Home-made wonders

I love making things from scratch…whether it’s sewing, cooking or baking, give me the raw materials and I love seeing it all come together into something good.

Yesterday we had guests for lunch, and I did a roast dinner for 5 and had so much fun!

All together I spent about 2 1/2 hours in the kitchen – I started cooking after the first service at church and we’d planned for everyone to come after the second service, around 2pm to eat for 2.30pm. Tasha got delayed at the second service so I did it alone and she was very apologetic but I actually really enjoyed having a peaceful time in the kitchen by myself.

The piece de resistance? Yorkshire puddings made completely from scratch!! I used a Delia Smith recipe and they turned out SO well – but I can’t upload a picture yet because my computer doesn’t seem to like uploading photos at the moment. But, rest assured it was a GOOD roast…and because I hate leftovers (of which there were lots, because I’d prefer to cook extra than not have enough for people) I made roast-dinner soup today and that tastes great too!!

Just put the roast potatoes, parsnips and any leftover veg (carrots and broccoli) in a saucepan, add a stock cube/gravy granules and enough water to cover them, then bring it to a boil. Allow it to boil for about 10 minutes, then bring it off the heat and blitz it with a hand-held blender. Yummy!! It makes quite a thick soup so you can add more water if you need, and add salt/pepper to taste. I added some rosemary as well. It’s delicious…although you have to ignore the browny orange colour because that’s unavoidable!!

Try it out and let me know how it goes



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