Saturday, June 18, 2016

Dinner, 18/6/16: Vegan Lancashire Hotpot (Simon Rimmer)

A standby. This time I added some mushrooms, which we've done before, and some butternut squash, because I had some which wanted using up. It's just a shame the summer weather is such that it calls for hearty, warming, stew-like meals. Sigh.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Dinner, 17/6/16: Homemade Pizza

Pizza night!  Everyone makes their own, so they are all slightly different. Mine had pepperoni, parma ham, artichokes, black olives and jalapeno peppers. I like it spicy.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Book 53: Birdy by William Wharton (re-read)

I read this book ages and ages ago - probably around 1991 or so - and enjoyed it then, so when I saw it last year in a discount bookshop I thought I'd have a go at it again. It's still good, though I've read a lot of other books about mental illness since then, so I didn't find it quite so striking as the first time. Also perhaps because I knew a bit what to expect. (I started it before I got hooked into The Stand again, then read it in parallel for a while, and then of course the compulsion of The Stand took over, so I didn't finish it up until I'd finished that one...)  What's next, I wonder? It's been a difficult reading month - I haven't really settled well into reading for some reason.

Dinner, 15/6/16: Greek Island Salad (Good Food)

Another meal which uses pre-cooked chicken. The recipe for this puts chicken, feta, olives, avocado and tomato in with the lettuce. We use these things, but also tend to add anything else suitable which might be knocking around, needing using up. In this case, a handful of cooked new potatoes and half a jar of marinated artichokes.  If only the weather were summery to match this meal, we'd all be happier.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Book 52: The Stand, Stephen King (re-read)

After the Springsteen concert, I got to thinking about this book [it was the quote from Jungleland in the book which first prompted me to really get into Springsteen's music, other than just Born to Run, which was about all you heard on the radio in those (pre-Born in the USA) days. We're talking about somewhere around 83 or 84 - the Stand was written in 1979, but I know I read it when I was in high school, as that's when I went through my Stephen King phase.]   Anyway, I've read it twice, I think - once in high school and once probably 15 years ago or so. Decided it was time to visit it again. Which is mainly why it seems I haven't read anything in ages. I did have a couple of books I tried and didn't get into, which never helps. Verdict on The Stand - still excellent.

Dinner, 14/6/16: Pasta with Sweet Potato, Potato & Pancetta

This is an old recipe - in fact, it's not really a recipe any more, just an idea. I've made it so many times and in so many variations that I'm not sure I even have the recipe any more. Good way to use up a couple of sweet potatoes hanging around, or a bit of butternut squash.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Dinner, 13/6/16: Bang Bang Chicken (Good Food)

We love these wraps, which use cooked chicken. Sometimes we have them when there is leftover roast chicken, sometimes we I just cook chicken specifically for them. They are pretty tasty, easy to assemble and we can put away loads of them!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Dinner, 12/6/16: Lasagne al Forno, Salad

Made with the rest of the ragu that Geoff made earlier in the week.  I've decided this is how I'm doing lasagne from now on: let someone else make the ragu, I'll do the bechemel and the assembly - it's a lot easier that way!

Monday, June 06, 2016

Sunday, June 05, 2016

DInner, 5/6/16: Roast Chicken Dinner

I wasn't here for this one, but they took photos anyway, so it seemed churlish not to blog them. Yumm.  If I hadn't been watching Springsteen play at Wembley, I might have been jealous of this meal!

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Dinner, 4/6/16: Tamara's Ratatouille (Yotam Ottolenghi)

The kids don't love it (none like aubergines; Olivia also doesn't like peppers) but Geoff and I think it's the best ratatouille ever. And now it's all gone...