Croutons vs. Chips

I had ½ a stale white bread and because of our current circumstances with Covid-19, I didn’t just want to throw it away or feed it to the birds.

As I quite like to have a nipple when I watch TV, I decided to make some flavoured croutons.

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  • Left over bread
  • Some oil (olive or sunflower)
  • Salt and flavouring (onion salt, Garlic salt, mixed herbs …)
  • Cut 4 slices, and cut the slices into 1cm cubes.
  • Placed ½ of the cubes in a pre-heated wok,
  • Drizzle some sunflower oil, salt and onion salt over the lot.
  • Turn heat down to half, and turn the cubes at regular intervals until the croutons are browned but not burned.
  • For the second half replace onion-salt with another flavour.

And there you have it, croutons instead of chips to nipple.

Cooking and Prep. time max 10 minutes.

 

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Nearly Vege-Burgers

I had seen something similar on TV but didn’t make a note of the recipe and I didn’t look it up. I already had a similar recipe but as I didn’t have all 10 items needed for that recipe I decided to improvise and I used leeks instead of onions. It worked, so much so that my 2 guinea pigs wanted the recipe straight away.
PS. Leave the Bacon out and you have vege-burgers.

Serves 2-3          Prep time max. 5 minutes             Cooking time 8 minutes

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    • 90g Courgette, pealed, deseeded and finely chopped
    • 60g Leek, finely chopped
    • 60g Broccoli, finely chopped
    • 1 Garlic clove, finely chopped
    • 90g bacon, finely chopped
    • 1-2 eggs (it might be too moist with 2 eggs)
    • Salt and Pepper to taste
    • 1-2 tbsp Cassava/Tapioca flour, if needed
    • 1 tsp olive oil (for frying)
    • 10g butter (for frying)
    1. I used a small blender – instead of finely chopping everything. Pulsing each of the ingrediencies individually.
    2. Beat the egg and herbs in a mixing bowl.
    3. Add the remaining ingrediencies, bar the flour,
    4. Mix well. If the mixture is too moist, add some of the flour a little at the time.
    5. Heat a frying pan and when it’s hot, turn down the heat (to 5 out of 9) then add the oil and butter.
    6. Spoon the mixture onto the pan making 5-6 small burgers, Fry these for approx. 4 minutes each side. You may have to lower the heat, as you don’t want burned burgers.

    Calories: 135 per burger (55 if no bacon).