Feeding a big family is challenging at best of times. It has become even more challenging now that both Richard and I are working full time. Traditionally, dinner time is around 6pm in our house. This time fits in well with clubs and work but it is not always easy to get a nice meal on the table on time without visiting the astonishing ready-meal isles at the shops or without loosing the will to live. I am not a terribly keen cook but I am capable enough. So are Richard, Sam and Annie. Between the four of us we manage to eat well most days. I like dinner time even though there is always a good deal of sibling bickering and talking over each other's head. It it is the one time a day when we all get to sit together. Breakfast is a hasty affair for Sam and Annie who don't usually get out of bed until it is nearly time for school. Sam and Alistair got to breakfast club a couple of days a week but we sit down together for a bowl of porridge when they are not. I often skip breakfast and eat a little later, when I have a coffee at work. Lunches are school dinners for the kids, salad or sandwiches for me and grazing from the work pantry (otherwise known as filing cabinet) for Richard.
Every now and then I like to record what we eat for dinner. I sometimes think we eat the same stuff all the time but we don't really. Here is what we ate last week. Sam complained a lot this week and he didn't eat much at the table but grazed through the night instead in true teenage fashion.
Monday: Haddock smothered with red pepper pesto and baked in the oven, peas, mangetout and rice. This meal is ready in no time, less than 30 minutes.
Tuesday: Vegetable laksa with fried tofu. This is one of my current favourite meals. The recipe asks for peppers but we had some corn on the cob that needed eating and I used this instead, together with some park choi that had seen better days, too. It is an simple meal that can easily be adapted. It is filling, tasty and satisfying.
Wednesday: marinaded chicken stir fry, brown rice with beans, broccoli. It looks all a bit beige on this photo but it was really tasty and I didn't mind that Sam refused to eat the brown rice because there was more for me.
Thursday: Steak and mushroom pie with peas. The stew was in the freezer, cooked on a day when time was not at a premium and the puff pastry from the shops (who has time to make their own??).
Friday: spaghetti with tomato sauce. It has been a while since we last had this meal and I really enjoyed it. Richard also made an aubergine parmigiana but I forgot to take a photo.
Saturday: Sam had a friend over and wanted pizza for their dinner. This is an easy meal, making the dough takes no time and deciding what to put on your pizza is fun. I chose pepperoni and black olives for mine. Fruit replace the vegetables for this meal and it is family law to have pizza in the living room in front of the telly.
Sunday: it was just me and the boys and we decided to take it easy. Fish finger sandwiches and bacon rolls were an easy dinner for a lazy mother. All boys thought this was fantastic. Fish fingers cooked in bacon fat are rather delicious! Fruit for pudding to make us feel more wholesome.
I have no idea what we are going to eat tomorrow. Richard cooked a huge chicken curry for our upcoming camping trip and maybe there is enough for a family meal, too. I'll let you know.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend. May the new week be full of fun and laughter. Cxx