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Meal Plan Friday 8th December 2017

With my birthday and ZAP birthday so close to Christmas combined with everything going on at school I slightly loose the plot early to mid December as my brain can not calculate every thing that needs to be done.

Friday - Roasted mushrooms topped with caramelised mushrooms and blue cheese served with chips

Saturday - Pizza and dough balls

Sunday - Roasted Sausages, Roast Potatoes, Carrots and Greens

Monday - Gnocchi, Mushrooms and Broccoli with a cream sauce

Tuesday - Lamb meatballs with roasted veggies and feta (to be written up)

Wednesday - Paella simple. Pasta and tomatoes for the boys

Thursday - Asia curry bag from Waitrose as it is my birthday. Tortellini for the boys.
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Meal Plan Friday 22nd December 2017

Christmas week, I seem to have been thinking about this day for so long and this is what we are up to

Friday 22nd - Fajitas for Mr MC&W and myself. Sausages, beans and mash for the boys

Saturday 23rd  - I will be cooking our gammon in cola and we will be having gammon, eggs and chips. Picking up our Christmas box from the village farm shop

Sunday 24th  - It has always been Mr MC&W family tradition to have a curry on Christmas Eve and I must admit I love this so that's what we will be having. 

Monday 25th - Roast Turkey I am doing a rolled crown, roast potatoes, honey roast parsnips, red cabbage, sprouts with chestnuts and broccoli. With the usual extras pigs in blankets, stuffing etc. I must admit that I am buying most bits in for the extras, as we have three young children and cooking for 10. Pudding will be Christmas pud made by the MIL and chocolate roulade we have brought in from cook. Followed by a huge cheese board - as a family we do love cheese. A lot of the cheese is …

Meal Plan Friday 15th December 2017

Wow where has December gone? For us it has passed in a haze of birthdays, school activities and trying to get organised for Christmas. This week we are having treat meals for the lead up to Christmas

Friday 15th - Caesar Salad

Saturday - Picnic dinner for the boys as they had a McDonald's for lunch. We are having Charlie Bigham Moussaka

Sunday - Mine and ZAP birthday lunch so its a buffet and we went to Cook and got lots of lovely goodies.

Monday - Chestnut Mushroom and Fennel pasta. Boys will have picnic as they are having a party at school.

Chestnut mushroom fennel bacon fusilli

Tuesday - Sticky Chinese Chicken Tray bake served with rice for us all

Sticky chinese chicken traybake

Wednesday - Pizza and Salad for us all

Thursday - Meatballs for us all

Garden Ready Winter Bedding Plants

This summer the large border we created was filled with summer bedding plants. These have all gone over leaving the border looking empty and sad, we needed something quick and easy for the winter months.

Then an e mail popped through from Thompson and Morgan who had a flash sale of winter bedding plants, even better they were garden ready. Pansy and Dianthus barbatus (sweet Williams) in a range of colours, we would receive 60 garden ready plants 30 of each for £10. We spent £30 and got a lot of garden ready plants that should grow over the winter and give us some early colour.

A couple of weeks later they arrived and when unpacked looked like this and then all you have to do is plant them out.

Here are a couple of tips from the lessons I lernt.

Remove the plants first and not as you go along. I was taking one out and then planting. This was a bad idea as it took forever.

When removing be careful, either do this with no gloves or very thin ones, the plants can easily break. I found that sli…

Meal Plan Friday 24th November 2017

We have a manic week ahead of us with play dates, dentist appointments and the garden being finished. Lots of simple food is needed.

Friday - Hot Dogs for us all

Maple glazed hot dogs

Saturday - Thai Curry - Ready made meal. Boys chicken fingers, chips and salad

Sunday - Roast Beef

Monday - Roasted Gnocchi - never tried this before. We will all have this.

Roast mushroom gnocchi

Tuesday - Fish, Rice and roasted vegetables. Sausages and beans with jackets for the boys.

Wednesday - Chilli via the slow cooker. Going to try the boys on this one and we shall see

Chilli Marrakech

Thursday - Pie, new potatoes and salad. Nuggets, mash and peas for the boys.

Honey Roasted Cartot, Parsnip and Beetroot

I was given a lovely bag of soup vegetables from our local farm shop, Isfield Farm Shop, as part of a promotion. There was a leek, beetroots, parsnip, carrots, potato. Mr MC&W does not like soup so I decided to see what we could use the veggies in our meals that week.

Now you could easily increase the quantities and I am considering cooking this for Christmas, as it is a big bowl of tasty veggies cooked in one.

Pre heat the oven 

200 fan 180 Gas mark 6

1 Parsnip

2 Carrots

2 small beetroots - uncooked

2 teaspoons of honey

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Squeeze of garlic paste or two cloves of garlic

50ml orange juice

Peel and Cut the parsnips and carrots into batons 

Peel the beetroot and cut into quarters

Put the beetroot and carrots into a roasting tin with half the oil coat them well and roast for 20 Min's. 

Add the parsnip and roast for another 10 Min's. 

Take from the oven and mix in the honey, garlic, orange juice and oil and roast again for 10-15 Min's.

They ended up sweet, sticky an…

Meal Plan Friday 17th November 2017

We have Grandma MC&W down this weekend, so its going to be all rather busy, but lots of fun for us all. The meal plan got rather late and ended up being a bit of a rush.

Friday - Smoked Mackerel Salad with roasted new potatoes and beetroot. Boys will have a picnic dinner as it was fish and chips at school.

Saturday - Ham, Egg and chips for us all

Sunday - Roast Pork

Monday - Puff Pastry Tart topped with aubergine, goats cheese the boys will have one with cheese

Tuesday - Spicy Harissa Chicken. Boys chicken curry.

spicy harissa chicken and lentils

Wednesday - Tuna Pasta Bake

Thursday - Mushroom Risotto