Thursday, 29 June 2017

Freezer sort out and recipe book reduction!

It's a home day today so I've got a little more time to get stuff done. So far I've emptied and rearranged my chest freezer in the garage (while a long leggy spider watched on and climbed onto the inside of the lid!) I'm planning a Saturday batch cooking session and needed to know what I've got so I know what needs using up. 

Another reason for the sort out is to make room for a meat order I'll be doing shortly from our village butcher. We don't eat meat everyday, but I much prefer to buy from a butcher than from the supermarket. It's worth spending a bit more for the quality. 

I've come across lots of bits and bobs that I can use up over the next few weeks too. 

My fridge freezer is mainly used for ice cream and lollies and leftovers that I've frozen. I've had a tidy up and made room for the individual meals I'll put in containers after my batch cooking. 

My next task after lunch is being ruthless with my cookbooks! I have so many and I just don't use them all. I tend to bake from my vintage cookbooks now, but cook meal recipes from the more modern ones (although the seventies retro ones are my favourites) so I'm challenging myself to get rid of half of them. Those will go off to the charity shop. 

I also have a box of recipes I've collected in various folders. That needs looking at but can wait for another day. 

I'll let you know how I get on!

Mandy x

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

More food pics!

This is for Hazel :)

Some food pictures...

A family favourite...treacle sponge and custard.

A simple can of tomato soup made a bit more exciting!

A Sunday morning treat!

Yummy Victoria sandwich  with fresh cream and strawberries.

Homemade leek and potato soup with Wensleydale and Spring onion scones.

Cheese, onion, pepper and tomato tart.

Finally...a lemon meringue pie.

That's it for today, but I'll try to get back to regular posts soon.

Mandy x

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

We're fine :)

Hi Jane and anyone else who's reading!

Everything's fine here thank you. 

I'm just being quiet at the moment, always busy but not feeling very chatty. 

I'm hoping to be back soon.

 You can always email me Jane, I'd love to hear from you xx

Mandy x

Saturday, 20 May 2017

More food pictures!

As promised, more food photos...

I love porridge for breakfast (and syrup!)

Daisy made rock cakes.

Chocolate sponge.

I bake every few days...

Keeping it simple!

Then chocolate sponge and chocolate custard for pudding.

Little fairy cakes are just right for little hands at teatime:)

Homemade treacle tart and custard.

Another picture of stew and dumplings!

A little pudding I made with a vanilla traybake.

And finally...

Chocolate and almond traybake.

The next catch up will be my vintage finds...

Let me know if you'd like any of my recipes. 

Thanks for reading,

Mandy x 

Friday, 19 May 2017

Food pictures!

I've just been through my pictures and founds loads of photos of food! I did take those photos with the intention of posting them on my blog at that time...never mind. Here's a selection of what we've been making and eating over the last couple of months...

Homemade flapjacks and Rice Krispie cakes 

Beef stew and dumplings 

Dippy eggs and soldiers 

Baking day!

Decorated by Daisy :)

Treacle sponge and cream

Another baking day

Teatime treat plate

The children love jelly!

Daisy's lactofree pudding 

Making eggy bread 

Warming tomato soup

Lasagne going into the oven

And coming out again!

More salad for me


More stew and dumplings 

Lemon meringue pie 

Daisy's sausage rolls 

Lemon sponge, jam sponge and treacle sponge 

Homemade vegetable soup

More to follow...

Mandy x 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

I need to try harder!

Well I had hoped to be back into writing my blog but it just hasn't happened! We have all been poorly and been so unlucky with one cold after another. Hopefully that's it now and we can enjoy the nicer weather.

I really miss writing and I've got so much to say! I have been taking photos as I've gone along so I hope to share those with you over the next few days. 

My love of vintage is growing and I've bought some lovely bits and bobs for our home.

I've been cooking and baking as usual and hope to try out some new recipes soon. 

Well just to let you know that I will try harder and look forward to writing again soon.

Hope you're all well,

Mandy x 

Sunday, 16 April 2017