I don't know if anyone else battles with deciding what to cook for their evening meal. Don't get me wrong, I love cooking - when I'm inspired. And when I have the time.
But, sometimes it is a terrible chore...
Frequently, I can't find the inspiration / be bothered to think at 7 - 8 in the morning what I should take out of the freezer for our dinner roughly 11 - 12 hours later. It's not as though everything that I take out can immediately be cooked when it is defrosted - sometimes it's easy, but too often it's the main ingredient of a recipe - which requires quite a bit of further attention / preparation in order to prepare the meal.
So, I often wish that I had some ready meals on hand.
Last week I got stuck in and made some homemade ready meals.
Instead of just cooking enough mince for a spag bol (plus the inevitable remnants which hang around the fridge until I can hide them some way so that RMan eats the left-overs) I made 4 times the quantity (roughly 450 gms of ostrich mince).
That night we had our spag bol...
|2 - 3 ready made cannelloni meals|
They went into the freezer as they are - and all it will take is opening a jar or two of my homemade tomato sauce, making a quick Bechamel sauce, putting the lot together in a baking dish with a sprinkling of grated cheese, and placing in the oven of the Rosie, and there you have it - an instant meal :)
My kale plants are producing madly...
...so I picked a bunch...
... and shoved them in my steamer.
|Some of the mince Dolmades I made|
When they were soft and pliable, they got filled with mince and rice - à la Dolmades or stuffed cabbage leaves style.
Whilst the leaves were steaming, I used the base of the pot to
cook also steam some gem squash and carrots for our diner that night. Why waste energy heating another pot - plus it's one less pot to wash lol
So, out of a normal four portions of mince I now had / have:
a The portion of Spag bol which we ate for dinner
b 2 - 3 future Cannelloni meals
c 2 X future meals of Dani's Dolmades (which will be placed on a bed of kale and sliced carrots and just covered with hot chicken stock and baked for 3/4 - 1 hour, and served with an Avgolemono sauce)
d 2 X future portions of mince which I'll use for lasagnes. (All I will need to do again is grab some lasagna sheets, open a jar or two of my homemade tomato sauce, whip up a quick Bechamel sauce - layer the lot in a baking dish, sprinkle some grated cheese and place in Rosie's oven.)
8 meals out of an amount of mince which would normally provide only 4.
|This pot stand creates a perfect "keep|
warm" spot on the Rosie and ensures
that the contents of the pot will not burn
at the bottom.
By the way, I'm loving having the Rosie fired up again, and, although the Rosie has a warming shelf, it is quite narrow height-wise. Purchasing a simple pot stand, it now doubles up as a keep warm area on the Rosie - and it works perfectly :)