British Classic Winter Warmer -Faggots, Mash and Peas – Ginger cake & flapjacks

The temperature has dropped, its proper cold, not snow upto your yang-yang cold, we don’t get a lot of snow here, but for us it is Brrrrr ❄️

I want warming, filling food and Faggots and Mash will hit the spot – I have made faggots before using Frugal Queens recipe Here from 2012, but I now have a much smaller freezer, having Donated our chest freezer to the local Soup Kitchen, I don’t have the room for massive stocks, and cooking for mainly 2 of us we don’t need a chest freezer full of stuff.


I did a freezer shop at Iceland yesterday with my remaining vouchers I received before Christmas and for £30 I was pretty impressed with my haul – I went for a mix of some luxury items, king prawns, tiger prawns and duck breast, some mid range, salmon en croute, some spicy breaded chicken breast strips, for those Chicken shop wrap Fakeaway cravings and some bargain Brains Faggots at 89p for 6 – at that price it is daft to make them…. I also bought what I thought was olive oil, but turns out to be balsamic vinegar- note to self – wear glasses when out shopping 🙄


So tonight’s dinner is simple, mashed potatoes with premade faggots, popped in the oven – done…


As the oven will be on, I thought I would do some baking, I will make Ginger cake to go with custard or Icecream for the weekend, and sliced for lunch boxes next week, I use Mortgage Free in 3’s recipe and have made it before, so here,s the link Recipe these take about an hour to cook, so I make these first, they can be cooking whilst I make something else.


I will also make some flapjacks, as I have a few end of packet bits of dried fruit to use up, it’s a bung it in recipe that I have used for decades and feel free to substitute the dried fruit for what you have in stock


Line a 20 x 20 baking tins with baking paper, I scrunch up the paper before lining as I find it easier to make it ‘stay’ that way.


In a large bowl add –
175g rolled oats (I have used up some aging granola)
225g dried fruit, nuts, seeds (I’m using dried apricots, sultanas, cranberries and mixed seeds) Mix together.


In a pan, heat up till melted –

140g butter
140g brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey or golden syrup


Spoon the mix into the lined tin and pop into a preheated oven at 160 for 30-40 mins till golden and starting to brown at the edges.


I love nothing more than cooking and baking when the weather is yuk outside – especially when the radio is play and the oven is hot 🤗

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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