Thursday, 27 September 2012

Nature's microwave meal

Baked potatoes

Stick them in the microwave (or oven, or a combination of both).  We like ours with lashings of beans and grated cheese.  What's your favourite filling?

Leftovers: Cool them and scoop out the flesh.  Mix it with a combination of grated cheese, and either a blob of cream cheese, cream or butter and some black pepper.  Squish the cheesy-creamy mixture back into the skins, put them in the fridge and bake for about 30 minutes in a hottish oven when you are ready to eat them.

Glass jar of crumble topping and four pears
Ingredients for a quick pear crumble

Pear Crumble

Pudding tonight is pear crumble.  Crumble mix can be made in a food processor in about 2 minutes and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 weeks or so.  You can then create a delicious pudding in no time at all from any sad-looking fruit that happens to be hanging around.  Just chop it up, add a splash or two of water, some sugar if you think it needs it, top with crumble mixture and bake for about 40 minutes until the fruit juice is bubbling over the edges of the crumble.  These can be made in miniature in ramekins - good for children and those unable to exercise portion control!  Serve with something cold and creamy - the children like Ambrosia custard straight from the carton.

Mix together 175g plain flour and 140g butter until they resemble fine breadcrumbs.  Add 75g any sugar and 100g oats and stir together.


  1. I used a bag of crumble topping tonight that had been in the freezer for a year......tasted lovely.

    I don't think you can go wrong with jacket potatoes. Add a chive garnish if you want to look "cheffy"!!

    Did you watch craggyfaced gordon rambo ramsey earlier? Slow cooked meals. If I'm organised i throw everything in the slow cooker in the morning and dish out a lovely casserole in the evening. Easy peasy.

  2. Great crumbly minds think alike! What fruit did you use?

    Thanks for comments re chives though I fear they may contain dog wee and are best left as a decorative edging in the garden rather than on the plate.

    I will be coming on to slow cookers...

  3. G has just read blog and comments over my shoulder and said "no offence, but i didin't really like the apple crumble. It tasted of sick.". ....... Maybe year old frozen crumble topping is not such a good idea after all!

  4. Heston could do a whole new line in vomit-flavoured food, inspired by you.