Meal Planning Monday 9th June

Ok, im a bad blogger lol…there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day 😦 Will try harder… As its Monday, please pop over to Mrs M’s for more meal ideas.


For the last 2 weeks I’ve been using The Hairy Bikers Asian Adventure as inspiration for meal planning…and its worked pretty well. Everyone (including the fussy eaters) has been enjoying the meals (shock horror gasp!) and I’ve managed to tone down the chilli…just a little bit 😉


So again, this week, we’re going Asian lol

  • Monday – Bulgogi Beef
  • Tuesday – Fasting – Pizza for Kids
  • Wednesday – Salmon/Chicken Teriyaki
  • Thursday – Fasting – Something for Kids
  • Friday – Chicken Curry
  • Saturday – Sweet & Sour Pork
  • Sunday – The Hubster is in charge (so it’ll probably be a takeaway lol)

Note the distinct lack of desserts and cakes *sighs* Soooo depressing 😦 But, needs must if I’ve got any chance of getting into my summer clothes from last year!

What are you planning to cook this week?


Meal Planning Monday 12th May


Although I’ve still been meal planning every week, this is the first week since March that I’ve taken part, official like. The A-Z Challenge really did me in lol

Anyway, back now, and unfortunately having to go on a diet *boo hiss* as we’ve just had far too many cakes and puds these last few months, and my Acid Reflux problem has returned, and even with medication i can’t shift it. I know its worse when I’m carrying some extra weight *sighs* 😦

Last week i picked up a lovely new cookery book in one of my local charity shops. Brand new, still in its cellophane, for 2 quid! 🙂


I’d never heard of Darina Allen or the Ballymaloe Cookery School…until now and this book lists all their recipes they teach at the school…food porn at its best!!!! 🙂

So this week, my meal plan has come from Darina’s book…

  • Monday – Steak Sandwiches
  • Tuesday – Takeaway (i have a busy day)
  • Wednesday – Shepherds Pie & Bread & Butter Pudding
  • Thursday – Its my birthday so we’re out that night
  • Friday – Teriyaki Salmon (Teriyaki Chicken for the kids) & Rice Pudding
  • Saturday – Lasagne (I’m going to try Darina’s recipe)
  • Sunday – Who knows…The Hubster is in charge

As you can see, only 2 puds and no cake this week 😦

Please pop over to Mrs M’s to see what everyone else is up to this week.

Make me drool…what are you planning to cook this week?

Monday Meal Planning 24th March

Ive had my Nigella fix and I’m moving on…only had to abandon 1 meal last week from the plan…because The Hubster decided he wanted a Chinese takeaway on Saturday night…i wasn’t going to argue 😉

This week I’m getting familiar with Elizabeth David. She’s like the English version of Julia Child. Ive known about David for years, you couldn’t fail to, if you’re into food and are English…but I’ve shockingly, never, cooked any of her recipes 😦 I’ll be righting that this week!


  • Monday – Mousaka
  • Tuesday – Soup Catalane with home made bread & Tiramisu
  • Wednesday – Lamb Kebabs & a tray bake (haven’t decided exactly what yet) for the Lurpak Bake Club
  • Thursday – Takeaway
  • Friday – Tagliatelle con Prosciutto & home made bread
  • Saturday – Scampi for me and The Hubster, Chicken in breadcrumbs for the kids, Potato Kephtedes and salad
  • Sunday – MOTHERS DAY! So who knows 😉

Please check out the other participants over at Mrs M’s to see what everyone else is up to 🙂

What will you be cooking this week?


Meal Planning – 3rd February

Can you believe its actually February already? Wow…where did January go? To be honest, I’m glad to see the back of it, and hoping that all the health crap I’ve been going through is finally over. Last weeks meal planning went well, although it fell apart at the weekend when The Hubster and i discovered we were the only ones in for dinner both nights lol.

From now on i’ll post meal plans on a Sunday. I love sitting down on a Sunday afternoon with a pile of magazines or books, looking at all the food porn, trying to decide what i fancy cooking during the coming week.


Please pop over to Mrs M’s to see all the other Monday Meal Planners, they’re all so inspiring. This week i’ll be using two wonderful magazines for inspiration as I feel in need of comfort food.


  • Monday – Shepherds Pie & My friend Sarah’s Cherry Cake
  • Tuesday – Leek & Mackerel (chicken for the kids) Pasta Bake & Heather Honey Sponge
  • Wednesday – Curry (Korma & Tikka) plus home made Naan Bread
  • Thursday – Cornish Pasties & Blueberry Crumble
  • Friday – Takeaway
  • Saturday – Toad in The Hole
  • Sunday – The Hubster’s in charge (as usual)

There will also be a couple of homemade breads in there but i haven’t decided what days yet, i’ll see how i go 🙂

Tell me what you’ll be cooking this coming week?

Chicken in A Crust

When the kids saw their dinner this evening they were convinced it was a pie (again), but no, it was Jamie’s Chicken in a Crust. Ok, so mine didn’t look as pretty as Jamie’s, and i cheated by buying a chicken crown rather than a whole bird. But the meat did seem really tender. Would i go to all that effort again? Probably not. I think you’d get the same effect if you roast it in one of those bags.


I served it with Nigel Slaters Cheese smothered potatoes and a 3 Cheese bread from the machine.



Which contained Pecorino, Dolcelatte and Mozzarella.

For dessert i made Tosset Cakes. Ive been watching Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night feast, and i love that they have been highlighting English classics that are in danger of extinction. I ended up with 32 cakes/biscuits (but the recipe will make more if you roll them out thinner).



Im not really sure what i was expecting, but after eating a couple i was a bit bored…so gawd knows how long its going to take to get through this lot lol



Following Doctors Orders…

Ok, i give in! Ive spent most of the day in my jim jams with the heating whacked up and the meal i’d planned for this evening has been shuffled further down the week. My trip up to London to see a friend has been cancelled *pouts* and The Hubster will be bringing in Fish & Chips with him tonight.

But i make a lousy patient 😦 I can’t just sit for hours on end, i have to be doing something lol. Soooo, I spent this morning finally sorting through all my recipe cuttings that had accumalated in a folder, and stuck them into scrapbooks.


The big red one is savoury dishes, the grey one, cakes and the smaller one is for desserts/sweet things. Quite proud of myself 🙂 But i didn’t have the energy to index them… A job for tomorrow i think.

For breakfast this morning i had the poached apples, cold from the fridge. Nigel’s right, they are lovely cold, really refreshing, better than when they’re hot i’d say!

This made me think, i can’t be the only person who keeps recipe cuttings…So how do you store yours?


Double Cheat’s Chicken Pie

Today i was inspired by Nigel Slater‘s Cheats Chicken & Leek Pie which appears in The Kitchen Diaries II

Nigel’s “cheat” is the fact that he uses ready bought puff pastry, but i went 3 times better than that! I didn’t have to cook my chicken, or make a white sauce 😉

Vikki’s Easy Chicken Pie

  • The meat from one cooked Chicken
  • 1 pack smoked Bacon
  • 1/2 Onion chopped (i had to grate mine…shhhh…dont tell the kids)
  • 1 small can Campbells Condensed Chicken Soup
  • 2 packs ready rolled puff pastry
  • 1 beaten egg
  • Seasoning

Fry the chopped onion in a small amount of olive oil (or one cal spray) until cooked, but not browned, then add the bacon to cook through. Put in a bowl with the chicken and soup and mix. Taste and season, but you really shouldn’t need any salt 🙂

Lay a sheet of the pastry on a greased baking sheet and spread the chicken mix over the top leaving a gap round the sides. Lay the 2nd sheet on top and use a fork to crimp the edges together. Brush with beaten egg and bake in the centre of the over at 180 until golden brown.


You could add mushrooms or, as in Nigels recipe, leeks, but i have to go for what the majority likes in this house 😦

I served it with peas and roast vegetables (the kids had chips cooked in the Actifry with no oil).


Then for dessert i did Nigel’s Poached Apples…but we were so full up from dinner that the apples went straight in the fridge and guess what i’ll be having for brekkie tomorrow 😉