What do you make when the cupboards are almost bare but your household needs a comforting sweet fix?
My ‘go-to’ bake has to be flapjacks as I always have the ingredients to hand: golden syrup, butter or spread and of course oats. Extra bits are great too depending on what is available. A nice combination recently was date, walnut and cinnamon. All I could find in my poverty-stricken larder today was a handful of raisins, a few walnuts and some stem ginger but what is not to like about that mixture? I normally get sixteen squares from one cheap small packet of oats, third of a tin of syrup and around a third of an olive spread tub. Don’t you love my accurate measurements? To be honest it is hard to go wrong but here are some basic instructions:
- Melt syrup and spread together gently in a large pan.
- When melted stir in oats and any other things like nuts, cherries, raisins etc gradually allowing them get moist, keep going until your oats will not mix into the liquid or you run out of oats.
- Tip into a shallow greased pan and push oats down firmly with the back of a spoon.
- Bake for around 10-12 mins in a medium hot oven (around 180-200).
- Let cool for a minute or two the slice into squares while still warm but do not remove from pan until cold.
These keep for a week if boxed up (and hidden from the family!)
… and soup
For this week’s work lunches it had to be carrot and coriander soup as it is so simple and cheap. One onion, bag of carrots, garlic, fresh and ground coriander, spoonful of stock powder and some black pepper. Cook and whizz. Sorted!