Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 22

Real Food Meal Plan Week 22. Sag & Butter gnudi, sppedy minestrone and chicken pie.

Cooking for a teenager is a truly thankless task.  The Princess has been thoroughly unimpressed with my efforts at dinner this week.  So much so, she decided to make herself a toasted sandwich on Monday night rather than eat the meal I had prepared. Her loss really, as Mr Grumpy and I quite enjoyed it. [Read more…]

In My Kitchen – July 2015

Rye Bagel Crisps

I have been busy In My Kitchen recently. Whilst our vegetable garden has yet to produce its winter crop, dad’s garden is in full production. He appeared on my doorstep one day with a massive armful of kale. What else could I do but make kale chips. I doubled the cheesy coating, and made a huge batch that disappeared in record time. There have been suggestions from both Mr Grumpy and The Princess that I really should make more. Kale chips are popular in this house.

Oven Roasted Chilli with Hidden Vegetables

Oven Roasted Chilli with Hidden Vegetables. Six vegetables, seven if you count the beans.

I have never deliberately hidden vegetables in a meal to trick The Princess into eating them.  Vegetables are usually highly visible in everything I cook.  The Princess can choose to avoid them if she likes, although there are no other meal options, and certainly no dessert, if that is the path she chooses.

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 21

Real Food Meal Plan Week 21. Baked gnocchi, tuna pasta, braised chicken and homemade baked beans.

It seems everybody in Perth is sick at the moment, and our household has not been spared.  The Princess and I have both succumbed to different viruses, which has meant some slight rejigging of my carefully planned menu to minimise the cooking.  Simple dishes, baked in the oven, have been the order of the day.

Spicy Spelt Gingerbread Muffins

Spicy Spelt Gingerbread Muffins. Perfect for school lunchboxes.

I feel like the only thing I am baking at the moment are muffins, both sweet and savoury.  I tend to fall back on old favourites when I am in a hurry to make something for The Princess’s lunchbox, so when she recently suggested I cook something other than my banana and cocoa nib muffins, I whipped up these Spicy Spelt Gingerbread Muffins instead.

7 Tips for Great Tasting Slow Cooker Meals

7 Tips for Great Tasting Slow Cooker Meals. How to make slow cooker meals you actually want to eat.

I bought my first slow cooker about seven years ago.  I used it to make soap. After listening to the mums at school raving about how easy it was to get dinner on the table with a slow cooker, I caved under peer pressure and bought one for food.  The first meals I made in my slow cooker were disappointing.  They were watery, lacking in flavour, and not all appetising.  I persevered though, and over time have worked out these 7 Tips for Great Tasting Slow Cooker Meals.

Spanish Chicken Traybake with Potatoes and Olives

Spanish Chicken Traybake with Potatoes & Olives. A simple one-pot dinner.

I love a meal that can be made in a single pot or tray, and this Spanish Chicken Traybake with Potatoes and Olives (known simply as Spanish Chicken in our household) fits that brief perfectly.  The whole dish cooks in the oven whilst I do something else, and requires nothing more than a simple salad on the side to make a complete meal.  This is one of those dishes that is so simple it seems a stretch to call it a recipe.

Slow Cooker Lamb Korma Curry

Slow Cooker Lamb Korma Curry. A creamy, yet dairy free, freezer-friendly curry.

I feel I have finally mastered my slow cooker.  When I first started using it, I found many of the meals I produced were often watery and lacking in flavour.  I’ve persevered though, mostly for convenience, and recently surprised even myself with this Slow Cooker Lamb Korma Curry.  I am not a huge lamb fan. I cook it occasionally as both Mr Grumpy and The Princess quite like it, but it doesn’t grace our dinner menu on a regular basis. However, even I will admit that this curry is pretty tasty.