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! 🙂
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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.