Lentil Ragu

As I mentioned in another post, my version of this isn’t vegetarian as I used beef stock, but you can very easily swap that out for vegetable stock and have a vegetarian/vegan meal. Equally I covered it in Parmesan but swap that out as you desire. Olive oil 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped 2…

Catch Up

Apologies I have fallen so far behind. I had so many meals that I wanted to post but for whatever reason I just didn’t get round to it! I shall endeavour to do that now. We had a hectic week so eating went a bit off piste. There was some freezer food, there was a…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Pudding

This recipe was another surprise today. I decided to make it for myself and I didn’t expect the kids to be overly interested, but they were. Meester, Squishy and Chorky all scarfed this down. Chorky then took it upon himself to go around the table emptying the dregs of everyone’s dishes. This makes 3 portions….

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga

Oh my but this was easy, so easy. I literally tipped things into the slow cooker this morning and by 6 o’clock we had a delicious meal. 6 Skinless, boneless chicken thighs 1 400g tin of chopped tomatoes 1 tablespoon of chipotle rub* Tip the above into a slow cooker, stir to coat and cook…

Day Nine

Monday 20th of February’s Menu Breakfast: Halva Overnight Oats Lunch: Potato & Leek Soup Dinner: Chicken Tinga Wraps Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Pudding Snacks: Apples & Bananas Thoughts on Dinner: Usually, about five minutes before I’m finished cooking as I set the table for the meal we’re about to enjoy, a thought hits me “They…

Halva Overnight Oats

Not long after Mr Teeny Baby was born I noticed that something wasn’t right. I couldn’t put him down without him screaming like he’d been lowered into lava. Then a rash appeared. I thought it was baby acne but it marched its way all across his cheeks, head and down onto his chest and back….

Tarka Dhal and Garlic & Coriander (kind of like Naan) Flatbread

400g red lentils 2 tsps turmeric 2 knobs unsalted butter 2 tsps cumin seeds 1 small onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, finely sliced 1-2 green chillies, finely chopped. I didn’t have any, I used a teaspoon of Very Lazy Red Chillies. I’m not sure if this is considered some sort of sacrilege. 1 tsp garam…

Day Eight

Sunday 19th of February’s Menu Breakfast: Waffles and fruit Lunch:  Potato and Leek Soup  Dinner:  Tarka Dhal with Pilau Rice and what can only be described as an attempt at garlic and coriander naan (it was very nice, just not very naanish) Snacks: Fruit and Banana Bread (because I had lots of browning bananas that…

Potato & Leek Soup

This is a firm favourite in my family. Squishy and Noony aren’t too bothered with it, but the rest will happily consume this by the bucketful. It’s a rich, creamy soup (and not too calorific). Perfect for a winter lunch. Knob of Butter 1 tbsp olive oil 2 Large Leeks, washed, trimmed and chopped 1…

Lemon, Cardamom & Pistachio Cake

This was adapted from a recipe by Benjamina from last year’s Great British Bake Off. I say adapted in that I didn’t have enough pistachios so made up the difference with the contents of a bag of mixed nuts (cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts). It tasted quite delicious still 100g of pistachios 125ml vegetable oil 125g caster…

Homemade Pizza

Okay my pizza shaping leaves a lot to be desired. I cannot seem to make it round. I can do misshappen oblong no problem though. For the Dough:  This makes one pizza or two thin and crispy pizzas. I made this is my Panasonic Bread Maker. 1/2 tsp yeast 300g of strong white flour 1 tbsp…

Day 5

Thursday 16th February’s Menu Breakfast:  Cereal and Toast Lunch:  Spanish Baked Eggs Dinner:  Homemade Pizza Snacks:  Yogurt and Fruit Lemon, Cardamom and Pistachio Cake My kids have a proper addiction to Dominos Pizza. They won’t countenance pizza from any other place. This does not thrill me because A: It’s quite expensive and B: Salt laden…