Bubble & Squeak
It has been extremely cold with the early arrival of winter. The whole UK has been covered with snow! In London, white flakes finally arrived just 2 days ago. Basically, Europe hit by blanket of snow and sub-zero conditions. Well, I like snow. It makes me happy when I see the flakes falling down from the sky. After a while, it makes everything looks very very pretty. Maybe because I come from Malaysia and I haven’t seen snow until I moved to Europe. I am just like a kid, enjoy walking in the snow, it puts a smile on my face. However, snow does bring a lot of traffic disruptions, which I am glad that I will never be affected as I rely on my feet to bring me to places most of the time.
It has never been so cold during the end of November/early of December. My diet has started to change. I make a lot of soupy dishes to keep warm and to make sure that I consume enough of liquid. Meatballs in roast tomato sauce is definitely a winner! I have been using my ‘reserved’ frozen meatballs and it really has come in handy to make dinner.
Recipes like Butternut Squash Soup, French Onion Soup, and Potato, Leeks & Carrots will also be good options for freezing weather. If you want a bit of spice, then, why not Tom Yum Goong? I am sure it will make you sweat! For me, I had Assam Laksa to keep me warm 2 weeks ago I think. Well, I didn’t make it from scratch though as I was too lazy. So, I used my ‘reserved’ instant paste that Gertrude from My Kitchen Snippets sent to me a while ago. It was good! Thanks, Gert! It really has come in handy for me during this sub-zero weather!
Well, I kind of have some left overs of stuff that I thought I wanted to finish before I place order for my weekly shopping. So, I made a traditional English dish called Bubble and Squeak. Bubble and Squeak is a dish that is made with leftover vegetables from a roast dinner. The ingredients usually are potato and cabbage. However, other vegetables can also be added. When I discovered this dish, I couldn’t make sense of the name. I finally found out that it is called Bubble and Squeak because when you pan fry it, it makes bubbling and squeaking sounds!
Oh yeah, I forget to mention that Bubble and Squeak is usually made and served on Boxing Day. So, this is a great recipe for this year’s Christmas if you have a lot of leftovers! 🙂
Mentioning about Christmas, I have randomly drawn the winner for the Christmas Giveaway! Out of 25, the randomly drawn number is 16.
So, the winner is Mary – the 16th person who left a comment !! Congratulations!
For the Bubble & Squeak:
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp milk
500g savoy cabbage
3 tbsp olive oil
salt and black pepper
1. Cook the potatoes in simmering salted water until tender, then drain. Mash well, adding butter and milk, and keep warm.
2. Discard any thick outer leaves of cabbage, cut out and discard the core, and finely shred the leaves. Cook the leaves for two to three minutes in boiling salted water, until they just soften. Drain well, squeezing out any excess water, and combine with the mashed potato and salt and pepper to taste.
3. Heat the oil or fat in a frying pan over gentle heat. Add the potato and cabbage and flatten it into a pancake. Cook until it is crusty on the bottom, about ten minutes, then tip out on to a board.
4. Add a little extra oil to the pan and slide the cake back into the pan to brown the other side.
Weird name but looks good 🙂
Please send us some of your winter chill…
Yeah.. the name is really funny.
I wish I could get some warmth from you part of the world 😉
That’s a funny name but looks yummy! When the first I see snow, I was very excited and happy too.
Thanks for dropping by! A lot of British dishes have funny names.
I love dishes made from leftovers. Not very resistant to cold, either, and like you, I love to make warm comfort food when the cold hits. These look great, and congrats to the winner!
I hate to waste food so usually try to cook up something with leftovers.. 🙂
Very comforting! I’ve always loved that name.
It is a real comfort and rustic food.. 🙂
I also read about the news here about the snowing in U.K. Isn’t the weather telling us that it doesn’t like our acts on the environment?!. But I like your pancakes.
Yes, the weather is changing and it’s extremely cold for this time of the year.
Glad that you like the Asam Laksa. Let me know if you need more. My old neighbor in Malaysia was from UK and he used to tell me about his mom making bubble squeak for him when he was young. So this is the dish 🙂
Yes, really like the Asam Laksa.. I will try to check if I could find the instant paste like this in Chinatown 😉
Hello!! I can’t believe that I won!! Never have I won anything. Thanks so much!!
Congrats again, Mary!
I’ve never tried bubble and squeak. Curious name!
Give it a try! 😉
I like the cool name too!! can I call my dried shrimp sambal belacan when frying on pan as bubble and squeak ? it’s also make the sound like,pop,bubbling and squeaking noise! haha! hmmm..talking about soup I still prefer spicy and sour soup…The only kwailo soup I drink is NE clam chowder!! assam laksa is always welcome for me no matter it’s winter or summer!!
Yeah, that is true that when cooking shrimp sambal belacan there’s sound of bubbling and squeaking too! Guess, we can call it Malaysian Bubble & Squeak which is a totally different thing.. hehe
To be honest, if I were to choose kwailo soup and assam laksa… assam laksa will always be the choice 😉
Bubble and Squeak? Awww.. what an adorable name!!
Kinda like bergedil yeah? but westernised!
Yeah, I think it’s pretty much like Begedil!
I swear it really looks like our perkedel kentang! I love everything with potatoes, or made from potatoes.
I think it’s similar to perkedel/begedil kentang.. just different in ingredients, perhaps… 🙂