Day 53 – Wet Wet Wet, with Wild Mushroom soup and Steamed Clams with sausage

We got very very very wet yesterday.  Twice.  The first time was due to my determination to go cockling.  I had researched the recipes, the night before, and had even found a version that included sausages to try and convince the kids to eat them.  So in the morning I whipped up a Wild Mushroom … Continue reading

Day 51 – Lobster Thermidor

Last night we treated ourselves to a lobster for dinner.  The fish stall in Trevignon was my starting point to select fish that looked yummy and fresh, and as usual it didn’t fail.  This time I took my trusty Fish Cookery Book from Rick Stein, so that we could pop into the local supermarket on … Continue reading

(Diet) Day 35 – The Soup Swop!!

Last night was the night! The first ever Brussels Soup Swop (as we know it!)….  5 great friends arrived after stressful preparation of sorts, and presented their products. Lots of thanks to Jules (Creamy Broccoli Soup from Griswold, Iowa), Helen (Spiced Lentil and Coconut Soup, her first ever!), Florence (Carrot and Fennel Soup with Codfish … Continue reading

Diet Day 16 – Dinners at the Weekend

Last night’s dinner was just perfect.  I have never visited a restaurant that could cater so perfectly for those on a diet.  I even ordered and thoroughly enjoyed a ‘Tonifiant’ juice -> carrot apple lemon and ginger (just yummy).  The menu was punctuated with lots of fish, scallops, lobster and vegetarian offerings including my favourite … Continue reading

Diet Day 9 – Hot and Sour Chicken Soup, and No I am NOT!

No I am NOT in a good mood today.  After a nice long lie-in, a bit of kitchen preparation for the week (soup making including the stock), I was looking forward to an hour to myself early afternoon.  And then the dreaded catastrophy happened.  The Internet went down along with our mail server.  Not good.

Diet Day 5 – Back to Work and Thank God for Cod!

Next hurdle, back to work.  Lurking on the corner of my desk this morning were three M&S mini bite boxes, all open and all waiting to be finished. Not fair!  My colleagues were in meetings all day, so Diana our graphic designer was my only ally.  She managed one late this afternoon, and I managed … Continue reading

Diet Day 4, my favourite ‘Clean’ recipe

Thank God for the Internet!  I was getting very wobbly about how to start my ‘Clean’ diet without my book, but most of all without my beloved recipe for Chicken Quinoa.  A quick search resolved that, and I’m off to the supermarket to stock up.  Trolley and Hubbie in hand, leaving the car and the … Continue reading

Turkey Tantrums, but now it’s all over………

Yes the kids had almost had enough, and hubbie was glazing over at the sight of yet more turkey, but today we managed to say ‘au revoir’ til next year to our dear old Bird. Lunch was leftover carrots and chestnuts, whipped up into a delicious (even chestnut hating hubbie managed a bowl!) of soup, … Continue reading

Yesterday’s turkey is today’s curry…..

Well actually it was the turkey dish of the day yesterday, the first foray into the life of a leftover turkey, and how to con the kids into eating it for yet another day.  Thila referred to it regularly as a chicken curry, and as she was wolfing it down, none of us felt obliged … Continue reading

When the fridge is full of cooked turkey and vegetables…….

And you can’t get another thing in it………..it’s time to find yummy ways to use up those leftovers. With a ‘green’ son (you can’t possibly waste anything, when I could eat it) and my fussy mum (we resolved the argument about how long you could keep cooked turkey via the internet), it was time to … Continue reading