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Store cupboard recipes: spaghetti and veal meatballs in a light tomato sauce

Posted in Beef and Steak and Veal, Pork Ham Bacon Sausages, Rice and Pasta | 5 comments

Store cupboard recipes: spaghetti and veal meatballs in a light tomato sauce

  I had a yearning for spaghetti and meatballs yesterday. I have no idea why as I don’t think that I’ve ever eaten this dish in my life but somehow the combination appealed. I spent a morning in the kitchen creating the sauce. My challenge was to use as many dehydrated ingredients  as possible and some of our home bottled/canned tomatoes from the autumn. Incidentally these are delicious and I will be making much more this year. The meat wasn’t dehydrated – I haven’t tried doing meat yet – but I had found and defrosted some...

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Dehydrator update and The Waiting Room game

Posted in Cottage tales, Kitchen equipment | 22 comments

Dehydrator update and The Waiting Room game

  Our cheap and basic dehydrator continues to delight us. I’m reaping the rewards of dehydrating fruit and vegetables when they were on offer or marked down on the CFC. As all the chopping and preparation has been done prior to dehydrating a slow cooked meal can be prepared very quickly. This week I had to go for blood tests. I think that the doctors in Newmarket might be suffering from blood testitus as the clinic is always packed and you have to arrive early to get in the queue. I wanted to make our slow cooked skirt of beef stew but...

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