It seems a long time since we blogged any recipes (well things other than cake that is) and this is something we simple must rectify. So welcome to a little mini series……. we’ve called it Thursday night tea. That’s right, for a while every Thursday (or as many as possible) we thought we’d challenge ourselves to a) blog what we have for tea b) the meals (of course) must be cooked from scratch c) must be thrifty yet tasty. The purpose of this is two fold, firstly its to ensure we keep up with our mission to eat well for less and secondly its to pass on a few tasty recipes we hope you chaps can use on a normal Thursday night – or for that matter any day of the week.
So brace yourself for an exciting journey of tasty thrifty supermarket free Thursday Night Tea recipes!
And as if by magic it’s Thursday which can mean only one thing….
Thursday Night Tea Part One:
So tonight we had bacon, onion and leek mashed potato pie with carrot, cauliflower and spinach served with a cheese sauce.
As its a week night this recipe is extremely simply. Boil enough potatoes (we did three large potatoes to feed the three of us plus Mammar). Whilst they are boiling fry garlic, bacon, onion and leek in a little oil until soft. Add mustard, a dash of milk and salt and pepper to taste. Add a sprinkling of grated cheese and stir.
Put this mixture in an oven proof dish. Turn the boiled potatoes into mash and top the bacon mixture. Add a sprinkling of grated cheese and bake in a hot oven (200c) for about 25 mins until golden brown.
Steam the vegetables whilst the main dish is baking.
Make the cheese sauce by melting a good knob of butter adding 2 tablespoons of flour. This will make a paste, keep stirring and add cup and a half of milk and a generous handful of grated cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and smooth. Add a few twists of pepper and serve.