Today’s Use it or Lose it Post is Milk and it has two recipes for the price of one blog post.
I had a 2 litre bottle of Organic milk which was *cough* a couple of days past it’s sell by date. But I used my nose and it smelled fine so I set about using it up.
My big hitter for using up milk is always pancakes because we always have eggs and flour on hand. I use a really simple recipe:
1 mug flour (any kind)
1 mug milk (any kind)
2 medium eggs
I whisked all of them together and then left it to rest for 30 minutes. Then fry in butter in a frying pan. I always fry big crepe style pancakes in a huge frying pan and then cut them in half (you cook breakfast faster that way).
My real recipe here though is Rice Pudding. I was never a fan of rice pudding until I met Eliza Acton’s Rich Rice Pudding (from Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course). This I love, it comes with a creamy, custardly layer on top.
I have tweaked Delia/Eliza’s recipe to make a chocolate/orange version instead of a lemon/nutmeg version.
110g short grain rice
75g sugar or 125g of chopped apricots soaked in orange juice and then blitzed in the food processor.
Grated rind of 1 orange
3 squares of dark chocolate
Preheat the oven to gas mark 2/300F/150C.
Butter a baking dish.
Put the rice and milk in a saucepan and bring it slowly to simmering point and heat slowly until the rice is almost cooked (Delia says about 10 mins). Add the sugar/orange and apricot mixture the butter, the orange zest, and the chocolate. Heat slowly and stir until the chocolate is melted throughout the pudding.
Leave it to cool a little.
Whisk the eggs and stir into the pudding. Then pour the whole mixture into the baking dish and bake in the oven for 30-40 mins.
Serve with cream (always – this part of the recipe is not optional!).
I’ve given two recipes here because although the rice pudding is lovely it contains ingredients you might need to buy. If you are in a Use it or Lose it situation you probably don’t have lots of other ingredient to play around with like in the rice pudding. I do find it frustrating when I see “leftovers” recipes calling for a bunch of unusual or expensive ingredients. If I need to use something up in a hurray I won’t have some other weird and wonderful things. Therefore the pancake mix at least is full of simple staple ingredients.
In other news we dug up our first potatoes. I think you’ll agree we were a bit early. We’ll be waiting a bit longer for the next lot 🙂
I also harvested all our redcurrants. I’ll be making some redcurrant pies shortly to swap with my Dad for some redcurrant jelly. We got 965g out of the fruit bushes. I had a quick look on line and the best price I could find for fresh redcurrants was £2 for 150g. My harvest would have cost us £12.86 in the shops! That will be some lovely pies in the Winter for just the cost of the pasty.