Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 11

Real Food Meal Plan Week 11. | thecookspyjamas.com

The Princess is still on school holidays this week, and I seemed to have spent much of my time standing outside changing rooms whilst she stares at herself in the mirror.  I have no idea what she is doing as she won’t let me in.  All I know is that it takes a very long time, and often sees us home late in the afternoon.  Meals during school holidays tend to be a bit haphazard as a result.  [Read more…]

Kitchen Basics: How to Make Arepas

How To Make Arepas. A great gluten free alternative to bread. | thecookspyjamas.com

We have had the luxury of a small hawker’s markets operating in a nearby local park over the summer months.  Most Friday evenings we would stroll down and select dinner from the various cuisines on offer.  After working my way through Indian, South East Asian and Turkish, I one day found myself in front of the Venezuelan van ordering the arepa stuffed with shredded beef and black beans.  The juice from the beef soaked into the fluffy corn, and the whole combination was utterly delicious.  Unfortunately arepas cannot just be bought off the shelf, so to recreate this meal at [Continue Reading]

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 10

Real Food Meal Plan Week 10 | thecookspyjamas.com

I have been on my own for most of this week.  The Princess has been visiting her grandparents (Yay for school holidays!).  Mr Grumpy went off to the football, then on yet another work trip, so I have only had myself to feed most of the time.  I had great plans to stock the freezer whilst everybody was out of the house, but didn’t quite manage it.  I think it was the potential piles of dishes that stopped me.  At least that is my excuse.

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 9

Our Real Food Meal Plan Week 9 | thecookspyjamas.com

I finally plucked up the courage to harvest the extremely large zucchini that was growing through the fig tree.  I had been watching it for a while, and it had to go.  The large fluffy end went to the chooks, we had some for dinner, and Mr Grumpy took the rest for his workmate to use for zoodles. Everybody wins!

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. 

Kitchen Basics: How to Make Lacto-Fermented Mayonnaise

How to Make Lacto-Fermented (Cultured) Mayonnaise | thecookspyjamas.com

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. | thecookspyjamas.com

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.