Family cooking

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Simple dough recipe for burger buns or pizza

Simple dough recipe for burger buns or pizza Nothing beats homemade when it comes to making bread or pizza! This simple dough recipe is ideal as you can easily make it into either rolls or buns for burgers as well as pizza bases. Friday nights back in South Africa are… Read More »Simple dough recipe for burger buns or pizza

pulled pork and beans in a tortilla wrap on a blue and white china plate

Spicy Slow Cooked Pulled Pork & Beans in Tomato Ketchup Sauce

Spicy Slow Cooked Pulled Pork & Beans in Tomato Ketchup Sauce I love how easy it is to make slow cooked pulled pork in a rich and spicy tomato sauce. All you need are a few basic ingredients (like ketchup!) to make an warming, nutritious and delicious dish. And and… Read More »Spicy Slow Cooked Pulled Pork & Beans in Tomato Ketchup Sauce

sweet potato, smoked pancetta and butter bean soup

Our favourite winter warmer soup – sweet potato, smoked pancetta and butter bean

Our favourite winter warmer soup – sweet potato, smoked pancetta and butter bean A simple and delish dish that my whole family enjoys. This soup recipe is so tasty and so quick to make, it could be even simpler than I have it if you leave out the sweet potato! It… Read More »Our favourite winter warmer soup – sweet potato, smoked pancetta and butter bean

homemade takeaways, a seven day family meal plan

Meal Plan – a Week of Homemade Takeaways

Meal Plan – a Week of Homemade Takeaways

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Who DOESN’T love a great takeaway? Not the Brits! Apparently the average UK citizen buys a takeaway two to three times a week and the accumulative cost is in excess of £20,000 over a life time.

We are definitely not representative of the average UK citizen in this household (in fact I’m the only UK born citizen in this household). Takeaways are our birthday dinner treat which means, with six of us, we have them once every two months – such daring extravagance.

The good news is that it’s not all that difficult to make your own delicious ‘takeaway’ dinners at home, it’s way lighter on the waistline and the wallet, and you know that no weird red colours or dodgy meat was added (without you noticing). The only downside is the washing up but praise God for paper plates.

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Meal Plan – adapting carb free for the family

Meal Plan – adapting carb free for the family

 

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Because Athol (my husband) is on a carb free diet but the kids are not (I sort of am too), this week I’ve had to prepare separate dishes some nights. This has meant quite a bit of extra prep, at the time of the day when I have the least patience and energy. It’s much quicker and easier to boil a pot of pasta or rice to accompany a dish (ok for the kids but not for him) than to chop up and stir fry a medley of Mediterranean vegetables (great for him but ‘gross’ for the kids) and time consuming to have to do both!

It took me a few days to realise that I could outsource some of the less onerous cooking duties – Athol and the kids are willing chef assistants, provided I don’t have a Gordon Ramsey moment when things don’t go my way.  And apart from the fact that I actually love the veggies myself, it’s been good for the kids to have to try and eat things they wouldn’t normally pick for themselves. Cooking and prepping the food has taught them to appreciate and enjoy it too.

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