Thursday, 4 September 2014

Meal Plan

Thursday 4th September 2104

I have been finding food tough recently with a fussy eater to think about and being a little shattered food has slipped and all I want is easy meals. I had a good look through my books and found my woman's weekly slow cookbook which contained a few gems to at least try this week

 Thursday - omelette's and chips for everyone lots of cheese and mushrooms and maybe I should throw in a little bit if salad

Friday - Mexican meatballs I found this one in the book it said to serve with tortilla but I have gone for tortilla chips and going to make tiny meatballs.  Going to try out a little chili for the boys well spicy mince.

 Saturday - having in laws over going to be lazy and get some ready made pies etc from Waitrose so we can all have a catch up

Sunday - we are going to Richmond for a christening so it's a tesco meal deal that night as the next day is also OB first day at school

Monday - waffles, poached eggs, oven roasted tomatoes and salad for everyone

 Tuesday - Spanish cooked chicken again from the women's weekly slow cookbook going to do mini roast for the boys

Wednesday - Fish Curry from the women's weekly slow cookbook boys will have gnocchi with hidden vegetable tomato sauce

Monday, 1 September 2014

Blue cheese and mini roast potato salad

I am not very good at making up recipes, I do tweak ones in books but that's mainly due to the fact I have forgotten something in the shop meaning I have to change bits.

For lunch I was cooking the boys mini roast potatoes with a homemade tomato sauce, they always love this lunch but I for some reason had only done enough for a tiny serving for myself so needed to improvise. This is what I came up with and I must admit it was very very tasty.

To prepare the mini roast potatoes most people would cut them not small chunks and roast them in the oven, to be honest I par boil mine for a couple of mins it's extra work but I think it makes them fluffy and lighter. Then pop them into pre heated olive oil and cook in the oven at 200 for approx 35 to 45 mins depending when crunchy and lightly roasted.

I then made up a salad of tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, peppers, grated carrot or what ever you have left in the fridge. I made up a small amount of mayonnaise mixed with yogurt and got out my stinky blue cheese.

To prepare the salad I mixed the little roasts with the salad and mixed through the dressing then crumbled  my blue cheese on top. It was just lovely and I am considering it for a evening meal with some fresh bread.

As you can see it's very simple and easy to do but sometimes they are the best meals. 

Friday, 29 August 2014

Fancy a garden tour?

With everything going on I have discovered more and more the delights of our garden. The garden is a mess and it's taking a lot of back breaking work but it's just what I need at the moment, digging and then weeding you can get lost in everything. Most of the time I have my boys with me so have a combination of gardening and being invited to a tea party of muddy water and a mint and basil cake or pulling all the flowers from any shrub or rose and telling me it's party time.
I thought I would post a few photos to show what we are working with and how we are moving forward, be it very slowly.

A image of the borders I am trying to clear out.



This is my amazing but very small part of our bramble jungle that needs to be gotten rid of, though not before we have lots of blackberrys to put into vodka. I also need to rescue our sloes from the brambles, need to get my prioritys right, sloe vodka is amazing.



This is our front border at the moment, as you can see I need to continue digging along and weeding. Please note the blue spade is my boys and not mine. My main concern is just weeding and digging in some life to the soil. Though with all the garden I am amazed at the number of worms I have found, I am sure this must be good. The front I am going to try and get some spring bulbs planted for some colour in the new year, but I must admit its a hard ask as there is a lot to do.



This is our well, we live on the plot of an old farmhouse there are two wells and ours is 50ft deep and when we moved in it was not covered apart from some old rotten boards!!!! As you can see we have had it covered by a professional company and now in theory you can park a car on it. But it's a lovely area  that is crying out for plants and colour.



The last area for tonight is in front of our dining room again the picture just shows the issues we have but how we can change the whole garden and make it our own. This little area catches the sun for a long time during the day but needs massive of weeding and TLC. I think I need to buy in manure by the truck load.


I hope you have enjoyed a little stroll around parts of the garden. I have so many plans but trying to rein myself into get the basics right first. But the grand plan is veggies, fruit, chickens, bee friendly and a family space where we can all find solace and peace away from our hectic and stressful lives. Not just our family but my friends I want this to be a space all our mums of special needs children can come for a coffee we can sit and just relax. That's my dream I just need the time to make it happen.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Meal Plan

Our meal plan for Thursday 28th August 2014. As mentioned we are starting from scratch with OB food to see where things are going wrong.

Thursday - broccoli and mushroom gnocchi from the madhouse cook book by Jo Pratt - boys are having plain pasta with cheese grated on top carrots and broccoli

Friday - Homemade Burgers with blue cheese - boys are having gnocchi with a tomato sauce but I will purée down the sauce so there are no bits.

Saturday - fahitas - boys are having homemade pizza using left over sauce from yesterday.

Sunday - lasagna

Monday - Chicken Potato curry in a hurry again from the madhouse cookbook by Jo Pratt - boys are having mini roast chicken, roast potatoes, carrots and broccoli

Tuesday - Jacket potato with tuna mayo or baked beans everyone is having this

Wednesday - smoked salmon pasta - boys are having carbonara

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Meal time blues

It's been a long old week in our household and yet again it's food that is making us want to bury our heads in the sand. OB has always had issues around food mainly involving texture and the look. But now he has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes this means when I administer his insulin I need him to eat or he can hypo which means blood sugar running to low and he will not feel very well (putting it mildly). We inject before meals as it's to easy to forget after and I feel have your injection them yummy food is a good way round.
So when you have given the injection and for the fourth day running he looks at the meals he normally eats says yuck and demands cake you wonder a few things. Is it the food are the issues regarding texture and look increasing or is he in fact thinking if I do not eat i get something sweet so let's cut straight to sweet or is this a normal child development and it's a phase.
Tonight I got to a point we had given him his insulin and sat him at the table he looked at the gnocchi and tomato sauce said yuck but instantly said cake. My mother instincts told me this is a cheeky little boy who has learnt if I do not eat my main they will give me food as they know I have to eat. So tonight he did not eat and I gave him for pudding a banana and yogurt my husband and I watched him like a hawk for possible hypo symptoms. He wanted to go outside but was told in simple language no dinner no outside we could not risk a possible hypo. 
So this week my meal plans will be changing we are going to try the following to see what's a success 
Plain pasta and sauce completely separate
Pasta mixed with a tomato sauce that's been blitzed and has no bits
Plain food so carrots, broccoli, potato in some form and meat all separate 
The reason for me having to go back to basics is that he can not tell me what he does not like as he does not have the understanding or language. This is where the speech and language disorder combined with autism traits and compounded by type 1 mean I have to work hard to figure out what's going on in his mind and try to get him eating his food again. Let's hope next week update is a little more positive and we have moved forward.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Meal Plan

Thursday 21st August

The other half is off work for a week so I have gone for some mega easy meals please do not look down on me but here we go

Thursday - bacon and tomato pasta

Friday - hubbies choosing meal from Waitrose boys having gnocchi

Saturday - £10 dine in from tesco boys having homemade pizza

Sunday - roast chicken with all the trimmings

Monday - gammon eggs and chips

Tuesday - Chinese box boys having tortellini

Wednesday - chicken, mash and green veg

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Meal plan Thursday (updated on Saturday)

Sorry not quite sure what's caused the delay or where the time has gone maybe it's been my slight obsession with Pinterest

Thursday - Quick fried rice ala BBC good food http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/6350/fastfix-fried-rice

Friday - Honey and mustard sausages with fried onions in baguettes boys having homemade pizza

Saturday - Tacos the boys will have spaghetti bolognaise using the mince

Sunday - Party time at the brother in laws

Monday - Calzone we are having mushroom and goats cheese boys to have a tomato and mozzarella 
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1267638/mushroom-and-goats-cheese-calzone

Tuesday - baked spaghetti http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/12693/tomato-and-mozzarella-spaghetti-bake

Wednesday - risotto with peas and topped with baked fish there is a little bit of cheating here I am using the birds eye fish that's flavoured with herbs and I just have to pop in the oven and risotto will be cooked all in one not the official way (sorry but a girls gotta eat before 9pm) they boys will have fish fingers, peas and mash

As you can see I love bbc good food many of my most used receipes are from this site and the magazine