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Bare Essentials – MADE BETTER


Eat well. Be well.

Whether it’s tinned or ping suppers, there are always ways of making whatever you have lying around taste wonderful with just a few bare essentials.

These few foodie ideas will hopefully treat your taste buds and brighten your day, even in the extraordinary climate of change outside.

Supermarkets are going to put a stop to this foolish stockpiling and try to restock empty shelves. Independent Retailers such as family butchers, farm shops, delicatessens and garden centers are a good place to shop. Many stock a range of Stokes’ products and offer a quieter, more discerning shopping experience.

Whilst we may not be able to buy exactly what we want, the compromises combined with what you may already have in your cupboards, should still make your taste buds smile.

Chicken Casserole

A tin of corn, a bag of frozen peas and carrots add so much in moments.

From ping to zing. Open a tin of chicken casserole and tip it into a pan. As it warms through, add a glass of cider and a chicken stock bouillon to enrich the taste. Now stir in 1 tbsp of Stokes Cider & Horseradish Mustard, 1 tsp of Stokes Chilli Jam and a good glug of our spicy grownup Brown Sauce.

In with your frozen or tinned veg, season and let this all simmer until the chicken is cooked through. Now, to make it really rich and creamy, stir in 2 tbsp of creamed cheese – that stuff from Philadelphia is pretty good.

Gnocchi Carbonara

I noticed that whilst ordinary pasta was nowhere to be seen, shrink-packed long life gnocchi is available. It makes a useful store cupboard essential anyway and can take pretty much anything you throw at it. It takes no time to cook, just drop sufficient into boiling water and when they rise they’re done.

For the simple carbonara sauce, make a roux with 2 tbsp of butter melting and 2 tbsp of flour stirred into it.

When you have a smooth paste, add 2 or 3 tsp of Stokes Classic English Mustard or our Wholegrain Cider & Horseradish Mustard for bursting mustard seeds to add dimension to taste. Add a glass of white wine and 300ml of milk, whisking everything to a thickening smooth sauce. Tear up and add pieces of smoked ham, season and pour it all over the gnocchi.

Beans Made Better

So simple but so good. Scrambled eggs is the core of any kitchen. Make them richer by beating in 1 or 2 tsp of Stokes Real Mayonnaise before they hit that pan of foaming butter.

Scrambled eggs topped with baked beans is amazing – more amazing still if you stir Stokes thick fruity Tomato Ketchup into the gently simmering beans. Chop and add fresh parsley if you can for a colourful finish. Enjoy.

Gnocchi Joy

This can be made with totally fresh ingredients, but we’re going to liven up a tinned and pinged alternative.

Long life gnocchi and mentioned previously cooks in minutes. Cook it and drizzle it with oil. In a pan, simmer 1 can of chopped tomatoes and a glass of red wine, adding a beef stock bouillon and a splash of water. A couple of teaspoons of Stokes Creamed Horseradish Sauce will add a warming heart. Several glugs of out Tomato Ketchup will enrich the tomato flavours.

The combination is amazing. Season and add a cooked tin of new potatoes, the cooked gnocchi and greens – peas, beans, asparagus – fresh, frozen or from a tin or jar. When everything is hot and steaming, serve and enjoy.

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