Bread and butter pudding?

How do you make it? Raisins and currents between slices of bread with a mixture of egg and milk and nutmeg and sugar somehow added to it? The outcome is a sticky, stiff, yummy lump of slightly crispy pudding.

Problem 1, I have no currents or raisins or even sultanas..

2, I have no sliced bread

3, I don’t eat sugar because of diabetes.

4. I have no recipe to work from and don’t know what temperature to cook it on.

Solution…just make it up as I go. So I sliced some slightly stale brown bread. Buttered it and placed it butter side down into a pyrex glass shallow oblong tray. Added a layer of sliced banana and some sliced pear. Then a few more bits of bread and dots of butter. Finally more banana and pear and a bit of a crust of bread on top. I then whisked up six eggs?! With milk, sugar substitute and a bit of cinnamon (I don’t have nutmeg).

Poured the liquid over the bread slowly so it soaked in.

What heat? I chose gas mark 5 (medium heat) and set the oven for forty minutes. It might be horrible. It might be OK. For future reference does anyone know a recipe?

Broccoli

What is broccoli, a green equivalent to cauliflower?

According to Wikipedia Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large flowering head, stalk and small associated leaves are eaten as a vegetable. Broccoli is classified in the Italica cultivar group of the species Brassica oleracea. WikipediaOrigin: Italy, more than 2,000 years ago. Scientific name: Brassica oleracea var. italicaHigher classification: Wild cabbage Rank: VarietyCultivar group: Italica.

I like it, I like the Romaesco version I think it’s called. The version with sculptural spiral swirls that are like a version of fibonnacci number patterns. The spirals have a fractal look about them. If you’ve never seen it look it up online. It’s a fascinating shape.

Feed the birds

As the autumn approaches the northern hemisphere the weather gets colder. Local bird populations are looking for food. Some of them need to stock up so they can migrate others so they can overwinter in the UK.

You can get bird foods from local shops and pet stores. Grain, peanuts, sunflower seeds, fat balls, together with a fresh supply of water is what they need. If you feed them bread make sure it has been soaked in water, otherwise it can swell up in their crops and cause harm to them.

See your local nature charities for more information about feeding specific birds.

Non diabetic food?

What part of this food is safe to eat if you are diabetic?

A large size pizza ( carbs)

Two packets of mini butter stollen cakes (dusted with icing sugar)

Four large potato’s (carbs)

Three tubs of butter

Cheese

A box of mini blueberry muffins,

Two large tubs of fruit flavoured kefir fermented yoghurt,

Two bottles of mayonnaise (garlic and chilli flavours)

Two cheesecakes (one strawberry, the other lemon and marscepone)

A packet of rich tea biscuits.

A box of eggs

Shampoo with honey added!

Why?

The only vegetables were a jar of gherkins….

I don’t normally ask him to go shopping!

Hubby shopping

Who would choose gherkins and limes for a nice choice of food for shopping?

I asked my hubby to do some shopping today. Get some bread and milk and something nice I said. Do you need a list? No I’ll be OK.

Off he went to the supermarket. Its not far away and he wasn’t going to buy much. When he came back he’d bought:

Mini butter stollen

Limes

Gherkins

A tin of tomatoes

Rich tea biscuits

Four litres of semi skimmed milk

A wholewheat loaf.

So I made him two slices of toast with a mini butter stollen on each slice (well they say butter on the packaging, and we have run out of butter).

I asked him if he wants gherkin and lime for tea? He laughed. Then ate the mini butter stollen!

Banana and pear in bread?

Hubby’s made a loaf today. Linseed and oat. It was a ready mixed flour with added yeast.

He likes experimenting with bread so he diced up a small pear and banana and added them to the mix with water to moisten the dough.

Let it rise, knock it back and let it rise again, then into a baking tray and on gas mark eight (high heat) for thirty minutes. It was a tasty result. I had a slice with butter and a banana. Delicious.

Tortilla pockets with quorn mince.

Serves two.

Ingredients

Fajhita seasoning, four tortilla pouches, small packet of quorn mince, a small onion, a few spears of asparagus, a few baby corn, half a jar of harissa paste, a small amount of cheese (you could use a vegan substitute) olive oil. Salsa sauce.

Method, break up the frozen quorn mince and fry in a frying pan with a small amount of olive oil, slice the baby corn into small rounds, keep the heat low, add the fajhita spice and continue to cook. Slice up the onion and add to the mix, then chop up the asparagus and add it to the mix. Add some water to the pan to stop the mixture drying out. Add the harissa paste and stir well. Let the mixture simmer for ten minutes. Add the salsa sauce (or if you want to add at the end). Microwave a couple of tortilla pockets then spoon the mix into them. Top with grated cheese. Any left over mixture can be served with the pockets on the plates.

Serve as a tasty meal for two…

Half a tray

For the first time since he came home my cats managed to eat soft solid cat food (he’d been drinking water and cat milk and yesterday he had cat pate and cat soup mixed together) . He’s tried eating his regular biscuits but struggled as they were too hard for his sore mouth.

Overall he still looks a mess, but I’m really pleased to see an improvement. I’m proud of him. X