Pineapple preserved…

One bargain pineapple becomes …

The peel is dehydrated to become pot pourri and car freshener

The core is simmered with spices and caster sugar to become a syrup for boosting soft drinks (and adding to rum of course)

Half the flesh is cubed and fried in brown sugar. Half of that is eaten hot with yoghurt. The other half is added to cubed left over turkey in a tangy burrito.

The remaining flesh is cubed and simmered in vinegar, spices and sugar to become relish.

Finally the leaves are boiled and the water strained and sweeten to make a (reputedly) healthy tea

Many mushroom makes

A giant catering tin of mushrooms was a bargain buy but once opened presented a ‘waste not want not’ challenge. I have paired them so far in:

chestnut stuffing – with breadcrumbs and herbs

Pasta sauce, boosting the usual tomato and onion base and topped with truffle oil

Savoury pancakes with cream and garlic

Chicken and mushroom pie – pastry bottom and lid, broth based gravy

Potato mushroom curry

And the rest is now in the freezer awaiting inspiration. Ideas welcome!

Rosemary harvest ideas

What to do with all this rosemary? Ideas to date:

Rosemary and tomato salt, includes dehydrated tomato skins to give pretty red flecks in the final mix

Rosemary oil from cold marinaded olive oil to be gifted in pretty bottles for foodie friends to enjoy

Still marinading three weeks on, the hopefully flavoured oil is nearly ready for straining and bottling

Rosemary facial toner from simmering sprigs in water and then diluting the strained result in apple cider vinegar

Mini envelopes

I made a stack of these for advent ‘calendar’ bunting. I used squares of 15 cm lightweight paper (and half A4 sheets of magazine papers), scissors and glue. That’s it.

With pretty side face down fold 1 cm in from the right, then 1 cm in from the bottom then bring the left side over to the (folded) right edge and crease, then finally fold down 3 cm from the top.

Unfold and cut along the crease lines. Chamfer (angle off) the edges as shown.

Glue the pretty sides of the two 1cm remaining tabs. this leaves the top flap open until filled when it can be stuck down or tucked in

These pockets are great for little gifts or gift cards and can hung on a tree or sewn into bunting. Halloween versions are fast and an advent series could be hand numbered and pegged on a string.