MEAL PLANNING MONDAY: W/C 16/1/2017

It’s time for me to construct the family weekly meal plan and as social media would lead me to believe, today is blue Monday.

First thing this morning the boiler was as dead as a dodo. PANIC. After a few minutes of both Mr Vista and I standing there, pressing buttons and scratching our heads we realised something vital… the washing powder box had the pressed the boiler switch on the wall to off.

Ahem.

We may be dummies but the point that I’m making is this: things aren’t always as bad as they first seem. When faced with certain peril, stop. Take a deep breath and like the kids of ‘Bear Hunt’ figure out a way to go through it. There is always a way – sometime it is as simple as turning the switch to on.

It’s blue Monday. It’s wet. The toddler has a snotty nose and we’re skint. But I will SMILE. We have a lot to be grateful for. Read more

A Wish for Summer…

A few months ago now I shared with you my love for an online archive of scrummy and slimming world adaptable recipes by a chef named Hari Ghotra. In light of the BBC considering a cull of the online Good Food archives, Ghotra’s online Summer Recipe cards are certainly something to keep in mind.

Here are a few of my favourite recipes and their syn values:

A Wish for Summer... written by katie haydock for life on vista street on behalf of hari ghotra

Coconut and Vanilla Ice Cream
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6 Recipes in a Creamline Dairies Vegetable Box: WIN

6 Recipes in a Creamline Dairies Vegetable Box: WIN written by katie haydock for life on vista street

Since starting my Slimming World journey, I seem to spend a lot of time shopping for groceries… for one thing in particular.

Vegetables! Read more

A Fresh Food Start – My kitchen and I are waiting for pay day

It’s the run up to pay day.

Not that my pay days are that exciting any more due to my being on SMP (Statutory Maternity Pay), but none the less, having a little money beats being on the bones of your arse bottom.

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My Kitchen and I Are Waiting for Day day… Beef and Mushroom

Guilty! We usually get at least one take away per week. It used to be every blue moon until the wee one arrived, but now its just easier. No brainpower or cooking required, and minimal dishes.

This weekend (and quite possibly every other weekend until November), we can’t afford a take away. So I am having to get off my behind, keep to our routine so baby will be happy for me to cook and actually make do with what we have in the kitchen!

The contents of my kitchen is looking pretty sparse at the moment, see here, but we fancied a take away. I needed to use my imagination for this one and thought about what things we usually order from the Chinese chippy.

Beef and Mushroom is one of our absolute favourite dishes. Those yummy garlic tones and all that lovely gravy. There are strict rules in our house for the consuming of Beef and Mushroom – it must be accompanied by chips! NOT rice.

Home made

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Take away








What I used: 

Beef skirt
1/2 a red onion
A whole punnet if chestnut mushrooms
2 beef oxo cubes
A tablespoon of mustard
A teaspoon of lazy garlic
Lots of cracked black pepper
A few tablespoons of instant gravy to thicken the sauce before serving
Frozen chips to serve

Bit of skirt…
Dice the onion and chop mushys into four.
Cupboard staples – thank god!

What I spent:

Beef skirt – £1.91 for a big piece from Morrisons
1/2 a red onion – 8p ish
A whole punnet of chestnut mushrooms – 89 p from Aldi
2 beef oxo cubes
A tablespoon of mustard
A teaspoon of lazy garlic
Lots of cracked black pepper
A few tablespoons of instant gravy to thicken the sauce before serving – Call it 50 p for everything in red.

That’s £3.38 for the whole pot!

We only had a handful of frozen chips between us to serve, so we ate the whole thing between two of us (with bread to dip in the gravy for pudding as there was nothing else… and we are piglets). However, it could easily serve four people with plenty of chips and prawn crackers, for just short of £4. That would be less than £1 per person! Bargain.

What I did: 

Chop the onions and mushrooms. I like the way the mushrooms are quartered when you you get beef and mushroom from the Chinese take away, so I did it this way.

Wrap your beef (I used skirt because that’s what I had in, but you could use anything type of beef) in cling film. Then bash the buggery out of it to tenderise with a rolling pin (or tenderiser if you have one).

Lets get ready to rumble…!

Chop it up!

Chopped!

Then chuck all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and just abut cover everything with boiling water from the kettle. Stir a bit every now and then. Leave it in the slow cooker for as long as you need to. I cooked it on the high setting for 2 hours, but this something that could be easily popped on in the morning before work for dinner in the evening.

You could do this in a pan or in the oven – but I love the way beef skirt comes out of the slow cooker. So tender and easy to eat. Gorgeous!

Home made beef and mushroom with oven chips.

It was almost as good as the real thing. We both really enjoyed it! Who needs the Chinese take away when you can throw this beauty together?! Why not try and it and see what you think?

Are there any take away dishes that you have perfected making yourself? 

Thanks so much for reading: My Kitchen and I Are Waiting for Day day… Beef and Mushroom

Love

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