Waste Not Want Not Wednesdays – Mother’s Day Gazpacho

This is the new feature I’ll be running on Wheelie Good Meals, it will alternate with Time-Saving Tuesdays.

What is Waste Not Want Not Wednesdays

Waste Not Want Not Wednesdays comes from my Grandmother she used to say Waste Not Want Not all the time, it was also a saying that Reverend Timms used to say on Postman Pat… sad I know!

As a nation we generate so much food waste it’s unbelieveable, I haven’t long recently cleared out some jars and bottles that were out of date. Spurred on by the needless waste, I thought it was time to look in to this whole problem in more detail. I recently read that the United Kingdom tops the European Union’s food waste charts.

We often get confused by the different dates that can be found on food packaging “Use By” “Best Before” and “Display Until” , if like me you are unsure visit this website here.

This week’s recipe

As you know my sister, brother-in-law and I cooked for my mother and his mother, we served Gazpacho as one of our starters, here’s how I made it, the full article that I based my recipe on can be found here

Mother’s Day Gazpacho

Mother's Day Gazpacho - Ingredients

Mother’s Day Gazpacho – Ingredients

The ingredients are easy they included peppers, tinned tomatoes, fresh tomato, lazy garlic, bread, cucumber, Sweet Muscatel Vinegar and olive oil.

Mother's Day Gazpacho - Bread soaking in water

Mother’s Day Gazpacho – Bread soaking in water

Place the slices of bread in a dish with enough water and leave it for twenty minutes, you can bypass that step but the article suggested it was a good idea, who was I to argue.

Mother's Day Gazpacho - Chopped up cucumber and peppers

Mother’s Day Gazpacho – Chopped up cucumber and peppers

Chop up the peppers and the cucumber, as we’re going to blitz it don’t chop it too small, but chop it small enough to allow the blender to bitz them up.

Mother's Day Gazpacho - Cucumber and peppers in the blender

Mother’s Day Gazpacho – Cucumber and peppers in the blender

Place them in the blender jug and set aside for later,

Mother's Day Gazpacho - Chop up a tomato for freshness

Mother’s Day Gazpacho – Chop up a tomato for freshness

Chop up the tomato and put in the jug with the peppers and cucumber, the original recipe says to 1 KG of tomatoes but I didn’t have that many fresh tomatoes – I have added this one for freshness, but I’ll use tinned tomatoes later on.

Mother's Day Gazpacho - Add the lazy garlic to the blender

Mother’s Day Gazpacho – Add the lazy garlic to the blender

Next add 2 teaspoons of lazy garlic, you could use two garlic cloves or garlic powder.

Mother's Day Gazpacho - Add the olive oil to the blender

Mother’s Day Gazpacho – Add the olive oil to the blender

To the blender add 100ml of olive oil, excuse the mess, you’ll notice the silver container on the left – that’s what I use to keep my rubbish in. Because of easy access I keep all my peels, seeds etc in the silver container close to me on the table.

Mother's Day Gazpacho - Add a tin of tomatoes to the blender

Mother’s Day Gazpacho – Add a tin of tomatoes to the blender

Add the tin of tomatoes and then blitz, you can do lots of things at this point, you can add herbs, tobacco sauce, Worcester sauce, or some dry mixed herbs but…… yep you’ve guessed it I kept to the original recipe.

Mother's Day Gazpacho - Ring out the bread and rip in to chunks

Mother’s Day Gazpacho – Ring out the bread and rip in to chunks

Take the bread and ring the water out of them, then rip the slices into chunks and add to the blender – and blitz

Mother's Day Gazpacho - After blending add some seasoning to the blender

Mother’s Day Gazpacho – After blending add some seasoning to the blender

Season and then blitz again, season with salt and pepper, I like to add a bit more pepper than most people…. as you can see… but that’s personal taste.

Mother's Day Gazpacho - Add the sweet muscatel vinegar to the blender

Mother’s Day Gazpacho – Add the sweet muscatel vinegar to the blender

Add 2 tablespoons of the vinegar and stir through, you can blitz it up again to ensure that the vinegar and seasoning is distributed throughout the soup. Once you’ve made it sieve it to make sure it looks smooth, you’ll be surprised how much this makes and it can be frozen or kept in the fridge for a couple of days.

Mother's Day Gazpacho - Finely chop spring onions, cucumber and peppers for the garnish

Mother’s Day Gazpacho – Finely chop spring onions, cucumber and peppers for the garnish

We served this with lots of little garnishes, tiny slices of cucumber and spring onions and tiny diced peppers and croutons.   There are lots of garnishes that you can use, but this is what the recipe recommended, credit to Graham for his amazing knife skills… puts mine to shame.

Mother's Day Gazpacho - Served in an espresso glass for effect

Mother’s Day Gazpacho – Served in an espresso glass for effect

Here it is in all its glory, served with garnishes. Don’t write it off, I know it’s cold soup and you’re probably thinking yuck… but please don’t it’s refreshing, light, zingy and great as a starter especially on a warm day. Heather’s espresso cups are awesome, I’m quite jealous, we were going to serve them in a shot glass, but this added a level of class.  To read more about our Mother’s day meal 2016, visit here.

Waste Not Want Not Wednesdays - Mother's Day Gazpacho

Waste Not Want Not Wednesdays – Mother’s Day Gazpacho

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Thanks for stopping by, see you on the weekend for more 6 Nations of food…. come on Wales!

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcakes

We saw a fantastic Quickstep in last Saturday’s show from Helen and Aljaž to “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes.   I thought I’d share with you my Quickstep Leftover Fish Cake, I make fishcakes regularly but this is honestly one of the easiest and quickest recipe I’ve made.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcake - The ingredients

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcake – The ingredients

I’ve used leftover salmon and tinned crab in this recipe but you can substitute those with any other fish, a white fish like Pollock or Coli also a smoked fish like haddock or salmon would be a good addition. I used potato in this recipe, a potato which I cooked in the microwave and then scooped out the inside and mixed with a little butter – quick and easy mashed potatoes.

I know it’s Halloween tomorrow but I’m not a fan, I used to work in Wilkinsons and hated the fact we sold Christmas decorations at the same time as Halloween…. what is that all about, that’s the reason why you haven’t got a spooky Halloween recipe from me.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcake - The process of making the fishcakes

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcake – The process of making the fishcakes

Let’s get this party started, first guest in is the mashed potato, add that to a large bowl. The second guest should be the fish your using break it up, mix with the potato. Next in is the crab meat, add that and mix through, you can then add some finely chopped spring onions and mix thoroughly, you need to get the ingredients incorporated at each of these stages – it’s like any good party all the guests need to mingle with each other. Lastly at this stage add the minced garlic and mix that thoroughly.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcake - My new grater

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcake – My new grater

I got to play with a grater I’d been given for Christmas, grate some garlic and ginger and then add that to the fish cake mix. I grated a large thumb sized piece of ginger and half a lemon.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcakes - Ready to chill in the fridge

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcakes – Ready to chill in the fridge

Shape in to cakes and place in the fridge for at least half an hour to allow the cakes to firm up. I was making a starter, so from this mixture I made 6 cakes, but you could make three larger ones which could easily be a main course.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcake - Fishcakes cooking in the frying pan

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcake – Fishcakes cooking in the frying pan

Place some oil and butter in a frying pan, once the butter has melted place the cakes in. Let them cook for a few minutes without playing with them, if you move them about they won’t get brown and crisp. When they are ready to turn, turn them in one motion otherwise they’ll break up. When you are cooking these in the frying pan it is important to turn them in one motion so they don’t break up… ok if they do break up it’s not the end of the world but they look better as one cake.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcakes - Cooked and ready to eat

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcakes – Cooked and ready to eat

Place them on a plate, they make an ideal starter for a dinner party, you can eat them hot or cold, and serve them with a salad or a dip as I have below.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcakes and Miss Daisy’s Grandpa Cliff’s Tomato and Chilli Jam

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcakes and Miss Daisy’s Grandpa Cliff’s Tomato and Chilli Jam

The accompaniment above is some of Miss Daisy’s Grandpa Cliff’s Tomato and Chilli Jam. I bought this while at the Brecon Food Festival that Greg and I attended recently, it was a stunning find and I’ve used it on lots of things, it’s great with smoked flavours, cold meat and it would be ideal with prawns.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcake - Miss Daisy's Chilli Jam

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcake – Miss Daisy’s Chilli Jam

This jam had Welsh ingredients and was made in Brynmawr, it was punchy and zingy with just the right level of sweetness. I thoroughly enjoyed it, I’d most certainly buy it again and will try other of their products.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcakes

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcakes

This is a great recipe for quick and easy fishcakes, you can add lots of other flavours. I make Thai inspired fishcakes with similar ingredients as the base which I’ll be uploading soon. You can download a step-by-step recipe, give it a go I promise you’ll enjoy it. If you can’t get Miss Daisy’s Jams you can use any sweet chilli jam to accompany these cakes.

Next week for Time-Saving Tuesday we have a review of Princes Chicken in a White Sauce, a great meal in a tin, it’s worth trying I promise.

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Enjoy cooking the recipe, and anything else you’re cooking this weekend, and most importantly enjoy strictly!

See you Tuesday

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