Month: September 2017

5 Minute Bread, 4p

On Thursday morning, off school and recovering from surgery, my Small Boy announced he wanted ‘dippy bread’ for breakfast. Bread with something to dip it into, I surmised. Seems fair enough; who doesn’t enjoy dunking warm bread into something soft and viscous, and ramming it in their gob? I made a yoghurt dip and whipped the last nights leftover roasted squash with a little coconut milk, and realised we didn’t have any bread. Drat. He’s struggling to walk, so I was reluctant to drag him up the steep hill to the nearest shop, and at seven he’s just slightly...

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Blackberry Applesauce Cake, 18p

Last weekend, Small Boy and I headed out to a small area of marshland around a mile from our home, on a blackberry picking mission. We had been promising ourselves for some time that we would do it, and so, armed with tough gardening gloves and plastic bags, we set off. However, pickings were slim, and despite hunting for an hour, we found nary a blackberry in sight. Dejected and slightly crumpled at the thought of waiting a year for a decent crumble to roll around again, we grumbled off home…and on the way back, on a different side...

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Sunny Broth, 19p

This beautiful, bold, soup is full of goodness and vitamins and vitality, and reminds me of a gentle, grandmotherly hug. It’s a brightening tonic, a perky pick-me-up, and a simple sunshine injection for a hangover or a cold or a bluesy day. You can blend it all together for a more substantial meal, but here I have strained it for a clear, simple broth. To make this gluten free, make sure the stock cube you are using is free from gluten. Serves 2-4 from 19p each 1 large onion, 9p (70p/1.5kg, Basics) 4 fat cloves of garlic, 6p (35p/2...

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Unicorn Slaw, 18p

This particular recipe doesn’t strictly fall within the ‘bootstrap’ range, owing to its use of ludicrously beautiful blue petals as a finishing touch, but if you’re willing to abandon them, then it’s a different – and simpler – prospect entirely. I try to keep the recipes on this blog to easily accessible ingredients for as many people as possible, but when I posted a photograph of this on Twitter and Instagram, I was inundated with requests for the recipe. Cornflower petals are admittedly a little specialist (once you’ve been cooking for a living for a few years, your shelves...

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Thrupenny PBJ Cookies, 3p

This afternoon one of my readers got in touch via Twitter to ask me how to make these cookies vegan, for a friend. This is one of my favourite recipes for a rainy-day activity with my small boy, and as the weather draws in around us and we will be looking for more baking days than beach days, it seemed as good a time as any to convert it for my vegan friends. If you don’t have self raising flour kicking about, just use plain flour and add 1 level teaspoon of baking powder instead. To make these gluten...

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