At our second week of the course (run by RoWAN, see Monday’s post here for the first week recap) we were focusing on main courses, and were asked to bring along a herb or spice in our food cupboards that we didn’t use, as well as any tins of food that had been unused.
I took along some mustard seeds and also a tin of cannellini beans. We actually go through quite a lot of tins of beans and tomatoes, so we generally don’t have too much sitting waiting to be used.
We started off the evening doing a short quiz on food waster and then talked about the benefits of menu planning/planning your food shop. I am a massive advocate of doing this, and enjoy finding new recipes to try, so this wasn’t new to me, though it was interesting to find out how other people plan (or don’t plan) their weekly shop.
(We do three big food shops a month (typically spending £80ish) which will cover us for up to 12 days at a time. We’ll also supplement with milk, bread, fruit and veg as we need more of these. Depending on our time we either order a delivery or click and collect from Tesco. We’ve also done the scan and shop option in Tesco – sometimes it does feel time consuming when you are scanning all your items, but you do keep track of what you are spending, and there’s a big bonus at the end of your food shop, – as we pack into bags as we’re going along, there’s no need to load your purchases on/off the conveyor belt!)
After we had chatted for a while, it was time to actually do some cooking! Ali, the chef facilitating our session had thought of several main course dishes we could cook using the ingredients available at our session.
As well as a bean cassolet and turkey burgers, we made some stuffed chicken breasts (stuffed with cheese, mushroom and garlic) – this were the favourite dish of the night in the opinion of most people.
We also made some kofte – these had great flavour and just a hint of heat.
And a delicious chicken stir-fry – using lots of veg on it’s ‘last legs’ and no packet sauces in sight!
Come back on Friday for my recap on my last post – focussing on desserts!