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Big Budget Challenge – Weeks III & IV

As it was the half term school holidays last week, which began with a mini break to Sherwood Forest followed by Lil’ L’s 8th birthday, I didn’t get round to posting an update for Laura’s Big Budget Challenge.  Many apologies Laura!  To make up for this, I’ll give a rundown of my ‘money saves’ over the past two weeks vis-a-vis my 5 budget rules

1. Avoid waste. I’m pleased to say that I’ve managed to avoid throwing away any food over the past two weeks 🙂  There was a close call with a bag of spinach that was starting to look sorry for itself, but Laura’s post on Monday inspired me to make a spinach, butternut squash and chickpea curry.  I even roasted the squash seeds (for the first time ever) and we had them with the hemp burger and roasted squash dinner on Monday.  No seeds will ever get thrown away again… they’re so nice lightly roasted! 🙂

2. Shop around for cheapest deals. I’m planning to do another big online grocery shop tomorrow and I’ll definitely be using www.mysupermarket.co.uk again.  It saved me quite a few pounds on my last big grocery shop and I’m intrigued to see what I can save this time round 🙂

3. Make use of home grown foods.  We’ve been eating lots of home-grown apples (still not sick of them 😉 ).  We’ve also had some very generous donations of home-grown produce from friends and family, including these amazing courgettes/zucchinis.

As well as using the zucchini in lots of savoury dishes (roasted veg & pasta; lasagna; fajitas), I made some wicked date and zucchini brownies last week, which I pictured in yesterday’s post.  (I’ll be writing up the recipe and posting it very soon).

All the donated produce has been used up now, so I’ve turned my attention to some rather unusual home-grown produce… dandelion leaves and nettles.  I didn’t intentionally grow these, but as they’re growing so beautifully in my garden, it’ll be fun to see whether I can turn them into something tasty 😉

4. Go foraging! Whilst cycling round Sherwood Forest last week, I couldn’t resist a quick pause to collect sweet chestnuts.   

The cases are so prickly!  I used my feet to squeeze the nuts out of the shells, while M adopted a more hands-on approach.

 

I didn’t have a bag with me, so I crammed as many as I could into the back pocket of my cycling jacket.

You won’t believe how many I actually managed to cram into that pocket!

I absolutely adore roasted chestnuts!  They really remind me of childhood Christmas Eves when my Dad would roast chestnuts, sprinkle them with salt and tip them on a newspaper.  We’d then sit on the living room floor and tuck in!

Today, I decided to use some of the nuts to make a sweet chestnut casserole with herby dumplings.

The dumplings were flavoured with fresh rosemary from the garden.  This is one of the few edible plants that the slugs and snails actually leave alone!  It’s a really easy herb to grow and seems to look after itself.  Our plant has been here the whole time we’ve lived in Bath (11 years now) and it hasn’t need any attention at all. (That’s SO my sort of plant 😉 )

5. Make use of vouchers and deals. We used our Tesco vouchers again on Lil’ L’s birthday, saving us £21 on the entry fee into a sea aquarium.  I’m glad we didn’t pay real money for this trip as the aquarium was awful (in my opinion).  The image of the sea-headed turtle pounding up and down its tiny tank is still haunting me 😦

So that’s my big budget challenge update for weeks III and IV!  Have you had any great money saves in the last month?  If so, I’d love to hear them! 

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WIAW – I’ll bring the hemp burgers

Happy Wednesday everybody!

Yep, it’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for the lovely Jenn’s virtual WIAW  party where the guests post and share their eats.  If you haven’t visited before, you must check out all the amazing pics!

Okay, so here’s what I ate this Wednesday:

Breakfast

Glass of warm water and a slice of lemon (this week I’ve really been enjoying this gentle start to the day, rather than the big cups of black coffee I had last week.  It’s reassuring to know that I’m no longer dependent on coffee to kickstart my day 😉 ) 

Big bowl of porridge into which I added some blueberry fruit spread, chopped walnuts, chopped pecans and sunflower seeds.  It was lush!  With the porridge, I drank a cup of nettle tea.

Lunch

I had to make a quick lunch before I dashed to school to teach my meditation classes, so I grabbed some Scottish oat cakes, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, black olives and cashew nut butter.  I bought a jar of Meridian cashew nut butter for the first time last week, and I’m LOVING it!  I’ll definitely be buying it again 🙂  

Snacks

After school, I enjoyed a 5-minute sitdown with a cup of coffee and a piece of date and zucchini chocolate brownie (which I made last week).  It was a bit of an experiment but it worked out really well (unlike a lot of my experiments 😉 ) 

I’ve never been a big fan of brownies, but I absolutely love this one.  The taste and texture is lush!  Plus, by using no refined sugar, very little oil, and with the addition of dates, zucchini and whole wheat flour, it’s actually a healthy brownie!  What more could we want eh??  Lil’ L has been taking it to school for his lunchtime snack.  I’ve just asked him what he thinks of the brownie and he said “really, really, really nice” 🙂

 

Dinner

I’m really into hemp seed at the moment, and have been using the Good Hemp milk, oil and shelled seeds as a way of adding omega-3 into our meals.  From what I’ve read, hemp is a ‘super food’ as it’s packed with nutrition.  Here’s a few facts I found out about hemp today:

  • It is a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids.  It also has a high protein content (see image below).
  • The globulin edestin in hemp seed closely resembles that found in human blood plasma and is completely compatible with the human digestive system, making it easily digested, absorbed and utilised. 
  • Hemp seed contains phytosterols, which have been shown to reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol.
  • Hemp seed has a high content of antioxidants (all part of the Vitamin E family).
  • Hemp seed has the perfect ratio of omega-3 to omega-6.

What an amazing amount of goodness packed into a little seed! 

I’ve been using the Good Hemp shelled hemp seed a lot lately, sprinkling it into breakfasts and on dinners.  For those interested, here’s the nutritional blurb found on the back of the pot:

Good Hemp also makes a hemp protein powder, which M has been trialling whilst mountain bike training.  I don’t think that I do enough exercise to warrant using protein powders, so I’ll leave it to him to review that one 😉

So, with my new love of all things hemp, on Monday I decided to create some hemp seed burgers.  I had very little time on Monday evening as we were going out trick ‘n’ treating, but as per usual with me, when I get the creative urge, I have to pursue it 😉  So, within 20 minutes I’d made the burgers, cooked them, served them, and we were out the door!  I made 8 burgers in total, so we had them for dinner tonight too. 

Lil’ L’s verdict on the hemp burger… deeeeelicious!!!  Yay another winner!   The burgers had a great texture and I thought they tasted a bit like the sausage meat that you find in veggie sausage rolls.  To make the burgers, I used tofu, hemp seeds, chopped onion, minced garlic, soy sauce, tomato puree, ground oats and a little stuffing mix.  (If anyone’s interested, I can post the recipe).  As accompaniments, we had sunflower and sesame seed rolls, roasted butternut squash, red pepper and crispy kale. Delish!

Dessert

For dessert tonight, I had some stewed apples with natural yoghurt, cinnamon and pecans, while Lil’ L finished up the banana cinnamon icecream that we made a couple of weeks ago.  It had gone before I had time to take a photograph, so here’s the pic from last time we had it.

 

So, that’s me done!  Time to head over to Jenn’s now and check out the lush foodie photos 😉 

Happy WIAW everyone!

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WIAW – What I ate in Nottingham!

Happy Wednesday everybody!  Hope you’re all having a great week 🙂

It’s Lil’ L’s birthday today… he’s 8 already! Where did all that time go?  Scary!

Just  before we head out for his birthday trip, I thought that I’d show what we ate last Sunday for this week’s WIAW event, hosted by the gorgeous Jenn @ Peas & Crayons.  As we were in staying in Sherwood Forest for the weekend, we had totally different eats to my usual WIAW entries.  Apologies in advance for the poor quality of the evening shots.  The photos were taken on my phone (yes, I’ve now worked out how to take photos on the smartypants phone 🙂 ) but the lighting was v. poor in the restaurant.  Anyway, here goes… WIAW on Sunday…

Breakfast
Since we’d forgotten to bring ANY food to our log cabin residence in Sherwood Forest, M nipped to Tesco and bought us each some breakfast treats.  For me, he got some Dorset Cereals Fruits, Nuts and Seeds Muesli, a carton of Innocent Fruit Smoothie, and some Clippers Nettle Tea (he knows me well 😉 ).  This fuelled me up perfectly for our bike ride in Sherwood Forest 🙂

Snacks am
Half way round the Kitchener Trail, we stopped for a snack.  We each had a Nakd bar, which are made of raw fruit and nuts.  They’re pretty expensive, but on offer in Tesco at the moment, so we bought 4 bars.  This time round, I tried the Pecan Pie bar.  It was nice, but Cocoa Orange remains my favourite Nakd flavour 😉 

Lunch
By lunchtime, we were ravenous.  Our all-time favourite lunch when we’re out biking is baked beans on toast.  It fuels us up really quickly and seems to digest quickly (for me anyhow).  Normally when I eat, I have to wait 2 hours before I can exercise otherwise my stomach starts cramping.  However, after beans on toast, I can easily get back on my bike within 15 minutes 🙂

So, after the beans on toast, we got back on the bikes and did the Kitchener Trail all over again 🙂

Snacks pm
Giant pretzels and some dark chocolate 🙂

Dinner
For our evening meal, we travelled into Nottingham city centre.  I was hoping to have dinner at my favourite cafe in the UK… the uber cool Alley Cafe Bar.  Unfortunately, by the time we got into Nottingham on Sunday evening, it was closed 😦 

If you’re ever in Nottingham, you must try this cafe.  It has the most amazing vegan cheesecake and milkshakes that I’ve ever tasted.  Just make sure you don’t turn up there on a Sunday night 😉 

Instead, we crossed the road and went into Las Iguanas.  Though this is a chain (there’s one in Bath too), the food is pretty good.  There was a good ambience in the Nottingham restaurant (great Latino music playing), plus the guy that served us was really helpful… especially when I asked if they could make me some vegan burritos as the veggie ones all had cheese in them.  So, here’s what we ate… apologies again for the dodgy photos.

Bread and olives, which we quickly devoured 🙂 

Then I had the Sopa de Calabaza (spiced up butternut squash and coconut milk soup).  Really yum, but very spicy.  My mouth was totally zinging after this.

For my main course, the kind chef made me a vegan enchilada, filled with spicy roasted butternut squash, peppers and other veggies, and topped with a spicy tomato sauce.  This came with lemon and coriander rice, and refried beans.  Totally delish! (the photo doesn’t do it justice).

Lil’ L had the veggie fajitas, which he quickly devoured.  For dessert, he didn’t choose the fresh fruit option, but instead opted for the other healthy dessert… chocolate brownie and ice cream 😉

We had a great night at Iguanas and it reminded me how long it’s been since I made fajitas and enchiladas at home.  We used to eat them all the time, stuffed with roasted butternut squash, sweet potato, peppers, mushrooms, spinach and refried beans.  I’ll definitely have to make some soon!

Right, that’s me done!  When Lil’ L’s in bed tonight, I’ll pop along to the WIAW party and see what y’all eating!

Happy WIAW everyone! xx

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WIAW – I’ll bring the falafel and flapjack :)

Firstly, I’d like to begin by saying ‘hi’ to all the lovely new subscribers to my blog and to everyone that’s left me comments this week.  I’ve loved reading every single one of them… so please keep them coming! 

So, how has your Wednesday been?  Hope it’s been a good one for you!

My Wednesday has been a day of two halves… a morning of frustration sorry, read that as ‘challenges’ and ‘opportunities’ brought about by my attempts to embrace technology (unfortunately it just doesn’t want to embrace me back 😦 ), followed by a blissful afternoon spent with the children in my meditation classes.  Today they truly were my ‘little saviours’ 🙂

Since this post is dedicated to the WIAW party, I’ll post later about the other events that unfolded this Wednesday.

For those of you that are new to my blog, I’ll quickly explain what the WIAW party is.  Basically, it’s a virtual party hosted by the lovely Jenn over at Peas & Crayons, where we share what we eat each Wednesday.  This event not only helps us to keep track of our own eating habits, but it’s also greatly inspiring.  Last week I book-marked so many gorgeous veggie recipes, that I reckon I could try out new meals each night for the next year!

So, here we go… here’s what I ate this Wednesday:

Breakfast
Cup of black coffee (I would have chosen the hot water and lemon, but we’ve run out of lemon.  Great excuse eh 😉 )

After the school run, I made myself a huge bowl of porridge, made with Flahavan’s organic jumbo oats, Alpro fortified soya milk, with a sprinkling of  cinnamon, chopped brazil nuts, pecan nuts, ground linseed, goji berries, and a drizzle of Crazy Jack’s organic brown rice syrup.

Goji berries are a recent discovery for me, and I’m absolutely loving them!  I’ve also just found out that they’re one of those extremely nutrient-dense ‘super’ foods.  According to the write-up on Detox Your World, they contain all 8 essential amino acids (so they’re a great protein supplement); they’re a rich source of carotenoids (containing more beta-carotene than carrots); they contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E; and up to 21 trace minerals (the main ones being zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus).  If you haven’t tried them, you must give them a go!  As well as adding them to porridge, I’ve also been putting them in my energy bars, flapjacks and raw chocolates.

For breakfast, I also had a large glass of Innocent smoothie.  This smoothie is seen as a luxury in our house, but it’s half price in Tesco at the moment so I bought two 🙂

Lunch
For lunch, I had a large bowl of lightly spiced parsnip soup, leftover from Sunday.  This is one of the family’s all-time favourite soups and Lil’ L loves it!   We lightly spice it with garam masala and a sprinkling of smoked paprika. It’s a great soup for Autumn!

Snacks
After school, we had a piece of cherry and coconut flapjack.  I first made this flapjack for the Macmillan Cancer fund-raiser event and it was a big hit!  It was the first goodie that sold out, and we received lots of great feedback and recipe requests.  I’ve finally got round to writing up the recipe and posting it.  Sorry it’s taken so long! 

People were surprised to hear that I don’t include any processed fat or oil in the flapjack.  It’s literally made with oats, dried cherries, coconut, a dash of vanilla extract and Sweet Freedom fruit syrup.  The fact that it’s low GI and low fat makes it a great snack as it helps sustain energy levels.  The dried cherries could be swapped for any dried fruits.  I often use goji berries (no surprise there) and dates.  If you try any other dried fruit combinations, please let me know as I’m always looking for inspiration.

Dinner
For dinner tonight we had falafel.  For the past year, I’ve been playing around with my falafel recipe and I finally think I’ve got it right…. not too spicy for Lil’ L, but still plenty of delicious flavour. 

I served the falafel with houmous, black olives, tzatziki (made with Alpro plain soy yoghurt), raw veggies, salad leaves, pieces of wholemeal pitta bread and wholegrain couscous (my boys eat so much!).  

By the time I served dinner, there was no natural light left, so here’s a shot of the same meal that I served last month.

Right, that’s me done!  Time to head over to Jenn’s party and get inspired 🙂

Happy WIAW everyone! 🙂

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WIAW – I’ll bring the Korma :)

Happy Wednesday everybody!  Hope it’s been a good one for you!

My Wednesday started much slower than I would have hoped.  It’s been so dark  in the mornings this week that I’m struggling to get out of bed.  While I’ve significantly reduced my coffee drinking in order to kick my caffeine addiction, this was definitely one of the those mornings where I needed to smell the coffee in order to even open my eyes. 😉

I was way too sleepy to take a photo of my coffee, so this one is courtesy of Savit Keawtavee

The coffee was quickly gulped down while I made Lil’ L’s breakfast, got dressed and literally sprinted to school.  This is the third morning on the trot that we’ve only just made it to school before the bell stops ringing.  I MUST do better tomorrow. 😦  

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that Wednesday is the day that I join the ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ party hosted by the lovely Jenn @ Peas and Crayons. Not only do I use this event as a way to take stock of my own eating habits, but it’s also a great way to draw inspiration from all the wonderful eats that are on display at the WIAW party. 

I’m really late joining the party today.  Tardiness has been the theme of my day (my mum would say it’s the theme of my life. 😉 ).  Sorry everyone, I promise I’ll try and do better! 

So, here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast
The dark, wet morning definitely called for a warm breakfast.  I opted for a huge bowl of porridge, with chopped goji berries, pecan nuts, and ground flaxseed sprinkled on top, and a drizzling of Sweet Freedom Natural Syrup.

Rather than my usual Flahavans oats, I thought I’d try some of Lil’ L’s Ready Brek.  When I was young I loved eating Ready Brek.  I SO wanted to be the kid on the advert that glows on the way to school.  🙂  On the box, it says it’s ‘Great for Kids’ and, for me, this holds true.  It was way too smooth and creamy for me.  Plus I didn’t feel anywhere near as good as I normally do after breakfast.  I guess some things are best left in your childhood. 😉 

Lunch
I had my lunch back to front today.  The bread hadn’t finished baking by the time I had to dash to school for my meditation class, so I ate my pudding first.  I started with an apple off the tiny tree that grows out of the rockery in our back garden… this apple right here:

This was followed by a piece of cocoa fudge that I made yesterday.  This fudge is SO filling that you only need one little piece to fill you up!

This is my first attempt at making fudge and I packed it with goodness (ground almonds, tahini, raw cocoa powder, hempseed oil, fruit sweetener, and a goji berry on top).  I made up the recipe, using Shazzie’s ‘Little Fudge Cakes’ from her ‘Naked Chocolate’ book and Dr Fuhrmann’s ‘Vanilla Carob Fudge’ for inspiration.  Lil’ L loved it and gave it 5 stars but, for me, the tahini flavour was too over powering.  I’ll try again and post the recipe when I’m 100% happy with it.

When I got back from school, I had a slice of warm home-made bread with Natex low-salt yeast extract slathered on top (for a B12 boost).  (It was delish but I’m afraid there’s no photo; I woofed it down at soon as I got home! 🙂 )

Dinner
Tonight’s dinner was the left-over veggie korma from Monday.  It’s the first time I’ve made korma for Lil’ L and he absolutely loved it!  I basically used a bunch of veggies that I found in the bottom of the fridge.  It turns out that the combination of veggies works really well (IMO), so I’ll definitely use the combo again. 

In the pan went: onions, garlic, korma paste, cumin, red pepper, green pepper, courgette (zucchini) (thanks Ellie!), green beans (thanks Mum!), spinach, carrot, sweet potato, long life extra firm tofu (quorn or TVP would work equally work fine, or even cashews and almonds), some vegetable stock and a sachet of Patak’s coconut cream

While the veggies gently simmered, I boiled some rice.  I’d normally use brown basmati, but I found some old white rice in the pantry that needed using up.  When the veggies were ready, I roughly whizzed them with the hand blender, so that they blended together and made the sauce creamier.  I didn’t blend them to a smooth paste as we like a bit of texture, but I guess a fully blended curry would be great for kids that aren’t keen on veggies.

The korma was totally lush!  I’ve eaten it 3 times this week (twice with rice and once in a tortilla wrap) and I’m still not sick of it!   This dinner is going to be a regular feature in our house from now on. 🙂

Dessert was an apple pudding with an oaty-almond topping.  To save time, I made two puddings and will freeze one for next week.  The apples are home-grown. 🙂  

Right, that’s my eats done.  I’m off to Jenn’s party to see what you’re all eating.  Happy WIAW everyone!

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WIAW – Pancakes, Dhal, Pasta, Flapjack & Yoghurt Apple Surprise

Yesterday, after school, Lil’ L and I went apple picking down the orchard. Well ‘orchard’ is a bit of a grand name for one apple tree and one plum tree but, to us, it will always be known as our little orchard. 😉 Next year, I’m determined to plant some more fruit trees. (I’m quite fancying a greengage tree at the moment… I ate some of my sister’s greengages at the weekend and they were gorgeous!)

Last night, I made a large batch of apple sauce so I could surprise Lil’ L this morning by cooking one of his favourite breakfasts… apple cinnamon pancakes. They made the house smell wonderful! Lil’ L is a big pancake monster and he ate 3 large pancakes and I had a couple. The remaining batter is stored in the fridge and I’ll cook M a couple of pancakes for his supper tonight.

These pancakes are made with wholemeal flour, oats, baking powder, apple sauce, fortified soya milk, vanilla extract, and a little water. We love to serve them with a sprinkling of ground flaxseed and a drizzling of Sweet Freedom fruit sweetener or agave syrup.

For lunch, I ate the dhal with coconut and butternut squash left over from Monday’s nights’ dinner. This is one of our all-time favourite meals and costs only a few pence to make.  The recipe can be found here.

For a snack, we had a piece of home-made goji berry flapjack, which contains no fat and no refined sugar. Here’s the recipe.

On Wednesday’s, Lil’ L has his swimming lesson and I usually don’t start cooking dinner until we get back home. This means we eat dinner around 7.15pm then have very little time for a sit down and bed time stories.  THIS week, I’ve actually got myself organised and made dinner ahead of time. There’s a first time for everything! 😉

In the pantry, I came across a packet of long-life tofu, which I bought in France this summer. It’s made in Germany and I must see if we can buy it here in the UK. It’s got a very firm texture, which makes it suitable for pasta dishes as well as noodles.

For tonight’s dinner, I’ve chosen to make a simple 6-veg pasta. The tofu was chopped and drizzled in a little soy sauce for flavour. For veggies, I used a large carrot, a handful of mushrooms (both whizzed in the mini chopper), some courgette (zucchini), celery and red pepper (all finely chopped). (I would have used broccoli but we’ve run out. 😦 )  While the wholewheat penne was cooking, I added the veggies to a large saucepan, along with the tofu pieces, a squirt of tomato puree and a jar of Seeds of Change organic tomato and basil sauce.  When the pasta was ready, it was added to the veggie sauce mixture. After allowing it to cool slightly, a teaspoon of Good Hemp hempseed oil was mixed into each pasta portion (for an omega-3 boost) and garnished with a sprinkling of pine nuts and chopped basil. A super quick (15 minute), delicious and nutritious meal. I’m sure the boys will love it. 🙂

I’ve also made dessert ahead of time! Gosh I’m on fire today. 😉  I had this idea of layering Alpro Natural Soya Yoghurt, home-made apple sauce and sprinkling goji berries, dates, nuts and seeds on top (all whizzed together in the mini chopper). It looks quite cool.

If anyone can think of a good name for this dessert, please let me know! The best I can come up with is ‘yoghurt apple surprise’ which is a bit dull and predictable. Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated! 🙂

Right time to head over to Jen’s party and see what everyone else is bringing. Happy WIAW!

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WIAW – Moroccan-Inspired Giant Couscous

What another glorious day!  I hear we’re in the midst of a mini heatwave. This weekend I actually bought some winter boots and woollies. That’s so typical! I walked round Bath in the new boots yesterday and I thought my feet were going to melt off!

Anyway I better get myself over to Jen’s WIAW party. I’m sure I’m late already. Here’s what I ate this Wednesday:

Breakfast
Too hot for porridge today, so I grabbed a few ingredients out of the pantry and made some muesli.  In the bowl went a handful each of barley flakes, spelt flakes, chopped dates, goji berries (still loving those 🙂 ), chopped brazil nuts, flaked almonds, ground flaxseed and a large sprinkling of cinnamon. It was delicious! And IMHO, better than the shop bought mueslis.

While I normally have Alpro’s Fortified Soya Milk on my breakfast, just for a change I thought I’d try some ‘Good Hemp’ milk. It was surprisingly nice! It’s already sweetened (with grape juice extract) so I didn’t need any extra sweetener on my muesli. Hemp ‘milk’ is a natural source of omega 3 and the Good Hemp version (which I bought from Harvest in Bath) is fortified with calcium and vitamin D. I’ll definitely use this milk again.

Lunch
I needed a super quick lunch as I had to dash off to school to teach my meditation class.  I had four Scottish oatcakes, covered in roasted tomato humous and black olives. I normally make my own oatcakes, but the Nairn’s organic oatcakes are on special offer in Waitrose at the moment (63p a box I believe). It would probably cost more to make my own!

Snacks
When I got in from school, I ate a (large) bowl of Eve’s (apple) pudding, made with apples out of the orchard. 🙂

Dinner
For dinner tonight, I’ll be finishing up the leftovers from last night. I absolutely love giant couscous but have never found it in the shops… until last Friday when I spotted it in the ‘Love Life’ range in Waitrose. I was really looking forward to trying it out

Ta da! Moroccan-inspired giant couscous:

Here’s how I made it:

I filled a roasting tin with cubes of butternut squash, a tin of chickpeas (drained and patted dry on kitchen paper), a chopped red pepper and clove of crushed garlic. I drizzled over a little olive oil and thoroughly mixed it. This went in the oven at 200C for 20 minutes or so.

Meanwhile, I simmered the couscous in some vegetable stock for about 8 minutes. I then drained it and mixed in some spices (I used a Moroccan blend that I bought in France this summer, but turmeric, cumin and coriander would do the job).

When the roasted veggies were ready, I mixed them in with the couscous along with some chopped apricots, coriander, flaked almonds, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

The couscous was gorgeous! I just love the texture of the giant version. It’s very different to the usual type of couscous.

Last night, we served it with a bowl of crispy kale (kale chips) and some segments of toasted seeded flour tortilla.  It was a great meal and I’m really looking forward to having the leftover 4th portion tonight.

Right, time to pop over to the party and see what everyone else is bringing. Hope you can join me there xx  😉

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