Sunday 6 December 2009

Recipe for disaster

Check freezer for something to eat for dinner.
Find freezer sadly lacking.
Check fridge.
1 small dish leftover veggie saag. (including potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and spinach in jar of saag sauce)
1 small dish leftover turmeric rice*
Less than half a can of baked beans.

Half an onion.
Half a courgette. (zuchini)
Check cupboard.
1 can chickpeas (used about a tablespoonful)
1 can chickpea dahl.** (also about a tablespoonful)

1 egg of questionable age.

Wait for Poppet to do washing up as no cutlery left, no dishes, no plates, etc.

Grate half of the half courgette, get bored and think that's enough.
Chop most of half onion smallishly.
Mix with all other ingredients into a goopy mess.
Wonder if this was a good idea.
Add drop of chilli sauce, splash of lemon juice and a sprinkle of mint.

Think twice about egg.
Test egg freshness theory by placing egg in bowl of water.
Break egg.
Beat and add to "burger" mix.

Form into six dollops humungoburgers, or several smaller ones.
Leave to stand while feeding pestering cats.
Wash hands.

Bake for 20 minutes on high heat.
Check to see if burgers are still together or have merged into one big mess.
Turn burgers over.
Bake for 20 minutes more on lower heat.

Remove from oven and admire.

Take photograph, trying to keep messy kitchen counter out of view and wish you had thought of taking photographs of each step like posh cookery how-to.

Clean up while waiting for other foodstuffs to cook.

Eat one*** with broccoli, sweetcorn, peas and a few oven French fries.
Allow others to cool and then freeze.

Live to tell the tale.****

More exciting recipes in easy to follow steps coming soon. Maybe.

* Did you know that turmeric is very good for you? Not too much for pregnant women though.
** I like chickpeas. I love this canned stuff.
***Poppet prefers animal based foodstuffs.
****Not in fact a disaster and really rather tasty!


  1. hehe! your post has put a smile on my face :-)
    some of our best meals come from all our leftovers and stray finds in the cupboards!

  2. Sunil and I shop for groceries and cook cook cook, so our house has food for us and many more any time of the day and year. Indian cooking is big on tumeric. We use it in all our daals and veggies. I do not think it harms pregnant women. In fact when pregnant women have a sore throat, grannies give them hot milk with tumeric instead of medicine. I drank it when I was pregnant with Akul...ofcourse the fact that I lost my baby does ot vouch for anything I did. Your meal sounds interesting. If it was easy to send food packages, I would cook and mail food as giveaways :-) Hugssss.

  3. Now that's creative! What can you do with one slice of bread, some rice, and some so sauce (about all we have in our fridge while the kitchen is being renovated)?

  4. That was FUN to read! Love your manner (e.g., posh cooking show photo reference), and the creativity. Very cool.

  5. I love, love, love Indian cooking so the ingredients actually sound pretty appealling. However, I like poppet, prefer animal based foodstuffs so I would have probably added some ground chicken to the mix. Looks delish...Hugs

  6. Oh turmeric is really good...and very common in our cooking....turmeric has healing powers as well....

    You did well!

  7. How creative! If it was me, I would still be sitting there hungry. Mmmmm tumeric.



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