Friday, 4 July 2014

Satisfying foods: hash browns

Everyone needs comfort food. If you are coping with trouble at work or with a friend, you need solace. Food can give you an answer but that doesn’t mean you should throw all thoughts of health out of your head.

The time it takes you to chop up vegetables and prepare your recipe will sooth your spirit and there are plenty of healthy and satisfying foods that can help provide a little comfort in difficult times.

Hash browns are good news

If you are looking for the ideal comfort food then McCain hash browns may provide the solution – click here to find out more. Kids and grown-ups all need a cheery nutritional hug from time to time and you can transform the most boring meal into a culinary delight with additions like hash browns.

A simple poached egg can be transformed into a dish of fulfilling excellence with the addition of some fried mushrooms and herbs before being placed on top of a hash brown but that’s just one idea…

Interesting recipes

Anyone who has kids will understand how difficult it is to please them. If you go to your local supermarket you will get lots of ideas and inspiration. You can just stir fry some vegetables in a wok and add some ginger, garlic and soy sauce to this mixture to create a tasty meal to be served with hash browns.

What are hash browns?

Anyone who has read American literature about the Deep South will understand the importance of hash browns. Essentially, this is peasant food that has been glorified, in common with most of the American pioneer experience.

People had to make do with the vegetables that were to hand, and they survived as a result of their cooking skills. You can find out how to make the perfect hash browns using a how to cook guide like the one from the Guardian. After you have cooked your hash browns, grab some spuds, some onions and some oil and get cooking it cannot be easier.

From the “latkes” of Jewish Eastern Europe to the “potatos bravas” of Spain, the humble potato is elevated to new heights and oven-ready options are ideal for those who want to embrace these taste sensations but don’t have the time make them from scratch.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Menu Plan -- The Mini turns eight week

I am not going to be about from Thursday Lunch time this week.  So in this menu plan I have made sure that the food is easy and adaptable for MadDad from Thursday evening onwards.

Monday - Mini at Beavers, so he needs to eat early

Fish cakes with minted pea middles, salad and new potatoes

Tuesday - Mini turns eight


Wednesday - Maxi at Football practice at 5pm

Homemade pizza with ham and pineapple

Thursday - Me away

Udon noodles with chicken style quorn pieces, peppers and sauce

Friday - Me away

Fish, chips and Peas (We are currently really enjoying Youngs lightly coated)

Saturday - Football tournament

Lunch - picnic style
Dinner - sausage, egg, chips and beans


Lunch - Quiche, salad and new potatoes
Dinner - Roast Chicken Dinner

I have made sure we have enough fruit  and salad in for snacking and also lots of yogurts for after dinner too

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Frugaliscious Thumbs Up - Suckies

My boys know their yogurt.  It is one of their favorite foods, always has been and even at nine and nearly eight it is what they go hunting in the fridge for.

We were sent some suckies 100g yogurt pouches to review and they didn't last two days! 

The ingredients (which make mum happy)

  • NO colours
  • NO artificial flavourings
  • NO artificial preservatives
  • NO GM ingredients
  • Only contains sugars from fruit
  • Made with whole milk goodness
  • Gluten free, Vegetarian
  • NO pips or bits allowed!
These are great as you can freeze them and pop them in to a lunchbox and they will keep everything cold and be defrosted for lunch time.  

I had to go and buy more for the boys lunches during their football practice (as they have school lunch).

Friday, 13 June 2014

England v Italy - A food Showdown [Infographic]

The World Cup is upon us. In case you didn't notice all of the England flags in the street, the endless TV coverage and the above average noise coming from the neighbours over the last week, now you know why. Even if you didn't watch the opening ceremony, there's still time to get into the World Cup spirit.

England play their first game tomorrow evening against Italy. Are you ready for it? If not, I know something that will help. To kick off England's World Cup campaign, Delimano, a specialist in Italian ceramic cookware, thought it would be a good idea to put England and Italy in a cuisine showdown. Who will come out on top? Which nation has the better cuisine? Will their respective countries' cooking skills reflect on the pitch? Follow the recipes below and decide for yourself: 

Friday, 11 April 2014

Affordable Luxury

This is a blog about frugal food and how it can still be delicious, but I have to admit that both MadDad and I have a few things that we refuse to scrimp on.  These are our affordably luxurys.

MadDad has a thing for coffee.  Not any coffee, but good coffee.  He is one of those people that would rather drink water than bad coffee and often does.

We actually scrimp and save on other products and I cook from scratch so that we can afford to buy him quality coffee.  

Image from Love Chic Living

We have a coffee machine and really appreciate that it makes good quality coffee great and also really reasonable in fact it makes it around 30p per cup, which is a huge saving on a flat white which is the man of the house usual choice at a coffee shop.

Caffe Cagliari now make coffee capsules which are Nespresso machine compatible and only cost £2.99 for 10 capsules and even better you can buy Caffe Cagliari online

Their coffee is the result of more than 100 years of family knowledge and tradition and their espresso has been certified by the Italian Espresso National Institute (I.N.E.I.), which protects and promotes Italian Espresso.

So I have shared with you MadDad's affordable luxurywhat is yours?

Come back later in the week to learn about mine. 

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