Day 21, 22, 23 & 24 where nobody can be bothered cooking

still having a hangover from a late night, simply talking to adults does this now apparently, nobody really felt like food. The Lurgy abides apparently. (Extra points for the film reference).

Day 21

Tonight we had Aldi hotdogs – seriously, I’m putting somebody who owns Aldi shares child through college with the amount of bloody hotdogs we are consuming!

Day 22

Tonight it was Spag Bol (sans Spag) with garlic bread out of the freezer, no-one finished it because we don’t want to eat.

Day 23

The Cub had hummus and bits, Robin had a sandwich and me? I had Christmas cake ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 24

We all felt a bit better today so the boys had noodles, sausage and sweetcorn and I had a sandwich.

How rock and roll the last 4 days have been ๐Ÿ˜€


Peace, love and pizza!


Day 10, in which we catch up with ourselves

Today we are back on track and are actually having what the meal planner says we should be having – yay!

One day I PROMISE I’m going to make my own hummus – today is not that day! I want to use this recipe from Nigella:

  • 800 grams chickpeas (2 cans)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled)
  • 60 ml olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (or more as needed)
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt flakes (or 1 teaspoon pouring salt)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 5 tablespoons greek yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (to serve)
  • pitta breads (or bread sticks, tortillas or crackers to serve)

Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Put the garlic clove, chickpeas, 3 tablespoons oil, peanut butter, lemon juice, salt and cumin into a food processor and blitz to a knobbly purรฉe.
Add 4 tablespoons of the Greek yogurt and process again; if the hummus is still very thick add another 1โ€“2 tablespoons yogurt and the same of oil. (This will often depend on the chickpeas, as different sorts make the hummus thicker or not.)
Taste for seasoning, adding more lemon juice and salt if you feel it needs it.
On serving, mix the chopped peanuts with the paprika and sprinkle on top if you wish, and put an array of bits and pieces to eat with or dip in, as you see fit.
Additional information – for gluten free serve with something appropriate, such as crudites.

We are lucky in that, right now, we don’t have any food allergies so can do this – swap the peanut butter out for tahini if you can, but watch the amounts because imnsho, it makes things a bit claggy with mouth feel. Tahini, is basically peanut butter made with sesame seeds, if you have a fav hummus recipe (and no allergies) try swapping out peanut butter for your tahini. It’s MUCH cheaper to!

Tons of crudites, pita bread. I was a bit gutted that Aldi didn’t have any of their vac packed tappas things today – naughty Aldi! I do like their hummus though.

No picture today because it’s bloody hummus and everyone knows what that looks like – but I promise one for tomorrow!

Old Cub:

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New Cub:

Love, peace and pizza!


Day 5, in which The Cub goes to a party

I haven’t attended a party since I got pregnant, The Cub has a better social life than I do. Here is a picture of him at the party:

As a consequence of being in full party mode today’s repast consists of Aldi Bockwurst, the party wasn’t until 14:30 and I really can’t be bothered with the cooking of stuff after entering my 10th circle of hell.

Here’s some pictures of the jar, I HIGHLY recommend them:

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I find Aldi pretty good for most things except their veg which never seems to last as long as the stuff I get from the market.

Short blog today and here’s an old picture of The Cub:

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And here’s a new picture of him after the party:


Peace, love and pizza!


Day one or, this is where it gets serious

So, I’ve nearly got a years worth of menu planned – only 59 days left to fill so that’s pretty good, ::pats self on back::

Due to family stuff I’m putting 2 posts up today as I missed yesterdays!

The meal planning is geared towards us, please feel free to take the ideas and adapt them for your own family. Goddess knows I’ve borrowed from many many sources, if I know where something has come from I’ll quote the source or link to it if appropriate.

Every month I’ll post a list of spices/herbs that will be needed for the following month and every Friday I’ll post a shopping list for the next week. I have no intention of continuing this blog after the year is up, but never say never.

I’m not going to limit myself to just food, I’ll post stuff about what I’m doing and the family, there will be some politics, if this isn’t for you I hope you find the blog you are looking for. Nice Star Wars ref there ๐Ÿ˜€

As we start the year mid week and, because nobody REALLY wants to cook just after Christmas this week is a bit hit and miss food wise.

I’m going to assume you have condiments e.g. ketchup, vegetable oil and olive oil in your houses everything else will get listed, this also helps me whilst shopping because we are doing if-it’s-not-on-the-list-it’s-not-coming-home-shopping this year.

Here is the spice list:

  • Fresh basil – my one extravagance this week
  • Dried red chilli
  • Garam masala – I intend to spend some time this year making a perfect one for us, for now this is shop bought
  • ground coriander
  • fresh ginger
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • ground turmeric

Shopping list

  • Chicken breast – enough for however many your family is, for us that’s about 2 large ones
  • chicken thighs – see above
  • 2 bulbs of garlic
  • 3 red onions
  • 165ml coconut milk (you can get them in B&M)
  • ground almonds
  • lemon juice
  • small ciabatta loaf or home made loaf if you’re feeling up to it after Xmas
  • Green salady type leaves
  • cherry tomatoes – if they are too expensive I shall be going with normal tomatoes
  • streaky bacon
  • 1 pkt pasta mix – we use the own brand ones from Aldi or Asda, other supermarkets are available
  • 1 jar of Brockwurst sausages from Aldi
  • 1 packet of hot-dog buns

Here is the rest of this weeks meal plan:

  • Wednesday, Curry
  • Thursday, pasta mix
  • Friday, take away
  • Saturday, chicken tray bake
  • Sunday, hot-dogs

No, it isn’t the most healthy start to the year, but it does make it a lovely easy start ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s my korma recipe please note I rarely measure this now and the amount of sauce given here should do 6 people without to much trouble:

Enough Chicken breasts to do for your family
1 heaped teaspoon of finely grated fresh ginger – freeze your left over ginger and it keeps for AGES
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
150g greek plain yogurt
1 dried red chilli – I have been known to leave this out depending on the heat of the garam masala I’m using, my lot do not like food that is spicy or spikey as The Cub calls it! Or you can use a fresh one, remember the heat is in the white veiny stuff and the seeds, keep or discard as much or as little as your family likes.
2 finely chopped red onions
1tbsp veg oil
1tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground tumeric
1 tsp garam masala
165ml coconut milk – if I’ve got creamed coconut and not milk I’ll use about half the amount of milk
100ml milk
2 heaped tbsps ground almonds
Lemon juice

  1. cut chicken breasts into chunks you would like to eat – I hate when recipes say bite size, bite size for Robin is not bite size for The Cub. Just make sure they are all the same size
  2. Mix the chicken with the ginger, garlic and yogurt. Cover and marinade, if you are organised – I am not – you could do this the night before. I’ve done it with 15 minutes to go and it still tastes good.
  3. Liquidise the onions and red chilli, if you don’t have the equipment to do that, chop them together for a bit. If liquidising add water if you need to, to get a smooth paste.
  4. Heat oil in a pan to a medium heat, don’t you hate that? WTF is a medium heat anyway? I heat my pan on the hob just until the flames get big. Then, add the coriander, black pepper, tumeric and garam masala, stir fry for about a minute. This releases the flavours of your spices. If you’re feeling particularly fruity, you can always use whole spices, dry fry them then grind them and use that. This takes effort though!
  5. Turn up the heat, add the onion and chilli paste or chunks and stir fry until softened, do not allow the onion to brown, or do, I think it tastes horrid if you do though.
  6. Add the chicken and any marinade left to the pan and stir fry for another 10 minutes.
  7. Add the coconut milk and normal milk, stir until completely combined. If you’re using creamed coconut, stir until fully dissolved. Add the almonds. Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. NEVER, serve or eat raw chicken. I popped that there to stop me from being sued ๐Ÿ˜€
  8. Add lemon juice and salt to your own peculiar taste and mix well.

Serve with usual accompaniments e.g. naan breads, rice etc and chutneys.

Use the rest of the yogurt with a couple of teaspoons of dried mint, some lemon juice and voila! Raita.

My foolproof way of doing rice.

Use a half a cup (the measuring kind, not the massive comedy mug you have in your cupboard!) of rice per person. Add double the water. Boil the rice for 5 minutes and then leave with the heat switched off for 15 minutes.


Drain any excess water off the rice, fluff with a fork and serve.

Do not be scared of cooking rice, it will be lovely.

And here’s a picture of the curry:


And here’s a picture of The Cub because he’s bloody cute, he’d taken his braces off as he was now a rebel not a farmer. ๐Ÿ˜€


Peace, love and Pizza!


Despicable me or how annoying is this?

Second day at school after the half-term break and The Cub is very tired when he comes home – this is a mixed blessing. Hurrah, in that, my VERY active boy only wants to come home and veg, but, boo, that he gets his ‘second wind’ right at bath time and is a PITA* for everything for an hour. The parents reading this will know exactly how awful that can be.

No ‘homework’ tonight. Homework is usually just reading a book together and happens Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I call it homework because he will get actual have to sit down and do it homework in the very near future. We do it first thing when we get home after getting changed and before any tv or playing, hopefully, this will become a habit. Yes, I live in a lovely world with a purple sky and unicorns everywhere ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tonight is a Beef and Mushroom pie with mash, The sauce for the pie came out of a bottle from Aldi as my health is not great today, don’t ask it’s a long story, and the mash is frozen. Frozen mash is surprisingly good if you add more butter to it. I needed to use up some puff pastry in the fridge, shop bought, life is TO short to make pastry, although I can. I had the kind of mother that wouldn’t let you use shop bought pastry until you could make it yourself. This was fine up until the time I needed to use filo pastry. Life is WAY to short to make that yourself. So I made a pie and didn’t throw away the pastry, The Cub does not usually react well to pies, this will be a test of my patience and fortitude at tea time.

I’ll update later with a picture of the pie.

Peace, love and pizzaxx

* Did you see what I did there?


Today is Saturday or what else can get in the way of feeding The Tribe

Ah, The Tribe – wasn’t that a 90’s kids tv show? I always said ‘The Tribe, or why young teens should not be allowed to dress themselves.’

Look at me digressing before I’ve even started the blog! If I was a superhero I’d be ADD Woman, here to fight for truth, justice and ooooh shiny!*

So what got in the way today? Robin, has decided to sell his car. He has, allegedly, reasons. He has explained these reasons to me, but, they can be boiled down to:

I don’t like the car and am having a monumental sulk because a van is just not practical.

Ain’t love GRAND. I read somewhere that you know it’s love when you look at them lying in bed next to you and think ‘I could smother you with a pillow or I can go make pancakes. Pancakes it is!’ This is very, very true.

The person who bought the car came from somewhere in Wales, he was here for 09:15. Robin got up at 08:50 and takes at least 2 hours to get going. They bought the car and left about an hour after getting here. Robin FINALLY sorted out the bloody insurance at 11:30. Robin did something rather complicated with the insurance, all legal, and took many, many days to sort out. He’s probably saved about 10p doing it that way. He ACTUALLY made me want to stab him about 3 times a day whilst sorting it out. I needed a car to go shopping today, usually I can pick up stuff on the way home from school after dropping off The Cub or whilst picking him up, but today it was heavy stuff and I was pouting. Robin wanted to put The Great Wall up** glass in The Greenhouse, he’s been putting The Greenhouseย up for 3 years. Admittedly, he’s done it all on his own AND put in a patio, but his propensity for drama means things take 100 times longer than they need to. Take the garage for example, in the same amount of time it took Robin to paint half a small wall I painted the whole bloody thing. He over thinks things. I however, rush right in and don’t always stop to think, if you put us together we’d make a pretty rocking human ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, the reason for my diatribe? I needed the car, remember? So, whilst Robin is putting up The Colloseum*** Greenhouse I have The Cub, after The Lurgy and not sleeping to well I made them come with me. I’m evil, this is a gift. So we got enough fruit to feed a family of 6, The Cub eats his body weight in fruit nearly every day and veg etc. But, by the time we get back it’s nearly 14:00. I pull out my fall back, Aldi Bratwurst hot dogs in a jar. They are VERY nice, I don’t look tooooo closely at the ingredients because, I’d have to stop eating them if I did, no doubt. Hmm sweet chilli sauce on hot dogs……

Take out for tea because of the lateness of everything and my general can’t be arsedness. The Cub wanted a sandwich and an apple so that’s what he got.

Tomorrow is shaping up for sandwiches for lunch and sausages, waffles and veg for tea. Proper nursery tea there. Ooooh, speaking of which I might dig out that recipe for kedgeree next week, or at least a biryani.

No pictures today because who needs a picture of a hot dog or a sandwich?

Peace, love and pizza!

*Yes, I’m aware that is a glib way of looking at ADD but when my friend told me that her daughter, who has ADD would be this as a superhero I laughed like a drain. Now, go forth and be offended elsewhere.

** Google it, it took about 2000 years to build!

*** 10 years to build