At the end of the month it is time to raid the store cupboards and get creative.
I spent yesterday morning in the kitchen having a go at rustling up a few treats. With varying levels of success.
I tried to make some marmalade teabread which can only be described as an epic fail.
It came out of the oven solid, heavy and frankly brick like. The sort of thing you could imagine being thrown through a window with a threatening note attached.
Luckily only one egg was harmed in the baking of this monstrosity
I found plenty of nuts, seeds and rolled oats, so made a batch of granola to keep me going in the mornings.
Whilst I was doing that I had a joint of Gammon baking in the oven. There is something wonderfully homely and comforting about the smell of baked gammon permeating the house.
Mrs H had found an Asda recipe for sweetcorn and gammon chowder. I thought it looked lovely. I decided to adapt and half the recipe and give it a go.
The recipe was all things that I had knocking around in the fridge and cupboards which makes it a really cheap meal. Here is what I did
115g cubed gammon
1 small onion diced
150g potatoes cubed
150ml chicken stock (homemade on this occasion)
1/2 tsp of cornflour mixed with a little water
Small tin of sweetcorn
Cook the onion in some oil until softened and then add the potatoes, cooking for 2-3 mins.
Add the chicken stock, cover and simmer for 5 mins.
Add the milk and simmer uncovered for a further 5 mins until the potatoes are tender.
Add the gammon and sweetcorn and season with black pepper and simmer for another 5 mins.
Add the cornflour mixture and allow to thicken slightly.
And there you have it. Proper, creamy, comfort food. Perfect with some crusty bread.
This was a success for me but a fail in the eyes of the rest of the family as they all seem to think that sweetcorn is the devils food.
Oh well, all the more for me then!