Conversions with friends

Some things are only able to be said to friends. 

Luckily I have a few select friends. 

Comments like “I may need to sell my soul or a kidney to pay for that. Hang on,  Miss Bee sucked out my soul like a dementor.  I guess it’s my kidney then”.

“Is chocolate a cure for a crappy day with a sick kid? If one piece doesn’t cure it I’ll have to keep going just to improve my odds”.

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Tea 

Me: “Is that the kettle?  Did to put the kettle on?”

DH: “yes”

Me “I love you”

DH “Do you want a tea?”

Me: “I’m insanely in love with you”.

Hands me a tea and a Lindt ball.

OMG best moment. 

Toddlers visiting 

Love it.   Hate it. 

  • Interactions for me Love
  • Cleaning up before visits Hate
  • Baking Love
  • Trying to cater to all the crowd’s satisfaction Hate
  • My child crying because another toddler snatched her toy Hate 
  • Moments when they’re all playing well Love
  • Seeing another toddler acting like a inconsolable whiny pain in the butt Love (means mine’s normal plus bonus not mine at that moment) 
  • Cleaning up aftermath when everyone makes a run for it Hate
  • Noticing that while Miss Bee doesn’t mix up the toys too much other children do…  Hence extensive sorting because I’m finding play food in the doll house,  Lego in the toy kitchen,  cars and kitchen cups in the wooden blocks Hate

  • Wondering why it’s literally always at my house Hate
  • Drinking coffee with a chat Love 

Aftermath

I’m making Italian tonight

Mmmm…. lasagne and homemade garlic bread. I mean HOMEMADE, I am currently making the dough for the baguettes. Served with a Greek salad (don’t tell the Italians).

My son and his partner are coming for dinner. This calls for lush home cooked rich comfort food that (to be frank) he wouldn’t /couldn’t make himself.

This is how I make lasagne. I don’t use a recipe but freestyle it. So feel free to adapt to suit your taste. 

MEAT SAUCE:

500g lean mince

2 grated carrots

2 grated zucchini

1 finely (go FINE) diced onion (I use brown)

1 jar of passata tomato sauce (those tall jars) alternatively you can use 2 tins of diced tomatoes

2 teaspoons Italian herbs (or 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon basil and a pinch of thyme)

1 teaspoon of minced garlic (I prefer organic as garlic is one of the vegetables more prone to holding leached chemicals from pesticides) 

Fry the onion (NOT the garlic!) in a little olive oil (I use light flavoured) gently on a medium heat for around 5 minutes until it becomes translucent. Don’t rush this stage as burnt onion flavour makes the sauce a tad bitter.

Add the mince until browned, now add the herbs, garlic, carrots, zucchini, passata and herbs. Simmer on very low as long as possible up to 2 hrs. (But just use it as is if you’re time poor)… nobody will complain, after all YOU cooked them a meal…and it was lasagne! I prefer not to add salt as the cheese is quite salty. Pepper to your taste. 

NOTE: a good slurp of red wine is an excellent addition if you can spare some. (oh and some for the meat sauce too).

Now my “trick” is 2 cheese sauces.

CHEESE SAUCE #1:

1 500g cottage cheese

4 eggs

2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese (fresh is best but dried works)

1 teaspoon of oregano

 

CHEESE SAUCE #2:

This is the same one I mentioned recently. I am a lazy cook, I confess it.

6 tablespoons plain flour

6 tablespoons skim milk powder

3 cups boiling water

1/2 cup grated cheese (or more if you’re a greedy cheese lover like me) 

2 tablespoons butter or marg

generous pinch paprika

1/4 cup white wine (nice but optional)

 

Blend the flour and milk powder. Slowly add the boiling water stirring until thickening. Add butter then cheese. If you want you can microwave 2 minutes to thicken more. The sauce should be slightly thicker than custard. 

LASAGNE NOODLES:

I prefer wholewheat instant and when being very indulgent I will by fresh (one day I might even try making lasagne noodles! when Miss Bee isn’t 2 that is!)

Layering your lasagne. I do a light spray of canola. ALWAYS start with a tiny smear of the meat sauce as it seemed to stick less,  now add the noodles close together.

Try not to overlap them as they can make thick sections that are chunky and don’t cut well either. Next put 1/3 of the meat, then 1/3 of the egg based cheese sauce, 1/4 cheese sauce.

Repeat until the last layer then make noodles, meat, egg based cheese sauce. Finish with a layer of noodles then add the remaining 1/2 cheese sauce as the top layer.

Bake based on the instructions on your packet of noodles as for time needed. I generally bake in a moderately low oven at least 45-1hr. Turn the oven off and let it sit at least 20 minutes. This makes it sort of gel together. If you want really neat pieces then cook the day before or in the morning and reheat as it get more solid the longer it cools.


Greek salad tonight:

Mix together diced

  • Feta
  • tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • olives
  • avocado (don’t tell the Greeks)

 I’m having mine mostly naked with just a small splash of lemon juice and olive oil. 

Will that garlic bread work?  I hope so.  I bought fresh yeast today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pizza night

Homemade pizza night. Bases from scratch. Such a yummy base recipe. Two types of cheese…  Tasty and mozzarella.

Miss Bee and big sister helped make it which made for a fun chef experience.

Spinach,  pesto,  chicken and avocado with a hint of mayo. 

Bacon,  capsicum, cherry tomatoes and black olives.

Chicken,  pineapple,  avocado and bacon.

BBQ sauce,  bacon, capsicum, pineapple and eggs. 

Miss Bee was eating dessert of icecream with sprinkles… I got told “you finish that first”.

Mother’s Day dinner menu

Has to gluten free, vegetarian options,  no mushrooms, no capsicum, no walnuts or peanuts, diabetic suitable.  Thankfully dairy is ok.  

Chicken drumsticks in mayo marinade (using GF mayo)

Stuffed pumpkin (veg,  adapted GF using 3/4 rice 1/4 quinoa) 

Parmesan baked zucchini

Cinnamon baked sweet potato (just cut then coat in a little olive oil,  Cinnamon,  dash of honey if not diabetic,  salt and pepper before baking)

Lemon and garlic broccoli

Steamed carrots and green beans

Dessert will be lemon delicious pudding made up with GF SR flour 

With coffee I’ve made Betty Crocker GF chocolate chip cookies (I can and do bake but GF cookies can be disappointing so I’m trying these out). 
Mother’s Day.. . Planning the menu,  buying the groceries,  cooking it all.  Cleaning the house with Miss Bee then cleaning it all up after. Yeah. Got to love Mother’s Day. I’m glad it’s once a year.