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…

Spanish Baked Eggs

You can bake this in the oven, it takes around 20 minutes at 180oC (if memory serves) but I have discovered that it is FAR easier to microwave on high for 2.30 minutes and it tastes just as good. Perfect for lunch in a hurry. Serves 1. Ingredients: 30g of chorizo, thinly sliced 1 spring…

Day 4

Wednesday 15th of February’s Menu Breakfast:  Toasted Banana Bread, Yogurt and Apple compote Lunch:  Tuna Mayo sandwiches, chopped grapes and cheese Dinner:  Boeuf Bourguignon, Garlic Potatoes, Steamed Green Beans and Broccoli Snacks: As many apples as Chorky could steal and take three bites out of before discarding behind the sofa. Freddo Bars given to them…

Day Three

Tuesday 14th of February’s Menu Breakfast: Kids – Malt Wheats Cereal and fruit Me – Banana on Toast with Peanut Butter and Coffee Lunch: Kids – vegetable croquettes, cherry tomatoes Plain yogurt with apple compote Snack: Kids – Banana Bread Me – Tall Skinny Cappuccino from Starbucks Dinner:  Kids – Potato Waffles, Chicken Dippers and…