Week starting 23rd January
So it hasn’t been the best of weeks so far, I’ve been struck down with a nasty virus for the last 4 days and amongst the nausea and ear pain haven’t felt much like eating, cooking or even thinking about food. Great start to a meal planner blog, no?
I suppose it has been fortunate so far that the kids haven’t been struck down too as that would have added a whole new dimension of hell but that fact has also meant that they still need feeding. And hence, here is my rather simple, hastily thought through meal planner for this week!
Today we have had pasta with meatballs which is usually a winner with the kids but today Edie decided she doesn’t like meatballs. In fact she seems to be going through a doesn’t like meat at all phase actually which is keeping life “interesting”. Personally I’d be quite happy to be a vegetarian 90% of the time (the odd steak when eating out still entices) and the husband has also declared he wants to eat less meat so looks like that’s our direction for the time being.
Tomorrow and Wednesday I’m keeping it beyond simple with tomato soup (not homemade) and fish fingers. I realise that this is hardly inspiring stuff but I guess it’s right to share that when life throws illness, 2 days in London for me and hungry kids at us then we just eat fish fingers too.
On Thursday I’m hoping to resume some semblance of normality with a go at a Szechuan stir fry. I found this one on the Jamie Oliver Ultimate app which is a paid for app but I think worth the money given the amount of recipes you get compared to your average cookbook. I’ve shared the recipe on our recipes page in case you fancy checking it out.
I’m sincerely hoping that I feel back to normal by Friday as we are having friends over to sample an epic curry courtesy of a subscription to The Spicery that my sister Cara bought me for Christmas. This is essentially a subscription for bespoke spices which come with a recipe card for meals that you can make with those spices – this month it’s a chicken jalfrezi with various accompaniments and also a tagine dish which we’ll try next week. You can see more detail about The Spicery on the link below. Really looking forward to trying it out.
And finally, we’ll be having a much deserved day off on Saturday and then more friends over on Sunday so I’m going to do a big pulled pork with barbecue sauce, brioche buns and salad. As well as some sausages for the kids. The pulled pork recipe below is great, I’ve tried it twice before and it works a treat.
Have a great week.