In My Kitchen – April 2015

In My Kitchen April 2015

I love a birthday month, not least because it is guaranteed to see lovely things creep into my kitchen.  I had been coveting the Tefal Dairy Choices since I first discovered it.  It’s three settings make yoghurt, fresh cheeses and desserts, although so far I have only used the yoghurt setting.  [Read more…]

Kitchen Basics: How to Make Lacto-Fermented Mayonnaise

How to Make Lacto-Fermented (Cultured) Mayonnaise |

If you have  been keeping even half an eye open you will be aware that fermented and cultured foods are this year’s hot new food trend.  Which is interesting, given that it is also one of the world’s oldest food trends.  There are very few countries that do not incorporate some form of fermented food into their traditional diet.  Personally I find fermented foods contribute greatly to my gut health, so I try to to eat and drink them on a daily basis.  This Lacto-fermented Mayonnaise is just one of many cultures currently living in my fridge.

Oven Roasted Ratatouille

Oven Roasted Ratatouille. Fantastic hot or cold. |

If I could cook everything in the oven, I think I probably would.  I love the freedom that the oven gives me.  I don’t stress about a dish catching on the bottom of the pan and burning, and I can carry on with other things whilst dinner is cooking.  I can even put something in the oven and dash out to run errands without fear of burning the house down.  Hence Oven Roasted Ratatouille.

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 7 2015

Real Food Meal Plan Week 7 |

And suddenly, just like that, it is autumn.  The cooler weather means I can happily plan meals around the oven, and that stews and curries can start to creep back into the menu.  Coincidentally, I had my oven cleaned this week all ready to fire up without smoking out the house.

Homemade Instant Wholegrain Waffle Mix

Homemade Instant Wholegrain Waffle Mix. Great for a speedy breakfast. |

The Princess is happily munching her way through my granola for breakfast at the moment.  Which is fine, in theory, but in reality it means that I am having to make granola far more often than I would like.  In an effort to provide some breakfast alternatives (and slow down her consumption of said granola) I have drawn her attention to the large container of this Homemade Instant Wholegrain Waffle Mix that is now stashed in the freezer.

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 6 2015

Real Food Meal Plan Week 6. |

The weather at this time of year drives me mad.  I plan a week of meals and suddenly the temperature shoots up, and my simple roast chicken doesn’t seem at all appropriate.  I still managed to put something on the table though, so the family remain happy.

Pea and Celery Wholegrain Couscous

Pea & Celery Wholegrain Couscous. A quick & easy side dish or lunch. |

There are times when dinner has to be both quick and easy.  Usually because I’m feeling lazy.  Years ago, my standby quick and easy dinner was crumbed fish fillets in a box from the frozen food aisle of the supermarket.  Having moved on from those days, my go-to simple dinner is now a piece of pan fried fish with a few easy side dishes. In winter these might be sweet potato chips and roasted broccoli. In summer, it is more likely to be this Pea and Celery Wholegrain Couscous Salad.

Scattered Sushi Rice Bowl

Scattered Sushi Rice Bowl. For those times when you really can't be bothered rolling sushi. |

I seem to be going through a Japanese phase at the moment.  First Soba Noodle Salad, then Ginger Soy Marinade and now this Scattered Sushi Rice Bowl.  It has everything to do with the weather, as the light flavours of Japanese cuisine are perfect for the relentless heat we are currently experiencing.