Middleton Medley 91/100


I’m on countdown to my 100th re-created wartime recipe.

Through the course of the year I’ve taken authentic WW2 home-front recipes and cooked them and ate them as part of living on rations for 1 year to see what effect this would have on my health. Would I lose weight? Would my high blood pressure resolve itself? How difficult would it be? Was the food goddam awful or surprisingly good? Was it cheaper eating a diet of wholesome food cooked from scratch? I’ll share everything with you on October 1st.

My 91st recipe is “Middleton Medley” and not surprisingly there is potato involved..

The potato nests came out really well. Pity there wasn’t something more exciting than sprouts to fill them with!

Middleton Medley

  • Put some seasoned mashed potato into a piping bag or mould, with a fork, into nests
  • Bake these in a hot oven for 20 minutes until browned
  • Leave to stiffen and cool down for a while
  • Fill with one of the following that has been seasoned..
  1. Diced cooked carrots and turnips with a sprinkling of finely shopped parsley
  2. Small cooked sprouts sprinkled with finely grated cheese or ground mixed nuts. Substitute spinach when in season..
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8 thoughts on “Middleton Medley 91/100

  1. There is nothing more exciting than sprouts. We just had the first sprouts of the season, halved, salted, oiled, and roasted. Sweet as candy. These look lovely though. I’m going to try the nest thing. It’s a great idea!

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  2. This looks lovely. With the nests, did you form them with a fork? My favorite veggies are roasted with spices on them. They turn sweeter. I have been know to eat almost an entire head of cauliflower after it is roasted.

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    • I used an icing bag, swirled a circle and then went around the outside edge a few times to build it up. When the nests cool down they stick together well and you can remove them from the parchment paper they were cooked on 🙂 If you haven’t got an icing bag, it would be easy enough to make a nest using a fork xxx

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  3. Sounds like this could be good if it was just changed a slight bit for a person who eats meat. Lay a pork banger or two in the nest, serve with the carrots and a serving of fresh brussels sprouts, and dribbled over it all some Bisto gravey. Now I think that I could enjoy that any time.

    Alan and Mona Gander

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    • Oh yes easily done! I guess a lot of 1940s recipes were veggie based because of limited meat but I’d imagine hose potato nests stuffed with sausagemeat would be wonderful!!

      C xxx

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  4. I have read and copied down a few of your recipes. I am a “post-war baby” being born in 1950. In the mid-seventies, when my children were small and I was poor, all I had in the cupboard was potatoes, eggs, cheese and beans. I made potato nests from mashed potato, cracked an egg into each and topped with grated cheese. Served with baked beans, which are second class protein, the cheese which is first class protein converts the beans to first class protein, doubling up your protein intake! Tasty too, my children (and husband) loved it. Potato nests are a great way of using up any leftovers and can be easily frozen, ready for when you need them. Good old mashed potato, the best comfort food in the world.

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