Hi everyone! I'm going to treat this as a first post, as although I did post once when I originally joined Craftster (six years ago!), due to an excess of crazy in my life at that time, I had to abandon the site (and basically the internet in general) for quite some time.
Ahem. So, my name is Lauren. And now we move on...
So, after eating out a lot this weekend (so many restaurants, so little time!) this week I have felt the strain on both my budget and my waistline, and decided to use up some of the food in my pantry and refrigerator instead of going grocery shopping.
First dinner I made was a beetroot tart, which became a free-form tart after I realised I don't own a pie dish (I am a university student and keep most of my cooking supplies in boxes under my dorm-room bed, so this shouldn't have been a surprise to me). It came out of the oven looking very pretty, but I felt that it was missing something flavour-wise.
I made it with puff-pastry, layers of roasted pumpkin, sweet potato and beetroot, and an egg/fetta mix. Any suggestions to improve this one would be appreciated- I still have plenty of beets and I'm sure that there must be something I can do with them other than preserving them in vinegar!
Second dinner (tonight's option) was a Mexican-chili-style pasta with canned tomatoes, kidney beans, Sanitarium casserole mince (which is basically TVP with a gravy of sorts- looks sort of like cat food but cooks up very nicely), some fresh corn and grated carrot, a package of salsa, some powdered chili and a bunch of random herbs. Yummy comfort food!