Saturday, March 28, 2009

Making Do Recipes

"Making Do" was the catch-phrase of the Great Depression, when everyone "made do" with what they had instead of running up credit or spending the little spare money they had.
Personal desires were put on the back-burner if things were unnecessary or could be "done without"...yes, self-sacrifice was a way of commonsense and budgeting back then, not a pity-party for 1.
Sometimes food is close to its expiry date but you're missing a few extra ingredients to use them up properly - look in the pantry to Make Do!
Jam, marmalade, relish, chutney, pickles, etc, can be substituted for many ingredients like sugar, fruit, herbs and spices, as they contain many items you'd normally use any way.
Tins of flavoured tuna, baked beans, tinned veggies, etc, can all be used.
Egg replacement powder is somewhat cheaper than fresh eggs - keep a packet of this handy in the pantry; not only will you still be able to bake but egg allergies won't be an issue.
*Edit -I had to use up the expensive but almost out of date gluten-free flour, the preserves were getting a bit long in the tooth and the eggs were about to expire.

Strawberry Cupcakes -
I threw 2 cups of S/R gluten-free flour into a mixing bowl, followed by 2 dessert spoons of strawberry jam, 1 beaten egg and approx. 1 cup of milk.
Whipped the whole lot into a smooth batter, spooned into cupcake trays and baked in mod. oven till golden brown.

Quiche Muffins-
Previous evening's leftover veggies tossed into a bowl with 2 cups of S/R Gluten-free flour, 1 belted egg, 2 spring onions chopped, 1 teaspoon of basil pesto and 1 teaspoon of sundried tomatoes, 1 slice of ham chopped, grated cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese with enough milk to mix into semi-stiff batter.
Spooned into muffin trays, baked in mod. oven till tops began to brown and scoffed by Tribe within 30 mins.

Tuna Mini-Quiches-
1 tin of tuna in salsa sauce tossed into bowl with 1 teaspoon each of basil pesto and sundried tomatoes, a small dollop of oil, 2 cups S/R gluten-free flour, 1 small tin of creamed corn, enough milk to make a semi-stiff batter - whipped together then spooned into cupcake trays baked till starting to brown.
Tribe scoffed the lot down within 1 hour.

Choc-Orange Choc Chip Muffins -
3 table spoons of orange marmalade in a bowl with 6 teaspoons of drinking chocolate, 2 cups of S/R gluten-free flour, choc-chips to taste, enough milk to form a semi-stiff batter.
Whipped into submission then spooned into cupcake trays, baked in moderate oven then eaten by Feral Beast within an afternoon.


  1. Yes...those four recipes aren't exactly 'making do', I must admit.

  2. They were just thrown together from stuff in my pantry and fridge that needed to be used before it went mucky - I'll probably make something different next time with whatever is on hand ;)

  3. Those look like good recipes! I also like to make a lot of bean-based dishes as they are not only very healthy but really cheap.

  4. Thank you. This will save us from having to live on bread and water until Mr S gets a new job.

    **Eyes up WGO's bunny**

  5. That is what I'm trying to do. Make do with what is on hand. Has had some interesting results.

  6. You've got better stuff in your fridge than I have in mine then Jayne. Any recipe I'd concoct would have to consist of a bit of old bacon rind, a slice of green cheese and a mouldy tomato.

  7. Jayne - interesting point? Instead of egg-replacement powder, try a tbsp of oil and tbsp (maybe 2) of water or milk. In the majority of recipes, it works quite well. Makes for a slightly heavier cake though.