Last week I realised quite late on Thursday night that I didn’t have what I needed to make dinner. I had ordered a butternut squash on my online shop for this recipe, and it ended up being no where near the size I needed to feed the five of us. I had nothing in the freezer that would be easy, and didn’t even have any tinned soup in the cupboard. I ended up ordering some (delicious) Indian food, but I felt totally defeated by it all.
The panic of realising it was dinner time and I had no dinner reminded of another reason why I meal plan: it makes me feel in charge, prepared, and ultimately, more calm. As someone who has always struggled with anxiety, anything I can do during my week to feel organised and prepared will never go unappreciated. The thought of facing another weeknight with blank eyes is too much for me, so PLEASE share your cupboard meals with me in the comments below! What do you make when you have nothing else planned and no real groceries in the house?
This week’s meal plan has suggestions from both my niece (teriyaki salmon) and my daughter (loaded toasted cheese sandwiches). I am personally excited to try my hand at Mexican stuffed peppers, but also pretty pumped to finally try out the vegetarian Thai curry that Rachel shared with us last year!
Speaking of, I love reading and sharing your favourite, go-to recipes so please drop me a line if you have one you’d like to share! Continue Reading…
There is so much going on these days. First I have to tell you that the march was incredible! My epic friend Tetyana, my niece, and two other awesome ladies stuck together through the many hours of walking and standing in the cold, but we eventually made it to Trafalgar Square where the buzz was amazing. I am hanging the sign I carried (Pro-love: no exceptions) in my daughter’s room so she will see it on a regular basis and think about what it means and why it was made.
In other news, my son turns three tomorrow! It seems like it was just yesterday he so magically came into our lives. (You can read his birth story here.) We’ll fill his room with balloons tonight while he sleeps and fill him with waffles in the morning. I can’t wait!! Continue Reading…
Long story short, the amazing Hardeep Singh Kohl came to our house Saturday night and cooked a last minute feast for nearly 20 people. We cooked, chatted, and laughed the night away. It was such great fun, and the food (which I’ve just eaten leftovers of) was absolutely incredible. The next day, Jason then cooked a massive Chinese food feast complete with homemade dumplings. (YUM) Needless to say, we have been feasting this weekend, and I am looking forward to a few lighter meals this week. (Though, for the record, Hardeep is welcome to cook in our kitchen any time!) Continue Reading…
Thank you all SO much for all the feedback you gave us on the survey! I have read every single comment (multiple times!) and found your responses both inspiring and enormously helpful. (The survey will be open for another week if you haven’t yet done it. It is only five questions and shouldn’t take more than a minute or two to complete!)
As per the survey results, I’ve decided to continue with my meal plans (which I was ready to ditch!). I do them for myself every single week regardless of whether or not I post them, but given that you all find them helpful, I’ll keep sharing them as well! So here we go again: welcome to the first meal plan of 2017! Whoop whoop! Continue Reading…
It is half-term craziness around here, so I’m taking things pretty easy. Mostly, I just love an excuse to get some Pieminster pies for dinner (not and ad!). They aren’t super healthy, but they are super delicious indeed and fine for a treat now and then. (They’re also on sale via Ocado right now! Whoop!) I’m also pumped for miso soup night. Every time I make it I kick myself for not making it more often. It is so comforting and yummy, and easy peasy to make! Recipe to come! Continue Reading…
I am so happy for the cooler weather. Summer is great fun, but I adore the cosiness of big wool jumpers, extra blankets on the bed, and comfort foods. Jason and the kids made all sorts of cosy goodies this weekend including some ginger cake that made the entire house smell incredible. He also made a big batch of tartiflette last night that was absolutely amazing (though my lactose intolerant tummy is still paying for it this morning!). I don’t have anything quite that decadent planned for this week, but I am definitely looking forward to some shrimp tacos and this miso sweet potato broccoli bowl that completely caught my eye on IG last week! Continue Reading…
While my niece and I spent the weekend running around London, Jason and the kids were cooking up a storm! We woke up to fresh scones Saturday morning and finished the day with homemade apple pie. Sunday morning they mad fresh loaves of bread, and dinner was a hearty fish pie. Our kitchen is still a bit of a mess because of all the action it got, but it was worth every dirty dish! Continue Reading…
My girl Kate and I had a ten-day powwow about the blog here in London. Now that she is back in Seattle is working away on posts for us all! I am particularly excited for her to start her new series on cooking techniques. I feel like I’m always winging it in the kitchen, but Kate always seems to know what she is doing. We also have another “Friends with Recipes” post for you this week, so keep an eye out!
Tortilla Espanola, Gazpacho, etc.
(recipe for the tortilla should be up this week!)
Fish with Cous Cous
Mac and Cheese Hungerpot
I am pulling out some of our favourite recipes for my niece’s first week with us. The quinoa patties we’re having tonight are definitely a favourite, and Charlotte still says the pea carbonara is her favourite food! I am personally looking forward to the honey walnut shrimp. It is SO yummy!
In other news, I am back in the game this week. I now have ample childcare AND Pete starts preschool this week! I’m even going to join the gym and try to shed the extra fluff I gained this summer (I currently cannot button my jeans!!). I have a backlog of recipes to share with you, as well as quite a few “Friends with Recipes” submissions that I’ve been hoarding. Bring it on, Monday! I’m ready!
Sweet Potato and Kale Quinoa Patties
(a recipe my niece picked out for the week)
Honey Walnut Shrimp