And in other news…..

…… for the past 4 years I have been retraining to a new career. My former working life required working in London (many hours away from home) and lots of travel and no longer suited the reality of our life. So in the past 4 years I have retrained, and have just started in my new office.

It’s an exciting- but very new phase of my life, and so blogging has been put slightly on the back burner. But hopefully this week I will be returning.  I may well be amusing myself by blogging work-day lunches. (I abandoned supermarket sandwiches day 2). 


Daily Menu – Thursday

Cheese and tomato on toast. When it comes to cheese on toast, for me the highly-processed cheese slices that come wrapped in plastic are where it’s at.

Dinner was Italian ‘Polpette’ meatball and pasta soup. This is one of my favourite mid-week suppers and goes down a treat with the family.It is very quick too if I buy pre-made meatballs. Slice onion, dice garlic,carrots,celery and zucchini,brown all. Add meatballs an brown, add a jar of pasta sauce or passata and a cup of red wine and simmer for 45minutes or so until the soup is thick,deeply flavoured. Before serving, throw in a few handfuls of spiral pasta and cook. Baby-G has his with garlic bread. We find the soup on it’s own is enough.

I always make enough for leftovers the next day.

Fish stew

I made this up on the hoof. It was a dark and stormy night, we were back late from school and although I wanted to cook something fast, I wanted it to be a bit special for our weekend guests. A thick, warming fish stew seemed to fit the bill. Served with crusty bread and butter.

I sliced 1 medium brown onion, crushed two garlic cloves and sliced 2 sticks of celery. Added these to a thick casserole dish with a bit of olive oil and sauteed. I then added small diced potato (about two large baking potatoes, a tablespoon of mixed herbs,a tin of chopped tomatoes and a jar of herb pasta sauce. I simmered all this on low for about 30 minutes.

When the veg were all cooked through, I added 2 filets of salmon I had diced into cubes, 3 filets of cod, a pack of frozen prawns and some mussels I found pre-cooked and vacuum-packed at Aldi. I heated this all through until the fish was cooked, and served.

It was LOVELY. And I am planning to repeat it very soon.