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ANOTHER RE-BLOG OF ONE OF MY FAVOURITE FOOD POSTS!
“Eight peas, please.” When I was very young, peas were the only vegetable I could stomach. Luckily, I grew out of that. Nowadays, there are very few vegetables I dislike. While okra and…

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I still have no working computer and mobile data roaming allows very little leeway. So here’s a reblog of my carrot recipes. I hope you’re all thriving. Take care and keep laughing!
Sarah

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“Eight peas, please.” When I was very young, peas were the only vegetable I could stomach. Luckily, I grew out of that. Nowadays, there are very few vegetables I dislike. While okra and artichokes leave me cold, I eat almost every other vegetable available. Carrots, meanwhile, I could eat until the cows come home. They hold a special place in my heart. So many uses, such delicious options.

Carrots Make Great Soups & Fabulous Cakes

The following soup recipe is a staple at our place  and is an adaptation of one published in a Sainsburys cookery book from the 1980s, originally meant for a pressure cooker.

Carrot, Coriander & Ginger Soup

carrot soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • 4 large carrots, scraped and sliced.
  • 1 large onion, sliced.
  • 900ml / 1 1/2 pints vegetable or chicken stock.
  • large bunch fresh, chopped coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan on…

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“Eight peas, please.” When I was very young, peas were the only vegetable I could stomach. Luckily, I grew out of that. Nowadays, there are very few vegetables I dislike. While okra and artichokes leave me cold, I eat almost every other vegetable available. Carrots, meanwhile, I could eat until the cows come home. They hold a special place in my heart. So many uses, such delicious options.

Carrots Make Great Soups & Fabulous Cakes

The following soup recipe is a staple at our place  and is an adaptation of one published in a Sainsburys cookery book from the 1980s, originally meant for a pressure cooker.

Carrot, Coriander & Ginger Soup

carrot soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • 4 large carrots, scraped and sliced.
  • 1 large onion, sliced.
  • 900ml / 1 1/2 pints vegetable or chicken stock.
  • large bunch fresh, chopped coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan on a low to medium heat.
  2. Saute the carrots and onions for a few minutes until the slices are transparent.
  3. Pour in the stock and add the coriander and ground ginger. Bring to the boil and simmer until the carrots are tender.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Puree the soup with a blender and season to taste.
  6. Reheat as necessary.
  7. Serve with warm, crusty bread and a side salad of choice.
  8. Serves 4 as a starter or 2 as a main course.

I haven’t made the cake below for an age but I’m going to mix and bake right this minute!

Captivating Carrot & Banana Cake

Carrot Cake

Ingredients

  • 225g / 8oz self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 150g / 5oz light muscovado sugar
  • 100g / 4oz carrots, grated
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml / 5fl oz sunflower oil

Icing

  • 175g / 6oz low-fat soft cheese
  • 50g / 2oz butter
  • 100g / 4oz icing sugar

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to  Gas mark 4 / 180C / 350F.
  2. Butter an 8in / 20cm deep cake tin.
  3. Fold all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into the cake tin and level the top with a knife.
  5. Bake for 50 to 60 mins. Make sure it is fully risen and that the sides are starting to shrink away from the sides of the tin.
  6. Remove from the oven and leave to stand for a few minutes before turning it out onto a cake rack.
  7. Blend the icing ingredients into a bowl until smooth.
  8. Wait until the cake is completely cool before spreading the icing on the top.
  9. The cake will need to be kept in the fridge before serving because of the icing.

Enjoy!

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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A Girl Called Jack

Jack Monroe with her son

I first came across Jack Monroe last summer and was drawn to her no-nonsense and humorous approach to life and survival in the face of overwhelming odds, not least those created by a government hell-bent on demonising single mothers, the poor, the unemployed and the most vulnerable, at the same time as cutting  benefits to a level that makes survival all but impossible.

Jack’s fame began to spread through the excellence of her blog and the help her budget recipes were providing for so many. In May 2013, she won the judges’ choice award at the Fortnum & Mason food awards. One of the reasons they gave was that her recipes are “so nutritious and thrifty that they are being handed out by food banks as examples of how to manage on next to nothing”.

In July, she was interviewed by The Guardian, which is probably the point at which I discovered her: ‘Poverty, almost paradoxically, gave her a voice,’ writes Patrick Butler. Soon after, she and her recipes became the target of Richard Littlejohn’s venom. The unscrupulous journalist (yes, the Daily Wail is his employer) described her as the Left’s ‘poverty poster girl’ and disparaged her use of dried pasta and kale in cooking as though she were a fraud because “those whom the Guardianistas disdain as ‘ordinary people’ don’t eat pasta – they eat spaghetti out of tins. Most of them will have never heard of kale, let alone eaten it”. Please! Jack wrote a spirited riposte which was published in The Guardian, for whom she now writes  a food column, and deservedly so.

If Jack’s face is familiar on a national scale today, it is because she is part of Sainsburys’ 2014 television campaign.  All power to her elbow. I, for one, salute her.  Her first cookery book is being published next month by Michael Joseph: A Girl Called Jack: 100 delicious budget recipes.

Have yourself a cheaper little Christmas: Honey roasted ham with veg, £1.53
First published in the Guardian and G2 magazine: Jack Monroe’s budget Christmas.  As always, all prices based on Sainsburys and Sainsburys Basics range where available. Similar products available at most leading supermarkets.

Have yourself a cheaper little Christmas: My £2.25 Christmas dinner on the One Show!

Have yourself a cheaper little Christmas: Mince pie crumble, 31p

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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