The butter situation is getting a bit desperate. There is enough for our toast for the next three mornings but I may have to think of something other than sandwiches for Monday's lunches and there is not enough for baking or pudding-making this weekend.
Puddings this weekend will have to be butterless. I have quite a lot of eggs still and plenty of raspberries so I may find a raspberry mousse recipe.
The milk situation is also not great. There's enough for drinking but if I want it for cooking I shall have to use dried milk. In fact I used some this evening for our supper.
Tonight we had an old favourite from Jocasta Innes' super book The Pauper's Cookbook. Potato, bacon and onion hotpot is filling, cheap, easy to make and delicious. It is simply thinly, sliced potatoes, sliced onions and bacon or ham layered in a casserole and covered with white sauce. I used reconstituted dried milk to make my sauce. The sauce can have cheese added if you like. I pour half the sauce in when my dish is half full and then the rest when it is full. This ensures the sauce is well distributed throughout the hotpot.
Allow a good sized spud and a medium onion per person. Use as much bacon or ham as you can spare, or leave out the meat and put sliced cheese in between the layers of potato and onion.
Bake your hotpot for one hour covered at 200°c (180°c fan oven), then take off the cover and lower the temperature to 180°c (160°c fan oven) and bake for another hour.
I used the meat from this cooked ham hock. This cost me 59p from Waitrose (yes, that shop where the posh folk go and where everything is so expensive). It's been in the freezer for a while. It isn't very big and weighs about 500g.
I cut the meat off the bone. I shall use the bone plus some of the meat to make soup tomorrow with beans and barley.
I usually bake something nice on a Friday to mark the end of a hard week of studying and work. Bearing in mind the butter situation I opted for muffins which I can make with sunflower oil. Using up four bruised apples I made these wholesome muffins which have yogurt, oats, sunflower seeds as well as the apples. They taste similar to my apple cake and are lovely and moist. I made 24 and put half in the freezer.