Target: 250 words
Subject: General twaddle
Objective: Get it done then get on with cooking
Menu: Sausages, cauliflower cheese, onion sauce, potato wedges
Confession: The carbs thing was going well until I got to the end
Got up, pottered round, ate a bacon sandwich provided by Julia, wasted time on computer, watched Sense and Sensibility on TV, lunch (vegetable soup, incorporating the remains of last night’s vegetable stew), wrote by hand (carefully – I want to be able to read it later), two episodes of Criminal Minds on Prime, cruised eBay and am now writing today’s blog post whilst working on tonight’s menu.
The objective is to keep it easy (one roasting tray) and use leftover cauliflower. I was going to use it for soup but we still have plenty of veg soup after liquidising the stew and after that we have a bag of peas for pea soup.
Menu planning has been something that has suffered recently. I can’t blame it on long covid, or even old age, I’m just fed up with menu planning, having fallen into the trap of ordering much the same food each week and cooking the same things. I happen to like vegetable stew with dumplings, so that’s OK. I also like vegetable stew without dumplings. And I like it liquidised and served as soup. That’s three meals taken care of. Something with roast veg. Pizza (or quesadillas). That’s two or three more. Corned beef hash. That’s nearly an entire week and I haven’t had to think. I really should do better. We have pasta, we have prawns, we have other veg.
Watch this space. I’m going to set myself a target of cooking something new every week. This week it’s pea soup, so that’s easy enough. Next week, who knows?
I’m also going to start eating salad for lunch. maybe just one day a week, but it’s a start. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Or, more appropriate in my case – a supertanker takes 20 minutes to come to a halt.
I have a small stock of frozen fishcakes in the freezer for when menu planning lets me down.
Good plan. I have “Just Eat” on my computer and and a chip shop round the corner. Must do better . . .
The chip shop round the corner is handy. Ours is too far away to walk to casually.
before this I lived in a house that was six miles from the nearest chip shop and ten from the nearest supermarket. My menu planning was far better in those days.
I can see why that might be. 🙂
The mustard is essential
My old standby lunch food is a tin of sardines. 🙂
I have a fear of fishbones. Sardines and kippers are the stuff of nightmares for e, I’m afraid. 🙂
The bones in the ones available here are well cooked and soft.
It’s mainly psychological. I once spent three hours extracting a fishbone from my gum after it went down between gum and tooth. Never been able to face fishbones after that.
I have to ask about cauliflower cheese. Is that just cauliflower with a cheese sauce? Your roasted veggies always look so delicious!
I make the simplest sauce possible – just melt cheese and milk in the pan and add wholegrain mustard because I like the taste and the grains. I suppose I should make more effort but it seems to work. 🙂
Which version of sense and sensibility?
Emma Thompson. It’s difficult for the other versions to compete with the quality of Thompson’s cast, though I like them all. Did have a sense, when watching Hugh Grant, that I was watching Notting Hill, and always feel they rush the end, but apart from that, no complaints.
I liked that version very much. I think it reflected well vs the book