Twofer Winter Dinner, an old favourite and Threefer pud!

With colder times approaching, it’s time to get out the pressure cooker and have our first stew.

My bought ingredients were:
1 stewpack (contained carrots, swede, parsnips, onion)    cost £ 1.17 p
2 large jacket potatoes                                                               cost      60 p
meat (optional, but we had 220g of pork cheeks)               cost  £ 1.11 p
PLUS
one small warm cob loaf                                                           cost       50 p

I added an extra onion, 2 garlic cloves, and a pint of stock using 1 chicken and 1 vegetable stock cube.
Hubby did all the veg preparation, with Maggie giving constant supervision and got rewarded with some meat titbits.

maggie-still-waiting maggie-waiting-for-droppings

Cooking in the pressure cooker takes about half an hour, but you could put the ingredients in a casserole or slow cooker and cook accordingly.

The stew was sufficient for us for two days, so it could have been enough for a family of 4, especially if you added dumplings (Hubby doesn’t like them) and had a larger loaf of bread to dunk. Sometimes the stock is too thin (depends on how the potatoes cook) so I add some thickening (one syn per teaspoon of gravy granules or tablespoon of cornflour mixed with water).
stew-2 stew

For us, it is always STEW on day one and STEWP on day two. When we had the larger pressure cooker, I’d add a little more stock and it would easily give us a third meal.

Afters:
We were given some gooseberries on Saturday, and I made a crumble using granola cereal and porridge oats for my topping as I did with the rhubarb a little while ago.

Next day, my second dessert with them was an upside down sponge stodge and custard for Hubby, and I mixed mine with a crushed meringue nest and some quark, topping it with a few raspberries and some cinnamon.
upside-down-goosberries-2 goosberry-meringue
Note: I cooked them first before dividing them for each dessert. I added sugar for Hubby, but the meringue was sufficiently sweet for my dessert not to need any.

Today’s main meal was a tomato, mixed pepper and mushroom pasta. With all of the speed foods already in it, I ‘passed’ on additional salad. Besides, it would have made the greens too soggy. The good news is not only is this meat free, but it is also totally synless!
pepper-and-tomato-pasta tomato-and-pepper-pasta

The gooseberries did a third dessert, so I experimented with my crumble topping using digestive biscuits instead of granola. No added sugar needed at all this time, and Hubby has his preferred custard whereas I had quark and a decorative raspberry.
digestive-crumble goosberry-quark-dessert

Note:
Digestive or gingernut biscuits are 2½ syns each, with porridge oats having 4½ syns for 25g. I used 4 biscuits with the oats, so that was 7¼ syns each.
Hubby prefers the biscuit mix to granola as it has a better texture to absorb his beloved custard (extra syns for that by the way at 7½ syns per half packet!)

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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