Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great week so far
We’re doing okay, although the weather is a bit of a drag. It’s just rain, rain, rain here I mustn’t complain though as we’ve had beautiful weather for weeks and the country’s got a water shortage.
Although I definitely don’t fancy going out on my bike in this weather, I am happy to walk about in the rain. In fact, it can be pretty refreshing. I love the smell of fresh rain and, providing you’ve got a big umbrella, it can be quite cosy and fun.
On Saturday, we decided to take a trip to West Woods in Wiltshire to check out the beautiful bluebells. It rained on and off, but that didn’t matter.
If anything, it made the trip even more magical as we were pretty much the only ones there. It was so peaceful!
The bluebells were truly stunning!
We noticed that there were quite a few bridleways through the forest so, as soon as the tracks dry out, we’ll take our bikes for a ride round.
The market town of Marlborough is not far from the woods so, after our walk, we popped there for a coffee. It was market day so before we headed home, we managed to bag ourselves some great value fruit and veggies, including 10 bananas for £1!
WIAW – Lil’ L’s Favourite Eats of the Week
Since our return from Lanzarote a week and a half ago, I’ve been enjoying cooking some of the family’s favourite meals. Just for a change, for this week’s WIAW party, I thought I’d ask Lil’ L to list his favourite breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert that he’s eaten since we’ve been home.
Here’s a rundown of his favourite eats:
Breakfast – Banana Pancakes
I made a batch of these on Saturday morning and Lil’ L had them for breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday. These are his number one favourite pancakes. I’ve recently updated the recipe to bring it into line with my other pancake recipes. They are so simple to make; you just throw all the ingredients into the blender and pulse it a few times.
At the weekend, we topped the pancakes with chopped pecans, walnuts, sliced almonds, ground linseed and a drizzle of agave syrup.
Lunch - Scrambled Tofu Pitta Pocket
Since returning from our holidays, we’ve been on a mission to liven up lunch boxes. Lil’ L mentioned that he would love to try scrambled tofu in a pitta bread for his school lunch. On Sunday, we made scrambled tofu on toast for our lunch and then saved some for packed lunches on Tuesday.
This time round, in addition to the tofu and spices, we added a few veggies – finely chopped red onion, red pepper, sliced mushrooms and flat leaf parsley.
Lil’ L absolutely loved the scrambled tofu pitta pocket and said it was one of the best packed lunches he’s ever had. We’ll definitely be making this one again!
Dinner - Home-made Pizza, Mexican Fajitas & Vegetable Korma
Lil’ L had difficulty choosing one favourite dinner as we’ve had three of his favourites this week, so he asked whether I could feature all three.
On Sunday we had the home made ‘confetti’ pizza (which we ate whilst watching the very bizarre film ‘Coraline’)
On Monday, we had Mexican veggie fajitas. This dinner only takes 8 minutes to make! It’s perfect for Monday nights when Lil’ L has to eat an early dinner before cubs.
To make them, I stir fried bell peppers, courgette (zucchini), mushrooms, baby corn, avocado, julienned carrot sticks, roasted broccoli (a left over from the weekend) and pumpkin seeds in a little oil and a sprinkling of fajita spice mix. I also added half a packet of Fry’s Vegetarian Chunky Strips (bought from Holland and Barratt). We served them in warmed tortillas, and M and I chose to spice ours up with a drizzle of Linghams Chilli Sauce. Delicious!
Yesterday, my mum came to visit us for the night, so we decided to cook one of the family’s current favourite meals – Veggie Korma with home made chapattis. This time round, we used 7 different vegetables in the curry - red onion, garlic, celery, carrot, parsnip, savoy cabbage, and mushrooms, along with cashew nuts and sliced almonds. Lil’ L enjoyed it so much that he asked for seconds!
Dessert - Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding
This was our dessert from Monday night. Another really simple recipe which takes about a minute to prepare, providing that you’ve remembered to pre-soak the chia seeds.
It’s been another week of great eats :) We’ve had lots of old family favourites and I’ve also been trialling some new recipes which I’m looking forward to sharing with you…. especially the home made veggie pasties, which are totally lush!
Right, time to head over to the WIAW party to check out this week’s delicious eats. Thanks as always to the lovely Jenn for hosting this great event. I hope to see you there! xx