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Fakenham Market Finds

Well, I haven’t been here for a while, sorry if you’ve missed me! I have been enjoying my simple life, teaching myself about natural dyes.

I had time this morning though to pop to our local market and I picked up these two lovely things for myself.

market finds

Β£1.40 for the two – I’m still on form! πŸ™‚

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New Chickens

We were delighted today to go and collect eight new chickens and a large chicken coop kindly given to us by a friend. Thanks to our lovely neighbour who is a man with a van, this was done quite quickly and easily!

Here’s a group shot!

New chickens
I’m very happy about this, there’s something so comforting about chickens:-)

Posted in challenges, cooking, Food, Herbs, Hints & Tips, home, leftovers, vegetables

More using leftovers

Having ideas how to use left overs is great, less waste! So here is another creation of mine.

Having little bits of chicken left on chicken wings is not much to produce a meal, but I urge you to not waste it. This is a recipe that came about with exactly that problem.

In this dish is the chicken, three left over chipolatas from the freezer (defrosted slowly in the microwave), Β slices overripe fresh tomatoes, over ripe mushrooms, salt, pepper and spices. I used a bay leaf, some paprika and cayenne pepper, but the whole point of this is to use what you bits and pieces you have and spices or herbs you have in the cupboard. Experiment! I added half a can of tomatoes, a small can of beans and some hot water (thicken with cornflour it you wish).

Casserol 1

Put in the oven and cover with the lid or foil and put in a preheated oven on Gas 5 or 190C for 30 – 45 mins and voila, in my case a tasty meal for two.

Casserol 2

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Chicken Soup

I know I’ve posted this before, but I’m amazed how easy it is to make such an economical, nourishing and tasty dish. Anyway it comes out different every time!

Make chicken stock by putting the carcass, half an onion, a carrot snapped in half, a bay leaf (if you have one, if not it doesn’t matter), a few pepper corns, salt and pepper and a kettle of boiling water and simmer gently for an hour. Leave to cool a little then stain the lovely stock and get all the chicken you can off the carcass.

This is what is left of the carcass once all the meat is taken off…..

Chicken soup 1

This is the chicken and the veg removed ready to make the soup. (I had left the wings on this time so there’s a bit more chicken than usual)

Chicken soup 2

Put the sock in a large pan and put the chicken etc into the stock. Add extra veg of your choice eg potatos, peas, extra carrots etc. simmer until everything is cooked.

Chicken soup 3

I added some bits of brocolli as well shortly before serving.

Chicken soup 4


Chicken soup 5

And if you like, crackers and cheese on the side. πŸ™‚