Monday, 17 November 2014

Meal Planning Monday - mid November edition

Hello again, yes I know I'm a bit hit and miss these days!

Anyway I've planned our meal plan this week (and on a Monday as well for a change!)

Monday -  Roast Ham Loin, Hash Browns and Fried Egg

Tuesday -  Impossible Quiche and salad (New recipe!)

Wednesday - Mushroom and Bacon Risotto / Chicken Goujons/Fish Fingers if a child

Thursday - Pasta (well the kids love pasta at least once a week!)

Friday - Homemade pizza

Saturday - something with pork mince (bought on offer!)

Sunday -  Roast dinner or something!

Anyway joining up as ever with Mrs M. We had a lovely meal plan last week where Enchiladas, Chilli and Spag Bol were all included and then I had the most lovely lamb shank for dinner last night (Lidl!)

Bye for now


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Meal plan - November!

It seems like I haven't been on here for ages but I've been so busy with work and then we had half term and.... anyway nearly Christmas (!)

Although I haven't been here we have been sticking to meal plans and I've been reading all the others that join up when I get a quite time on my tablet. I love the idea of the pie that was on Mrs M's blog this week and think something like that is very warming for this time of year.

My meals this week follow the lets keep warm theme and tonight is no different.

Monday - I was out kids and Neb had McD's

Tuesday - Pasta and Homemade (by Neb) Tomato Sauce

Wednesday - Fireworks tonight so Tomato Soup and Cheese Toasties with maybe a chocolate melting pudding for afterwards

Thursday - Toad in the Hole, Gravy, Mash and Veg

Friday - Butter Chicken (I fancy curry!)

Saturday - undecided though it may have to be something easy to keep the Whovian in our house happy (last episode!)

Sunday - A roast of some kind, I fancy beef!


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Meal plan - the one where I am still here honestly

So,I have been here and we have been eating. I even had an online supermarket delivery last weekend (which would be normal for everyone else but seeing as the supermarket it came from is 87 miles from our house) its probably not normal!!

Anyway here is the meal plan (and so far we have stuck to it)

Monday -  Leftover Chicken Meals - Bel had stirfry and Car had sunday dinner part 2

Tuesday - Baked Potato, cheese, beans and tuna

Wednesday - Neb's lamb kofta like balls, with minty lettuce salad and pitta bread

Thursday - I did have something written here but can't to the life of me remember what!

Friday - Sausage, Chicken, Rice, Chips and Home made BbQ Sauce

Saturday - ??Not decided what to have yet!

Sunday - Roast Pork Chops and Veg

Anyway joining in as ever with Mrs M and looking for inspiration as usual


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The day I entered a bake off

So tonight is THE FINAL of the Great British Bake Off (though me and the girls won't watch it until Friday so shh don't say who won) and I feel like I finally have time to blog (I've been so busy with new job, new uni term and of course the summer).
Anyway, digressing, last Friday I entered a bake off. I love baking but I dithered a lot about the cake to make.. should it be a simple madeira, my chocolate orange cake (-which sometimes doesn't cook properly in the middle so I vetoed that one) or the mocha cake I made Neb for father's day earlier in the year.
So the chocolate mocca cake won and off I made to make it. Which would have been fine if I wasn't in the throws of Fresher's flu (damned students).
The cake making bit went well, considering I covered myself in flour and used our broken food processor. See the blue tape, its kind of holding the bowl together!
The bake was actually fine too, but then my energy level died. I managed to persuade Neb to cut the cake in half that was fine. Then there was the icing bit which I mucked up and Neb noticed when he came into tidy up after me.
" how much icing sugar did you use.."
" oh no, after icing the cake.... um not enough"
It seems I'd only used 3oz butter to 3oz icing sugar so the icing was well wrong....oops
There was some lovely cakes at our Bake Off ( all to raise money for Macmillan) and I did feel awful putting mine on the table and next year I may enter a different category.
Cake anyone?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Meal Planning Monday - try not to be too stressed edition

Hello - yes better late than never (AGAIN)

Life is a bit hectic at the moment as the university term starts next week and as admin staff I am supper busy so I have tried to pick meals too cook that are either quick and need not much effort or slow so that I can slow down and actually stop. Life next week will be super hectic and I have actually planned a meal plan for the next fortnight (in advance!)

Monday - Tuna Pasta (kids) Soup me 

Tuesday -  Shopping Day - Suasages, Egg and Chips

Wednesday - Tacos

Thursday -  Fish and Cheesy Mash (though Car has told me this morning that she doesn't want Fish!!) (I've also bought frozen fillets for the first time as it was cheaper but am unsure how to cook them - suggestions?)

Friday - Puff pastry squares or pasties with salad

Saturday - Lamb kofta type things and pitta and salad

Sunday - Roast of some kind


As ever joining in with At home with Mrs M

PS - I also cooked brownies, honey cake and crumble over the last week and will be  trying to do more baking again this week.  (especially as work has a Bake off competition that I have to enter soon - so any suggestions on easy yet delicious cakes would be great). Pictures and recipes to follow later.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

The one about cycling

Do you cycle to work?

Or cycle for fun?

Me, well, I kind of don't and the reason behind it.

Well, when in primary school we had to take bicycle proficiency tests (apparently now defunct) I may have not done it or fallen off and failed due to my mum and the library van

It was something to do, if memory serves me right about cycling down the hill from the school and doing a left hand turn past the library van and up the road. I know that I didn't like taking my hands off the bicycle and saw my mother and kind of fell off.

And that is why I don't cycle - or cycle with confidence anyway


If you did cycle to work today or any other day good for you.


Monday, 1 September 2014

Its Monday and the meal plan is here again..

So September is here and on Wednesday the kids go back to school. It has been a great summer and I can't believe that Bel only has one year left in primary school. Where does the time go!!

Anyway the meal plan today has been made from meals asked for and meals to suit. I've still not attempted anything from a cook book recently so I will need to start looking for varied meals to try over the next months. If you have a family favourite that everyone likes (and I mean the fussy ones too) then let me know!

Monday - Leftover Chicken Stirfry

Tuesday - Toad in the Hole, Mash, Carrots and Broccoli 

Wednesday - Left over sausage meatballs, sauce and spaghetti

Thursday - Sloppy Joe

Friday - Nachos and leftover sloppy Joe mince

Saturday - Takeaway or?? ( haven't decided yet - its me and Neb's wedding anniversary this week so we may spoil ourselvves!)

Sunday -Roast something!!