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,…

An almost empty fridge

I’ve really tried and been ever so conscious this week of ensuring whatever we’ve bought from the shops and whatever we took from home, can come back with us. Minimal preferably… So looking at this fridge and freezer the afternoon before we leave, fills me with an accomplishment.

Garlic mushrooms

For me, using up leftovers always feels like a win. But using up leftovers on holidays, then I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot! Tonight’s dinner accompaniment is grilled garlic mushrooms as the oven here is terrible and I’ve grilled so much this week. Mix of a few garlic cloves, unsalted butter and a splash…

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.

Left over gammon

I always struggle with too much left over ham after i’ve created a roast (of course this is a lie and I’d gladly sit in bed all day and shove it in my mouth at an alarming rate if I could). This meal was the remnants of the previous day’s lunch. Shredded gammon, chopped onion…

Slow cooked chicken with orzo

This was one of those ‘let’s do a mass fridge empty’ moments (a great clear out for everyone). Chicken, carrots, celery, fresh toms, red onion, chicken stock… As the ingredients produced a lot of liquid throughout the cooking process (I did a 9 hour slow cook for this one), I decided a cup of Greek…

Bag em’ up!

My 3 year old is currently experiencing the refusal of crusts on toast and sandwiches. The modern dilemma for mumma is whether I argue with her on this or do I pick my battles, cut them off and make some a use of them. Turns out the latter option is the way to go. So…