Week starting 10th October
It’s one of those weeks. I’m off to London tomorrow for a big event, back on Thursday for a meeting and off again on Friday morning only to try to get back by 3pm for pick up. By Saturday I’ll be collapsed in a heap, hopefully there will be vodka nearby.
For that reason we’re keeping it relatively simple this week – we value our sanity.
I started the week with what is fast becoming Pasta Mondays and the kids’ favourite – pasta and pesto. Max ate enough to keep him going for the rest of the week (although he did still seem to want some breakfast and dinner today unfortunately).
Today we have had pork steaks with potatoes, cauliflower cheese and carrots. It doesn’t sound too simple but I got home at 6pm with 2 kids on my own and did manage to have it on the table by 6.20pm – I can’t say that there wasn’t some crying and cross words in between but you can’t have it all. The cauliflower cheese was not of the oven-baked variety – I knocked up a quick cheese sauce on the hob and it was delicious (well I thought so, the kids wouldn’t touch it! All the more for me…)
Tomorrow I won’t be here for dinner so I’m leaving them with fish fingers. If you haven’t tried the posh Ocado variety I heartily recommend them. You almost feel like you’ve made them a fancy meal instead of just fish fingers, win-win.
On Thursday I’m back (briefly) to make everyone a quorn chilli with rice and on Friday I’ll have a little more time so I’m making a chicken cacciatore. It’s a lighter recipe that I took from BBC Good Food and I’ll post it up on our recipe page too. It really does taste fantastic and is great with pasta, rice, or pretty much any carbohydrate and greens.
Saturday is our day off and then on Sunday I’m doing salmon en croute. I’m having a bit of success with salmon at the moment after a period of fish hating so making the most of it. I do a very simple method of mixing some diced cooked veg (mushrooms, courgette, onion etc.) mixed in a little cream cheese, putting it on the salmon fillet and wrapping the lot in some ready rolled puff pastry. Then cook for about 25 minutes.
Have a good week!