Had I not purchased a twin-pack of pizzas towards the end of the previous week, I might’ve been able to say now that I’d enjoyed five straight days home-made evening meals. Three out of five remains a good result and there’s still room to improve over the coming weeks (four usually comes after three).
My previous attempt at cooking this chicken and pepper stew went about as well as several other meals I’ve attempted this year… In that some of it ended up burnt and, from the visual perspective, it came out a lot ‘darker’ and unappetising than I’d hope for. About three-weeks ago, I braved a second attempt at this dish and the end result was familiar but for one major change…
It didn’t just leave me feeling ill after consumption; I was physically sick that very night!
Eggs. I work with a collection of people who buy them by the tray-load on a weekly basis. What exactly becomes of these ‘hen droppings’ remains a persistent mystery. Can one person really consume 24 eggs within seven days? Only to then repeat the feat a week later?? There must be an impending apocalypse or perhaps word has spread that there’s a golden egg to be found within our region…
They’re an item I rarely buy and, even when I do, a box of half-a-dozen will usually last me at least a fortnight. Beyond the humble scrambled eggs for breakfast, I’d not considered making any other meal with them, before attempting this recipe a few weeks ago now.
When I first bought the Meals for One book from BBC Good Foods, I flicked through the pages and immediately, this recipe for a chicken and butter bean stew leaped out as an immediate favourite. It seemed a little bit challenging at the time and I still don’t know exactly what a paprika is! But after weeks of experimentation, I decided to give it a go in the middle of last week.
Today, I find myself torn between writing about food and sharing yet another fence panel repair (yes, only my second of 2014 – and I really thought I was done with them the last time!). Having spent the previous evening at a Thai restaurant in the city centre, there’s only way my stomach is going to turn with this post! It’s not really until you start crafting and creating your own meals (following a recipe or from scratch) that you begin to appreciate the joys of dining out. Those anxieties about eating in public soon fade away as you’re waited on and served, with someone behind closed doors having done most of the hard work.
My first ever attempt at making a casserole came about a week ago. Having ‘ummed‘ and ‘ahhed‘ up and down the aisles of the supermarket the previous week, I had equipped myself with an arsenal of ingredients that I assumed hoped would be satisfactory, even if they didn’t exactly match the items as listed in the recipe.
Did you know that you can make a bacon sandwich in a microwave? Some might disregard the microwave as nothing more than a re-heater-upper but I’ve spent almost the last three-years getting by with one, in the absence of a reliable gas or fan oven. I should add that mine’s a ‘combi’ model, with a convection fan feature for oven cooking meals. As I prepare to say goodbye to mine in exchange for a halogen oven, I thought I’d share with you this method of making a bacon sandwich.
A brand-new topic for this blog and for which, I think I’m going to add an additional category to the already-long list of titles that attempt to define my sporadic range of content.
Inspired by a recent book purchase and with the intention of basically learning to cook (at least a bit), I thought it might be good to start by taking a long old look at what I currently eat. Beginning with a review of the contents from last week’s grocery shop.