Tuesday, 15 December 2009

cep & potato stew

cep & potato stew

cep & potato stew - Delicious, November 2009, p81
cauliflower cheese - Annabel Karmel, New Complete Baby Toddler Meal, p54

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

tomato curry & mushroom pappardelle

Suddenly a combination of cost and health has meant Simon Hopkinson's Tomato Curry has become something of regular meal. Jude's coming over tonight to watch Strictly, so the plan today is get some more tomatoes on our usual trip to the Farmer's Market this morning.

It starts off to plan; babyccino - check, feeding the ducks - check, Farmer's market - check. Then the ana's throw a spanner into our carefully nurtured routine, she needs a new frock for her birthday this week. However, what could've been an absolute disaster with monkey creating hell because he's bored/tired/hungry, and the ana's tearfully breaking down in the changing room trying to get out of her Dallas style shoulder pads, goes like a dream! Ana finds three amazing dresses in which she looks amazing in, and the milos flirts outrageously with the owner. We even get him in bed in time for us to tidy up *and* make Nigel Slater's mushroom pappardelle.

A quick afternoon trip to the supermarket because I forgot the tomatoes (gahhh!), it's full-steam ahead for Strictly and curry.

Food of the Milos
Crumpets and half of my Shreddies for breakfast, b-ccino, and a pear at the farmer's market before a snoopy snooze. More apples and pears in the afternoon, and the remaining mushroom pasta for dinner. This was later supplemented by a large amount of Strictly crips and howmous. Hmmmm...

mushroom pappardelle - Nigel Slater, Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries, p
tomato curry - Simon Hopkinson, Delicious, November 2007, p86

burgers and mulled wine

Well 'burger' singular. Last night was Christmas Party part deux, so it was a mixed bag of nutrition in the Barnes household; cereal for the lady half, and handfuls of mini-canapes and as much booze as I can bag before the free bar runs out. *However* unlike Wednesday, today I don't have a screaming hangover and we've got Barnes Christmas fair tonight.

Despite the rain (for the second year running), we head out to look at the Christmas trees, lights and eat fudge. The monkey loved it! On the way back we had some mulled wine and a [one] burger between the three of us, at the Coach and Horses. And that was it, dinner over. I'm not sure I like this diet...

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

beef stroganoff

Ooooh, I'm hungover today. Last night's leetle work drinkies have left me feeling a trifle brackish this evening, and not even a burger at lunchtime and a trip to the Turner exhibition at Tate Britain with Mr P Murphy ESQ help. No, only stodgy-stodge can help, quick sharp!

It does (thanks Billy G), and I even manage to struggle through with a glass of vino.

Incidentally, JMW Turner is one of my favourite painters. He was mad, hyper-competitive, a massive show-off and had a brilliant middle-name - Mallord! I might name our next baby 'Mallord', Mallord and Milo, Milo and Mallord. It has a ring ne c'est pas? Here's one of my favourite of his paintings:

Moonlight, a study at Millbank

Anyway, I digress...

Food of the Milos
It's a Julia day today so it's the usual opening course of cheerios/apricots/raisins/toast & philli, followed by ham omlette and apple for lunch and MORE spag bol for dinner.

beef stroganoff with buttered noodles - Bill Granger, Simply Bill, p33