I love cooking. I used to do it all the time. Once upon a time we were all organic and vegetarian and everything we ate was cooked from scratch. Then we got busy, jobs and commitments took over, the girls and Robbie decided they wanted bacon..., and our eating habits became a big bit more relaxed. And now, years later, I still love cooking but it's waaaayy down the priority list...
But I'm a woman that loves a Summer project! I need to cut my food budget as it's going through the roof. I also need to feed us better and get us back on track. So, I've dug out my two faithful friends:
I love these books, I've cooked practically everything in the blue one and have written all over them. Always a good sign!
I made up a menu list, then wrote a shopping list, set myself a general, vague, very small budget, and set off to Lidl and Aldi's. Then I came home with most of what I went for...
Then I hit a bit of a snag that isn't unusual for me... I didn't have all the ingredients so a bit of substitution was in order. Not made this recipe before but absolutely love Dhal and my favourite thing about it? Cheap as chips (or lentils!).
Got myself sorted:
Lentils, onion and lots of spices. Not necessarily the spices in the recipe but beggars can't be choosers!
Stuck on a bit of Steve Wright, got busy, quickly remembered why I love to cook - cos it's fun! And the whole time I was being watched by:
Sat like an angel on the bottom stair cos I'm tired of tripping over her every time I turn round in the kitchen. It's all very well having an adoring shadow but it's not always very safe!
Eldest was in Glasgow with a friend, Youngest was:
Then hubby came home a little early and settled himself on the swing with a coffee, a book, a cat, and the regulation nap in the middle of the day!
So I carried on, it smelt gorgeous, it didn't have any chillies, didn't have any shallots, not a curry leaf in sight, and fresh coriander to garnish? What do you think? But oh my it promised great things and I definitely feel that my cooking mojo is back!
Want to see it? You sure?
Lol!!! Looks like a pile of sick! Had Youngest crying with laughter, had hubby being all polite, but it tasted absolutely lovely. Please believe me!
And for pudding:
And my outfit of the day was my beloved elephant skirt that I got on holiday in Devon about ten years ago. The perfect weather and the perfect skirt to show off my white, pasty little legs!
A good day all round I'd say and it's only 6.30! Plenty of time to go through and bake some oat and raisin cookies I reckon, though it might have to be chocolate chips... (also known as a bashed up kitkat...!) Think I need to stock up on some storecupboard essentials...!
See you soon!