weekly menu – gnocchi with sausage

 For one reason or another, I haven’t managed to photograph or update the rest of last weeks menu. So I will make sure that I remake those dishes soon and I will post the results. However this is a new week and I am continuing to cook from the same recipe book I bought. With tonight’s dish being gnocchi with sausages in a tomato ragu. I must say that whenever I cook gnocchi I am always concerned that it never looks enough. But I was pleased to be full after eating this and the sausage made a nice addition to what is a fairly standard ragu sauce.

Weekly menu – gnocchi with sausage 

Pumpkin Curry – weekly menu No.1

Here’s the pumpkin curry. It was very easy to make and basically could be left alone once it was all in the pot. The good thing about it was it was quiet mild and so William could eat it with no problems with the addition of some yogurt.
Pumpkin curry – weekly menu No. 1

Stuffed peppers – weekly menu No. 1

Here’s a photo of Tuesday nights dish – Stuffed Peppers. They were stuffed with rice, cherry tomatoes, carrot and feta cheese. I made the addition of spring onions as I wanted a stronger flavour to balance out the feta as it can get a bit overpowering. I was overall very pleased with them, the only thing I would want to change is where the breadcrumbs hadn’t quiet covered the rice, it had overcooked and gone to hard.
Stuffed Peppers – Weekly menu N’o.1

Pancakes with Spinach and mozzarella – weekly menu No.1

Pancakes with Spinach and mozzarella – weekly menu No.1
Here is the first dish from my weekly menu. Pancakes with Spinach and mozzarella. I found the recipe easy to follow, but the filling lacked a little flavour despite my addition of nutmeg to the spinach. Also the portion size was a little on the small size and I feel I will probably find myself snacking this evening. 

Weekly menu No.1

I like to plan my weekly menus as not only does it stop me over spending at the supermarket on things that might not get eaten in time and end up in the bin, but it also stops me getting into a food rut.
It is so easy to be lazy when I get home from school and just throw some pasta in the saucepan, but if I have already decided what we’re having I am already mentally prepared before I get home. I have been working my way through my collection of cookery books to plan my menus, but I have recently bought a new one which I found at the local garden center when I was shopping with my mother in law. It’s called ‘Food lovers Vegetarian’ and for once I would like to cook every thing in it. I think it’s Australian as some of the ingredient names are different.

Vegetarian (Food Lovers Simply)

So I will attempt to cook and photograph these dishes this week and I will post the pics and a review each day.
Do you like to menu plan? Have you got any top tips to avoid waste?

Toy sack – Making magazine bag supplement

Hello, I’ve just completed the toy sack from the current issue of Making magazine http://www.facebook.com/pages/Making-magazine/158069764232832 
It was featured in their bag supplement and having some of the green starry material left I thought I’d make one for Williams room. I altered the design slightly and used felt for the bunting and I personalized the design for William by cross stitching his name in rainbow colour order. We love anything rainbow colored in our house. I’m not sure how much use William will get out of it but it looks lovely and it’s an extra place to stash soft toys. 
Toy sack – Making magazine bag supplement 

Close up of cross stitched name in rainbow colours 

This has since been featured in Making magazine ‘Making views’ section. 


Summer vegetable minestrone recipe

gluten free recipe
Summer vegetable minestrone 

Here is my recipe for summer vegetable minestrone.

I must admit it was quite chilly as we took a stroll to feed the in laws fish after dinner tonight. (definitely a touch of autumn in the air) Which is why I’m thankful that we had just eaten a wonderful meal of all that is good and bountiful in the garden.
To make the summer vegetable minestrone you will need: (feeds 4)

  • 1 onion,
  • 2 sticks of celery,
  • 1 Carrot,
  • 1tbsp of olive oil,
  • 1tsp dried sage, 3 leaves of fresh sage,
  • 100g broad beans
  • 50g peas
  • 1 1/2 pints of stock
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 100g small shaped gluten free pasta.

  1. Dice the onion, celery and carrot.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and saute the veg for 5 minutes, season well.
  3. Add the dried sage, pour in the stock, bring to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the tinned tomatoes and the pasta and continue to simmer for a further 8 minutes.
  5. Add the peas and broad beans and cook for a further 2 minutes. 
  6. Finally add the chopped fresh sage. 

Back to school, new planner cover

Well the end of the summer holidays looms closer. So the time comes for a new planner and heaven forbid could I cope with the boring cover that it comes with. This year I have gone for a slightly Gothic look. As I wanted to utilize some of my new dies for the Sizzix Big shot I bought recently. I’m note sure what my fellow teachers will think, but I’m sure it’ll scare the Year 7’s. 

Afternoon tea

I have come to realize what a lovely occasion afternoon tea is. I’m not saying that I don’t eat lovely things on a regular basis but to actually put aside time to sit down and really enjoy a good British afternoon tea is really a delight. Here are some of the treats William and I made for the family afternoon tea. Included are raspberry and lemon curd tarts with sweet shortcrust and extremely vanilla cupcakes with lemon curd butter cream icing. I am also rather pleased with my improving piping skills. What do you think?

Suffolk Puff quick fix for damaged skirt

Here’s the problem, one red linen skirt ruined by white board pen which one lovely pupil had thought highly funny to write along the edge of the table so when I lent against it …. 
Here is my solution to the problem. Suffolk puffs which seem to be very popular at the moment. I chosen to make mine from some black satin I had in my stash. 

 I cut three circles from the satin.

I did a running stitch about 3mm from the edge 
Then pulled tight and double knotted. 

I then sewed them onto the skirt with a black button at the centre of each
I then finished of the design with a simple line of running stitch in double thread of black embroidery thread. 

Close up of the finished decoration. You’d never know that the skirt had been damaged in the first place.