Skip to main content

Meal Plan 2nd - 8th January 2017 (+ Blogging Goals for 2017)

Blogging Goals for 2017

Christmas is over for another year and I'm just a bit relieved to be returning to normality. I thrive on routine and organisation and Christmas seems to throw all of that out of the window. I usually have a good clean and sort out when the decorations come down (30th December without fail!) and when my house looks clean and tidy, my mind is too! I really like this time of year - although I know I'm in a minority!

We had a quiet New Years Eve in the +Jam and Clotted Cream household, my favourite kind if I'm honest (I was actually in bed before the clock struck 12)! I couldn't bear the thought of waking up on New Years Day with a raging hangover and three kids to look after (how times have changed), so we played games, ate some nice food and the adults drank some nice wine but it was all very civilised. What did everyone else get up to?


Blogging with 3 children (as well as working a full time day job) is never easy but I'm hoping that with some ultra organisation, planning and A LOT of focus, I can fit everything in and do it well! Hubby has made me a DIY Lowell Ego Light (it's amazing!) so I can start taking food photo's in the evenings when the kids are in bed. This will make an enormous difference to me as currently I'm squeezing photo sessions into a few hours at the weekends (whilst the kids are running around me kicking footballs or trying to eat the food I'm trying to shoot). I'm really hoping I see a difference in my photo quality as I get to spend more time practising. I've already noticed that more of my photo's are being accepted by Foodgawker since I purchased a Canon 50mm f1.8 II Prime lens.

The photo's below are ones I've taken in the evening with my new light! I've got plenty to learn but I'm pleased with these first attempts.

Apple Loaf



Apart from the food photography, I'm going to try and focus on being more engaged on my social platforms this year. This is going to be difficult when I work all week but I'm hoping to utilise Buffer a bit more to help schedule posts, tweets and updates to make my presence more constant, rather than have a mad dash of updates first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I've already signed up to Boardbooster and have seen my Pinterest traffic more than double in the last couple of months, so it's all going in the right direction. There might even be some vlogging on my You Tube channel in the near future.... problem with that is I can't stand the sound of my own voice so I'm not sure how I'm going to get around that one yet.

My final goal this year is all about the recipes! I'm not a very technical cook and my cake decorating skills leave a lot to be desired (try and look at this without laughing), so this year I'm going to take the bull by the horns and raise the difficulty level in the kitchen. I want to experiment with new techniques, master the piping bag (my nemesis) and learn how to fillet a fish! I'm hoping a few visits to Philliegh Way Cookery School near Truro will help me on my quest!

So fellow bloggers, what goals have you set yourselves this year?

Right, its about time for the meal plan I think.


Monday 2nd January
Spicy Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Tuesday 3rd January
Pineapple Spiced Pork with Noodles

Wednesday 4th January
Bacon and Leek Risotto

Thursday 5th January
Chinese Chipshop Curry

Friday 6th January
Beef Koftas

Saturday 7th January
Sausage Noodle Stir Fry

Sunday 8th January
Squash, Chorizo and Pine Nut Spaghetti



  1. Happy New Year Beth. I hope 2017 is a happy and healthy one for you and your family and that you achieve your goals.



Post a Comment

Thanks for leaving a comment!

Popular posts from this blog

Microwave Jambalaya

Microwave meals are back and this is a fab bung it in the microwave recipe that's a real lifesaver when time is short...or when you don't have the use of an oven! People don't tend to use their microwaves for actually making meals but I've found I can do quite a lot in mine...veggie chilli, risotto's, as well as this really flavourful jambalaya with chorizo and red pepper.

I'll be posting more easy microwave meals in the coming weeks so keep an eye out on the blog.

MICROWAVE JAMBALAYA| Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 22 Minutes | Total Time: 27 Minutes |
Ingredients:400g Can of Chopped Tomatoes (with added chilli if you like it spicy)Canful (empty can of tomatoes) of Easy Cook Long Grain Rice1 Red Pepper, chopped120g Chorizo Sausage, cut into chunks2 TSP Cajun SeasoningHandful of grated cheddarInstructions:Step 1: Empty tin of tomatoes into a large microwaveable bowl. Fill the empty can with rice then add it to the bowl. Now fill the can with wate…

Honey and Peanut Butter Flapjacks

These flapjacks are now my official weekday grab and go breakfast. I make a big batch on Sunday evening and I'm all set for the week. Oddly I don't really like peanut butter but it works well in this recipe. You can always substitute it for an extra 100g of ordinary butter if you wanted. A handful of raisins makes a nice addition too.

OTHER FLAPJACK RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKEBanana and Coconut Flapjacks from Jam and Clotted CreamCherry Oat Bars from A Mummy TooChocolate and Banana Flapjacks from Tinned TomatoesDark Choc Chip Flapjacks from Munchies and Munchkins

print recipe
Honey and Peanut Butter Flapjacks by Beth Sachs October-8-2012 These flapjacks make a great grab and go breakfast or after school snack Ingredients 100g Butter100g Peanut Butter200g Demerera Sugar200g Clear Honey400g Rolled Oats Instructions Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180c and line and grease a 30 x 20cm tin.Step 2: Melt the butter, peanut butter, sugar and honey together…

Golden Syrup and Oat Cookies

My Mum used to make these moreish buttery cookies all the time and they bring back great childhood memories of licking the syrup spoon clean. They take less than 10 minutes to make and 10 minutes in the oven so they are super speedy for busy days...and most importantly the kids love them.


print recipe
Golden Syrup and Oat Cookies by Beth Sachs August-17-2009 A super easy golden syrup and oat cookie recipe. Ingredients 100g Butter100g Caster Sugar2 TBSP Golden Syrup100g Self Raising Flour100g Oats1/2 TSP Bicarbonate of Soda Instructions Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180°c/160°c Fan and line two baking sheets with baking paper.Step 2: In a large pan melt the butter, syrup and sugar then stir in the flour, oats and bicarbonate of soda.Step 3: Roll into large walnut size balls and place well apart on the baking trays. Bake for 10 minutes.
Details Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 10 MinutesTotal time: 20 Minutes
Yield:Makes 15 cookies

Pin the Golden Syrup and Oat C…

Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne (No Browning Required)

My slow cooker is my best friend on week days, especially when it's a recipe like this Chilli Con Carne that requires NO pre browning of the meat. It takes all of 3 minutes to 'make' before leaving the slow cooker to do all the hard work during the day. Then, when you get in from a long day at work and the kids are starving, all you need to do is cook some rice and grate some cheese! If you have any leftovers you can stir them into cooked pasta the next day along with some creme fraiche and grated cheddar for a super simple chilli pasta bake. Everyone in my house loves this recipe...well apart from the kidney beans which the kids aren't too keen on!

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING SLOW COOKER CHILLI CON CARNEIf your children actually like kidney beans (mine usually pick them out) add another tin for extra fibre.Instead of adding the spices separately you could buy a Chilli Con Carne spice sachet (e.g. Schwartz) and use that instead.If you like a bit of heat add a tsp of dried chi…