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Meal Plan 27th August - 2nd September 2012

Its back to normal school/work  routine next week and one way of making it less stressful is to batch cook and stock up the freezers with healthy home cooked meals. So this weeks meal plan is all about using up those odds and ends lurking in the freezers (I have two) and cupboards ready for a mass cooking session next weekend!
Monday 27th August
Indoor BBQ at Mum and Dads - typical Bank Holiday weather!!

Tuesday 28th August
Chorizo Risotto

Wednesday 29th August
Roast Chicken and Chips

Thursday 30th August
Homemade pizza's topped with leftover chorizo, chicken and red onion

Friday 31st August
Sausage Carbonara - a variation of this recipe using chorizo

Saturday 1st September
Macaroni Cheese - made with some of the cheeses Mum and Dad bought back from France.

Sunday 2nd September
If the weather is good we will take the kids to the beach - hopefully all the emmets will have returned home - so it will be picnic food.

Tuna Balls with Spicy Tomato Spaghetti

These tuna balls make a nice change from the usual beef meatballs I make. Lighter with a lemony freshness they are perfect for a warm summers evening. You can make the meatballs the day before and store in the fridge so all you have to do when you get home from work is quickly fry the meatballs, cook the spaghetti and heat up a jar of tomato and chilli pasta sauce (or your own homemade tomato sauce such as this one). A quick, easy and delicious family meal.

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Tuna Balls with Tomato Spaghetti by Beth Sachs August-23-2012 A lighter alternative to the usual beef meatballs. These tuna balls are spiked with lemon and chilli making them perfect for a summers evening. Ingredients 3 x 160g tins Tuna in brineHalf Lemon, zested75g Breadcrumbs2 Eggs, beaten1/2 TSP Dried Chilli FlakesJar of Tomato and Chilli Pasta Sauce100g Mature Cheddar, grated3 TBSP Creme Fraiche400g SpaghettiSmall handful Basil leaves, to serve Instructions Step 1: Mix the drained tuna, lemon zest, bread…

Giveaway: Seasonal Box from Knorr and Forman and Field

I've got another seasonal box from Knorr to giveaway to one reader. The box contains the ingredients needed to make Marco Pierre White's Spatchcock Chicken with Chipolatas and Rosemary - the recipe can be found on the Knorr website:  Box ingredients: 2 Baby Chickens Herbs Lemon Pack of Chipolata Sausages Onion Tart Burgers Knorr Stock Pots
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Meal Plan 20th August - 26th August 2012

Monday 20th August
Chicken Kievs, Roasted Sweet Potato and Broccoli

Tuesday 21st August
Curried Mince and Peas with Basmati Rice

Wednesday 22nd August
Tuna balls with spaghetti

Thursday 23rd August
Homemade Pizza

Friday 24th August
Roast Chicken, Garlic Sweet Potato Mash, Cauliflower Cheese and Cabbage

Saturday 25th August
Chinese Style Chicken Curry

Sunday 26th August
Chicken, Bacon and Pea Risotto

My Ultimate Chocolate Cake

It's definitely a chocolate cake day today!
You see, thanks to a horsefly bite on Tuesday I am now bed bound with Cellulitis....and it is ouchie. The swelling has gone down a little bit (thank goodness as I looked like elephant woman yesterday) but I'm still pretty immobile. I'm not much good at being ill and I haven't been bed bound like this since a rather nasty episode of food poisoning in Corfu 10 years ago - it was my own fault on that occasion - they tell you to avoid salad for a reason. On this occasion though it was entirely the fault of the fly and I will never trust another one again. Hmmm where is that fly swatter?
Anyway, I'm lying here itching to do the hoovering, washing and cooking.....but I can't! Perfect excuse then to eat chocolate cake and watch rubbish TV and be waited on hand and foot by the kids and hubby - very novel!

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My Ultimate Chocolate Cake by Beth Sachs August-16-2012 A fudgy indulgent chocolate cake, perfect for partie…

Giveaway: Kenwood kMix Coffee Machine

I've been lucky enough to get hold of this Kenwood kMix Coffee Machine, one of a range of coffee machines from Argos, to giveaway to one Jam and Clotted Cream reader.
Please note that Argos also have a wide selection of more expensive (a lot more expensive!!) bean to cup coffee machines if money is no object!
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Meal Plan 13th - 19th August 2012

I'm sat here this morning with that end of holiday blues feeling - really really sad and slightly depressed that London 2012 is almost over! I have absolutely no idea how I'm going to fill my time anymore - I can't really remember what I did before. When I haven't been at home to watch I've been listening to radio 5 live to keep up with the action (I'm a convert - Radio 1 is history for me, I was getting too old for it anyway), when the kids wanted Peppa Pig - I watched the Olympics on the laptop and at every available opportunity the TV has been tuned into to BBC1. What fills me with most dread is that we will go back to being subjected to rubbish TV - who cares if Sharon is back on Eastenders (this is from the person who used to watch every soap going) - I want SPORT not soaps!
To keep me sane I have devised some rather time consuming blog tasks to keep me too busy to notice the hole that will shortly appear. Task 1 is to reformat all my recipes on the blog …

Butterscotch Cookies

I've been meaning to post these cookies for a few weeks now but the chaos that is the summer holidays has  got in the way of my blogging a bit. Thanks to my lovely Mother and Father though I have an afternoon of peace and quiet (I doubt they are having such a relaxed time) and am busily catching up with emails and blog commitments.
Now...these Butterscotch Cookies are super sweet - the kind of sticky sweet that leaves you rushing to clean your teeth afterwards, but also dangerously moreish too (one or two aren't going to do much harm). I can also reveal, after a bit of experimentation, they make ideal cookies for ice cream cookie sandwich's - it has to be plain vanilla though. They keep for about 3 days in a sealed container, but they wont last that long.
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Butterscotch Cookies by Beth Sachs August-8-2012 A sweet treat and the perfect vehicle for ice cream! Ingredients 100g Butter100g Dark Muscavado Sugar2 TBSP Golden Syrup175g Self Raising Flour30g Rice Kr…

Meal Plan 6th - 12th August 2012

Wasn't it a great weekend for British sport (overlooking football results)! The kids stayed up late to watch Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah on Saturday night and again last night to watch Christine Ohuruogu. So proud of all the athletes (a special mention has got to go to Murray!) and it feels great to be British right now. Let's hope for another successful week as well as an improvement in the weather - we have seen rain of biblical proportions here in North Cornwall over the last few days and the garden is completely saturated. 
Onto our meal plan for the week.
Monday 6th August Goats Cheese, Bacon and Pea Risotto
Tuesday 7th August Courgette and Rice Filo Pie 
Wednesday 8th August Sausage Carbonara - kids favourite
Thursday 9th August Lasagne
Friday 10th August Leftover Lasagne
Saturday 11th August Creamy Paprika Pork with Rice and Peas
Sunday 12th August Leftover Pasta Bake