As part of my lifestyle overhaul and effort to be more organised. I’ve been looking at every aspect of my life and obviously that involves food and the amount of time I spend cooking it, shopping for it and persuading children to eat it. Which some weeks can be an enormous chunk of my time.
Being the mum of really quite picky children whose likes and dislikes change on an almost hourly basis it is really difficult to know what to cook. Trying to balance my ideas, their ideas of what food they like to eat and trying to incorporate good nutrition as well as cut down on then time I spend on preparation and cooking. And also bearing in mind that often meals need to be reheated later for Mr ReallyQuiteFickle, well it’s all just got a little out of hand.
Things need to change, they need to be less complicated and I need to accept that sometimes I need to cut corners and that this is okay!
So I’ve started by signing back up to Ocado so that I don’t have to do food shopping with 3 children and I can also keep a firm grasp of costs. I’ve also had everyone in the family write me a list of what foods they like both for lunches and dinners and I’ve gone through the lists to make a meal plan which should suit everyone… hopefully.
I’ve cut corners on the amount I cook from scratch and I’ve allowed them to choose some convenience style foods which they like, working on the **little of what you fancy does you good** principle.
The shopping was delivered this morning, the plan has been actioned and I’m really hoping it makes things easier and leaves me with more time.
It is chaos living in my house, I forget things, I can never find things, I can never decide on anything and I change my mind constantly….
It wasn’t always like this… well okay then it probably was but as the number of children has risen and my number of hours asleep diminished the time has finally come (as pointed out by my health visitor*) that I could really do with a little bit of routine in my days.
*once I’d finished being annoyed with her and thought about what she said I can’t help but agree…
The only routine thing in this house is the routine fact that there is none. Everything is done on a whim, from bedtimes to mealtimes to well everything. I think of myself as far too creative and free-spirited to be able to do routine but consequently I have no time to be creative or free-spirited as lack of routine means every aspect of my home life is hard work and utterly muddled!
So over the next few weeks I’m going to make positive changes to make things better and to create time. It starts with a complete overhaul of the house, a massive clear-out, a move around and thorough organisation of belongings and time. Yes. Martha Stewart is my new best friend.
I know I menu planned. Even whilst I plan it I know I’ll never stick to it, it’s like a rule telling me what to do and the second something becomes just a little bit bossy I lose interest. So lunch today was this…
French bread spread with Boursin, grapes, tomatoes drizzled in garlic infused oil and balsamic vinegar sprinkled with just a touch of seasalt. A few black olives, a dollop of caramelised onions, a dollop of leftover homemade hummus and some grapes.
Serving as a reminder that fast food never needs to be junk.
put the flour, yeast, salt, olive oil into a large bowl and tip in the water drop at a time to mix the ingredients by hand into a stiff dough – turn the dough onto a work surface and knead for 5 minutes.
transfer back into the bowl and cover in cling film put the bowl into a warm place and leave for around an hour.
tip out your dough onto a work surface and split into two equal portions
roll the dough out thinly to the shape of your baking tray
transfer to a baking tray
top with the sauce, peppers and torn strips of mozzarella, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with oregano
bake until the cheese in golden and the bread risen
once out of the oven – top with shredded roast chicken and sprinkle with pea shoots
This is nice with potato wedges and a rather tasty little dish of coleslaw
Of course as this is leftovers pizza just use whatever you have – roast beef & rocket, roast pork & chinese leaves….
This week today my fad is eating less bread and so breakfast today was hash browns. What’s not to like about fried salty potatoes?
what you need:serves 1 (well maybe 2)
3 largish new potatoes
a small onion
a sprinkle of salt and pepper
olive oil for frying
what you do:
peel and slice the onion into thin moons
wash the potatoes and keeping the skins on coarsely grate
squeeze the moisture out of the grated potatoes using hands/kitchen towel
mix in the beaten egg and some salt & black pepper.
warm a splosh of olive oil in a frying pan – dollop little piles of the mixture into the hot oil and squash down the a fork a little to flatten.
fry on a medium heat for 4-5 minutes each side until cooked through.
piled on a plate maybe an extra dusting of salt and definitely a cup of coffee not tea. You could always make this more substantial by adding a spot of bacon, maybe a poached egg or a splat of beans or perhaps throw a chopped chilli into the hash brown mix and drizzle over a trickle of maple syrup when cooked.