Monday, 21 November 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 19th November 2016

November is hitting hard at the moment and the weather is miserable and we need comfort food.

Saturday - Mr MC&W is having a ready meal curry as I am lunch out with my Mum and little sister. Boys will have pizza.

Sunday - OB has a party in the morning and we have had a hectic weekend. Dinner for us all I have brought in Lasagna with salad and some garlic bread

Monday - Gnocchi with singe cream and Parmesan sauce with broccoli for the boys and mushrooms and broccoli for me. Taken form the Madhouse Cookbook by Jo Pratt

Tuesday - Simple tomato sauce with spaghetti topped with baby corn, ham and peas. I will be using up any extra veggies in the cupboard.

Wednesday - mini tuna fishcakes with salad

Thursday - Carrot and Lentil soup 

Friday - Boys have a disco so it's a quick meal of Jacket Potatoes with beans and cheese for us all.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 12th November 2016

Meal planning was a little better this week, maybe because the week was a little less hectic than it had been. 

All we want is warming winter meals

Saturday - Pirri Pirri chicken with red peppers, red onions served with chips and salad. Boys will have fish fingers and mash

Sunday - Toad in the Hole using sausages from the village farm shop. Served with lots of veggies and some roast potatoes.

Monday - I am trying the boys on satay chicken again but major changes. One I am not cooking the sauce it's being brought. Secondly rice not noodles. Lots of veggies. The sauce will be on the side for the boys.

Tuesday - Soup lentil, carrot slightly spiced served with rolls

Wednesday - Gnuddi with tomato sauce. I watched these being made in a programme on Good Food and they looked lovely.

Thursday - Jackets with Tina Mayo and salad

Friday - Homemade beef burger with chips and salad 




Sunday, 6 November 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 5th November 2016

I am rather shocked that we are into November and December is slowly creeping up on me. 

The meal plan for the last couple of weeks has been a bit of a chore. For some reason I am finding it hard to decide what to eat and nothing is appealing. 

Saturday - Our family favourite Spag Bol using mince from our local farm shop

Sunday - Roast Chicken, the boys just love this meal and normally clear their whole plates.

Monday - Sausage Casserole with Jacket  Potatoes

Tuesday - Chicken Curry

Wednesday - Tuna Pasta Bake

Thursday - Fish Pie

Friday - Homemade pizza

Planting LolliPop Trees Elaeagnus ebbingei

I can not believe the day had finally arrived, the trees we had put so much thought into were going to be planted.

We had the conifer and last shrubs removed and the whole area dug over and ready for the arrival of the LolliPop Trees Elaeagnus ebbingei.


Area cleared and ready for the trees

I was on the school run when they arrived. I walked round into the back garden to see five of the most beautiful trees in huge pots ready to be planted.

Mr MC&W had chatted to the team that the trees need to be the same height despite there being a slight slope.

Elaeagnus ebbingei all ready to be planted

It was great to see the tape measure out checking the spacing between each one, as this was such a crucial part of the design.

I can not believe how fast they got the first tree in and how polite they were when we suddenly realised it was overhanging the neighbours' boundary. They brought it forward no questions.

First Elaeagnus ebbingei in but had to be moved

All five went in under 4 hours, I honestly do not think we would have one hole dug in that time.

Then they were planted and we could not keep the smiles of our faces, they look stunning. The beautiful silvery green leaves of the trees allowing for the screen we wanted up high.

The team told us that the area was very sheltered and the trees would not need staking. The next job was to water them well. The trees that had been planted where the conifer had been needed more water as the ground was so dry.

Elaeagnus ebbingei all planted and looking beautiful


Our view from upstairs


It also still gives us the ability to plant under the trees and create a beautiful border. I Love it when a plan comes together and has taught us we can have the vision and make a bold statement. 

I will now be mainly watering these for the next couple of weeks and worrying as killing these would be rather expensive. 
A Cornish Mum







Monday, 31 October 2016

Meal Plan Friday 28th October 2016

Sorry for the week away, we had a family holiday to Center Parcs. This meant a few days of ready meals and no cooking. We got back on Friday evening and had to do a very quick plan for this week.

Friday - Fish and Chips with peas

Saturday - Fajitas 

Sunday - Roast Beef with Yorkshire Puddings, Roast Potatoes and lots of veggies

Monday - Creamy Pasta with peas and ham. The sauce is made with Mascapone so is fast and easy.

Tuesday - Aussie Style Potato Scones with beans, sausages and broccoli


Wednesday - Oven Baked Risotto 

Thursday - Chicken cooked in a tomato sauce served with rice and green beans

Friday - Mini Burgers these will be handmade by me along with salad

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Dinner for Two - private Chef

Friday was Mr MC&W 40th Birthday and this brought a slight dilemma. How could I make this night special without going to a restaurant for dinner? Our eldest has type 1 and ASD which means it's nearly impossible for anyone to have him even for an hour or so.

I had an idea and for once it was one of my better ones. What about getting a private chef to cook for us in our own home. We could have an amazing meal that we do not have to cook ourselves and look after OB at the same time. Win win all round.

Luckily the MIL knew someone who was starting out doing private catering, he has even appeared on MasterChef setting the contestants a challenge.

We talked a lot on email about Mr MC&W favourite food, using this information he came up with a special menu for us both. It was perfect we could have a meal that was full of food Mr MC&W loves and there are worries about OB getting sick.

Below is our amazing meal. (sorry that the photos are not the best quality, we were really hungry)

Canapes

Smoked Salmon Toasts with crème Fraiche

Mini Chorizo Croquettes

Tempura Prawns





Starter for Mr MC&W

Seared Scallops & Salt & Pepper Squid
Curried Cauliflower puree, Onion Bahjee bits




Starter for Mrs MC&W

Goats Cheese three ways
With beetroot & dressed rocket



Main Course

Fillet of Beef
Hand cut chunky chips, flat mushroom, 
roasted vine tomato & Bernaise sauce & a Peppercorn sauce 



Pudding

Classic English Trifle three ways classic, cherry and orange



Cheese

Selection of Fine Cheeses & Water Biscuits



I can honestly say the meal was superb. The chef brought everything he needed from a deep fat fryer to crockery ensuring the quality of presentation. The food was cooked and served straight away, I founded it fresher than a restaurant, and we could wait as long between courses as we wanted.

Mr MC&W was in shock at the surprise and could not believe I had thought of it. We had a high-end restaurant standard meal cooked in our own home and we could keep an eye on our little boy.

It was a truly wonderful and special evening, something we never thought we would be able to have again.

This was our amazing chef:

http://taplinshospitality.com/

Mudpie Fridays

Sparkles & Stretchmarks Sunday Best

A Cornish Mum


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 15th October 2016

We have a very busy but fun filled weekend. Then the last week of school before half term. That means lots of school bits to do. I need to bake a cake which is worrying for everyone.

Saturday - We are having Fahitas. The boys will eat at the brother in laws birthday party that we are all going to

Sunday - We are eating out at the Royal Ashdown Hotel for lunch celebrating Mr MC&W birthday as he is 40 along with his identical twin brother

Monday -  Spag Bol as we need to take pictures of OB cooking for school homework 

Tuesday - Chicken Curry we love a Korma

Wednesday - Gnocchi with a tomato sauce and garlic bread

Thursday - Freezer Meal we have a manic day at school so need a meal I can just pop in the oven when we get home.

Friday - it's the last day of term and again going to be busy so it will be Jacket Potatoes with beans and cheese 
Cuddle Fairy