Day 5 of 31 - Spuds, Tin Cans, Sprouters and Hot Dogs!
|Lemon & mango drizzle cake|
The day began early, as I didn't want to miss the coalman when he was driving along the lane. The coal bunker was almost empty, so best filling it up in the hope that it does us through to spring. 5 x 50kg bags costs £70 and we get through about 10kg each day the fire is lit. Price wise, there isn't much difference between coal and logs, except the coal, in this house, also heats 5 radiators and the water, not just one room.
I made the most of the extra 'morning time' and baked the remaining cookie dough (mango, apricot, fig, pistachio & almond) then baked a lemon drizzle cake, but added in some of the mango pulp to try and use that up, too.
|Seed potatoes 'chitting' in egg cartons|
|The potato peelings I kept|
|Planting the sprouted potato skin|
My potato peelings are normally treated as organic waste and added to the compost, fed to the garden poultry (potato peelings need to be cooked first), added to the wormery or used to bank the fire at night. But I wanted to show you that from one potato can come many, so I picked out the best sprouted piece of peel and it has now been planted into a tub on the patio. With care and luck, this piece of peel that would otherwise have been discarded has the potential to produce over 1kg of potatoes.
TIN CAN PLANTERS
|Making tin can planters safe|
|Don't forget to add drainage holes in the bottom of the tins|
|Ready for planting|
|Wrapped wallpaper around them to prevent spills|
SPROUTING BEANS INTO BEAN SPROUTS
|Homemade frugal sprouter|
Get a clean jar with a screw cap metal lid, a hammer and an awl. You don't even need the hammer, as most jar lids are now thin enough to pierce with minimal force. Now punch a whole load of holes in the lid - do this on top of thick card or a folded towel to avoid scoring or puncturing floors or worktops. Now give everything a final rinse.
|Hey presto! A homemade sprouter|
Place a couple of handfuls of mung beans in the jar and rinse them several times with water. Take the lid off to add the water, screw it back on again to drain the water back out of the jar.
HOT DOGS IN HOT DOGS
|99p bread mix and cheap hot dogs|
Now before anyone starts commenting about the unhealthy aspects of this snack, hold your typing fingers still and let me explain - this was an inexpensive and fun experiment and if we were having it as a proper meal, I would normally serve this with onions, cheese and tomato and/or plenty of salad stuff. Today, however, lunch was just a hot dog with tomato ketchup. Cost = less than 5p per person! Worth a shilling for the novelty factor alone!
|Knead and prove your dough|
I did take a full set of progress photos but to be perfectly blunt, I fear some may have found them obscene! So here is the finished article.
|Use smaller pieces of dough for legs and ears|
|Hot dog rolls|
Now I am retiring to bed with a cup of tea and planning out my next phase of rag rugging!
References and acknowledgements
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