In My Kitchen – March 2015

IMK Tomato box

I have In My Kitchen this month an almost empty tomato box.  It occurred to me that we are fast coming to the end of the tomato season and I had yet to restock a few staples that I rely on through the year.  So it was now or never. [Read more…]

Kitchen Basics: Simple Ginger Soy Marinade

Easy Ginger Soy Marinade. Double the recipe and have dinner in the freezer. | thecookspyjamas.com

My standard summertime ‘I can’t be bothered’ dinner is usually some form of grilled protein and salad.  Maybe some fresh bread and butter if the family is lucky.  Whilst I prefer marinated meat, I invariably find myself at the butcher just before closing, when the time for marinating anything is long past.  My fallback position when this happens is a quick rub.  Occasionally I do manage to plan ahead though, which is where this Simple Ginger Soy Marinade comes in handy.

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 4 2015

Real Food Meal Plan WEek 4

Heat and humidity continue to contribute to my total lack of inspiration when planning meals,  so I have taken a different tack this week.  I was reading about a Pantry Challenge over at Good Cheap Eats, and decided this might be a better way to approach the weekly menu at the moment.  Usually I work out what we are to eat, then buy the necessary items in my weekly shop.  This week I did the opposite, and worked out what I had in the freezer, then planned meals accordingly (mostly).

Continuous Brew Kombucha: A How-To Guide

Continuous Brew Kombucha: A How-To Guide. Brew your own Kombucha using this easy method. | thecookspyjamas.com

There has been a lot of talk in the media recently regarding the health benefits of fermented foods and probiotics.  This is great news for me as my friends and relatives have stopped giving me sideways crazy-lady glances and started to come to me for advice.  After having two people within twenty-four hours ask me about my Continuous Brew Kombucha, I thought I should write a post on it to save me repeating myself.

Tomato, Pesto and Goats Cheese Tart

Tomato Pesto Goats Cheese Tart. Easily feeds one or many. | thecookspyjamas.com

When I first started blogging, I gave my posts lovely obscure (and unbelievably witty) titles.  Some of the post titles are so obscure that even I sometimes have difficulty finding the recipes.  I have realised that if I struggle then you have absolutely no chance of finding them, and some of those recipes deserve to to be found.  This Tomato, Pesto and Goats Cheese Tart is one of them.  It is easy to pull together and so adaptable that I felt it needed a second outing (and a clearer title).

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 3 2015

Real Food Meal Plan Week 3 2015 | thecookspyjamas.com

Well, it’s finally happened.  At some point every summer I completely lose the inspiration to cook.  It’s hot, and I yearn for the cooler weather that will see dinner bubbling away in the oven for a few hours.  I am over salads, and zucchini, and find myself returning to a few old favourites to put a meal on the table.  So this week we have eaten:

Raspberry Chocolate Chia Pudding Pots

Raspberry Chocolate Chia Pudding Pots. Great for a snack on-the-go | thecookspyjamas.com

I am beginning to understand those “Mum’s Taxi” bumper stickers that are usually seen in abundance in school zones.  Every school year, or even school term, brings a change to our daily routine.  I find myself picking The Princess up at odd times after school, or ferrying her to various venues around the city.  No week seems the same.  One thing does remain constant though; the need to keep her fed.  If The Princess becomes hungry,  everything goes south very quickly.

Peanut Soba Noodle Salad with Crispy Tempeh

Peanut Soba Noodle Salad with Crispy Tempeh | thecookspyjamas.com

I’ve been going through a noodle phase of late. I don’t like cold pasta salads, but had quite forgotten how good cold soba noodles are until in desperation I bought a bowl for lunch recently.  They were delicious.   So as soba noodles are perfect for hot weather, I have been making up for lost time by eating them regularly.  This Peanut Soba Noodle Salad with Crispy Tempeh is everything I enjoy in a vegetarian meal.  A zesty dressing, lots of vegetables and little bits of crunch.

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 2 2015

Real Food Meal Plan Week 2

We are slowly settling back into the school routine, although I can see changes afoot in the way I cook this year as The Princess starts to sign up for new activities.  Events in the late afternoon and early evening always present dinner challenges so we will just have to see what this year brings.  In the meantime, dinner this week was quite straightforward: