Sunday, 31 January 2010
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
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Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
90ml (6 tbsp) rapeseed oil
150ml (9tbsp) clear honey
225g (9ozs) oats
40g (1.50 ozs) light muscovado sugar
40g (1.50 ozs) sesame seeds
75g (3ozs) sunflower seeds
75g (3 ozs) sultanas
75g (3 ozs) ready to eat apricots, chopped
40g (1.50 ozs) dessicated coconut
Makes around 16-18 bars depending on how big you cut them.
Heat oven to 180 degC/350 deg F/ gas mark 4
Grease a baking tin measuring around 11" x 7".
Gently melt the honey and oil in a saucepan, remove from the heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients.
The mixture will seem very dry, but keep mixing well, turn into the tin and then press down very hard with the back of the spoon - it's worth taking some time over this as the firmer it is pressed down, the easier it is to cut and remove from the tin after cooking and the better it will "hang" together to eat!
Cook for 20-25 minutes unitl golden coloured.
Gently mark into bars while it's still warm. Leave to cool a little then cut into slices and finish cooling on a rack.
These bars store well in an airtight container and will keep all week - if they last that long!
Tip: You can substitute other seeds or miss out some and put more in of another. Prunes could be substituted for the apricots or you could have both - just keep the overall proportions in the recipe correct.
I have heard that there was fighting in my local supermarket yesterday - over loaves of bread! apparently quite a few shops have none and people are starting to panic buy! I'd be more concerned about milk if I were them - after seeing on the news that farmers' are pouring away their milk down the drain as the milk tankers can't get to them to collect it.
However, that's another story.
Today I have made my broccoli stalk soup (we're having roast pork tonight with broccoli, carrots and roast potatoes) - so instead of throwing away the 2 huge stalks we made lunch with them - 2 great big bowls of soup and one small one for the freezer for me later on in the week!
PS I also made some Seedy Flapjack bars!
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
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Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Yes, of course, we should all think carefully about what we do get rid of - and yes of course, Safestore wants us to keep it all in their storage facility and pay them well for it year in, year out!
Cynical or what?
I've not quite finished taking all the decorations down yet. I thought I had until tomorrow - but according to this 12th night info they must come down today - or remain up all year - eeeeeeeek!!!!!! What a terrible thought.
There's also a couple of other frugal things I've yet to do for NEXT Christmas - buy some very reduced crackers if I can find some (it's cold, it looks like it's about to snow, I don't want to go out, it's lunch time - maybe I'll go later) and make my labels from the Christmas cards.
I'd like to say that, like all good frugallers, I'm on the lookout for next year's Christmas presents, but I'm not - I just can't bear the thought of it!