Chicken Patties and Treacle Tart

Today I returned (as I normally do) to Nigel Slaters The Kitchen Diaries for meal inspiration, and of course, I just have to fiddle with the recipe πŸ˜‰

Nigel’s Chicken Patties are kind of like burgers, which you finish off in the oven in some chicken stock. But as I decided to serve mine in burger buns with Emmental and salad I just fried them, then whacked them into the oven to keep warm as the family arrived home in dribs and drabs.

A mixture of minced chicken with finely diced onion, garlic, bacon (Nigel specified Pancetta) and Rosemary. Of course, I had to forgo the Rosemary (for fear of complaints about “green bits”) but plenty of salt and pepper made them tasty enough. A definite hit with everyone…unlike the Treacle Tart 😦

I even made my own pastry! *tuts*

No, come on, Treacle Tart is sooo bloody sweet and I haven’t made one since we lived in London (nearly 20 years ago) so the kids didn’t really know what it was lol. The Hubster and I enjoyed it warm with cream though πŸ˜‰

So while all that was going on I decided to empty my fridge of all the vegetables in the bottom drawer. The bits and pieces left over from previous meals…threw it all in a pot and made a vegetable soup.

Added some lentils, blitzed it all up, and now it’s in the fridge in microwave pots to be reheated tomorrow for lunch (and dinner) on a Fasting day. I tend to favour Miso soup to keep me going when I’m fasting, but I feel far more virtuous doing this πŸ˜‰

Sad Veg Drawer Soup

  • Contents of your veg drawer – today i used: 2 leeks, 1/2 Savoy cabbage, 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 Celeriac, 2 sticks of celery, 1 red onion, 2 large carrots and a handful of green beans
  • A large handful of red lentils
  • 2 cloves Garlic sliced/crushed or chopped
  • Large squeeze of tomato puree
  • 2 stock cubes (veg or chicken)
  • Water

Chop and bung everything in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil then add the lentils. Simmer until the lentils are tender and remove from the heat. Check seasoning then blitz when cool.

There’s just something so therapeutic, comforting, about making soup, don’t you think?


6 thoughts on “Chicken Patties and Treacle Tart

  1. Just found your blog and have been enjoying reading through some of your posts. That treacle tart looks amazing. And salad drawer soup is one of my favourites, along with salad drawer curry which I made yesterday to use up some of the starting-to-look-rather-dodgy veg lurking there!

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