I’m probably no different to most housewives when I say this and I’m sure mothers will say it only gets worse when you have children, but trying to keep your family happy is sometimes a bloody thankless task. That morning: … Continue reading
Update for Hubby – includes top tip on preserving chillies for future use, as requested.
As the weekly shop cripples more families and fuel bills continue to rise, where possible housewives are having to look for new areas to save a few pennies. Funnily enough, it’s reverting back to grandma’s cook book.
This is how to be leftover savvy (and I’ll keep updating this as I discover more tips . . . so check back when you have a moment)
Leftover: Roast Chicken
The options for this are endless. Firstly. Straight after your roast dinner, don’t be throwing away that carcass. Instead turn it into stock or a filling, wholesome Chicken Broth.
The leftover meat can be a wonderful addition to weekday lunchboxes in sandwiches or salads. Knock up the perfect 10 minute monday night tea: Thai green stir fry with noodles – our favourite is Sainsbury’s stir fry sauce, meaning you can feed 2 for £2.50. Or how about a classic chicken risotto
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This year is our first wedding anniversary. So much so, it needs to be a good one. Luckily it also coincides with May Bank Holiday so we will probably do something nice, plus our wedding venue was also an English Heritage site so we’ll be calling in there on the Sunday before for afternoon tea, a stroll in the grounds and a reminice with the wedding organiser Carol. But when it comes to gifts. What is suitable? In the same month I also have Andy’s birthday so I have double bubble in a period of a couple of weeks . . . I need some ideas.
Being a traditionalist, I’m thinking it will be nice to keep to the “list.” Year after year, I will therefore try to think of an item which relates to the following. . . first year being – Paper! Oh dear.
|9th||Watch||Pottery||Leather goods||Lapis Lazuli|
|75th||Gold or Diamond||Diamonds|
And, just in case there are any fellas reading, here’s a list of the flowers you should consider buying, although I personally think it would be nice to buy your wife flowers that were featured in her bouquet – just a little hint there for you Andy (Avalanche Roses, Daisies and Lily of the Valley if you’re wondering by Lily and May!)
|2nd||Lily of the valley|
|9th||Bird of paradise|
|50th||Yellow rose, violet|
Just a quick dedication to a recipe book that is like an institution in the UK. I adore it’s retro photos, it’s warmth, it’s old fashioned charm. Apparently housewives used to collect vouchers from the milkmen to buy this book. Old School!
I wouldn’t dream of making some of the dishes in here as they are so old fashioned and we just don’t eat like that anymore – some I’ve never even heard of before – Tea Cream, Damask Cream, Boodles Orange Fool, Teviotdale Pie, Cullen Skink . . . . But some others are simply classic and should be part of every British family’s staple diet.
Quick book description
Introducing cooking from all over the British Isles, this book contains over 400 recipes and concentrates on recipes that make the best use of British produce. The book explains local ingredients and lists annual food fairs and festivals, as well as listing the recipes.
OVER 400 BRITISH RECIPES FOR EVERY OCCASION
Available second hand from Amazon
ahumblehousewife’s favourite recipes:
- Dorset Jugged Steak
- Beef in stout
- Pan Haggerty
- Glazed Shallots (side dish)
- Norfolk turkey breast with asparagus (a hubby fave)
This is the month I have been looking forward to since the clock struck 12 on December 31st.
We have our first wedding anniversary, hubby’s birthday, hopefully some sunshine in between to do some gardening and then off on holiday which we have waited all year for – we really do need a break!
I’m really looking forward to our first anniversary. As our anniversary falls on the bank holiday, we have booked a small French restaurant in Leigh-on-Sea. We have often walked past and thought we must give it a try but it’s always closed so wrote it off. Alas, as I searched the internet high and low looking for that special place to spend our first anniversary, I found “La Belle Epoque” had a healthy selection of really positive reviews on Trip Advisor. Which answered my question as to why they don’t have a menu displayed in their window – typically french and hinting they must use seasonal fresh produce, they change it every week. So, immediately got on the blower and booked a table for two.
Now, in my old age I don’t get that excited about much anymore, but the thought that we are about to discover a culinary delight on our doorstep makes me tingle. Some people search for that pub they can call their local. I, on the other hand, have searched for that perfect restaurant where I have a “normal table” and the owner/come chef says as I walk in “oh Claire we have a new bottle of … you must try which goes beautifully with such and such dish or cheese”. Oh please let this be the one! It could make my year! (Oh my god I’m pathetic)
Apart from that I’m going to be cooking lots, practicing my cake decorating skills, going to write an inventory for all our boxes of bits so we can actually find stuff, actually do the garden (which the rain in april seemed intent on stopping) and try to get organised. Yes, still trying!
May . . . Busy, busy, but great.
Dates to note in May:
May 7-14 – National Dougnut Week
Technically this is a charity event, however, in memory of the fatty within, I partake in a few – KrispyKreme anyone?
May 15-22 – British Sandwich Week
Any excuse to make a club sandwich and I’m there! I’ll research some immense ones and post a few favourites, plus some photos of my own which I intend to constitute a tower of meat and cheese!
May 29 – Oak Apple Day
Umm . . . looked it up on Wikipedia. Not much to say about it, just thought is sounded more intriguing than it actually is!
“Sweet April showers, do spring May flowers.” – Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557