Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Still alive after the risotto!

Thanks for the comments on my out of date spelt....weevils did cross my mind, we had them once in a bag of flour we'd bought from a whole foods shop.  And I remember years ago as a teenager living at home, Mum shrieking because she found them in baking things in the cupboard - she spent the next hour chucking out all the flours, etc, and furiously scrubbing out the cupboard.  Whilst I wouldn't be keen on finding weevils again, I don't suppose they'd hurt you if you went ahead and used the flour or whatever....would they?  After all, they'd be killed off in the cooking process, and they're so small that if you hadn't seen them beforehand, you certainly wouldn't notice them after they'd been cooked, would you?  And yes Catriona, a bit of added protein!!  Anyhow, as I said, the spelt was in a sealed bag in an unopened box, I did have a good look at it and couldn't see anything moving.  

I'm really quite enjoying the process of using up what we have in store and being inventive about meals, we're having some meals we haven't had before (or not in a long time) and husband is enjoying the variety.  The risotto was lovely, there's enough left in the fridge for another meal.  Yesterday we had sausages fried up with leeks from the garden (we have lots of home grown leeks and onions still), mushrooms and tinned new potatoes thickly sliced, with some tenderstem broccoli and asparagus tips we got reduced to 30p, it was yummy.  Husband particularly liked the fried tinned potatoes.  I saved 3 of the sausages.  Today I've taken the last remaining 3 bags of home grown whole cherry toms out of the freezer, when they're defrosted and the oven's on for dinner later, I'll roast them.  The majority will be for soup for lunches for the next few days, a few will be saved to go with the sliced leftover sausages mixed into the leftover risotto, that'll be tomorrow's dinner.

We've had so much rain and strong winds, it seems to have been going on forever - we absolutely love living down here in Somerset but, although it's milder and warmer than the Midlands, it's certainly wetter and windier!  We're both feeling a bit stir crazy, there's not much we can do outside when it's so wet and muddy and the sunshine is so brief (at least we do get quite a bit of sunshine, however brief it is at the mo).  So we've decided to go out for lunch to a local pretty beach, we'll take a flask of soup and some of the savoury scones I made and froze last week, if it's raining we can at least eat it sitting in a nice warm car facing the sea - I love watching the waves when they're crashing onto the beach.  We'll take Betty of course, she can have a run on the beach if there's a break in the weather.  She never goes in the sea, she runs away from it if the waves come up near her!  Probably just as well as, being the type of breed(s) she is (half bulldog, half sharpei), she has a bit of a flattened nose (brachycephalic I think it's called) and could have problems breathing in water...the vet told us to take care with her near water, but she seems to have worked that out all by herself!

Tonight for dinner we're having burgers topped with halloumi cheese which is out of date but seems fine, with homemade potato wedges and homemade coleslaw.  The tomatoes will be roasted at the same time, then I can make the soup tomorrow morning.

11 comments:

  1. Enjoy your trip out, I too love to watch the wild sea, from a safe distance. We are dry and sunny here, but oh so cold.

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  2. I am sure that years ago all sorts was found in flour. Glad you survived:) How lovely to go to the beach in the winter. My favourite thing is to park on the beach at Burnham on Sea when the tide is in. Lovely. A bit far for us in the winter months as we like to drive in daylight. Enjoy.

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  3. Reading this has made me feel very hungry and there's still almost two hours before lunchtime! :-)
    Have a lovely time at the beach.
    J x

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  4. How absolutely gorgeous......a picnic by the sea.
    Hugs-x-

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  5. I love it when you look in the cupboard and you find yourself inventing new meals. My husband's eats anything so I'm pretty lucky. I remember finding weevils in a bag of flour once, I was physically sick. I have a much stronger constitution.

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  6. Enjoying your inventiveness with recipes.
    Also, I too, love the big water and hearing the waves and watching them as well. And sunshine.
    Good girl Betty. It will make the trip more fun.

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  7. I have never found weevils but if I bulk buy flour I seal it into plastic bags and freeze it. I am a great believer in making it up as you go, some of our best meals have come about in that manner. I do try to keep a note of what I use and rough amounts for future reference.

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  8. I once made a christmas cake and there may have been weevils in the flout. We all ate it and no one complained. It was only when I went to use the flour for something else that I noticed them. I reckon the long hot cooking would have killed them and never voiced my concerns to anyone. Oops now I’ve told you and your followers. Catriona

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  9. My hubby liked fried tinned potatoes too. I love going to the beach on a blustery day, our dog digs in the wet sand and chases seagulls

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  10. I recently found weevils in my out of date flours. All the flour with weevils was binned and the next lot I bought went into the freezer for 48 hours (which kills off any eggs) before being kept in sealed bags in a different cupboard.

    I couldn't have eaten the weevil infested flour if you paid me, seeing it crawling with little bugs was too much and ... well I am vegan ;-)

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  11. Just found your blog and enjoyed reading it very much. If I could change one thing about my husband it would be the fact he never puts anything away in the same place twice, so he can't find anything. Very frustrating for him and me. Other than that he's quite wonderful.

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