I’m not going to lie, by the time it gets to Friday I am exhausted. I want to curl up on the sofa with James and nod off in front of the TV or a book; if I am awake past 10:30 pm I am impressed. I imagine the getting up at 6:15 am and 3 hours of commuting every day is what probably does it. Friday night dinners therefore need to be comforting, filling (so that hunger isn’t likely to wake me up early in the morning) and a tiny bit naughty, a treat for making it through the week and all its obligations.
This past Friday I decided to make this and I am so glad we have leftovers for another night because it performed all its tasks admirably, it tasted delicious and far more indulgent that it was. This is evident by the poor quality of photos because I just wanted to get that pie in my face!
Winter is here, well not officially here but that cold nip is in the air and that means it is time for some warming, home cooked dinners. Bolognese is a favourite in our household but I am trying to eat less (gluten free) pasta and stick to more unprocessed foods. I thought about serving Bolognese on a baked potato but something about cold weather makes me want to have a big pot of something in the oven. This may seem to be a rehash of cottage pie and that is because it is but in my opinion much nicer. I’m not much of a cottage pie fan if I’m honest. The great thing about this is it made enough for the both of us, with left overs for tomorrow and a couple spare for lunches at work.
I always find Bolognese tastes best made a day or two before, it saves some time too if you make it in advance. I made this sauce on Wednesday night, ready for a speedier dinner on Friday night. A decision I was mightily thankful for when I got in from work after a chilly bike ride home.
Flavour of the week: Garlic
The garlic really comes through beautifully in this recipe and I plan on using a head of roasted garlic as a secret weapon in a recipe for a dinner party I am having on Saturday!
Cook book of the moment: Notes from my kitchen table – Gwyneth Paltrow
I will be using this cook book on Saturday for a lovely fresh pasta recipe. It is pretty heavy on egg yolks so I am anticipating spending the following week drowning in meringues.
Quinoa quiche (Or Sweet Potato and Zucchini Pie as it is known in the cook book I mentioned last week, a most treasured Christmas present from my equally food mad sister) is a tasty, comforting and fairly healthy recipe I made for the first time last weekend. Don’t be fooled by the ‘healthy’ description, this pie has enough cheese to be the reliable friend and ‘there there’ needed when you get home from work having walked a mile from the bus stop in the rain, having missed the first bus 45 minutes earlier because it was full and getting home from work at 7:30 pm. True story. It is filling, yummy and guilt free. What makes it even better is having already made it and only having to heat it up whilst you change out of your rain soaked clothes and into your pjs. Continue reading