Thursday Night Tea Number 5

My my how is it Thursday again?

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She is shouting ‘cooollouring’ at the top of her voice

We don’t know about you but we are getting a tad fed up of this wet weather and in terms of food are getting a little stew / roasted root vegetabled out! So after a busy morning sorting out paperwork and drawers whilst Lizzie stuck stickers and was let loose with felt tips Becksie decided that tonight’s dinner must have at the very least a hint of the lighter warmer days to come.

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Terrible photo but……. you get the point

Only slight issue was that the ingredients sat waiting to be used had winter dinner written all over them. thursday 5 2However Becksie likes a challenge and even decided to put some washing outside even though it was quite chilly.

So root vegetables at the ready……………………..

We proudly present ‘A hint of things to come supper with cauliflower rice and homemade coleslaw’.

We were missing something green but you'll see it contains lots of lovely healthy things.

We were missing something green but you’ll see it contains lots of lovely healthy things.

(this recipe would feed four adults, we did 2 adults and a small person and we have lunch for tomorrow)

Coarsely grate 2 carrots and 2 parsnips, chop an onion into chunks and chop one clove of garlic.thursday 5 3

thursday 5 4 We used our roasting tin on the hob (washing up saving as this also goes in the oven) and fried in a little smoked rape seed oil until the carrot and parsnip were soft.

Add a good sprinkling of cumin seeds.

Another terrible picture thanks to the steam

Another terrible picture thanks to the steam

Turn off the heat and add a crumbled stock cube and a good glug of this AMAZING sauce.

You could add some mild curry powder and some brown sauce instead

You could add some mild curry powder and some brown sauce instead

Next add a small can of butter beans and a small tin of kidney beans (don’t forget to drain them).

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Then add a small tin of drained swetcorn and…… mix it up.

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It will now look a little like this:

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Take a sprig of Rosemary and some left over bread and blizt to form breadcrumbs. We also added a tiny block of frozen cornish yarg (we often freeze the very end of cheese for occasions such as this – it’s a really good little tip). thursday 5 10

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Sprinkle on the bean / carrot mix and add a glug of oil – we mixed it up and used some of this amazing salad dressing from the lovely people at Stainswick Farm.

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Bake in the oven (170c) for about 35 mins. Whilst this is happening make the coleslaw (we used one of our chickens’ rare eggs to make mayonnaise).

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Then whizz up some cauliflower until it is rice size and when the main dish is about 5 minutes from ready microwave it for 3 – 4 mins. Add salt and pepper and serve as a rice replacement.

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Thursday Night Tea Take 3

What’s worse than having to cook tea on a wet Thursday night when you can’t be bothered to eat let alone cook? Blogging about it! hehe! As this statement suggests today is wet, miserable and Becksie simply can not be bothered to cook let alone blog about some inspiring idea.

thursday night tea 3 (6)BUT……. it’s Thursday night and we have promised a mini series so cook, eat and blog we must. Becksie did admit it crossed her mind to make, serve and blog beans on toast but…… in the spirit of this mini series that is simply not enough (that said Becksie has to admit beans on toast is actually one of her favorite things in the world).

So after summoning up the energy may we present: baked sausage meatballs in a tomato sauce with wild rice. Sorry uninspired title but the energy was lacking.

thursday night tea 3 (1)Take enough sausage meat for the amount of people you need to feed and in a bowl mix it with a chopped onion, mustard, rosemary and garlic. Form meatball shapes and dip in a whisked egg and then roll in breadcrumbs. thursday night tea 3 (3)Place them in an oven proof dish with finely chopped (we might have been so lazy and done this in Becksie’s new bamix) carrot, celery and some more onion.thursday night tea 3 (4)Add a tin of tomatoes and a tin of mixed pulses. A good splash of red wine vinegar, a sprinkling of sugar, salt and pepper (tomatoes love sugar, salt and pepper) and a cup full of water. Mix up and bake for about 40 minutes. Meanwhile pop the rice on to cook (we had wild rice which takes longer than normal rice). thursday night tea 3 (5)

We served ours with some homemade guacamole for colour and to use up an avocado.

thursday night tea 3 (7)We are aware this is possibly the worst and laziest recipe EVER written but it’s a reflection of our food mood and evidence that when you are busy and tired cooking needs to be quick and simple – especially on a wet, cold, dark January day.

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Our Weekend in Pictures

This weekend we spent a lovely weekend with Narna and Leemy. Lovely food, late night trips to the ice cream parlour, the beach and Sunday Lunch! Happy times.

Mammar made 25 bread cobs to take along - lovely :)

Mammar made 25 bread cobs to take along – lovely 🙂


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Rainy walk number 1

Da's thinks Joe's is better than Verdi's......... we do not agree

Da thinks Joe’s is better than Verdi’s……… we do not agree


Late night emergency Verdi's ice cream trip #badparents alert hehe

Late night emergency Verdi’s ice cream trip




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Lizzie’s Play Kitchen

So we’ve done it…….. our second supermarket free Christmas! Was it hard? Not at all, as we have said many a time this has simply become a way of life. We were very fortunate and received many lovely gifts and had a jolly lovely time. We also enjoyed a wonderful Christmas dinner with delightful pork from Dews Meadow Farm and lots of lovely vegetables. We received lots of wonderful gifts and were pleased that the gifts we gave were well received. The leftover dinner (that was left after the obligatory Christmas evening tea) was turned into Christmas dinner soup and it is now in the freezer ready for another day.

Now of course the question on everyone’s lips is what did we get for Christmas? Well…… Ian got a cooking lesson at our local deli (no more Cafe Pugh disasters), Becksie got some posh secateurs (watch this space on the garden this year) and what about Lizzie?

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Now for a few months before we had a good look around and whilst there are some really sweet play kitchens for sale none of them seemed quite right, so we decided to build her one. One day on a walk in Lechlade a lady on a canal barge was having a furniture give away. free 1As you can imagine the furniture was rather compact and we were delighted with the two door cabinet we carried (it was very heavy) away! We stashed it in the shed and towards the middle of November decided to get started!

About 30 seconds in and we realised whilst it would work it wasn’t quite right. So we went back to the drawing board – namely our kitchen table and here an idea struck us. Where was the kitchen going to go? Well we had thought about moving our recipe books but…… in our compact (rather like a barge style compact) house where would these important books go? How about the under the stairs cupboard? No…………they’d be hidden away but……….what about if the washer moved to the space (where plumbing already was) in the utility (this space housed a built in shoe cupboard which was easy to get out)! Then if the pots and pans and plates also moved………. you guessed it we could put Lizzie’s play kitchen in its own little room! A few more minutes chat and placing a pre-built kitchen made from a converted cabinet had turned into building (from scratch) a kitchen that where possible (with a bit of artistic license) was a replica of our very own real 19

kitchen 24An hour later and our kitchen looked a complete tip (as as any parent of a small child knows if its nap time you must simply crack on). So Ian ripped out the cupboard in the utility whilst Becksie moved around the kitchen. Lizzie awoke from her nap to a complete state!

We even found a stash of supermarket carriers in the back of the cupboard showing how long it is since we last cleared it out.

We even found a stash of supermarket carriers in the back of the cupboard showing how long it is since we last cleared it out.

Over the next few weeks we moved the washer and Ian built the units completely out of scrap wood from his shed. Most of these were left over from the real renovation of this house and had indeed come out of the many cupboards that Ian took out. It seemed right to use these as materials as somehow going and buying new / more just isn’t us. Of course it means that Ian spent way longer than if we’d just bought new but somehow this feels right and like we are using bits of the house’s history in its 23

Walls painted, cupboards in and it was time to start the really hard work! Ian has worked extremely, incredibly hard with Becksie’s role being chief supporter, Lizzie distractor, diy sounding board (an actual piece of board might have actually know the answers), first aider, tea maker and designer (homemade bits, small replicas of our things, cooker fronts etc). This has been a real team effort including a days hard graft from Poppa – whilst Gannie took the reins as Lizzie distractor and several babysitting sessions, including an overnight stay from Mammar and Da! What a fab thing that we can say everyone helped. Whilst everyone has worked really hard Becksie will ensure that Lizzie knows its Daddy who is the star of this show. So here we have it our Christmas gift to our amazing small person Lizzie. May we present Lizzie’s play kitchen!kitchen 8

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supporting-sls-thumb1The 7th December is a very very special day! It’s a Saturday, it’s festive and…… it’s #ShopLocalSaturday! What’s that we hear you cry……well…’s pretty much what it says on the tin. Its a special day (namely a Saturday) where nationwide people will be trying to shop locally! What a great idea – Team Pugh love local shopping and Saturdays so it would seem that #ShopLocalSaturday is right up our high-street!

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As you know we are going to be doing a daily advent blog and of course they will be a surprise but…..we wanted to give you advance warning of our challenge / activity for 7th so……. you could join in too! On #ShopLocalSaturday we pledge to try to buy 5 Christmas gifts from the local shops in our lovely little home town Faringdon (apparently one of the top ten towns in the UK to bring up small people – result)! So….. fancy joining us? Please do, after all if we don’t use them we’ll lose them and in our experience local shopping saves us money. We know for some folk its not possible etc etc but if it is and you’d like to try and do what we’re doing we’d be mighty pleased!

Here is a link to the #ShopLocalSaturday website and twitter account. You can even print off these fun posters and get people to pose for silly photos! We’re thinking this could be a bit of fun to get our local shop keepers in a good mood!supporting-sls-thumb1

In other news here is this week’s non-supermarket shopping, a total of £35.70! Included in that were some bits and pieces from the deli and some meat but……we forgot to photograph it and were too lazy to get it back out of the cupboards again but it was some beautiful wild rice, 2 blocks of butter (we have bakes to make for WI) and some yogurt covered nuts! Yummy!shopping 4

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shopping 1Oh and…… hows the no TV challenge going? Easy so far although it hasn’t made us go to bed any earlier.