Update

Well, life has thrown me a curve ball – or I threw it, still not sure, but some things have changed drastically. I am not ready to reveal the details as it may not be permanent, but it means I have been having a hard time recently and I have not actually exercised or eaten well for quite a few months. I need to get back to life and thereby I also mean get back to taking more care of myself, exercising more and eating better again. This is all theoretical, though, as I am still feeling stressed inside and when I’m stressed, I find it hard to concentrate on these things.

Also, a group has been formed on Facebook called Baggy Trousers  it’s a private group for people who want to lose weight and it inspired me to get started again and to start blogging about food again, so here I find myself, on my blog again for the first time since Mother’s Day in the beginning of May. I have nothing to report on the issue of food, apart from the intent to START reposrting on the issue of food soon!

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Mother’s Day

I was brought up with Mother’s Day being a commercial stunt and something we didn’t celebrate. In England it was a bit more advertised and we used to make a little bit of a point out of it, but back here in Denmark it has been forgotten completely – and though I do agree that it is a commercial stunt, a little part of me still gets dissapointed when nothing happens – and at the same time, I don’t want to fall into the claws of the florists.

This morning I got up before anyone else (as I always do) and no one had remembered Mother’s Day (still not sure how to feel about it), but we decided to do something nice as a family – we discussed the pool (discarded as we are going to my dad’s next weekend and the pool there is a mini water world), going to see The Avengers (also discarded as it’s a certificate 11 and Lukas is only 6), having dinner at a restaurant (discarded as it’s really expensive and it’ll be busy with mothers and kids celebrating Mother’s Day), so we ended up on having a picnic on a beach some where later. So right  now I am cooking:
We are having
  • home made cheesy buns
  • homemade vegetable samosas
  • Pasta salad
  • crisps and cinnamon swirls (not homemade)………..

I guess that getting the chance to cook for my family is in the end the nicest celebration of Mother’s Day for me

 

 

Update!

Man, it’s a long time since I was last on here. Life has been pretty hectic the last 3 weeks and writing on a food blog seemed the last thing I had time to do. But things have quieted down a bit and I have a moment, sitting in my bed, under the bunk we made for Lukas, in a ray of sunshine, whilst Lukas and his mate are entertaining themselves in front of the television. Matt is at my dad’s chopping wood, so am looking forwards to a couple of days of Lukas and Mummy time.

What has happened, food wise, since I was last on here? Well, I have started cooking at parties with Noelia. It’s hard work, but I learn a lot and Noelia is great company. We have done two dos so far – a 25 year anniversary with 74 people and a wedding with 70 people. Noelia’s food can be characterised with the words: buffet, simple, hearty with a twist of warm countries. So far I have learned how to make a REAL guacamole (mine is apparently just an avocado dip with garlic, shame on me) spanakopita, a load of fish dishes and tasted her slow cooked roast of sirloin, which had been cooked at 50 degrees for 5 hours – it melted in my mouth – SO glad, I am not a vegetarian.

Another food event was our holiday to Norway where the key words were: bread, LOADS of food and beauty. We visited my cousin and he lives on the southern coast of Norway in a place which is so beautiful, you cannot describe it, so I will just post a picture instead!

View from the decking

We ate so much food; I am surprised I only gained 1 kg. We baked about 12 loaves of bread and 8 baguettes, had freshly caught herring, a slow cooked leg of lamb, meatballs and curry, not to mention the sit down buffet lunches and breakfasts twice every day. In between eating, we went on a boat trip and got an old anchor caught up in the engine so we had to pull the boat on shore and we saw the skeleton of a beached whale. Unfortunately Matt didn’t manage to catch any cod, as the sea was too rough for us to stay out there. My sister managed to go for a couple of good walks and I just enjoyed myself and recharged my batteries by finding shelter from the wind and enjoying the sunshine on the decking, looking at the beautiful views.

Some of the loaves of bread

The lamb before going into the oven for 5 hours

Fried herring

 

Last week, as we were away, I didn’t do a food plan – and this week I also didn’t do one – instead I just went and bought some vegetables and meats and let’s see what comes out of that. Couldn’t be bothered making a list when it’s only Lukas and I who are here, most days.

So that was what has gone on in my world of food lately! Hope you enjoyed it!

Food plan, week 13

As I suspected, most of our dinners were consumed at my sister’s, so we have a lot of “roll overs” this week. Let’s see if I manage to consume more dinners at home this week – only time will tell!

Sundayquiche with turkey bacon and spinach, served with salad

Monday: Sausages and potato salad (possibly on the grill if the weather continues being this nice)

Tuesday: Meatballs in a curry sauce with rice and salad

Wednesday: My sister’s birthday, so we are there for dinner

Thursdaytomato soup

Friday: Braised beef, cooked in the Römertopf, served with potatoes and salad

Saturday: I am cooking with Noelia all day, so will not be home for dinner and the boys will have to sort themselves out!

Food plan, week 12

To be honest, I will probably not be eating dinner at home much this week as I have promised my sister to go up there for dinner to help her out. I have however still made a food plan, just in case there are days we are not going up there and what we don’t have this week, we can have next week:

Sunday: Spaghetti and meatballs

Monday: Turkey bacon and spinach quiche with salad

Tuesday: Pizza day

Wednesday: Eggs and beans on toast with sausages

Thursday: Tomato soup with homemade buns

Friday: Homemade burgers with potato wedges

Saturday: either at my sister’s or at a friend’s for dinner

Food plan, week 11

It’s another low budget week – we have had some extra medical expenses and a dinner party so the money set aside for food has pretty much gone – so I will again try to keep my weekly shop to a minimum: All I need to buy is some flour for baking, some stuff for sandwiches and a few bits for the dinners, but all the basics are already in my cupboard or in my freezer! Am impressed with myself! 🙂

Sunday: Left over Thai Curry with rice (chicken and rice for Lukas – the curry is rather HOT))

Monday: Goulash with pasta and salad

Tuesday: Matt and Lukas are home alone and they will sort themselves out

Wednesday: Meatballs in curry

Thursday: Roast pork with homemade potato wedges and salad

Friday: Pizza with tuna and capers (and sausages for Lukas)

Saturday: Rice and coconut chicken with salad

Minced pork, leek and mushroom pie with a short crust pastry

I love weekends – first thing on Saturdays I go to the gym and do two hours of rigorous exercise – first an hour Body Fit with weights and then an hour Latin Mix with high puls – I feel almost high afterwards.

Normally I just go home and clean and chill out with my boys, but today Lukas and I went for a hot-dog and to buy him a new Nintendo game and it was lovely just being me and him. He has been at home for a week with the flu and has been taken care of by Matt so some Mummy and Lukas time was well needed. When we got home I did some cleaning and Lukas played his new game all day and I felt really rested and well in my skin!

Weekends are also the time when I get to do some cooking which takes a little longer, bake bread for the week and just chill out in the kitchen.

Today Matt requested pie – as I had already defrosted a pack of minced pork, I decided to make a pork, leek and mushroom pie with a parsley short crust pastry. But you can add any meat and vegetables you like.

For the first time I made the pastry in my food processor and it turned out really nice and crumbly.

Short Crust Pastry with parsley

  • 200 g plain flour
  • 100 g butter
  • 1 small teaspoonful of salt
  • enough spoonfuls of ice cold water to bind the pastry
  • a  handful of fresh parsley

Put all the ingredients into a food processor and puls till all the butter has been broken down to small pieces and it now resembles breadcrumbs. Now slowly add 3-4  or more tablespoonfuls of cold water and mix. When you can see that the pastry starts to gather a little bit more, pour out into the worktop, gather quickly into a firm ball, wrap in clingfilm and chill for at least an hour. You should have plenty of dough here to make a thin base and a lid – I made 4 smaller individual pies and there was more than enough dough.

Filling:

  • 500 g minced pork
  • 10 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 leek, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • Roux:
  • 3 dl milk
  • (a carrot, 1/2 onion, 3 bay leaves, 1 stick of celery, 1/2 onion cut into pieces to boil with the milk to flavour the milk)
  • 2 spoonfuls of flour
  • 25 g of butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Roux

Simmer the milk on a low heat with the carrots, onions, celery and bay leaves for about 10 minutes. Sieve and set the milk aside for the roux.

Melt the butter in a pan, add the flour and mix well till it’s become a shiny ball in the pan. Reduce the heat til 2/3 heat, Now add the milk little by little. Each time you add milk, the mixture will become lumpy, but as long as you continue stirring, the mixture will become smooth. Don’t put to much milk in at a time – 1/2 cup at a time is the maximum.

When you have added all the milk you should have a white, thick sauce, but if it is too thick, add more milk from the fridge till you get the texture you want.

Meat:

Now fry the onions, meat, mushrooms and leek on a pan. When it’s cooked for about 10 minutes, add the white sauce and season with salt and pepper. You now have your filling.

Now take your pastry out of the fridge and divide it into 2 pieces. Roll them out on a floured tabletop with a rolling pin, also with flour on it. Make it nice and thin and lift it into your pie dish. Cut off excess pastry. Roll out the second ball of pastry and put on as a lid. Brush with beaten egg and bake for about 30 minutes at 200 degrees.

I served the pie with quick roast potatoes (boiled and then fried on a pan till crisp) and a winter coleslaw .

Examples of other filling:

  • Chicken and asparagus
  • Chicken, leek and mushroom
  • Chicken and bacon
  • Mixed vegetables of your choice
  • Broccoli and bacon
  • Chicken and spinach
  • Minced beef and a brown gravy (add food colouring to the roux OR make a Bisto or Oxo gravy for ease)
  • Salmon and prawns with peas