Thank you all. I was just planning to eat my Weetabix as, you know, Weetabix. Bowl, cereal, milk, sprinkle of sugar, 2 mins in the microwave. Who knew there were so many Weetabix Recipes out there?!?
For anyone else who might be interested, more: http://www.weetabix.ca/recipes
I have not made anything with the Weetabix, but tonight I have been "In the Kitchen."
Someone gave me a big jar of homemade "soup mix" a couple of years ago. You know. Lentils, split peas, and various beans, plus a flavouring package. I never find those work well, since everything takes such different lengths of time to cook. So, I sorted them out into a few categories! Crazy, I know, but it was kind of fun in a soothing, meditative way. They have sensory play bins with rice for kids, this was like an adult version, not just with texture but with colour, size, shape.
So, there are 3 small pots of bean in the oven.
1. Standard "baked beans" type recipe - made with all the smaller white beans (black eyed peas/pigeon peas and so on) plus molasses, dry mustard, onion, ketchup and a couple drops of hickory smoke.
2. Black beans and adzuki beans - simmering in red wine and salsa, with garlic, onions, celery, carrots and red peppers (carrots and red pepper from the freezer - some of my "salvaged from a veggie tray" supply), with various spices, including a dash of nutmeg and allspice. Hoping it will turn out all warm and sweet and savoury.
3. White and red kidney beans plus a mottled reddish bean of a similar size (I can't think of the name) and a tiny number of garbanzos with lots of celery and onion and water, plus a small jar of 4 pepper and olive antipasto for flavouring. Hoping for an Italian-ish flavour. The antipasto was left over from Christmas 2015 gift giving - not something I would normally open at home by myself, and hadn't gotten around to giving it to anyone else. Figured it might as well get used somehow!
Lentils and split peas of various types were returned to the jar and will be cooked another time.
Also, I've been wanting to get some stuff out of the freezer. One, a family size tray of cheese cannelloni went in the oven with the beans, and there is a small apple caramel pie in now. The cannelloni had been in the freezer for a long time - I think I bought it when someone was going to be coming over for dinner, and that didn't happen so it stayed there. I've turned 6 cannelloni into 4 servings, had one for dinner and put the other three in the fridge for meals over the next couple of days. The dog licked the cardboard tray VERY thoroughly clean! The pie is from The Big Apple, and was bought on the way home from Montreal last spring. But I bought too much other stuff to eat all at once, so I stashed it in the freezer and forgot about it. I will eat some for dessert in a little while - yum!
And finally, I made hot crash potatoes! Lots of oil, a little black pepper, and a generous sprinkling with some fancy garlic basil sea salt (given to me Christmas 2015, and I'm making very slow progress with it!) Plus some extra basil to crank up the flavour. So good. I am definitely going to introduce some people to this way of making potatoes. I had 2 on the side with my cannelloni, and a couple more servings in the fridge to eat this week.
While the oven is hot, I also threw in some oatmeal, which I'll use on top of the dog's evening meal over the next little while. Tonight, in addition to licking the cannelloni tray, she got all the off-cuts of celery from all my chopping of veg, which made her very happy. She loves getting some people food, I like her getting something every day that's not just dry kibble (even though I accept it as nutritionally balanced, it's not fresh!) and she helps me use up stuff that otherwise would go to waste.