Week starting 22nd August
The only problem with having your main holiday at the start of the kids’ break is that by this time of year (when it’s grey and horrible outside) you’re already pining for another one. This is probably why I ended up booking flights to Berlin for the half term break over the weekend. Whoops. Also seriously wishing we were back in Croatia for another couple of weeks right now but I don’t think the budget is quite going to stretch to that.
Never mind, back to meal planning. This week there is a bit of a bias towards recipes from the BBC Good Food site. It’s something that I use pretty regularly because there’s just so much insp on there and I think it helps me keep things fresh, although I like to have a couple of classics every week too.
We’re starting today with salmon simply oven-roasted and served with cous cous. Max keeps informing me that he doesn’t like fish but he does like salmon so hopefully this one will be a hit although I’ve just had a bad flashback of the state of the kitchen last time we had cous cous. I use the regular cous cous, stick a bit of olive oil in there plus some finely chopped pepper and cucumber. I also mix a bit of parmesan through it which is a bit of an odd mix with fish but hey, I like it. Hopefully I can also have the leftovers tomorrow with a bit of feta mixed in.
Tomorrow is a BBC Good Food recipe, see below for the link, oven-baked ratatouille and sausages. I found this one whilst browsing the family friendly recipes and I bloody love ratatouille so I’m looking forward to it already.
On Wednesday we’re having another Good Food one, this time something that I’ve cooked again and again. I’m sure it’s not a hugely authentic laksa but it’s very easy to make and tastes fab. The recipe is for one person so you have to be aware of scaling up accordingly.
Thursday I’m off to London for work (which is something that happens pretty much every week once or twice a week). On London days I usually leave the husband with something simple. Not because he’s simple but just because looking after 2 tired kids and making dinner isn’t always (or ever) fun. So he’s just left with jackets and beans which, to be honest, is one of my favourite meals of all time so we’re all winners.
Friday I’m trying a recipe which sounds pretty similar to a Jamie one from 30 Minute Meals which I made so many times when the kids were babies but this is another Good Food recipe, cauliflower mac and cheese, although here it’s cauliflower & bacon pasta.
White pasta sauces are always a bit of a culinary challenge in our household but I like a challenge and I’m going to remind Max of the cauliflower clouds we saw when we were flying to Croatia as a bit of a cauliflower incentive.
Saturday is a day off to eat whatever we fancy and then we’re finishing the week up with a Sunday roast. I don’t even know what kind of Sunday roast yet, I’m going to go to the butcher’s on Saturday and see what takes my fancy. Stay tuned!
Have a great week!