DIY May: Cookery Challenge

A few years back I came up with a challenge for myself, to cook everything I eat.  Seems simple enough but I intend to make bread, condiments and all the treats we order from the take away from time to time too!  The intent of the challenge is to eat healthier, hopefully save some cash but most importantly learn new tricks and recipes at the same time.  The challenge will culminate in a BBQ at the end of the month with everything home made, including the beer…

I’m also trying to source ingredients as locally as possible, in Reading we are lucky enough to have a good farmers market and there is a food coop that set up shop once a week around the corner.  I’ve food growing on the balcony

The challenge started yesterday with Lamb Meatballs and Pea Pilaf which came out very tasty!  Cooking rice in stock isn’t something I’d tried before and as the water reduced it made a very nice sauce, something new learned on day one!

Today I’m baking some bread and having Toad in the Hole for tea, tomorrow will be pizza bases for the freezer and my first batch of ketchup.

Stay tuned for more, I’ve also received parts for my 3d printer and I’ll be building that too so the techy side of my blog wont be overlooked.  Hopefully I’ll be printing egg cups in no time to tie the two together. Winking smile

Stay tuned for more!

Creamy Mushroom and Tomato Pasta Thing

This is quite a tasty dish I’ve just thrown together, it will produce enough for one hungry person or two as part of a bigger meal.  You can probably add other stuff, I reckon a bit of beef mince or some diced bacon would have worked a treat.

Stuff You’ll Need;

  • Black cale
  • Four tomatoes
  • An onion
  • Handful of mushrooms
  • Handful of pasta
  • Vegetable stock
  • Other stuff to season

Stuff To Do;

  1. Boil a saucepan of water to blanche the tomatoes then to cook the pasta.  To blanche them make a cut in the skin of the tomato around the circumference then dunk them in the boiling water for a minute then dunk them in cold water.  Peel off the skins then dice the and use the already boiling water for the pasta.
  2. Chop up the cale (removing the stems), onions, mushrooms and throw the onions into a frying pan with a little olive oil.  Fry until they start to brown around the edge.
  3. Add the tomatoes to the onions and add a little water.  Cook for a few minutes then add everything else and crumble in the stock cube.
  4. Add whatever “stuff to season” you wish, I added some black pepper and cook for a while longer.
  5. Drain the pasta, remove the frying pan from the heat and mix it into the sauce.
  6. Eat!

Any suggestions, feel free to add a comment.



Those who have been here before know I like to make things, unsurprisingly this also includes food!  Just thought I’d give fair warning before random recipes start to appear on here…

By the way, if you are as lazy as I am and terrible at remembering to buy veg try and find a local veg box scheme.  I’ve been aware of Riverford for a while and figured that I can get them to deliver to work so it works out well all around!

Plus I don’t have a choice in what the deliver so I have to find recipes to cook stuff I wouldn’t otherwise buy.  Win. 🙂