Friday, 13 January 2012

Stove top cooking ..... Thrifty of course!

Hello there .... all well I hope...

Been quite a nice day here today ..... the 'Boys' have been playing on the roof ..... the latest project a Summerhouse/cabin .....

... they have been laying a felt roof .....

Great fun and lots of laughs .... you can be assured I was inside ... where its warm ... but still ... doing my 'bit'.

Usually the best idea with Men and outdoors-y projects is to keep them well fed and supplied with regular hot drinks .... bit like bringing up children really.

Major problem on the food front here at the moment ..... my oven is on the blink ... so no baking possible .... and no biscuits etc ( I don't buy anything like that ... trying to be frugal and all that!)

I had a think about all the women living all theirs lives without ever an oven to bake in ..... I thought 'come on Vicky .... women years ago managed perfectly well' ..... so what to make?

I thought of the Crofters on the Scottish Isles and indeed my own Mother rustling up something quick for unexpected visitors .... ahhh Griddle scones or Drop scones.

I reached down my old battered cook book ..... as old as the hills but just as useful and relevant today.

As I flipped through look what I found .... it could have been written for the housewife today.

Anyway I found a basic receipt....... its really a thick batter

10 oz flour
1 1/2 tsp Bi carb soda
1/2 tsp salt
1oz melted butter
1 egg
1/2 pint sour milk (I used fresh with a drop of lemon juice)

and I added 1 tsp sugar

Make a batter of this .... beating well....

Drop spoonfuls onto a hot griddle .... or greased frying pan if like me that's all you have.

When the mixture starts to rise a little and bubbles start to pop, ease the scone with your fish slice or pallet knife ... if you are posh ... and flip it over.

Serve them warm freshly buttered .... that's if you can get your men to come down off the roof.

...and mugs of hot tea .... Earl Grey of course.

This receipt made lots of batter .... too much for one 'Afternoon Tea' for us, so I have put some in the fridge for tomorrow I thought I would try it as a savory.... I have a little sweetcorn sat in the fridge too.
I will stir the sweetcorn into the batter 'drop the scones' cook and serve them with an egg and the last of the 99p Value bacon bits ..... should be a little different....I will let you know Hubby P's opinion .... as it is I have to disguise sweetcorn/ he takes issue with sweetcorn/its his digestion ... I will say no more...

.... I tell you its like raising children all over again.

Here we are .... having lots of fun ..... it takes a lot of talking about .... in very loud voices!

And with very loud toys....

Ohh ... yes indeedy ... the scones were delicious .... I had damson jam with mine.

Any ideas on stove top cooking .... I may be at it a while ....

Take care xxx