Monday, June 18, 2018

Book 51: Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

Another kids' book - this is one I've heard of before and know a bit about, but I hadn't read it. Alex has read the whole series and said it was very good. I really enjoyed this, and liked the fact that it was set in such a different world than much fiction you encounter. Looking forward to the next one in the series (not sure if I will read the whole series - there's like 6 of them - but certainly will try another).

Dinner, 18/6/18: Roasted Cauliflower with Chickpeas and Harissa

The original recipe of this doesn't have couscous in it, but it's an adaptation I made last time or the time before when cooking it, which works very well. I also roast the cauliflower leaves and stems chopped up and add them into the couscous - not only are they tasty, but it's such a waste not to use them.  We like to sprinkle a bit of feta cheese on top for that bit of creamy bite, but that's totally optional, so I'm tagging it vegan as well as vegetarian. Shown here with no cheese...

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dinner: 17/6/18: Chicken & Mushroom Pie (Hairy Bikers)

Geoff's request, for Fathers' Day. Alex helped me cook (seemed apt as it's Fathers' Day) - Olivia is in the midst of revision, still (only a few more days to go, thank goodness) and Sarah was still at uni.

Our little maths joke...

Friday, June 15, 2018

Dinner, 15/6/16: Ginger Sweet Tofu with Pack Choi (Ching-He Huang)

This was absolutely gorgeous - one of the best tofu dishes we've had (and we are big tofu fans, eat lots of it). The marinade made it really flavourful. A definite repeater. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dinner, 13/6/18: Broccoli Soup (Aine Carlin, Keep it Vegan)

A very simple vegan broccoli soup. She suggests stirring in a little soya cream, if you like. We had some sour cream in the fridge, so that seemed like a good option for those who wanted to (we aren't vegan). 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Dinner, 12/6/18: Spaghetti with peas, mint & crispy bacon (Alex cooking)

Not much to say about this one. Pretty much what it sounds like!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Book 50: The Silver Boy by Kristina Ohlsson

This is obviously going to be the year of reading kids' books, and I have to say: I am enjoying myself immensely. There's such great stuff out there, it's amazing. I enjoyed this story with a mystery element - it turns out to have been the second story about the two main characters, but that wasn't a problem, except that it made me want to find the first. My book recommendation basket next year is going to be overflowing with awesome stuff!

Dinner, 11/6/18: Black Bean Tacos

Homemade refried black beans with pomegranate salsa and fresh guacamole. Yum. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Book 49: Autumn by Ali Smith

Always nice to come back to an author you know you are almost certain not to be disappointed by. I've been an Ali Smith fan since I first read Hotel World back in... a long time ago. (Ok, 2001, I checked.) And although I'm not sure I've read every single titles, I've read most of them and thought them all good - and most very good. I love the way she writes and the small & big issues she writes about. This was super. 

Dinner, 9/6/18: Chili Chicken Curry (Good Food Magazine)

A simple curry with chicken, potatoes, tomatoes. 

Friday, June 08, 2018

Dinner, 8/6/18: Courgette Caponata Pasta (Hairy Bikers)

Really lovely pasta dish, with courgettes, peppers,  tomatoes, capers, onions, etc. Good fit with shell pasta as the little bits get stuck inside the pasta (in a good way). 

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Dinner, 6/6/18: Chili con Carne (Geoff cooking)

Although I can certainly make chili, it's usually Geoff who does so in our house - partly because he makes a good one, and partly because he works at home, so is available to babysit it over the long cooking period it really needs to make it the best it can be. I'm happy; I get to eat a lovely meal without having to cook it!