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Something good for a packed lunch

#1
Instead of something from Greggs that leaves the stench of lard on your fingers for hours, I've been doing the wife a bun with something in it, for lunch

Then I've started baking a little extra if I'm doing a roast or casserole on the weekend, to make the most of the oven.

Here's some good ones, filling and fairly healthy.

Banana and date loaf....

3oz soft margarine
3oz sugar
1 egg
3 bananas (very ripe )
about 12 stoned dates
about 10 walnuts (optional )
8oz plain flour
1 heaped teaspoon baking powder

Roughly chop the dates/ nuts.

Process the egg, margarine, sugar and banana, then add the flour.

Don't add the baking powder unless cooking straight away, add just before putting in the oven.

Put in a greased baking tin and cook for 30- 40 minutes in a 160c oven until just starting to brown, and the top feels firm.

Lovely on it's own or with butter, it's quite heavy so you don't need a huge slice.


West- Indian style bread pudding.

8oz bread with crusts removed
Half pint milk
2oz melted butter
3 oz dark brown sugar
1 tsp gravy browning (it's dark brown caramel, not Bisto )
1 heaped tsp mixed spice
1 beaten egg
6oz sultanas (even better, soak in sherry or port for an hour, first, just enough to cover, in a mug)
6 drops of vanilla essence


Mix the bread and milk, leave in a bowl to soak for 30 minutes, then add everything else, stir well and decant into a greased 9in tin.

Start to check it after 30 minutes at 150c, take out and cool when the top feels firm.

Lovely hot with custard or cream, great as a cold snack.


Carrot cake

3 eggs, beaten
6oz dark brown sugar
Just under 6 oz (160 gms) corn/ sunflower oil
5oz grated carrots
4oz sultanas (pre- soaked in sherry or a little brandy etc plumps them out)
1 tsp cinnamon
6 drops vanilla essence
Half tsp of nutmeg
6 oz plain flour
1 heaped tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Beat together the oil, eggs and sugar, add the carrots, sultanas and spices, then lightly mix in the flour.

Pour into a greased 9in tin and bake at 160c for 30 minutes, then keep checking until firm.

Cool then turn out, I just have it as it comes, if you want it richer spread on a buttercream topping.
 
#5
Make your own steamed buns. Normal bread dough - fry up a few pork and beef bangers - slice them and add to fried onion and a bit of gravy, dollop of tomato sauce - place in middle of rolled out circle of bread dough slightly bigger than a CD - fold up sides to cover and pinch together on top. Steam for 20 minutes or so.
 
#6
The other day for my wife I found a large tupperware box and put a lobster with some water in it.

Garnish and salad was put in a smaller tupperbox... when it was almost time for lunch she microwaved the lobster for 2 hours... apparently it tasted good.
 
#7
Instead of something from Greggs that leaves the stench of lard on your fingers for hours, I've been doing the wife with a bun with something in it, for lunch

Then I've started baking a little extra if I'm doing a roast or casserole on the weekend, to make the most of the oven.

Here's some good ones, filling and fairly healthy.

Banana and date loaf....

3oz soft margarine
3oz sugar
1 egg
3 bananas (very ripe )
about 12 stoned dates
about 10 walnuts (optional )
8oz plain flour
1 heaped teaspoon baking powder

Roughly chop the dates/ nuts.

Process the egg, margarine, sugar and banana, then add the flour.

Don't add the baking powder unless cooking straight away, add just before putting in the oven.

Put in a greased baking tin and cook for 30- 40 minutes in a 160c oven until just starting to brown, and the top feels firm.

Lovely on it's own or with butter, it's quite heavy so you don't need a huge slice.


West- Indian style bread pudding.

8oz bread with crusts removed
Half pint milk
2oz melted butter
3 oz dark brown sugar
1 tsp gravy browning (it's dark brown caramel, not Bisto )
1 heaped tsp mixed spice
1 beaten egg
6oz sultanas (even better, soak in sherry or port for an hour, first, just enough to cover, in a mug)
6 drops of vanilla essence


Mix the bread and milk, leave in a bowl to soak for 30 minutes, then add everything else, stir well and decant into a greased 9in tin.

Start to check it after 30 minutes at 150c, take out and cool when the top feels firm.

Lovely hot with custard or cream, great as a cold snack.


Carrot cake

3 eggs, beaten
6oz dark brown sugar
Just under 6 oz (160 gms) corn/ sunflower oil
5oz grated carrots
4oz sultanas (pre- soaked in sherry or a little brandy etc plumps them out)
1 tsp cinnamon
6 drops vanilla essence
Half tsp of nutmeg
6 oz plain flour
1 heaped tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Beat together the oil, eggs and sugar, add the carrots, sultanas and spices, then lightly mix in the flour.

Pour into a greased 9in tin and bake at 160c for 30 minutes, then keep checking until firm.

Cool then turn out, I just have it as it comes, if you want it richer spread on a buttercream topping.
Sorry I just couldnt resist it.
 

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#8
I'm quite fond of chucking a Goodfellas pizza in the oven the night before, then taking it to work and having it cold the following day.
 
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#12
2 Steak-bakes from Greggs and 6 cans of lager. Anybody complains about the smell of lard, fill them in then get your head down in the stationery store 'til knocking off time.
 
#13
Hmm.. reminds me of a shoot I used to beat on not far from Pangbourn, the beaters were invited to a lunch in the garage of the shoot owners house! I think it was his MiL used to bake a load of mini Cornish Pasties, about 1/3 to 1/2 the size of the shop bought jobbies. They were absolutely fantastic washed down with a can or two of beer, especially after a cold morning tramping up & down the Berkshire hills. Being a bit of a pig I used to fill my pockets as well for nibbles later!
My packed lunch taken on the shoot where I was a member normally consisted of a couple of the small melton mowbray pies with a couple of Pate sandwiches & a flask of homemade soup! Again great for the cold days in winter!!
 
#14
The other day for my wife I found a large tupperware box and put a lobster with some water in it.

Garnish and salad was put in a smaller tupperbox... when it was almost time for lunch she microwaved the lobster for 2 hours... apparently it tasted good.
so you found the tupperware box, did you find the Lobster too or did you have to buy it ?
 
#18
my posh sausage roll is bloody good for a picnic so I'm sure it would be appreciated in a packed lunch:

1 good sized pork fillet,
puff pastry,
good rough pate,
sliced cooked ham
one or two large handfulls of herbs/watercress/spinach (whatever you have to hand really)

roll out pastry to a couple of inches longer than the fillet and wide enough to roll very generously with the filling. Brown off the fillet quickly in a large casserole or heavy gauge pan. Whizz up pate and greenery until it is a green paste.
Lay ham across the pastry so it covers all but a border of about an inch, spread green pate stuff over the ham, lay on the fillet and roll it all into a big sausage. Pinch round the edges to fix it and paint with beaten egg or milk to give it a good glaze. score the top of the pastry and cook at about 180 degrees centigrade until the pastry is nice and golden brown (45 mins to 1 hour depending on size/what you cook it in - I use an AGA).

good hot or cold the following day.

my boy gets all manner of random stuff in his bait box - we have a proper food thermos for baked potatoes or chunky soup/stew in the winter
 

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