Hodge Podge Recipe twist for Christmas
We’re into December, time to start baking ahead of time so I don’t spend all my time in the kitchen on the magic day.
These recipes are of a more frugal nature since money is tight as usual, so making the most of what you have is more important than ever.
2 or more rashers of bacon
12oz (350g) cooked potatoes 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley 1-2 tablespoons of milk
1 tablespoon of flour or cornflour Salt and pepper to taste
Oil or fat for shallow crying in a skillet
Fry the bacon until crisp, chop into small pieces.
Mash the potatoes, use a little of the milk to make a firm mash with the bacon and parsley. Season.
Form into either 4 or 8 cakes. Coat them with the flour then fry them in a little oil or fat.
Good with baked beans or a salad. At breakfast or for a snack.
Parsley and celery stuffing
4 oz chopped celery
2 large onions, chopped fine
4 level teaspoons of stale breadcrumbs Salt and pepper to taste
2 level teaspoons of mixed herbs Hot water to mix 1oz dripping, melted
Mix all above ingredients together, stir until fully combined Use to put in your Christmas bird as an alternative to sage and onion or use with chops or chicken, even sausages if liked.
Last recipe is a nice vegetable pie with a twist on the pastry from the norm.
Vegetable pie with cheese and oatmeal crust
Selection of vegetables, e.g potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnip, whatever liked Cleaned, peeled, cooked and chopped
½ a pint of vegetable stock or water 2oz of oatmeal
1oz of fat
2oz of cheese – grated
Salt and pepper to season and water to mix the dough
Method Place all veg in a casserole dish.
Cover with a little of the stock so they won’t dry out when cooking Season. Rub fat into flour then add the grated cheese and oatmeal with a little salt. Add some of the water and mix until the dough is combined.
Should be a stiff dough.
Roll out on a floured board, large enough to fit the chosen casserole dish, cover the pie And bake in a moderate oven for approx. 30 mins, depending on your oven, or range.
Nice with salad, or even fries should you crave them. Makes a nice alternative to meat.