little one.
Cook in plenty of stock – add a stock cube if you have no home made.
Boil fairly vigorously for about 10 – 15 minutes.
Strain. Keep the resulting stock.
Blend the solids in a hand blender (note 1st section of this post!)
Add some of the puree to a thickness you like.
Bring to the boil and add some pasta – I use up the last of a packet when possible.
Boil till the pasta is just cooked. Check taste and season.
Freeze the rest of the puree in batches convenient for future use.
Freeze the rest of the stock in batches.
Use both puree to thicken soups or stews
Use the stock also for soups or stews.
.A cornucopia of suggestions which will have have you shouting
“Why didn’t I think of that?”
If even one of these tricks is useful to you, it is worth reading.
I’m going to try number 14. I hate blister packs.