Leftover casserole

I love when I gain an unexpected leftover that makes an entire meal for my family. Spanish chicken, chorizo and chickpea stew, slow cooked for 12 hours then served up for lunch yesterday, meant after feeding 4 adults and 2 hungry children, I still had a meal leftover…

Pizza base

Sometime when the world calls for an urgent homemade pizza, you actually have to think outside the box because you have little topping ingredients in the pantry. I use a tomato paste base predominantly alongside my favourite Italian shop’s pizza topping seasoning – delicious. This base however was used from leftover marinara sauce and extra…

Indian butter chicken

My double batch of Indian butter chicken just fits in the slow cooker… ready for dividing and freezing for upcoming family meals.

Budgeting for meals

The thing about meal planning I believe, is adaptability. I currently have 5 months planned. A tad over the top, sure. But we’re now severely budgeting and I have a fair idea about what meals will sustain us, what we’ll enjoy and what’s financially sound. Now that is changeable come September when eldest starts school,…

Bournemouth ragu

Yes. That’s what I’ve called it. A batch ragu from scratch that gives us 2 meals this holiday. This one was my simple ragu base but with added leftover pepper, carrot and mixed herbs…

Holiday pizza

As we couldn’t fit the breadmaker in the car this trip (don’t think I didn’t try), were had to purchase some simple pizza bases and then elder daughter helped decorate them with her favourite food: ham, yellow pepper, mushroom and smoked salami!

A go-to comfort pie

I have certainly written about this before. Chicken pot-pie was always my go-to comfort food before I had children. Now with children, we need to be a bit more deconstructed in ingredients (although this week my eldest adores mushrooms…it won’t last). And this was certainly a find in the freezer. Bits of already diced chicken,…

Leftover goulash

I really live a batch of frozen leftovers. Thirds was a mass batch of Hungarian beef goulash and anything my children eat is a bonus in my house. Tonight’s meal was served rice.

Hearty pasta pillows and moons

Earlier this year I found an Italian shop in town (I’ve posted about it before and have refrained from purchasing too much or I will eat myself into a cannoli coma). But the range of ravioli and tortellini has been eye watering. And I’m a sucker for anything Italian pasta-based and my local well known…

For the love of the potato

A batch of chopped up potatoes ready for the boil is indulging. Tonight’s accompaniment was for tuna patties, frozen mixed veg and lovely family dinner conversation…