Category Archives: Food & Drink

Meal Planning Monday 25/03/19

The last week of March already, where did it go.  It has been a fairly busy month with birthday’s but I quite like it a bit mad.  We have been pretty good at sticking to our meal planning, and haven’t wasted much as if i’ve done batch cooking I’ve frozen the remaining for another meal.

Lamb shanks with red wine gravy and roasted vegetables (this was a cheat ready made meal from Aldi I just added the veg)

Toad in the hole with vegetables & gravy

Home made meatballs with spaghetti

Garlic & lemon salmon with spinach creamy sauce

Jacket potatoes filled with tuna & sweetcorn and salad

Chicken in red wine sauce with new potatoes and vegetables

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your plate this week?

Meal Planning Monday 18/03/19

Last week we had snow, hail & rain hit us the weekend all in the space of about an hour then storm “Gareth” hit us in the week which was great fun….Not.  So hoping this week will be better.

Did storm “Gareth” hit where you live?

This week it is my nephew Jack’s birthday, can’t believe he is going to be turning 11.  We will be going over for tea and so he can show us all his lovely gifts.

This week we are cooking:

Chicken in a thyme & red wine sauce with boiled rice

Sausage, egg, chips & beans

Spaghetti Bolognese

Party buffet Tea

Chicken katsu curry with boiled rice & mixed salad

Jacket potatoes with tuna/mayo/cheese/beans with salad

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What will be on your plate this week?

Meal Planning Monday 11/03/19

Last week was OK, the weather was better but roll on summer now.  It was my Dad’s birthday so we went over for tea Monday evening.  The rest of the week just went by in a blur.

This week again we are trying new meals so will let you know how they go down with the husband.

I am cooking:

One pot creamy Parmesan garlic risotto with lemon pepper chicken

Tuna Pasta Bake

Beef burgers with homemade seasoned wedges

Chicken curry with rice, naan bread & poppadoms

Pan fried pork with dauphinoise potatoes and vegetables

Mexican burritos

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What are you cooking this week?

Meal Planning Monday 04/03/19

Seriously where did February disappear too?

Last weekend went by so quickly too as it was my friend’s wedding Saturday and we were child free for the whole day and evening, which was lovely but didn’t half miss him.  I also found out I was going to become an Auntie again, this will be nephew/niece number 6.  This week is also my Dad’s Birthday on Monday so we will go to my parents for buffet style tea.

I have been scouring the world of pinterest to try and get some different meal ideas as we have both said we are getting bored.

So this week we are going to try

Party buffet food (Dad’s Birthday)

Toad in the hole, veg and gravy

Quiche, rice & salad

Grilled lamb chops with garlic and coriander, mash & vegetables

Lasagna & Garlic Bread

Salmon fishcakes, mash, veg & cheese sauce

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your plate this week?

Meal Planning Monday 25/02/19

Another week and nearing the end of another month.

I was solo parenting last weekend as the husband, his brother & their friend went off to Amsterdam for a music festival and then this weekend it’s my friends wedding on the Saturday and Freddie’s off to stay at the In laws.

I’m just counting down the days till our holiday to Spain now with my family especially as we are in double figures now.

This weeks I am cooking:

Pork chops with dauphinoise potatoes and vegetables

Cheese & bacon quiche with rice and salad

Jacket Potatoes with beans/cheese/Tuna Mayo

Garlic & rosemary grilled lamb chops, creamy mash, veg and gravy

Burgers & chips

Wedding Breakfast/Food

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What are you cooking this week?

Meal Planning Monday 18/02/19

Well I failed at this last week and I was doing so well since starting back with it.  I think with having a poorly boy, looking after him was our main priority but luckily he is back to normal now.

Last weekend I went on my friends hen do to Nottingham, it was lovely and a nice catch up with our friends.  We did so much from Friday – Sunday and I am exhausted now writing this, before heading back to work tomorrow.

So this week I am cooking:

Chicken stir fry with egg noodles

Lasagna & garlic bread

Jacket potatoes, Tuna/cheese/beans & salad

Quiche, beef rice & Salad

Fish cakes, vegetables & cheese sauce

Tuna Pasta Bake

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your plate?

Making Butternut Squash Soup at home | Recipe

I love cooking and baking but never imagined making my own soup, I think the fact of just picking up a tin is way more convenient sometimes.

Then one Sunday a few weeks ago I looked in the cupboards and found a butternut squash so decided to make some soup.  I googled what I needed and I had everything in the cupboards/fridge to make it.

So here’s how I did it.

Butternut squash soup

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash – peeled and deseeded, cut into 3cm/1¼in cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 large onions (roughly chopped)
  • 2 medium carrots (peeled & roughly chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)
  • 5cm/2in piece fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped (I’ve used garlic too)
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1.5 litres/2½ pints of vegetable stock

Recipe

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

  • Tip the prepared squash, onions, carrots and red pepper into a large, resealable freezer bag.   Add half the oil, salt and pepper and toss everything together until the vegetables are evenly coated. Tip into a large roasting tin and spread out to form a single layer.

  • Roast in the oven for approx 40–45 minutes, or until tender and tinged brown. Drizzle over the honey, if using, 5 minutes before the end of cooking.

  • Place the large, deep-sided saucepan over a medium heat, add the remaining oil and when it is hot, add the ginger or garlic and fry for a minute. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, then stir in the roasted vegetables and add more salt and pepper.

  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and, using a hand blender, blend the mixture until smooth. Return to the heat to warm through and serve hot with crusty bread.

So there you have it, homemade butternut squash soup

Meal Planning Monday 04/02/2019

Well hello there February, nice to see you again.

This month is going to be very busy as we’ve got hen do’s & the husband is away at a festival in Amsterdam,  Our 10 year anniversary and not to mention Valentines Day.  

This week we are having:

Pan fried pork with homemade wedges

Spaghetti bolognese

Burgers & Chips

Chicken Curry & Rice

Shepherds pie, veg & gravy

Chicken, cheese & Bacon Tagliatelle

Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your meal plan this week?

Meal Planning Monday 28/01/2019

WHAT, where did January just go?  How are we at the end of the month already?

We have had a busy month and that’s probably why it has gone so quick.  Plus I was poorly with a bug that wiped me out for pretty much the whole week, I soldiered through but didn’t eat much just drank water – great for the diet though.

This week I am planning on cooking:

Homemade lasagna & garlic bread

Fajita’s & Chips

Sausage Casserole & Mash

Tuna Pasta Bake

Chicken wrapped in bacon & puff pastry with homemade wedges

Pizza & Chips

Roast leg of lamb joint with all the trimmings

What’s on your meal plan?

Meal Planning Monday 21/01/19

Another week that has flown by.  Christmas is just a distant memory now it’s seems a long time ago to me.

We haven’t really changed our eating habits but are just trying to make our portions smaller and so far it is working well.

This weeks meal plan has:

Cottage Pie with Veg

Pizza & Salad

Pukka Pie & homemade chips

Lasagna & salad

Sausage, mash, onion gravy and veg

Chicken wrapped in bacon in puff pastry with wedges

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

What is on your meal plan this week?