Monday, 15 October 2012

Pie and Pudding .....

Hello there ...

Well what a day .... most of it spent outside with Hubby P on his back under the van. 

 Not a good place for his back or his stress levels .... upshot of it is the van needs a new gearbox ... bad news is the cost of a new gearbox .... I won't bore you with the long complicated saga ... although I have had to be stoic and attentive all day ... so maybe....

Anyway to help ... I thought pie would be a good answer .... and perhaps a jam sponge and custard ... I can't mend a gearbox but I can bake a cake. 

Hubby P loitering  between phone calls to the 'gearbox men'...
came to see what I was doing ... spotted the cake mix and was as  delighted as a small child .... he dipped in a finger to taste and said 'thats made it all better'....bless!

 I thought it was about time I tried to 'move with the times' and try out some of gadgets I hear you all talking about. I came across this whizzer/mixer/chopper thingy in one of Hubby P's boxes ... I think it is quite old....its very heavy....a sturdy sort of motor on it.
Anyway it works just fine...I think.

Saturday evening I cooked up some lamb/mutton with a carrot and some onion ... thinking we could warm it up on Sunday .. Sunday is a trading day and very busy ... anyway we opted for a sandwich ... I was just too tired to cook.
So the lamb needed eating today ... 'throw it in a pie'  I thought.

To bulk it out I had a tin of these ....a wonderful bargain at only 18p a tin (I've ordered more this week)... I chopped them up small added a few peas and mixed them with lamb casserole-y thing.

I made double the amount of pastry in my whizzer thing ... I will put the other half in the freezer for another day .... flung a pastry top on the lamb and put it in the oven.

 We ate it with some red cabbage I bought from Approved Foods ..... again cheap as chips and a nice change.

The sponge was a yummy success too .... doesn't look too flash sat here in its old loaf tin ... but it tasted just great with lashings of custard.
So much so ... we got carried away and ate it all up before I remembered to take a bloggie photo.

The sponge was particularly nice and light ... its the first time I have made a sponge in the whizzer thing ... I'm most impressed.

So ... whats your dish of the day .... what makes your day 'all better' ..?