Whats Cooking!

I've had internet problems for the last 3 days, crackling on the phone lines, which has happened a few times before when we have had a period of damp weather but I got my wish for some sunshine during the week and managed to get most of my washing done and dried on the line. 

I've been busy cooking over the last couple of days and I want to say a big thank you to "frugalinsuffolk" for her blog post on how to make naan bread.  I can't believe how simple it was and I will never buy them again!

Don't they look good...I was so proud of them!  So I am putting her recipe below:-

1lb strong white bread flour
1 level teasp baking powder
1 heaped teasp instant yeast
1/2 teasp salt
1 teasp sugar
just over 1/3 pint tepid milk
1 beaten egg
2 tblsps cooking oil

Mix dry ingredients together and make a well in the centre and stir in the wet ingredients.
Mix well and knead for 10 mins.
Put into an oiled bowl and cover and leave to rise until doubled in size.
Knead again and divide into 8 pieces or 12 if want smaller ones (as above pic).
Roll into shape and put onto oiled baking sheets then leave to rise for approx an hour.
Preheat grill to very hot, prick each naan with a fork a few times.
Sprinkle a little water on each one then place under grill for about 2 mins until golden.
Turn over, prick again and sprinkle water again and put under grill for 2 mins.
Leave to cool.
You can freeze them and reheat in a microwave or under grill for a few seconds.

These went really well with the vegetable curry that I made for the church lunch.  I followed a Jamie Oliver recipe for jalfresi and it turned out really good.

I used nearly every vegetable I had and threw in chickpeas and baked beans too.  I only paid out for a nice cauliflower £1 and a courgette 75p!!! which was a lot for one courgette though!  This big pan full did 12 servings with a bit leftover which I have put in the freezer. 

Today I roasted a chicken that I got for £3.99 from Lidl which was coated in garlic and herbs.  It was very moist and the flavour went right through the meat.  I made a homity pie to go with it.

Tomorrow I will make a broth with the chicken carcass for lunch throwing in anything I can find.  I was lucky to be given a couple of turnips with a handful of green beans and a few little green peppers from a friend today so will use them and I have 10 pork loin steaks that I got reduced from £6.50 down to £2.50 to go with some mash and veg and gravy for dinner.  I'm pleased that it will again be a frugal meal for 5 adults.

Well I'm going to try to publish this blog post and apologies if it doesn't look quite right, hopefully the phone/internet lines will dry out soon!

Terri X


  1. Your food looks delicious and I cant believe the naan breads are so easy to make.


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