Week starting 8th May
Sunny days are here to stay… it’s still just a tad chilly though so I’m feeling that we’re still somewhere lost in no man’s land between soup and salad. I did check the weather app earlier and saw something about 24 degrees for next week though so now I’m really getting my hopes up!
This week we started, as always, with pasta, and a recipe from the National Trust Family Cookbook – sausage and tomato pasta on ricotta. This is a fairly simple recipe in which you use the insides of some good quality sausages cooked up with onion, fennel and tinned tomato and then serve the dish on some ricotta. My kids really enjoyed this today (and I did too), another good family recipe from this fab book.
Tomorrow I’m taking some inspiration from some of the recipes that people have been tagging with #feedtheteam on Instagram – puff pastry pizza. I used to make lots of these simple puff pastry tarts using ready rolled pastry pre-kids but for some reason I haven’t thought of them for a while so this week I’m going to give it a go and I have high hopes given their general feelings towards pizza and pastry. I’ll keep the toppings simple and pizza-like – salami and mozzarella – on their half to keep life simple and then I have some asparagus and goats’ cheese for our half to keep life interesting.
On Wednesday I’m going to hope for summer with a salad but it’s really an excuse to use some more Jersey Royals which are just one of my favourite things in the world and which are just coming into season now. If you want to see more about what’s good to eat in May do check out our Seasonal page for more details on the ingredients and recipes that you could use them in.
Thursday I’m taking more inspiration from that #feedtheteam hashtag and doing a salmon traybake. We went to watch a sea lion show at Knowsley Safari Park on Sunday and the kids were very excited to discover that the sea lions like eating salmon like them so it’s a good choice for this week and also for a fairly quick post-swimming lesson tea. I’ll cook them with some more par-boiled jerseys, asparagus and whatever else is hanging around in the fridge.
And then Friday is really our last proper cooked meal of the week as we are off to a wedding (child-free!) on Saturday and we won’t be back until later on Sunday. The excitement of someone making all of my meals for me is palpable. We’re going out with a bang though with fish tacos – yet another #feedtheteam hashtag from this week. There were a lot of tacos being made this week (largely I think due to cinco de mayo) and the fish tacos in particular looked fab. It’s not something I’ve tried before so I’ve come up so far with a couple of recipes that look interesting including the below from Jamie Oliver but I think I prefer the idea of coating them in panko breadcrumbs, not so healthy maybe but certainly kid-friendly.
And I’ve bought these which look perfect for the job, excited by this find!
Hope you have a great week.