An outburst this week in class has kept me smiling too! I'll be honest, it's been a bloody hard week geometry wise!
Teacher: right, get your Maths books out
Child: (shouting out ) OH PLEASE NOT SHAPE AGAIN, MY BRAIN CAN'T TAKE ANY MORE SHAPE!!
Me: ( inwardly nodding thinks to self ) OH GOD PLEASE PLEASE NO MORE SHAPE 3D. 2D. NETS ANGLES OR PARALLEL LINES. MY brain can't take any more supporting children who don't get the concept of shape!!!
You'll be relieved to discover we moved onto the much more palatable conversion of metric to imperial and plotting it on a graph!
This week's haul from the supermarket was a bag of chopped onions 19p, 4 bags of stir fry veg at 24p each ( destined for veg and lentil soup and a chicken stir fry ), stock cubes were down to £1 and I stocked up ( groan ) on veg, chicken and beef and a large muscovado glazed British gammon down from
a tenner to £3. In the freezer for Christmas. To be honest I'll probably wash the glaze off and cook it in cherry cola or ginger ale in the slow cooker as normal. If it had been not British I'd have left it in the shop. I never ever buy Danish or EU bacon. It has to be British. The other yippee prize was a top notch chunk of prime Scottish beef down from £20 to just as midge over half price! That too is now resting in the freezer ready for Christmas.
I've seen a recipe for a corned beef pie on https://mendingmakingcrafting.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/sort-of-butter-pie/ that I'm definitely going to try even though it uses the same ingredients I use in my corned beef repertoire! It's just slightly different! My corned beef pie recipe on Tuesday is just a cottage pie but made with corned beef instead for a quick and easy store cupboard tea.
You probably have your own ways and recipes for this but just in case you have not tried it this way:
Serves 3 really fat greedy pigs, 4 healthy appetites or stretches to 5 decent portions but add extra veg on the side!!
1 large onion chopped
2 medium carrots diced
1 tin corned beef diced this week mine was reduced salt ( on offer )
2 oxo cubes
Frozen peas/petit pois
Potatoes - peeled, boiled and mashed with plenty of butter and black pepper
Here's how I do it
Fry onions and carrots until soft
Add corned beef
Crumble over the stock cubes ( just watch the salt content here - taste it with one first ) ( normal corned beef can be salty )
Add boiling water to cover
Stir and simmer until carrot is cooked through, lid on pan
Slake some cornflour or add some gravy granules just to thicken it then pour into you normal cottage pie dish
I always stir through some frozen peas this point.
Meanwhile boil n mash yer spuds as you do
Top the beef with the mash and bake in hot oven til potato is golden brown and crispy.
Serve with beans - tinned or green!
Cheap, cheerful, filling and tasty!
Or I would normally 'sling hash' as Pam would say, using any leftover hash to make pasties!
Knitting wise I've knit and pulled back the same three rows now thrice on the lacy matinee coat. It's back in its bag and I'm itching to start something new!