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brussels sprouts/ mushroom/ potatoes

Mushroom Bourguignon with Brussel Sprout Mash

I saw a recipe for mushroom bourguignon on my “Hungermama Meal Planning” Facebook group and knew I had to give it a go. We are big fans of beef bourguignon around our house and this vegetarian version was the first one I had seen that worth a try.

The original recipe was a bit too fussy for my (lazy) tastes, so I did what I could to simplify things. I also added more veg via the brussel sprouts in the mash. The most time consuming bit is washing and cutting all the mushrooms, but if you’re really pressed for time, you can always buy them chopped! (Or just have the kids do it earlier in the week when they are bored.) Continue Reading…

meal plans

Meal Plan #79

I decided last week to cut out alcohol and sugar for the remainder of January. I did lots of over indulging in December and cutting back this month has been a challenge, but it feels good to be doing it!

The alcohol has been more difficult than the sweets I have to say. Mostly, I am missing my glass of wine in the evenings. There is really no decent replacement for that. I have been drinking sparkling water with a splash of juice in it instead. While it tastes nice enough (and is keeping me hydrated!), I definitely prefer a big, fruity glass of red wine on a rainy evening. Continue Reading…

lentils/ soup

Coconut Lentil Soup

Big news for The Hungerfords this week: our applications for British citizenship were approved. When Jason told me I nearly started to cry. Not out of excitement or sadness, but I’m pretty sure it was just pure anxiety. Our swearing in ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday. That is just a handful of days from today.

I have incredibly mixed feelings about becoming British and for a while I considered not doing it at all. What hit me when I found out that we were imminently becoming British citizens is that it just seems so unfair that we even get the choice at all. I think about the Syrian families desperate for a safe place to live. Families who would love to be given the choice between two (relatively) safe countries, and here I am feeling so conflicted about the luxury. It is pretty last minute, but I am considering having a happy hour soon to celebrate our new citizenship and simultaneously raise awareness (and money) for the refugee crisis our world is currently facing.

Gosh, that was a very serious introduction to this soup.

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chatter: Mrs. Man

I met my husband when I was twenty-one-years-old. We had a whirlwind romance and were married when I was only twenty-three. It wasn’t a very difficult decision for me to change my surname to his as it was more important to me that we present as a family than for me to keep my given surname. I did, however, request that if we ever had a boy baby that we name him “Peter” after my maiden name, “Peterka”. When our son was born in 2014, we did exactly that. Continue Reading…

meal plans

Meal Plan #78

[Thank you to all of you who participated in my survey! The feedback is so very helpful and I will be using it as I make plans for the blog in 2018!]

Our guests have gone, as are nearly all the mince pies: that must mean that Christmas 2017 is slowly coming to a close. We still have our Christmas decorations up, but they’ll come down this weekend. In the meantime, I am trying to get back into a groove and am working on a general list of goals for 2018. I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I am definitely one for flushing out and listing goals in general. Here is what I have so far: Continue Reading…


Hungermama Survey 2018


Dear Friends,

Since re-commiting to the blog at the beginning of 2017, Hungermama has seen a lovely, steady flow of traffic. Even with slightly sporadic posting, we’ve still received well over 100K visits this year with an average of 350 of you visiting the blog every day. Your interest and participation give us the motivation to continue putting in the hours, and we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

Goals for the blog this year include better organisation of recipes and posts, more regular posting, firing up the newsletter, and perhaps a bit of branching out from recipe posts (depending on how the survey goes! Ha!). I am also planning to add adverts to the blog. (I know . . . ) But if we are going to put more effort into regular posts, it only makes sense to be compensated for that time.

It would be enormously helpful to get some feedback from you (the good and the bad!) so we can know where to focus our attention in 2018. The survey below is only five questions long, and shouldn’t take more than a minute or so to complete. (You may need to scroll down on the survey itself to see all five questions or click here to be taken directly to the survey.)

Lots of love,


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pasta/ soup

Miso Noodle Soup

I went to look up my miso soup recipe on the blog and was surprised to see that I didn’t have one posted! Perhaps it is because it is one of those meals that is not really cooking, but more just assembling. Regardless, I feel it needs to make an appearance simply as a reminder that this is a quick, easy, and delicious dinner that is especially comforting during these cold winter nights.  Continue Reading…

meal plans

Meal Plan #77

Last week changed my life:  I popped in to see a friend’s pop-up shop and ended up staying to help for the entire week she was running it. As someone who has really struggled with loneliness, it was an absolute revelation to be around people all day. Even though I didn’t know most of the shoppers coming through the doors, it was incredibly life-giving to be surrounded by lovely, chatty women. I left each day feeling inspired, energised, and not at all lonely. After years of spending the majority of my time working behind my own laptop by myself, it reminded me how much I crave the company of other people. Being social really is my default.  Continue Reading…

meal plans

Meal Plan #76

The Advent calendar is loaded, the Christmas tree is up and decorated, the festive drinks are flowing, and the Christmas cookie recipe blog posts are imminent. My jeans still don’t fit since my trip to America in October, and there is no chance I’ll fit back into them this month. Not with all the baking my husband is doing, and all the drinking I’m doing. (See also: sausage bread) That being said, we still started the week with one of my healthier recipes. (But don’t worry. We’ll still finish the week with pizza! Ha!) Continue Reading…

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Meal Plan #75

This week I turn thirty-seven-years-old. I have always looked forward to getting older, so I’m quite pleased to be so close to forty! Funny though, no matter how old I get, I still feel like an imposter adult pretending to be old enough to have kids and live in my own house . . . Continue Reading…