A busy day needs a quick tea

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So today is Becksie and Lizzie’s social highlight of the week ……. It was sing and sign time! Jenny and Daisy came to pick us up and we faced the snow as a foursome! Becksie and Jenny chatted away and Lizzie and Daisy slept / chattered / cried (Lizzie anyway) and we arrived at our group on time and even……. secured a parent and child parking space! Some of you will be thinking this is not that exciting but some of you will be rejoicing in our small victory! As an aside why in a massive car park is there only ever about 5 parent and child parking spaces which are always full! GRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrr!

Shake, Shake, Shake!

Shake, Shake, Shake!

So after our singing and signing we had a cup of coffee and some lunch and then it was off to the fabric shop to buy bias binding for the fast approaching ‘Dress a Girl Around the World Day’ (watch out for more on this over the coming days)! Then it was back home with Jenny and Daisy for dress fabric sorting (the prequel) and a trial run!!

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We didn’t get very far as Lizzie and Daisy are both on the move and so progress was slow and a little chaotic. Jenny and Daisy left at 4.30pm and Becksie had a few calls to make so………… Ian arrived home and dinner was not even considered (errmmmm MEAL PLANNING!!!! Arrrrgggggghhhhhh)! So we needed something quick so…… Becksie decided to turn to the mighty Pasta!

I used to be a sugar jar!

I used to be a sugar jar!

Now we don’t really eat that much pasta as truth be told its not Becksie’s favourite but it is quick, cheap and filling so we guess we should eat it more! As a mark of just how little pasta we eat we haven’t yet had to purchase any non-supermarket pasta as we are eating through the bag we have had but………. pasta will feature much more in our diet soon as Mary gave Team Pugh a pasta machine for Christmas so…….. watch out for posts about this soon! And of course fresh pasta is a whole different thing to everyday pasta.

So here’s a quick pasta recipe that Becksie threw together – its nothing at all revolutionary but……. here goes:

Boil as much pasta as you require for as long as it needs to be nearly cooked! Whilst this is happening fry up some chopped up bacon, leeks, peppers, butternut squash, and left over chicken and garlic until soft.

pasta 2Drain the pasta but retain a little of the water (we’re taking about 3 tablespoons).

pasta 3Put the pasta, pasta water and baconey, chickeny, vegetable mix into a large ovenproof dish and mix up. Add a splash (or two) of cream, some grated cheese and if you like it some goats cheese and a few small knobs of butter.

pasta 4Top with breadcrumbs and a little pepper and bake in a hot oven (190c) for approx 30 mins until golden brown. We served ours with broccoli but it would work well with salad! Oh and one more thing as an after thought we put a few cherry toms on the top as a sort of ‘rustic’ garnish!

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Happy Wednesday all!

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2 thoughts on “A busy day needs a quick tea

  1. I can recommend the blessed Delia’s Macaroni Cheese with Leeks and Bacon – a frm favourite of Daisy’s Grandad.

    PS your comments about parent and child parking have reminded me to write to MacArthur Glen about the woeful lack of same at the Swindon outlet – been meaning to do it for ages!

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