Meal Planning – Week 1 – 12th March 2017

I love eating and I love food, but I’m terrible with money and incredibly lazy.

I end up buying random stuff that I never use and end up with so much waste.

I came across a bloghop called #mealplanningmonday hosted by Hijacked by Twins and Little Paper Swans and I’ve sat and read every single post, I’m so inspired and full of ideas to try and plan as best I can. Continue reading “Meal Planning – Week 1 – 12th March 2017”

How do you like your eggs in the morning 

Yep, this is random as, I know.

But I bloody love scrambled eggs.  

Ever since I was little I’ve loved them all ways, cheesy, marmite, bovril, you name it.

And then from about my early teens it became the norm to microwave scrambled eggs.

Bleurgh. Gross.

And so from then until late last year I’ve not been able to stomach scrambled egg, the thought of that watery rubbery mess turns my stomach.

While in search of a happier and healthier life, eggs are the big thing. They are fresh,  cheap, and packed with protein, keeping you fuller for longer and very good for you.

Last year while I dabbled with a well known diet I actually ruined a frying pan using low calorie spray, that shit is terrible and I’ve since had to replace most of my pots and pans. 

Low calorie it may be but something that resembles plastic and is a serial killer of kitchenware can’t be good for you right?

Hmmm, fried eggs are out then and I can’t poach an egg for shit.

I was watching something on the tellie and they were talking about simple cooking skills that get overlooked, like pastry making, boiling an egg, omelettes and other really simple stuff.

This got me thinking: I want to make the ultimate scrambled egg.

Exciting right? (Don’t answer that…)

So I played about with a few methods, googled the shit out of it and I came up with what I think is proper tasty, filling and to me is the ultimate scrambled egg.

1. Free range eggs are the key here.  Firstly I don’t like the idea of caged hens, I love proper eggs sourced locally where I can see my chicken running about and having a happy life.  Secondly they taste so much better than caged hen eggs, I’m not wanting to get into any debates here but for me it can only be free range and we want awesome tasting eggs, so its win win.

2. Break 2-4(depending on how hungry/how many people) eggs into a dry clean bowl.  Make sure no shell gets in there, no one wants crunch in scrambled eggs.  Spew.

3. Using a fork whisk the shit out of your eggs.  Add a little salt and pepper as to your taste. Once mixed pour into small saucepan or milk pan and cook on a low heat.  It must be as low as you can get it.

4. Keep stirring. Stir stir stir. You can adjust the heat up a little until you start feeling the eggs catch on the bottom of the pan and then turn back down.  By turn up I mean to the highest low setting you have, stay on low all the time.  Did I mention low?

5. Keep stirring, it’s a slow process but worth it in the end.  You will get to a point where the eggs start thickening; just stir the shit out of them…

6. You are waiting for your eggs to be thick, silky and smooth, and slightly underdone, as they will continue cooking when taken off the heat anyways.  Photo 4 shows this consistency, kind of looks like Welsh rarebit or macaroni cheese.

7. Remove from heat, and serve, you can add anything you like, cheese and/or marmite is my favourite.  This morning I served mine on top of mushrooms and tomatoes. Yum.

My toddler loves it done this way, it’s also perfect for weaning as it’s not lumpy at all; the beauty is you can mix it up and hide things they don’t like in it. Handy for those bloody awful fussy eater phases.

It also doesn’t seem to smell eggy, and it’s not underdone at all – I do not like undercooked eggs, ever.  It turns my stomach, especially on a fried egg(I call it mingey when it’s like that, nasty word I know).

So there you go… either I’ve helped you on a new scrambled egg adventure or you have fallen asleep… 


Pepperoni & Prawn Paella

Aside from all the swearing, depression and mum stuff, I love cooking and I love creative new dishes and cooking lovely nutritious meals for my boys.

Hubbo will eat pretty much anything; apart from courgette and tomatoes that is.  Which he eats because I conceal them in meals… *evil laugh*

My Father-in-law sent me a lovely recipe for Paella, which I’ve never cooked before.

His recipe needed:

  • 2tbsp oil
  • 1 onion
  • 200g long grain rice
  • 1 red pepper
  • Garlic
  • 1.5pints chicken stock 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika and turmeric 
  • 175g chopped ham
  • 150g prawns
  • 100g frozen peas

I substituted the ham for pepperoni as I couldn’t find any decent ham and I use dried herbs and spices, and two oxo chicken stock cubes.

  1. Heat 2tbsp oil in a large pan(I used a wok).
  2. Fry chopped onion until soft.
  3. Add rice and garlic and fry for 1min stirring well.
  4. Add stock, chopped red pepper, ham/pepperoni, turmeric and paprika, bring to the boil and simmer for 12mins.
  5. Add frozen peas and prawns(if using frozen then must be thawed, be safe and don’t give yourself the shits).
  6. Mix well and cook for 3-4mins.
  7. Serve straight away. Should serve four but this made loads.

It was gorgeous, a lovely silky consistency with a lush flavour but it wasn’t spicy at all. The boys loved it and it was so easy to make.

I like rating recipes, so this one being my first recipe on my blog, is a good contender for top marks.

The only cons I can think of is the prawns are bloody expensive for such a basic dish and the ham was the same, I begrudge spending £3.89 on prawns and £1.89 on ham when I did it a lot cheaper.

So I’ll give this, out of five:


Enjoy and let me know what you think! I love cooking and would love to see recipes from other people too!