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    • Bumblebear
    • By Bumblebear 4th Apr 17, 1:24 PM
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    The "what can I do with this" or "kitchen cupboard bugbear" thread
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    • 4th Apr 17, 1:24 PM
    The "what can I do with this" or "kitchen cupboard bugbear" thread 4th Apr 17 at 1:24 PM
    Hello all


    I am totally prepared for this idea to sink like a lead brick but I wonder if there is a place for a thread where those of us that are being thrifty with our groceries for whatever reason, challenge, or just because, can ask for suggestions of things to do with our unloved ingredients. You know, that dusty packet of dried-unsulphered-unicorn-snow-berries of whatever it was we thought was a good idea to purchase for that amazing looking dish you saw in the Sunday paper 'lifestyle' (cringe!) supplement, never did use and now languishes at the back of the cupboard along with a pot of fenugreek from 1992.


    There are some fantastic, thrifty, family cooks on here and I for one would love to tap into some of your knowledge and experience. I think I do pretty well on turning empty cupboards into meals, choosing value ingredients with a multitude of purposes; but I am human, and I am of the generation where "home economics" consisted of making fairy cakes and mini pizzas for a couple of weeks. Therefore I have unloved packets of stuff, they are always there on the top shelf (where little me can't reach), and they are never destined to find a use but I can't bring myself to throw away (been too poor, too many times for that!).


    In the interests of trying to make this work; my first kitchen cupboard bugbear is a bag of linseeds. It is a big bag, I could add a few to muesli, on the occasions we buy muesli, but that alone isn't going to get rid of my linseed problem! Any suggestions please?
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 18th Apr 17, 6:38 PM
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    roll it out to a rectangle about 15" x 12" like for a Swiss roll, spread a generous amount of butter over it leaving a 1" edge on one of the shorter sides so you can damp it down and seal the pastry. Mix 4oz of brown sugar with 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon and 3oz of chopped pecan nuts and sprinkle this over the butter giving it a little press down with a light hand to set it and then roll up from the short side you haven't left the 1" margin on, damp the 1" with water and roll the roll over it to seal it well.Cut into 12 even sized pieces and lay them cut side up on a lined baking tray (use parchment/greaseproof paper) then pop into a 190/200 deg C pre heated oven 170/180 deg C fan oven and cook for 25/30 minutes (check after 20 in case your oven runs hot) and you will have almost Danish pastry cinnamon and pecan whirls. Enjoy!!!
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    • Cloth of Gold
    • By Cloth of Gold 18th Apr 17, 9:04 PM
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    You could cut some into circles and make an indentation in the middle and put various things such as goat's cheese and sundried tomatoes or roasted peppers and pesto and then bake in the oven.
    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 19th Apr 17, 1:30 AM
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    Any suggestions for using up Puff Pastry?

    I have 2 x 500g frozen puff pastry blocks. I'll be honest, I lack confidence around pastry of any description which is why I have avoided using them before now.

    Any simple 'any idiot can do this' suggestions, either sweet or savoury, would be much appreciated.
    Originally posted by Florence J
    Sausage plaits
    Cheese straws
    Roasted veg slices
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    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 19th Apr 17, 8:46 PM
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    roll it out to a rectangle about 15" x 12" like for a Swiss roll, spread a generous amount of butter over it leaving a 1" edge on one of the shorter sides so you can damp it down and seal the pastry. Mix 4oz of brown sugar with 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon and 3oz of chopped pecan nuts and sprinkle this over the butter giving it a little press down with a light hand to set it and then roll up from the short side you haven't left the 1" margin on, damp the 1" with water and roll the roll over it to seal it well.Cut into 12 even sized pieces and lay them cut side up on a lined baking tray (use parchment/greaseproof paper) then pop into a 190/200 deg C pre heated oven 170/180 deg C fan oven and cook for 25/30 minutes (check after 20 in case your oven runs hot) and you will have almost Danish pastry cinnamon and pecan whirls. Enjoy!!!
    Originally posted by MrsLurcherwalker
    You could cut some into circles and make an indentation in the middle and put various things such as goat's cheese and sundried tomatoes or roasted peppers and pesto and then bake in the oven.
    Originally posted by Cloth of Gold
    Sausage plaits
    Cheese straws
    Roasted veg slices
    Originally posted by K9sandFelines
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    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 22nd Apr 17, 6:55 PM
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    Dried Black Beans
    I bought a packet of these thinking I could make my own black bean sauce, but no. Apparently you need fermented black beans for this. So if anyone has any recipes for using them (other than in stews or casseroles), I'd be pleased to hear from you. Quite like spicy dishes and if I could bulk cook and freeze that would be great.
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 22nd Apr 17, 7:02 PM
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    Cuban Black Beans with rice is delicious and Black Bean Soup is a Mexican dish, many recipes for both online. When you soak the beans it helps soften the skins if you put a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in the soaking water and I'd soak and cook the whole pack because you can freeze the extra beans you're not going to use straight off in meal sized portions and they keep very well until you DO want to use them.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 22nd Apr 17, 7:49 PM
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    I bought a packet of these thinking I could make my own black bean sauce, but no. Apparently you need fermented black beans for this. So if anyone has any recipes for using them (other than in stews or casseroles), I'd be pleased to hear from you. Quite like spicy dishes and if I could bulk cook and freeze that would be great.
    Originally posted by YorksLass
    The cooked beans make a great burger - mash roughly add finely chopped sweet peppers, spring onion, garlic, a handful of breadcrumbs, a handful of frozen corn, diced chilli or a tsp of chilli powder, a tsp of lemon or lime juice, salt and pepper. Mix well, shape into patties- best fried rather than baked/grilled. Serve in a roll with lettuce, salsa or spicy mayo, a slice of melted cheese is also good
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    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 23rd Apr 17, 4:44 AM
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    I"ve got a mahoosive bag of frozen green beans.Any ideas peeps ?
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    • karcher
    • By karcher 23rd Apr 17, 5:25 AM
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    I"ve got a mahoosive bag of frozen green beans.Any ideas peeps ?
    Originally posted by candygirl
    Green Bean Curry?
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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 23rd Apr 17, 4:07 PM
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    I"ve got a mahoosive bag of frozen green beans.Any ideas peeps ?
    Originally posted by candygirl
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    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 23rd Apr 17, 5:35 PM
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    Thanks Mrs LW and caronc, those suggestions sound perfect and I’ll definitely be giving them a try.
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