Food & Drinks, Simplify

Frozen Plums

My effort of clearing the freezer, fridge and pantry is not working out as I planned. I still have so much!

The main culprit is the frozen plums that I have stored away in the summer months. Now that the days are cold, and stirring a pot of hot concoction bearable, it is the ideal time to use up the frozen fruit and cook up some plum jam.

I need jam sugar…

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Eating Well

There is an English television program called Eat Well For Less, which D and I enjoy watching if we come across it by chance. The topic of eating well has always been an important aspect in our European Asian household. Whereas, the theme of eating healthy and on the cheap further intrigues me.

D and I have already been applying a lot of the tips and tricks mentioned in the television program. We have switched to cheaper white goods when it comes to basic food items like milk, sugar, flour etc. When it comes to meat and fresh produce, good quality makes up for the reduced quantity. I cook most of our meals and only eat out occasionally.

In my opinion, gradual minor lifestyle (habits) changes is the key to great, healthy, budget eating.

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Pumpkin Soup

Today, I used up the last box of frozen pumpkin puree that has been sitting in the freezer since January. A small pot of pumpkin soup was made by simply cooking sauteed shallots, potatoes, garlic, ginger and parsley together with the puree. This was then spiced up with some curry and cumin seasonings. I then used a hand-mixer to turn the concoction into a beautiful and creamy soup. A bowl of warm pumpkin soup is just the perfect thing for the cold evenings.

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Quince Jam

Yesterday, I bought the missing ingredients which I needed in order to make quince jam. I am glad I finally get to use up all the quince that I have in storage. The result of this morning’s culinary challenge is six small jars of orangy-brown concoction. I have yet to consume it.

I am not much of a sweet tooth and definitely not a fan of jam. I have a feeling that these jars will last a while…

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Walnut Butter

This morning, I made walnut butter from scratch. It was rather labour intensive having to shell and skin the raw walnuts. These were then roasted shortly in the oven to increase the flavour. I did not add sugar to sweeten the paste because I wanted the real deal this time. At lunch, I used it as a bread spread on some toasts. It tasted good enough to be a peanut butter replacement. The jar of homemade walnut butter was then stored in the fridge to prolong shelf life. Eventually, I shall look for more uses for it.

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Cold Storage

My objective this week is to clear up some space in the fridge and the freezer. In order for that to happen, I need to stop buying grocery for the next few days. It will be an interesting challenge for me to find ways to incorporate the refrigerated and frozen items into my home cooked meals.

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Pears In Red Wine

Today’s cooking experiment was pears poached in spiced red wine. For this dessert dish, I used a bottle of red wine which was a freebie from the supermarket, two Doyenne pears from my backyard and two Conference pears I got from D’s father yesterday. In a while, I shall be tasting a wine-soaked pear with some vanilla ice cream. If this turns out to be a tasty dish, I will have one more method to use up the rest of the pears.

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Red Beet Goodness

This morning, I harvested a few bunches of red beets from the vegetable patch. The beets and their leaves were promptly washed and cut up. They went into a small pot along with a few cloves of home grown garlic, a couple of potatoes, water and some spices. These were then simmered for about an hour. After enjoying a lovely bowl of red beet broth for lunch, I used a hand-mixer to turn the leftover broth into a creamy red beet soup. Looking forward to some warm and yummy soup this evening.

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Nuts

I got a bunch of hazelnuts and walnuts from the in-laws a week ago. Today, I cracked these up, roasted the hazelnuts, and stored the shelled walnuts in the fridge. This shall lengthen their shelf lives.

Someone felt like a squirrel today…

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Bread Rolls Rescue

Remember that Too Good To Go app which I have installed a month ago? Well, the above is today’s perfectly-edible-food saved from a local bakery. What a humongous amount of bread rolls for less than €3! Where would this batch of fresh pistolets, croissants, and miscellaneous bread rolls have ended up in, if D and I did not rescue them?

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