26 Jun 2017

WWALW // June 19th - 25th 2017



Over the last week not only has the UK been in a heatwave reaching temperatures I would much prefer on a sunny beach with a glass of wine in hand instead of getting the kids to bed and getting out to work. It did mean out dinners were somewhat unplanned, a bit thrown together and in some cases not really dinner at all.

Monday // The heat was on Monday here in South Croydon. I had 3 lots of food in the fridge which all needed using by the same day. This meant that I needed to use my Monday (day at home!) to get ahead and avoid throwing away food. I got a curry on the go ready to cool and be eaten later in the week - then to avoid standing in the kitchen cooking as the heat rose I pulled out the Winter staple - the slow cooker. Yes the slow cooker - who said its just for stews when its cold outside. I chopped up peppers, carrots and some belly pork - added some brown sugar, soy sauce, hoi sin and some more seasoning. Left to cook and simmer away - Once home I thickened up the pork with some corn flour. It was nice to steam some rice and sit down to such a yummy dinner. The boys enjoyed chicken nuggets with their cousin in the garden at my mums house earlier in the evening.

Tuesday // This is another quick dish of mine - which the husband loves. Pan - fried gnocchi with spinach. I add a little milk to the pan which the gnocchi soaks up. Once the gnocchi and spinach were cooked, place basa fillets on top and lower the pan. Cover with the lid and let the fish steam. This is was a nice light dish in the heat. 

Wednesday // Time to try out that curry - which was so simple to put together on Monday. I used boneless and skinless chicken thighs fillets (cheaper and more flavour than the chicken breasts), with some tandoori seasoning, curry seasoning and some coconut yoghurt. Cooked through and left to simmer. 

Thursday // This curry was so good it was dinner tonight as well. Which was a good thing, as I had to do some work from home in the evening. A nice quick dinner was just what I needed.

Friday // After the busy week we both had we were not in mood for anything fancy, the fridge was not full of wonders and we were hungry. This caused for a student classic - bacon and pasta with cheese. I also added the loan leek left in the bottom of the fridge drawer and the bag of spinach which had seen better days - but once it has been wilted you wouldn't know any different. We keep it classy.

Saturday // Busy day for the Edwards family. It included opticians, visits to the bank, kung fu lessons, swimming lessons and my sister baby shower. A bit of divide and conquer between us and we made it to the end. The boys had eaten lamb burgers and chips - which tasted so good they finished the lot. By the time they were in bed my energy was lacking - my dinner (as the husband had gone out to meet some friends) I had a slice of baby shower cake and glass of wine. Keeping the real life eating alive.

Sunday // We took a stroll down the road near where we live to vist the Croydon Food Fest. There was stalls, music and cocktails! It was super busy and was great to see so many different ages of people all out together sampling some fantastic local foods. The boys ate these massive smoked sausage rolls and we got some curry goat, rice and peas and plantain!! yum. Later at home the boys ate fish finger sandwiches before having a bath. Me, well I ate a bowl of cereal and had a glass of wine - all the while watching Ed Sheeran rock the pyramid stage at Glastonbury.

Overall it was a bit of a mixed bag of dinners but some weeks are like that.. We made it to the end. 

20 Jun 2017

WWALW // June 12th-18th 2017

Last year I started blogging and recording our meals at home. It was something I enjoyed doing and helped me get into the swing of regular blog posting. Something which has been slipping recently - I find it more and more difficult to sit down and focus, but food and family is something that I love and I like to share ideas in the hope it might inspire, spark ideas in others. My love of cooking has grown more as I get older, at times I dislike the idea of cooking don't me wrong - but mostly I enjoy the process. 

With the heat rising in the UK my cooking needs to be quick and filling - also with the husband cycling from London to Brighton last weekend it meant our meals needed to be light and healthy to help him prepare for the ride ahead.

Our last week meals included:

Monday // Garlic and Paprika spiced beef mince with tacos. I use the Old Del Paso seasoning sachet. Its mild enough for the kids to enough, but enough flavour for us adults to enjoy also. The kids had theirs with corn on the cob, crispy taco shells and rice. We had ours on top of basmati steamed rice and crunched up tacos on top. A cross between a chill and a taco. Adding the crispy taco shells on top adds an extra texture. This is also part lazy as it means I can hold the bowl in one hand and eat it on the sofa. Judge away.....

Tuesday // It was omelettes for us. Quick and simple - I grabbed whatever we had in the fridge which included, some cheese, spinach and a pack of sausages - it might not of been the classiest of meals but a good omelette cooked in a little butter (you get the best finish!) is really fulfilling. Especially as the clean up is minimal.

Wednesday // The kids LOVE this minted lamb kebab sticks you can get in the supermarket in the summer. They cleared their plates - with a side of broccoli and homemade wedges (which i made extra off and munched in the kitchen as I had skipped lunch). The adults of the household had some soy sauce baked salmon with chill flakes (quick!! wrap in foil and steam until just cooked, leave wrapped to finish off cooking to keep nice and tender) with a mound of garlic stir fried green beans and rice. 

Thursday // The eldest boy had been in hospital for a tooth removal today so he requested a dinner of chicken nuggets - which he ate. While they ate that I prepped a dinner for later of roasted jersey royals, peppers and asparagus with cod fillets wrapped in parma ham. Tray bakes are one of favorite methods of mid week cooking, and this one was really tasty and light. Perfect summer eating.

Friday // Is usally the day of the week where my inspiration and fridge is lacking. We had been helping at the school fair and the boys feasted on toast and snacks for dinner instead of a sit down. This is a quick go to of mine - it was leeks fried until tender, before adding some seasoning and some paella type rice. Add double the amount of stock to the pan and then I placed salmon fillets on top with the lid onto poach. Just flaked the salmon through after to make a tasty dish. I do this usually with fish pie mix - works with fresh or frozen. One pot dishes are the way forward - seeing as the temperature in the UK was pushing 30!!


The weekend passed in blur of school summer fetes, impromptu burgers cooked on the BBQ and picnics and fish and chips at the seafront.

That was our last week - this week coming, so far includes chicken curry, slow cooker sticky belly pork and something with basa fish.... 

30 May 2017

April 2017 // half term, sunshine, Easter & family time

Late again in posting this.. whoops but we have been working on some exciting projects as a family which has taken up some time. Recap of April - lets go.

Read

Still on a reading kick and steamed through these two novels this month. Woman of God was a really enjoyable read covering across countries and decades following the life of one woman. It was a real page turner. The Zig Zag girl is the first I have read by this author and found it a real fun read set in the 1950s Brighton.

The eldest child has also found the reading bug and since moving schools in November his reading skills have sky rocketed and hes been giving ready Harry Potter a go. Oh how this makes my heart sing!!





Watched

I have been streaming plenty this past month - mainly re watching Poirot. I love Agatha Christie and all the glamour that goes with. Poirot is one of my favorite detectives!!

Heard

Little man is KidzBop obsessed currently and we have been watching the YouTube channel along with listening to the CD in the car. On loop. Please save me. This is "his" song!! I do love the fact that these songs are Kid friendly and its a step up from nursery rhymes at least.



Ate

We exchanged some clubcard vouchers and headed down to the local Zizzi for a little dinner out. It was a nice treat and the kids enjoyed the food. It was lovely spending time with my little lot.

We also had plenty of picnics in the sun over the month of April - eating fresh fruit and snacking on crisps in the sunshine. Lovely.

Wore

We had a family christening this month and I wore this lovely dress from SimplyBe which had a velvet type texture. It was nice having the long arms as it meant I didn't need to add a cardigan. The bright floral print will work through summer but also will work in autumn too.


Made

Creativity is still lacking in my life but i did whip up a little Easter egg hunt for the boys outside which made them happy. That is the point really- little things that make the biggest memories


Baked

Lots of baking of little cakes and treats, but this banana loaf was a favorite which I added some mini eggs too. Was lovely with a cup of tea.


Rest of the Best

Family shot...
Night out with my love! 
Chessington day out with face paint of awesome!!
Local FunFair treat with the boys.