I had a cauliflower that needed using up quickly, so made a big pan of cauli mac and cheese, 8 portions - 2 for dinner last night, 2 for lunch today and the rest frozen. I didn't really want to use ordinary milk for the cheese sauce, as I want to save our milk for tea/coffee/cereal, and I knew there was an unopened pack of skimmed milk powder in the larder that had been in there ages.....ideal time to use it up. When I got it out, the date on it was July 2019....oops. It looked alright, it was free flowing, so I made up a small amount to check - it smelt and tasted fine. Made up another 1.5 pints and used it for a cheese sauce, I added a heaped tsp mustard and some sage. Used a pint for the cauli/mac and froze the remainder.
I diced up 2 end crusts of stale bread and lightly fried them in a butter/oil mixture, then sprinkled them on top of the cauli mac, along with some grated cheese. It made a lovely crunchy topping. We had the cauli mac n cheese with some Sainsburys quinoa, sweet potato and lentil veggie burgers....not had them before, they were surprisingly nice.
Well, we're still alive this morning so the out of date milk powder was fine! I must use up the rest of it in the next few days....got plenty of homegrown leeks left so I'll do leeks in cheese sauce to freeze. Husband wants the leeks out of the ground anyway as he will soon need the space for planting new stuff, so yesterday he distributed some to neighbours, leaving them on their doorsteps. I'll make a rice pud as well, that'll please husband (and I like cold rice pud for breakfast!).
We're going to venture out to the supermarket this morning, we have no salad veg left and very little fresh green veg, although we do have frozen veg but it's not the same as fresh. It's very inconsiderate of this virus to occur at a time when we've not much homegrown veg left from last year, and the new stuff for this year hasn't started yet!! 😉😁 I hope they've got some flour in stock too, people have been saying on social media they can't get flour. I guess we're all doing lots of baking now, I'm certainly doing a lot more.
It's daunting to think we have to carry on with this lockdown for at least 3 weeks, but if it saves lives and takes a bit of pressure off the NHS, so be it.