The weather here at the moment is atrocious, rain on rain. Even the soak aways are flooding, which is not good, we must dig some more out once we get some dry weather. The stove is lit and it is warm and cosy in our little cottage. I am thankful that we don't need to go out and that we have plenty to keep us occupied. I have some Christmas music playing in the background, a little early I know but good for the soul. I have just finished making my Christmas cards so that is another tick off the list.
We went into Stornoway Monday to do a shop, we had run out of fresh fruit and vegetables. We had managed for a few days using frozen and the store cupboard but nothing beats the taste of fresh. I made an amazing spaghetti sauce using the store cupboard, passata , sweetcorn, mushrooms, dried basil, dried garlic granules and frozen minced beef. It made for a very tasty meal, along with some cheesy garlic bread from the freezer.
A little dried parsley added to the top added to both the flavour and the presentation.
Another store cupboard and freezer meal was a steak pie using tinned stewed steak and frozen puff pastry. A apple pie was also made with cinnamon and raisons added to the tinned apples. The remaining pastry was used to make some cheese straws to go along with some soup.
A few tasty meals to get us by until the shopping was done again and for that I am truly thankful. There was enough apple to make a little pot of apple sauce to go with our roast pork dinner on Sunday.
The sage and onion stuffing was out of a packet too. I usually like to make my own but no onion or bread so that was a non starter. It is quite amazing how using the store cupboard can make great meals. It is just a matter of experimenting with different ingredients and making the most of what you have. I have found that herbs and spices can really enhance any meal.
I would be interested to know how you use your store cupboard.
I thank you for your lovely and uplifting anniversary wishes, it was so kind of you and added to our wonderful day of celebration. The stores in Stornoway are starting to decorate their windows for the festive season so it will be nice to share them with you the next time I go into town. We are keeping close to home as much as possible there have been a couple of cases of Covid in our area and people isolating due to close contact. My heart goes out to all those affected, it is such worrying times. There have been so many mixed messages about Christmas gatherings that we finally took the decision to cancel our break away this morning. We were supposed to be renting a log cabin in Aviemore in the Cairngorms along with our middle daughter and her little family. There is always next year...
Hope all is well with you. Take care and stay safe.
See you soon.