I was lucky that last night I attended a Gala Dinner and was able to feast on three courses of delicious food which I didn't have to cook and which featured strawberries, blueberries, ratatouille and a lovely boef bourguignon. Back to 'old clothes and porridge' as we say here!
Menu for Saturday 10th November
Breakfast - Porridge
Lunch - Lentil Soup, slice of Wartime Loaf
Supper - Beef Stew with Dumplings, Blackberry and Apple Pie with Custard
|No dumplings yet!|
I didn't use a war time recipe as it's just a basic beef stew/casserole with lots of root veg added to bulk it out, I had some celery in the fridge so threw that in too in the interests if thrift.
Beef Stew with Dumplings (serves 4)0.6 kg Stewing steak
5 Parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
1 small swede, peeled and cut into chunks
2 oxo cubes
salt and pepper to taste
100g self-raising flour
5 tbsp cold water
1. Heat a little oil (lard) in an ovenproof casserole, cut the stewing steak into chunks and brown in the fat.
2. Add the sliced onion and cook for a minute, then add all the other vegetables and cook for a couple of minutes.
3. Cover the meat and vegetable mixture with hot water from the kettle and add the two stock cubes and the seasoning.
4. Bring to the boil, put the lid on and then cook at 150C for 11/2 to 2 hours, checking every now and then to make sure it doesn't dry out. You need to be sure you have enough liquid in the stew to steam cook the dumplings.
5. About 15 minutes before serving, mix the flour, suet and water together and form into 8 balls.
6. Bring the stew to a simmer on the hob and add the dumplings, put the lid on and cook for 10-15 minutes until they have fluffed up.
7. Serve with mashed potato and a green vegetable.
|Blackberry and Apple Pie with custard|
Blackberry and Apple pie
Made with Bramley cooking apples, delicious blackberries and cinnamon, this pie is truly irresistible. Cooking times will vary depending on how fresh your apples are. For best results, cook them until they soften first.
|Great British Bakeware by George Wilkinson|
The ultimate performing non-stick, pies will simply glide out of the plate and best of all will need a simple rinse to clean, eliminating the need for heavy duty scrubbing, especially molten fruits and jams leftover from your wonderful winter pies.
The GlideX coating is virtually indestructible and has been bonded directly onto the bakeware to ensure it performs like new with each use – perfect when nothing else will do but a piping hot bowl of comforting pie. Prices from £7.00
Sweet Shortcrust Pastry my usual recipe but 25g butter/25g margarine/25g lard
50g butter, plus extra for greasing
100g golden caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
2 large Bramley apples, cored, peeled and each cut into 16 wedges
4 Cox apples, cored, peeled and each cut into 8 wedges
1 large egg, beaten
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Roll out pastry, wrap in cling film and rest it in the fridge for at least half an hour.
- Put the butter and sugar into a saucepan and when the butter has melted, add the apples. Slowly cook for 15 minutes with a lid on, then add the blackberries, stir and cook for 5 more minutes with the lid off.
- Remove the pastry from the fridge. Dust the work surface with flour, cut the pastry in half and, using a floured rolling pin, roll one of the pieces out until it’s just under 1cm thick. Butter your pie dish and line with the pastry, trimming off any excess round the edges carefully with a knife.
- Tip the cooled apples and blackberries into a sieve, reserving all the juices, then add to the pie dish. Spoon over half the reserved juices and brush the edge of the pastry with beaten egg.
- Roll out the second piece of pastry and lay it over the top of the pie. Trim the edges and crimp them together with your fingers. Brush the top of the pie with the rest of the beaten egg, sprinkle generously with sugar and the cinnamon, and make a couple of slashes in the top of the pastry.
- Place the pie on a baking tray and then put it directly on the bottom of the preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.
WW2 Rations 1940 for three people
Cooking fat/lard: 120g lard
Dried Eggs 3 packets (36 eggs every four weeks) 9 eggs for one week
Sweets: 262g (3oz) per week.
I received the Deep Pie Plate from Great British Bakeware by George Wilkinson to review, I was not obliged to give a good review and all opinions expressed are my own.