Last week I was over-zealous with my menu planning again, only to discover that I only needed to cook a fraction of the meals I intended to. I blame the internet. Since I’ve been blogging I’ve found so many delicious recipes and learnt so much that when it comes to planning what my family are going to eat each week I want to try everything. Fact of the matter is, that there are still many occasions when I can’t be arsed to make a pie or char-grill a mackerel so instead I opt for macaroni cheese. Saturday was one of those days.
Sunday was Mother’s Day so Keane made this delicious slow-cooked lamb shoulder from this fail-safe recipe by the Hope & Anchor. He chucked in a can of butterbeans at the end which worked a treat. I thought the dish might be improved with some fresh mint but when it came out of the oven after a good three or four hours it smelt so good I forgot all about the herbs and tucked right in.
Here is a pic of our colourful slow-cooked lamb leftovers. With a can of ratatouille thrown in to stretch them out a bit, they made a great lunch served with some fresh bread and a green lentil and feta salad. This is simply my favourite kind of grub.
I have never liked rice pudding but I think it is one of those dishes that everyone should eat. I mean, it’s cheap, hot, comforting, creamy – all sounds pretty essential to me. So, on Sunday I began a new mission to find a rice pudding recipe that I don’t dislike. I tried Heather Cameron’s rice pudding with coconut and cardamom from Farm Fresh Recipes from the Missing Goat Farm. It was pleasingly quick and easy to make, but alas, it did not convert me. Keane enjoyed it though!
I have spoken before about my love for a simple red lentil daal served with a hotter, dry lentil curry on top. I first had this combo cooked or me by my friend Hannah and I have since had a lot of fun experimenting with new variations of this green, white and gold dish. It’s a great way of cooking curry for a family because I give my daughter the mild daal and then indulge my own need for hot heat with whatever I put on top. Yesterday I made spiced lassi, red lentil daal and a dry curry of stir-fried broccoli, mushrooms and green lentils cooked with plenty of toasted coriander seeds. Yum.
And so that just about brings us up to date, apart from the moules frites. For some reason it seemed that the whole fish counter in Waitrose was on offer yesterday and the mussels, which are best eaten in winter and I think to be good value at their usual price, were on sale for a tiny £1.60. Get in.
In the box
Chiogga beetroot, carrots, mixed leaf salad, tomato, green pointed cabbage, Chinese leaf (AHHH!), celeriac and potatoes
Meat and fish
Smoked cod, chorizo
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About Chloe King
I'm a freelance writer, designer and webby type. I live with my husband and daughter in the south of England. I like to cook and can throw a good party.
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