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.

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 7 2015

Real Food Meal Plan Week 7 | thecookspyjamas.com

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. | thecookspyjamas.com

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. | thecookspyjamas.com

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. | thecookspyjamas.com

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. | thecookspyjamas.com

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.

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 5 2015

Real Food Meal Plan Week 5 | thecookspyjamas.com

I didn’t actually make a meal plan this week as I was going to be on my own.  The Princess was on school camp and Mr Grumpy was supposed to be away for work.  I had visions of omelettes and other simple dinners that required limited effort and minimal dishes.

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.