The week that was Instagrammed : Week 6

I’ve been a bit crap this week I have to say so this post is going to be a little light on words…

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Wednesday 1

Reading her most favourite book

Friday

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The week that was Instagrammed : Week 4

Week 4…here we go!

Sunday

We were out early doors as usual to run a few errands…but no where was open so we stopped for coffees, Bean was very hyper and ended up dancing around the deserted shop singing along to the Stereophonics Have a nice day (girls got taste). From there we went to visit my BIL and pick up my Husbands cousin who was visiting briefly from Scotland.

Monday

Work in the morning, followed by lots of playing that mainly involved Bites climbing inside the doll’s house and me and Bean laughing, a lot. My Dad and his wife also came for dinner and we were up late enjoying the garden and good company.

Tuesday

There is always one day in my week where I have NO IDEA what we did…today was that day!

Wednesday

Hmmmm…apparantly two days lost forever this week.  I think however it was mainly spent stopping Bites from pulling various wires around the house out of sockets etc. Fun times,

Thursday

Shopping trip and meeting Daddy for lunch at his fancy business park that has been all kitted out with lovely purple decks chairs for summer. Making my first recipe-less curry and admiring the flowers bringing my garden to life amongst all the dead grass!

Friday

Hanging out at my Mum’s always means fun for the girls, and while they sleep once we are back home I can get my chores sorted as I knew we had a BUSY weekend.

Saturday

My family descended for an impromptu lunch, which was lovely, then left leaving food (thankfully) and mess…grr!  Then it was out to work, cooking a Hog Roast for an Officers Summer Ball, which they decided to hold as a festival.  Despite the rain, it was an incredible event and after we had packed up the CO invited us to enjoy the music and everything else that was on offer – who are we to refuse!! It was so much fun, and the band at the event were EPIC, seriously cannot fault them or the mix of music, if you have an event and need a band look them up – The Treasury.

 

Linking up as usual with the lovely Hannah! (check her out in her gorgeous selfie…envious of that outfit)

 

Tasty Thursday : Mexican style Jambalaya

You know when you have something in your fridge that needs to be used and your lacking ANY inspiration?  Well, this is where this dish was born from.

The delicious chicken I roasted needed to be used and it was definitely not chicken noodle soup weather, but weirdly I was craving a bit of stodge. So after having a rummage to find out what else needed to be used, this is the random creation that is Mexican Style jambalaya!

One pot mexican style jambalaya

I do however need to apologise as the recipe itself is also a bit on the random / vague side…

  • One courgette diced
  • Cup of rice
  • 2 Tablespoon chipotle chili paste
  •  Tinned tomatoes
  • Boiled water (enough to cover rice by about two cm)
  • 2/3 Sliced spring onions
  • Tin of kidney beans, drained
  • Cooked & shredded chicken
  • Grated cheese & sour cream to serve

What it lacks in specific quantities it makes up for in pack a punch flavour and ease.

Heat some oil and fry your courgettes for a few minutes til they soften, add the rice and stir so it gets nicely coated, add the tinned toms, water and stock cube/powder if you have to hand, once simmering add the 1st spoonful of paste.  Let it simmer, lid on until the rice is almost done then add the rest of the paste and the kidney beans and chicken.  Once it all heated few, serve it up and add your toppings – spring onions, cheese and soured cream. Yum. Next time, I will use chorizo too adding instead of oil and cooking with the courgette. mmmmm. I think it would translate to veggie easily too, no meat, mixed peppers and mixed beans, uber yum.

 

Mexican style jambalaya

Tasty Thursday : Braaied Chicken

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Yep, that is a word, when you marry a South African you can stop saying Barbie and BBQ and just say Braai.  Thankfully having already fallen in love with South Africa before I had even met my husband I had abandoned BBQ’ing forever!

Braai!

Braai!

So, Sunday rolled round I was hankering for a Roast Dinner, without the fuss faff and melting in the kitchen.  There was only once answer, my take on a summer roast.

First up, a lovely rub for the chicken, whilst Hubby got the fire going I had a quick rummage and this is what I came up with:

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Tarragon
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Heaped Teaspoon Hot Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 Heaped Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Heaped Teaspoon Swiss Boullion Base stock powder
  • Then add enough sunflower oil to make a runny paste.

Stuff one lemon (pricked to let the juice out) handful fresh thyme and lavender into the cavity and drizzle the rub over your chicken.

We have the separators for the bottom of our Weber BBQ so we separated the coals equally, put a tin with water and another handful of herbs in and then put the chicken onto the grill above with foil scrunched round the sides, lid on and away you go!! You will need to keep adding coals to keep the temperature up but depending on the size of your bird it will take between 2/3 hours all in all – But keep checking! Keeping with the summer theme I raided the fridge for a suitable veggie side and settled on roasted veg, always a winner in this house!

Red and yellow peppers, 1 1/2 courgettes, whole red onion, mushroom and sweet potato all chopped into big chunks seasoned liberally with more Oregano, pepper and drizzled with some lovely Balsalmic vinegar.  My top tip for roasted veg is to put your oil in your roasting tin and bung it into the oven to heat up while you chop and season (much like roast spuds I guess) when your ready tip them all in and 4/5 whole skin on garlic cloves squashed a bit and stir it about, then leave them to cook on high (200) for about 40mins, giving them a good shake after 20 mins or so.  And the last accompaniment was Couscous, again super super easy.

  • 200 grams couscous
  • 2 big squeezes tomato puree
  • Salt
  • Stock
  • Grated clove of garlic
  • Pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves, torn to shreds (7 / 8)

Put all into a bowl with a  good drizzle of oil and splodge of butter, when everything is almost ready to go pout in some boiled water to about 2cms above the level of the couscous, give it a mix and cover with a tea towel and when your ready to serve give it a quick fluff up.

Easy peasey, and if your kids are anything like mine they will love it!!

Not the most beautiful plate of food, but it was so gooood.

Not the most beautiful plate of food, but it was so gooood.

The week that was : instagrammed

Ok, so here goes, linking up with one of my top Bloggers – Hannah makedoandpush

As an aside, I’m linking up badly from my phone as my husband has taken the laptop to work AGAIN.

So, Sunday saw us woken far to early by our little munchkins, wr decided to seize the day and headed out to a beautiful forest and park just 10 minutes away.  So worth it! Then we chilled out and braaied and watched Andy Murray become a legend. 😀

Sunday 3

Monday was spent chilling out in the garden and I made a macaroni cheese Bolognese inspired by my favourite foodie blog Drizzle and Dip – so good.

Tuesday playing in the garden and learning to share…in the worst possible way!!

Tuesday

Yep, this happened. Thanks for sharing guys.

Wednesday I have no idea what we did but it did include me and the pool!!

Happy naptime for mama!

Happy naptime for mama!

Thursday. We hosted the last of the group we go to at our local church in our garden as the weather was so gorgeous, no photos as I was flat out running about like a loon. Bites decided reverse crawling was getting very frustrating so was either shouting at me, or stealing my tea.
And I learnt that I can’t French plait and with two girls it’s something I’m gonna need to learn.

Friday.
OCD tendencies or fencing her sister in I’m not sure which I prefer! Again lot’s of garden time, which meant hat wearing for me, apple stealing from Bean and a rare evening solo as no baby sitter meant I missed my hubby’s work BBQ and instead got to read my book. Yaye.

Saturdays.
My first ever trip.to the next sale…good times surprisingly!
Then whilst Bites napped we had a baking session – easy cake pops and satay chicken sticks for dinner. Yum. With noodles, enjoyed by all. Then it was 007 Skyfall time and plenty of moisturising before bed!

I really hope I can keep this up, it’s such a nice way to look back o the week and remember what we actually did…that said it looks like all we did was eat and play in the garden!

Meal plan – w/c 4th March

So, back on the wagon this week!

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Jambalaya – with sausage, prawns and left over roast chicken
Beef Curry
Pork & spinach pasta with creamy sauce
Harrisa turkey burgers
Steak
Mushroom rissoto

We had the Jambalaya last night So GOOD! I tweaked the recipe from…Jamie’s American cookbook, one of my favourite books it has so many hearty comfort food recipe in, I love it.

Monday Meal Plan – W/c 4th February

Last weeks plan went a bit awry, we went out for dinner on Thursday night, yes a date night if you will (our first since our wedding anniversary back in August!) and my bro and his fiancée came and cooked for us on Saturday.  I did manage to cook most of the meals though.

Sunday as always will be a roast we can eat as a family, the leftovers will be turned into chicken pie, or soup depending how the week goes!!

Yes,I know a bit indecisive this week, but I’m allowed one week where I’m all over the show, surely?! Perhaps I can have a nose at some of the other menus in the link up for some inspiration.

I think the Veggie enchiladas were my fave from last week, and I will definitely be posting the recipe it was one of those meals that was so satisfying and I didn’t feel like I had stuffed my face when I well and truly did!