Monday, 16 August 2010

Potato fritters

cook 8-10 medium potatoes,
1/4 large carrot in a pot until just cooked,
drain and leave to cool just enough to handle
grate into a bowl,
add 3/4 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking powder,
2 sprigs parsley, chopped
finely chopped spring onion or chives
salt and pepper to taste
milk substitute to mix

mix to a thick batter, and fry in a hot pan until golden on both sides

Lentil pasties


2 heaped cups plain flour
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp rice bran oil
1 tsp vegan margarine
Aprox 16 Tbsp cold water

Sift flour and salt, rub in oil and marge, slowly mix in water 1 Tbsp at a time till you have a slightly moist but not sticky dough, cover in glad wrap and leave to relax while you make the filling.


Boil 1/2 cup brown lentils
1/2 tsp mixed herbs
1 clove garlic
1 bay leaf
boiling water to cover with 3cms above

then wash and chop two medium potatoes and cube into frozen mixed vege sized cubes, add to the lentils, cook until lentils and potato is soft.

Fry in a large frypan,

2 spring onions, finely sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp garum massala
1 tsp ground corriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt

add in drained potato and lentil mix and 1 leaf of finely sliced silverbeet
stir and remove from heat while you roll out the pastry.

Divide the pastry into 16 bits and roll each bit out into a thin circle, place 1 Tbsp of mix on each circle, fold together and press with your fingers so the edges stick together.

Bake 210C fan bake, for 10-12 mins until golden.

Serve with diced cucumber and tomato, and plum or brown sauce for dipping.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Bags from Scraps

I washed Miss 1yrs Playcentre bag, and it fell apart, so it was time to make a new one, I found some very heavy denim fabric in an op shop and an old curtain - the non thermal type, with the addition of some snaps and a couple of D rings she has a drawstring top backpack which easily fits a change of clothes, cloth nappy and the lunch bag I just made.

I also made two lunchbags based on this tutorial and based the bag pattern around the same basic idea, just upsizing it, adding straps to the back and putting a drawstring topper to make the bag hold more without making it too large.

I added handles to the tops of my lunchbags, the insides are lined with scrap PUL not large enough to make nappies from.

I had a bash at making ziplock bag replacers too using this tutorial, great way to use up even the smallest bits of PUL, I patchworked this one together.

I have more cut out, and can think of lots of uses for them, Mr 3 wants to put cars in this one!