Monday, June 30, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
I had a trip to the big Chinese supermarket today, as a byproduct of having to drop Olivia in Croydon this morning for a Guide weekend.... so there were fresh noodles, which I stir fried with some vegetables, and some little dumplings and some steamed buns. And a freezer full of goodies... (Of course, my freezer isn't that big, so there's not as much as I'd like!)
Friday, June 27, 2014
This was a fantastically simple supper, which we totally scoffed. In like seconds flat. We'll be eating it again - so easy with just a few tins of beans, some cheese, a fried onion, and some tortilla chips.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Both recipes were from Ken Hom's 100 Great Stir Fries, though the salmon was done in a griddle pan not a wok. Yum! Loved the way the carrots were prepared. You can find that recipe here, in a peek at the book (which is a great one to have in your collection - I highly recommend it).
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
This is a Hairy Bikers' recipe, from their second diet cookbook, and is made without frying the schnitzels (and without eggs). The salad is a lower calorie version as well, and was very tasty. Definitely liked the schnitzels, even without frying - and they were just as easy, if not easier.... We'll be having these again.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Prom night! A bit different here than in the US - it's only for Year 11s, and everyone who wants to can go (with some exceptions - e.g. if your attendance was too low, you weren't invited) - you don't need a date, and I don't think many people went as couples (Year 11 here is a little younger than high school seniors in the US - most of the Year 11 kids are 16, with just those whose birthdays fall between now and end of August still being 15) - it's just a formal dance/fun evening; theirs was being held in the reception rooms of a local(ish) golf course (Silvermere in Cobham). Sarah thinks somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 the Year 11s planned to go...
Here she is with a cadre of her best pals - a few of their core group didn't attend (one was already away for the summer, for instance) - and some of them didn't meet up at Becky's beforehand (in case anyone who has been to our house thinks "this doesn't look like your house" - it's not. It's Becky's house (on the right).
Olivia did her hair and used all the bobby pins in the known universe.
Here's what happens when we get tired of having our picture taken by our little sister...
Friday, June 20, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
We've got furniture in the room (the bed being finished now) - and no, there's not much space, but it will do - luckily, Alex is a boy and doesn't have a lot of stuff. There is a dresser and a tall bookcase - we've just sort of put everything on the shelves (as he's away at PGL with school this week), so he may want to rearrange when he gets back!
Here's a view of under the bed - there's a desk space
- a bit crowded at the moment, as he'll need to sort stuff and put some away in places when he returns.
Under the bed, looking the other direction, is a wardrobe - bigger than it looks, as it's quite deep - we stuck some storage drawers at the back of it, as he only needs about half the hanging space, even with hanging his school shirts...
There's a little bookcase, etc, to the right of and behind the ladder up to the bed. Not luxury, but it works.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Geoff had gone out for lunch and was stuffed, so he suggested we save this meal for a night he could eat it - or at least, only use part of the steak. Um...no. (Though there was a bit leftover for lunch the next day...)
Monday, June 16, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
I enjoyed this, but the rest of the family was less keen. So we probably won't have it again. If I'd absolutely adored it, I might over rule them, but for a regular, low-key, "I enjoyed this", not so much.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Bananas going over means one of two things - smoothies, or banana cake. Olivia made this pretty much herself, and it was her idea to add the chocolate - not having any chocolate chips to hand (or a bar) she chopped up some Rolos to chuck in. Personally, I don't need the chocolate in my banana cake, but whatever.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Sunday, June 08, 2014
Saturday, June 07, 2014
After a busy day with a lot of time spent on my feet at the school Summer Fair, we needed a simple, summery dinner... Geoff's away this week, and there have been lots of evenings where one or more of us is out, so we are having some very low effort meals. Nice to have a bit of a break from cooking (even though I enjoy it most of the time).
Thursday, June 05, 2014
A bit of a change of plans for Alex's room - the orange walls went right out the window (so to speak) when our builder friend brought over a sample of this wallpaper he found at B&Q - it's Marvel comics paper. And it's very cool. But orange didn't go with it - we've picked out the blue instead (the wallpaper only being on one wall, as an accent). Personally, I think it looks great (though it would be nice if this room weren't so hard to photograph!)
Sunday, June 01, 2014
WHAT WAS FOR DINNER, MAY 2014
- 31st: Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Tart
- 30th: Pork Mince with Kimchi
- 29th: Broccoli and Cauliflower Canneloni
- 28th: Homemade pizzas
- 27th: out for lunch
- 26th: Mexican salmon with potatoes and asparagus
- 25th: Pork Chops, etc with Potatoes, Carrots, Courgettes
- 24th: Sausages, Potatoes, Greens (Geoff)
- 23rd: Sweet & Sour Chicken Thighs
- 22nd: Jacket Potatoes with Toppings (Sarah)
- 21st: Prawns with Ginger
- 20th: Spaghetti with Courgettes
- 19th: Garden Fritatta
- 18th: Lunch Feast with Friends
- 17th: Green Beans with Chicken and Roast Tomatoes
- 16th: Rigatoni with Asparagus, Mushrooms and Peas
- 15th: Pork Chops, Greens, Mashed Potato (Geoff)
- 14th: Courgette, Feta and Mint Soup
- 13th: Salmon Teriyaki with Stir Fry Veg and Noodles
- 12th: Spaghetti Bolognese (Geoff)
- 11th: Herb and Lemon Chicken with Orzo (and green beans)
- 10th: Cauliflower, Lentil and Potato Stew, with Sausages
- 9th: Leek, Broccoli and Bacon Bake
- 8th: Jacket potatoes with toppings (Sarah)
- 7th: and find your dinner again (renovations!)
- 6th: find your own dinner
- 5th: Leftover Picnic Foods
- 4th: Picnic on Juniper Top
- 3rd: Ghobeli
- 2nd: Meatballs with Tomato Sauce
- 1st: Find your own dinner