Four ingredients

Years ago, when my husband and I got together he had a cookery book called ‘Four Ingredients‘ or ‘Just Four‘, or something like that; it was a book of recipes as described – with just four ingredients! He had used it a lot while living on his own, and once we were together we both used it! Where it went, I do not know, maybe it went down in a book-cull, but we no longer have it.

I notice that Jamie Oliver has a well-reviewed new book out, 5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food – a friend is going to buy it, and it may well be a present for a daughter of mine! It is a great idea, especially for people who are new to cooking, or cooking in a hurry, or any of us who have run out of ideas for interesting combinations of ingredients.

This set me thinking about things which I do which have four (not Jamie’s five) ingredients – things I do quite frequently. This is my newest thing –

  1. yoghurt
  2. banana
  3. pumpkin seeds
  4. honey

I am sure this isn’t new at all most people, but it is only recently that I’ve started eating yoghurt just on its own in its naked state as opposed to cooking with it or using it as a dressing.

  1. beetroot
  2. chopped red onion
  3. blue cheese
  4. walnuts

Lovely variety of textures in this!

  1. lettuce
  2. olive oil
  3. pomegranate syrup
  4. sesame seeds

… very simple – on its own or with bread/crispbread/pita – and a variation:

  1. lettuce
  2. runny tahini
  3. celery
  4. chopped apricots

My mum’s white sauce:

  1. butter
  2. flour
  3. milk
  4. seasoning

For rice, or pasta or pita bread:

  1. aubergine
  2. red peppers
  3. red onions
  4. olive oil

Does clotted cream and jam count as an ingredient?

  1. flour
  2. butter margarine
  3. milk
  4. egg

… and there you have scones! You could substitute egg with dried fruit and then brush the tops with milk instead!

I guess with most of these they can be garnished with something, sweet or savoury which wouldn’t really count as an ingredient – pepper, herbs, garam masala.


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