I don’t intend to do regular, weekly training updates for my marathon prep, but I thought it might be interesting to chart my first steps towards making that 26.2 mile run!
Be careful what you wish for…
It’s been a busy month here – as always – but I’m so glad it’s finally autumn! I feel like I’m coming home when the leaves start to turn and the air gets crisp.
I recently went to Pickwell Farm with my family to grab some late-season strawberries, early pumpkins, and sweetcorn. I hadn’t ever picked corn before but it was great fun – my best tip is to peel back some of the outer leaves just to check the cob first, because some of the ones we picked were rotten or overripened. You can leave the leaves on to keep the corn fresher for longer in the fridge! Continue reading
Here’s yet another Japanese recipe for Red Tractor Week – just because the produce is British, doesn’t mean the recipes have to be! I’m taking part in a challenge to share my favourite recipes containing Red Tractor products, and I picked up some beef mince from Lidl with the Red Tractor logo so I could share this recipe with you. The Red Tractor logo on your food means that the product has reached the standard set out for animal welfare, food safety, traceability, and environmental protection. Plus, it can be traced back to British farms! (See the website here for more info.)
I love making these little burgers using pork and beef mince, although you can just use beef if you prefer. As you can see, they work really well in bento or lunch boxes, but equally you can have them for dinner. I like to serve them with rice, but you can also serve them with potato wedges for a more western-style meal.
This week I’m sharing some of my favourite recipes in support of Red Tractor – the logo added to products grown or produced in Britain to their exacting standards for animal welfare, food safety and traceability! (See more here.)
Today I’m sharing one of my favourite dairy recipes – it’s perfect for dark, rainy autumn days… Welsh rarebit!
- 25g butter
- 25g flour
- 125ml milk
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 225g cheese
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 4-6 slices bread
Heat the butter in a saucepan until melted and then add the flour. Stir well and cook for a minute
Gradually add the milk, stirring, and heat until thickened.
Add the mustard powder, cheese (reserving a handful for the topping) and Worcestershire sauce and heat until the cheese is melted.
Meanwhile, toast the bread on both sides. Spread the Rarebit onto the bread, then add the grated cheese. Pop until the grill until bubbling!
Day three of my budget cooking plan (seven dinners for two people from £20 at Aldi!) was where my portion control went out of the window and I started to cheat… just a little… when I realised the only vegetable I had for this meal was onions. Two types of onions, but still, just onions… So, I’ll hold my hand up, I grabbed a small number of peas from my freezer. Like, maybe a dozen. Or maybe more. Don’t judge me…
If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know that I challenged myself to buy a week’s worth of dinners from Aldi for £20. This is the first meal I cooked from my budget shop, and it’s based on Cooking Light’s budget meal plan recipe from 2012 (I love these recipes – the pork one is amazing!)
Before my husband and I got married, we were saving like mad to pay for the wedding and spent very little on groceries. Since then, we’ve relaxed our attitude to spending on food to the point where it started to spiral out of control! I decided to do a drastic cut-back and save as much as I could, which very serendipitously coincided with an email from the PR people handling Aldi’s account. I pitched my idea for a week of budget meals and soon a voucher for £20 arrived in the post – so that became my budget for the week! I was inspired by Miguel Barclay’s books and Instagram account where he regularly makes delicious meals for one for just £1. £20 for the week seems like child’s play – and, in fact, it really was!