Friday, April 13, 2012

Sunny lunch on a wet day! 2012 Eggs 154

Do you ever get bored with cooking?  Sometimes I do.  Each night Mr Lottie asks me, "What shall we have for lunch tomorrow?" and after cooking all my life, I find it harder and harder to get inspiration.

The forecast was for cold and rain, and more rain. I fancied something easy - a one pot cook up - so sent him off to the freezer to get a bag of bacon bits, and some bags of sunshine veggie  mixes which I made last summer.

We are really lucky living in a village with a traditional  butcher.  The meat is all locally sourced, and you can get lots of off cuts - like chunky bacon 'bits' for example - that you can't get in a supermarket.

 So it was no hardship to 'throw' in to my big saucepan, a bag of roasted pumpkin pieces, a bag of mixed roasted summer veggies which included peppers, different squashes and courgettes, green beans, tomatoes, and some potatoes - I added some green puy lentils too.
In went the big chunky smoked bacon pieces - and I left it to simmer for an hour or so.

Voila - job done!

My version of convenience food - and the reason I love my allotment!
A hearty meal for four people at a cost of £1 a head!

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