|Freshly baked loaf|
|Beef and mushroom casserole|
My lovely old casserole dish is one which was handmade by a former neighbour, and it does have a nice heavy lid. Once the oven was clear of the other stuff, I turned the heat down to 140 degrees Celcius and put this in. I generally leave it for about an hour, then turn the heat off but leave the dish in the oven to continue cooking. It's also an ideal dish to put in the slo-cooker so it's ready when you get home on an evening.
This generally makes four portions, so there's plenty to put in the freezer for other nights when I either can't be bothered to cook, or need something quick. When I reheat it, I just plonk the portion into a saucepan and add a little water, bringing it to a near boil then simmering slowly until it's piping hot. I serve it either with fresh crusty bread or with potatoes and veg. It works out at less than £1 per portion and is very warming and filling - perfect for these colder nights.
Until next time. x