Sunday, 28 February 2010

Roast Pheasant, Cereal & Fruit

Sunday is normally a day for a traditional roast meal and today was no exception. I had a good lie in and woke up thinking about the roast pheasant I was cooking for lunch. I decided that breakfast should be fairly light so took the fruit option again. A pear, a banana, an apple and a hand full of raisins ( I really don't like raisins and I will buy some Sultanas this week ).
An hour in the garden tidying up and then on with lunch.
The Oven Ready Pheasant

Not the biggest of birds but enough to feed us as part of a large Sunday Lunch. The total run down was Roast Pheasant, Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Puddings, Roasted Carrots, Brussels Sprouts and Steamed Broccoli. An absolute feast !
Traditional Sunday Roast Dinner

That was absolutely fantastic ! So good I had half as much again for seconds ! It was a real treat and not bad for one out of the freezer either. Originally the bird was shot locally, plucked and dressed and then after a few days hanging was frozen. It was then defrosted for 24 hours and then popped in the oven for around 30 - 40 minutes and rested for another 10 before carving. Real Free Range Food !
I settled down to watch the cup final and promptly fell asleep.
Honey Nut Shreddeed Wheat

Well my blood sugar must have crashed after all that lunch because when I woke up and finished watching the football I ate lots of sweets and chocolates before deciding that a bowl or two of cereal would be a lot better. I haven't had anything else to eat since then and don't really feel to hungry so I will try and go until the morning.
Lots and lots of things to do tomorrow and plenty of appointments so a return to the norm of cheese sandwiches and beans on toast I fear.

Until tomorrow..............

James Broadhouse ( M6JDB )


Saturday, 27 February 2010

Heinz Tomato Soup & Cheese Rolls, Fishcake & Chips

What a cracking day today. Fruit for breakfast again, 2 bananas, 1 apple and a pear. I had a glass of orange juice too which makes that 4 of my 5 a day before 9am so that is definitely good news.
I was out in the garden most of the morning so I when I came in I felt ravenous.

Lunch - We hadn't got any stir fry so the next quickest thing I could think of was Heinz Tomato Soup and part baked rolls with butter and cheese.
Heinz Tomato Soup & Cheese Rolls

That was really tasty and filling, not as good as home made soup but I am sure everyone will agree that Heinz Tomato Soup does set the standard when it comes to tinned soups. The part baked rolls were tasty and so was the mature cheddar. ( I didn't realise how much cheese until I looked at the photo !!!! )

Tea - Fish and chips was the decision all round. Not a full on chip shop tea but the best of both worlds. Smoked Haddock and spring onion fish cakes from Whitby Seafood. I have said it before and I will say it again, Whitby Seafood Smoked Haddock and Spring Onion Fish Cakes are the best fish cakes I have ever tasted ! So tasty that I had 3 and a pile of battered chips from the chip shop and also a bit of salad on the side to add some colour to my plate and make myself feel a bit better.
Fish Cakes, Chips & Salad

What a satisfying tea, a real treat. I am very happy with the way things have gone today. I have got plenty done, eaten well and feel good. I hope I can keep this feeling going right through the weekend and well in to next week.
Hopefully if everything goes to plan tomorrow we should have a nice Sunday lunch and maybe a walk in the park if the weather is OK.
Goodnight everyone and thanks again for the e-mails, only Nairn posting in the comments box although though it was a great photo link thanks,

James Broadhouse ( M6JDB )


Friday, 26 February 2010

Beans on toast, Sausage and Mash

Not a bad day today, I had a bit of a lie in and being short on time I just had fruit for breakfast, A banana, an apple and a glass of orange juice.
Lunch - I had done my household chores and had to have lunch pretty sharpish so it was beans on toast for a change. The toaster is out of action so it was bread under the electric grill time. Not a bad result this time though.
Beans on Toast

Well that isn't a lot is it ? I scoffed the first slice of buttered toast before it even made it to the plate ! Oh well, I did have time for a couple more slices.
Beans on Toast 2

Lunch down and out the door, I was quite busy this afternoon but still had time for my Friday night favourite of sausage and mash !

Tea - As I said, Sausage, Mash, Cabbage, Broccoli, Roasted Carrots and Leeks all swimming in Onion and Mustard Gravy. What a treat.
Sausage and Mash

No time for seconds either, I have got a very important meeting tonight so I have got to run.
Hopefully it will all go well and I can give you the low down tomorrow.
Until tomorrow.............

James Broadhouse ( M6JDB )

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Vegetable Stir Fry, Homemade Pizza and Salad

What a good day all round. After a good nights rest I was up nice and early and had a couple of pieces of wholemeal toast and butter for breakfast. Mid morning I had a glass of orange juice an apple and banana. That is an excellent start for me. 3 of my 5 a day and it was only 11am !

Lunch - I was feeling hungry again today and after my morning appointment I was home for a filling lunch of Vegetable Stir Fry and Noodles.
Vegetable Stir Fry and Noodles

I have had this meal a lot over the past few weeks and I am not growing tired of it one bit. In fact the more I have vegetable stir fry and noodles the more I want it. The taste, the speed and even the method of cooking is just great. It is very filling and nutritious and can be made in about 5 minutes flat !

Tea - With a great lunch under my belt I was to my afternoon meeting. There was a lot of waiting around and nothing really decided so I arrived home quite frustrated. I fancied something comforting for tea and it had to be quick because time was getting on. Homemade Pizza and salad again !
Homemade Pizza and Salad

A real tasty pizza with mature cheddar, mozzarella, Dolmio tomato sauce, fresh pineapple and onion. Topped off with a sprinkle of dried Italian Herbs. The salad was a bag of spinach and mixed mild leaves with a few slices of tomato and cucumber. It was so nice I ate the other half of the pizza too ! Its a good job I made 2 in the first place.
Everyone Loves Homemade Pizza and Salad !

There is the baby enjoying some homemade pizza and salad. A great tea all round. It looks like I have got the seal of approval from the little one.
I told you it was a good day all round. After tea I had another apple and banana and the last 4 squares of my dairy milk whole nut. I am off for an early night again tonight.
Please keep the e-mails and recipes coming. james@m6jdb.co.uk Hopefully I will be able to expand the recipe page on my website to include something other than soup. You will get full credit for the recipe and your name and link on my website,

Goodnight

James Broadhouse ( M6JDB )

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Cereal, Wrap, Pizza

A good start to the day. I was up at first light and had a bowl of crunchy nut shredded wheat with a sliced banana on top and a couple of mugs of tea.
Cereal & Banana

I have just realised that this is the first bowl of cereal I have had since the start of the year. It must be nearing spring time. I prefer a cooked breakfast in winter time and cereal and fruit in the summer but this year I seem to be mixing it up a bit. Hopefully I will go to the farm shop and pick up some bacon soon.

Lunch - After such a great start to the day I had quite a light lunch too. A cheese and homemade coleslaw wrap. This used up the left over coleslaw from last night in a good way.
Cheese and Coleslaw Wrap with Crisps

Well that looks a bit sparse but hey it was only something quick to use up the coleslaw. By mid afternoon I was a bit peckish so had a glass of orange juice, a banana and an apple. I was meant to pick up some sultanas when I went shopping but forgot, I have really gone off the raisins now.

Tea - We opted for a quick tea and pizza came out the winner. I didn't make the base but used a large type Pitta bread I had found in our local supermarket, covered it in Ragu Sauce and sprinkled it with mature cheddar cheese and a few dried herbs, absolutely delicious.
Homemade Pizza

Well that was supposed to be all but I felt quite hungry when I got home from my evening appointment and ate half a block of Cadbury's Whole nut chocolate and a crisp sandwich. Two real English Traditions there until Cadbury's sold out. I do hope the chocolate still tastes the same in years to come.
Dairy Milk Whole Nut

Crisp Sandwich

Well that is a lot of bread in one day. I find that's how it goes, a light food day yesterday and a heavy food day today. Lets hope tomorrow brings some interesting food and flavours.
Once again thanks for the e-mails james@m6jdb.co.uk and thanks for the video link left in the comments yesterday it really made me chuckle. I will have to post another photograph of myself again soon.

Until tomorrow.......................

James Broadhouse ( M6JDB)

Only 1 Meal Today, Spicy Bean Burger and a Power Cut.

As the title says only one meal today but 2 portions of it ! I just didn't feel hungry. I had a banana and an apple mid afternoon and then my tea. Very surprising really, especially for someone like me who usually piles it high and scoffs it quick !
Spicy Bean Burger and Homemade Coleslaw

My Second Burger

A really nice tea and something a bit different. The homemade coleslaw was absolutely delicious and so were the potatoes roasted in olive oil and seasoned with sea salt and black pepper. I couldn't quite manage my second burger because I have tried really hard and and at the moment stopped stuffing myself to the point where I black out.

Well this is as far as I got last night and we had a power cut. All the electricity went off and it was snowing very heavily outside. I lit the emergency candles and put them in front of the mirror. I grabbed the box of matches and some candles and went to check on my neighbours. Everyone was fine so I returned home and we sat around chatting for a while before all having an early night.
It all worked out well in the end and thanks for the e-mails from everyone checking I was OK. I know it is the first time I have missed a post.

I am well rested now and of to a couple of appointments so I will add today's post later this evening.
If you would like to contact me or send me a message then please e-mail james@m6jdb.co.uk . All recipes and e-mails are greatly received,
Until this evening,

James Broadhouse ( M6JDB )

Monday, 22 February 2010

Cheese Sandwich, Pasta

I knew the end of half term would signal a downturn in food intake but I didn't think it would be this dramatic.
I was up all night with my son who has picked up a bug and was quite ill. Consequently I fell asleep about half past 7 and missed both of my morning appointments and breakfast.
All was not lost, when I woke up at lunchtime my wife had made us both a beautiful cheese salad sandwich and garnished it with crisps and homemade pickles.
Cheese & Salad Sandwich

Absolutely scrumptious, and believe me when having not eaten for 19 hours I savoured every mouth full.

Tea - Missed appointments this morning meant out late this evening. A quick evening meal of pasta spirals, tomato and garlic sauce and a bit of grated cheese on top was again prepared by my loving wife.

Pasta Spirals, Tomato Sauce and Cheese

Just 2 meals today, snacks were an apple and a banana. I have gone off raisins at the moment but will buy some sultanas when I get to go shopping again and try those.
Anyway all was well with the children when I got home so an early night is on the cards.
Lets hope for a better day tomorrow,

Goodnight.

James Broadhouse ( M6JDB )

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Sausage and Mash, Homemade Cup Cakes

Sunday today and not my usual bacon and egg breakfast. Due to my blow out at the all you can eat Chinese buffet yesterday I decided to go with a lighter breakfast option of grapefruit, and toasted brown bread and jam.
Toast and Jam
Grapefruit

A glass of orange juice and a mug of tea completed the breakfast and then we went off out to do battle with the retail park.

Lunch - Football on terrestrial TV today and my team are playing too so its all hands on deck to get the lunch prepared quickly. A firm favourite in our house is sausage and mash. Today we had it served with organic broccoli, Brussels sprouts, roasted onions and sage and onion stuffing. The sausage was free range Gloucester Old Spot pigs from Essington Fruit Farm. Brilliant sausage and a brilliant shop.
My absolute favourite sausage is from Gary and Pats Smallholding just outside Wolverhampton. They breed Oxford Sandy Black pigs and they live outside 24/7 and have plenty of room to roam around accompanied by lots of care and attention you get from farming on such a small scale.
Sausage and Mash

3 Sausages, 3 Roasted Onions, a Pile of Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli Florets and Sage and Onion Stuffing. I don't really like it when my mash is served in a scoop, it reminds me of school dinners ! I suppose it all tastes the same though. Not a bad Sunday lunch all in all but as regular readers will know I do tend to indulge on Sundays and after yesterdays blow out I seem to have got my appetite back.
I decided on a second plate before I went to watch the football.
Sausage and Mash Second Plate

The football was pretty boring, my team lost and I fell asleep on the sofa ! At least it was only for half an hour and I had a pretty productive afternoon.


Tea - A light tea was the order of the day and we fell back on the Great British Tradition of beans on toast. Not the most successful meal ever because our toaster keeps tripping the fuse box. I threw the toaster away and used the electric grill instead. ( after I had reset the trip switch )
Beans on slightly warmed bread.

On a better note, while I was busy this afternoon and playing with the children my wife was busy in the kitchen making some fabulous cup cakes. I have eaten a lot this weekend but still couldn't resist a couple of these for supper.
Homemade Cup Cakes

Now I have consumed a lot of food over the weekend and in fact all through half term. Its back to the grindstone tomorrow though and plenty of appointments to attend so hopefully my food intake should stabilise. Thanks to everyone for logging on and reading. Judging by the amount of e-mails I have received the Sea Bass and Chinese Buffet went down a real treat.
Please check back on a regular basis because I do update my blog everyday.

See you Tomorrow

James Broadhouse ( M6JDB )

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Lots of Chinese Buffet, Cheese and Vegetable Toasties.

Today was a good day. Up early and a banana an apple and a portion of raisins for breakfast followed by 2 glasses of water. That should get my metabolism up and running.

Lunch - Now today was a special day, the first time I have been out for a meal since the start of all this. I have been doing well, shaving a bit off the shopping budget each week and saving it towards this meal. We went to a local "All You Can Eat" Chinese Restaurant. I was a bit more reserved then usual because I had to photograph everything I ate but non the less I think I got my money's worth.
Spare Ribs, Vegetable Spring Rolls, Sesame Prawn Toast

Yuk Sung

That's my two starters out of the way, self explanatory really so on with the main the courses.

Crispy Beef, Green Beans, Garlic Mushrooms, Roast Potatoes

Roast Pork Cantonese Style, Soft Noodles, Stir Fry Broccoli

Beef in Black Bean Sauce & Singapore Noodles

That is 2 starters and 3 main courses so far. A real good selection of dishes. The roast Pork was probably my favourite closely followed by the crispy beef. The green beans were superb too. I had a break, a pint of Coca Cola and then decided to try and squeeze another plate in !
Beef Curry, Sweet and Sour Pork, Boiled Rice and Green Beans


Cantonese Roast Pork and Chips

The last plate seems to be lacking somewhat but I  got carried away and eaten half of the roast pork before I realised I hadn't  photographed it !  Never mind I am sure you get the gist of what went on and how much I managed to eat. I felt absolutely stuffed ! I really did squeeze quite a lot in but in all honesty compared to my usual quota I was quite restrained.
I had another breather and everyone was becoming a little restless so I thought I better get on with my desert.

Fruit Salad, Swiss Roll and Ice Cream

That was enough to round off a fantastic eating experience, as you can see I don't really go for the sweet stuff I am more of a savoury man. I think I might of undone all the hard work I put in earlier in the week but hey, its only once every couple of months I have a real blow out !

Tea - After a couple of hours watching the football and planting up some seeds I did start to feel a bit peckish. My wife kindly made tea which was a really tasty Cheese and Vegetable toastie Consisting of Mozzarella, Mature Cheddar, Red Pepper, Tomato and onion. With a bit of salad on the side.
Cheese and Vegetable Toastie

Now I must confess that this was extremely tasty and I did have another one shortly after.

What a fantastic day. I really love my food and yes I did really eat all of this food ! Every bit in each and everyone of those photographs was consumed by me and me alone.
I am off for an early night so I will answer your e-mails in the morning. Goodnight all,

James Broadhouse ( M6JDB )

Friday, 19 February 2010

Posh Cheese on toast, Sea Bass and Faith Restored

Up early and with a spring in my step, I didn't want to let last nights meal upset drag my spirits down so I just got on with my banana, raisins and orange juice for breakfast.

I had to return to the supermarket where I had purchased last nights mackerel and try and reach a satisfactory conclusion. This was rectified in an efficient manner and I will elaborate later. Now its time for Lunch - My wife made it and I was really pleased too. Posh cheese on toast and lots of it !


Posh Cheese on Toast

Warburtons seeded batch bread spread generously with tomato puree and topped with grated mature cheddar cheese and rings of Spanish onion and a little sprinkle of mixed Italian herbs. Doesn't it look really tasty. After last nights let down I was really hungry today and I actually ate 5 of these slices of posh cheese on toast. Now that was satisfying.

Tea - Well due to the great work of the staff at Morrisons Supermarket in Pendeford, tonight I am cooking and eating Sea Bass Fillets with vegetable stir fry and noodles.
Now I love vegetable stir fry and I love Noodles and I am hoping I will love the Sea Bass.

Sea Bass, Vegetable Stir Fry & Noodles

It was excellent, a real treat. The fish was superb and so was the stir fry and noodles that accompanied it. A real credit to Morrisons Supermarket Fresh Fish Counter. The stir fry and sharwoods noodles were also from there and think they will be getting a lot more of my custom in the future. That's 1 and a 1/2 of the fillets in the photograph, my daughter had the other bit with mashed carrots and potatoes.

Now the conclusion of the worms in fish saga and I must say it was a very happy ending.

Fantastic Customer Service !

What a fantastic result. After the initial first contact with head office customer service i felt very deflated. I phoned the store in Wolverhampton and they were a lot more courteous, they invited me to return to the store and return the mackerel that I had bought.

I did so this morning at half 10 and was welcomed by Bev Brown. She had already been briefed about the problem via a note left on the desk from the customer service advisor who took my phone call last night. Very efficient.

Bev took my details and called for the assistant manager, Chris O'Shea who arrived promptly and inspected the mackerel fillets. I am very sorry but these are commonly known as cod worm and do appear in sea fish eg, cod and mackerel from time to time. He assured me that all fish in the store is inspected and thoroughly cleaned before being packaged and placed on display. However very occasionally due to the high volume of turnover a piece of contaminated fish does make it to the shelf.
A very honest, informative and concise answer I thought.

Happy with his explanation I returned to the fish counter where I selected 2 very nice Sea Bass Fillets. After a thorough inspection they were bagged up and given to me free of charge, that is good customer service. I made my way to the store exit and passed the customer service desk where I was again stopped by Bev Brown who presented me with a £5 gift voucher for the inconvenience and a slip from the customer complaint form which is to be forwarded to head office.

I left the store with 2 great looking Sea Bass Fillets, a £5 gift voucher and a real feeling of satisfaction that comes from fantastic customer service.

Congratulations Morrisons Pendeford.

You have retained my custom and reassured my faith in customer service. Well done.

Here's to tomorrow and what it brings,

James Broadhouse ( M6JDB )


Thursday, 18 February 2010

Toast, Crisps, Fish and Disappointment

I was up early this morning an had a banana and a couple of portions of raisins for breakfast. The drink was orange juice. I am getting quite used to my higher fruit intake but it doesn't always satisfy my hunger. Half an hour later I had 2 rounds of buttered toast.

Lunch - Two packets of Walkers Crisps. A terrible lunch I know but I am building up to a big tea that I have been looking forward to for ages.

Tea - I went to a local supermarket today ( The one that advertises its fresh fish counter as fantastic and with great customer service ) I bought 4 King Scallops and 2 fresh mackerel fillets.
King Scallops, Chips and Salad

What a delight, beautiful king scallops, homemade crinkle cut chips an a side salad of peppers, red onion, iceberg lettuce and shredded white cabbage. A real dream but not up to my usual portion size, this is where the disappointment comes from.
As I said I purchased 2 mackerel fillets from the fresh fish counter of a local supermarket. The one fillet was for me and the other for my 8 month old daughter, she loves fish and mackerel mashes easily with vegetables and potatoes. However after unwrapping the mackerel I discovered it was covered in thin almost translucent, live wriggling worms ! Oh dear ! What is the fat man and the baby supposed to eat now ? I can have the king scallops but judging by the quality of the mackerel I wouldn't trust them enough to let the baby eat them. I took a standby pot of frozen vegetable mash I had made previously out of the freezer and started to warm it through for the baby. This delayed the meal for everyone, the chips were in and so was the wife's vegetable lasagne. I had been looking forward to this meal for ages, as regular readers now we only have homemade chips once a month so this and the fresh fish were a real treat that I had been looking forward to.
After being quite put off my evening meal I telephoned the supermarket head office customer service, I didn't get the response I expected. Worms in the fish eh ? Take it back to where you bought it.
No apology, no empathy not even a general "how do you do ?" or "where in the country are you ?"
How rude !
I telephoned the store where the fish was purchased and got a better response, straight away an apology and an invitation to return the mackerel to the store.
Fingers crossed we reach a satisfactory conclusion, If not I will have to name and shame the said supermarket and give a full and detailed account of the whole saga.
This may not mean much to all my readers in the United States and those via The New York Times but it will to all the supermarket shoppers in the UK.
Fingers Crossed for tomorrow,

James Broadhouse ( M6JDB )

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Sandwiches and Salad, Homemade Winter vegetable Soup.

Up and about early this morning, I had a light breakfast of n apple,a banana and couple of portions of raisins All washed down with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Now that is 4 of my 5 a day before 8am, that is good going !

Lunch - I was home for lunch today and I thought I would continue with the healthy eating and have a tuna sandwich on brown seeded bread.
Tuna Sandwich with Salad and Crisps

I had a few mixed salad leaves and some cucumber ant tomato just to add a bit of colour and nutrition to the plate. Also a packet of plain crisps and some home pickled shallots that were made back in September and are now just right. There is also a little bit of low fat salad cream on the salad for extra flavour.

Tea - Now I haven't made a warming soup in a while and with having fruit for breakfast and sandwiches and salad for lunch then today seemed like a good day for something warm and hearty. Earlier in the week I popped up to our local farm shop "Muddy Footprints" and picked up some good quality winter vegetables. I quickly surveyed what we had left and considered my options, and then went for a thick homemade winter vegetable soup consisting of Onions, Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips, Celery, Swede and Leeks. What a hearty combination.
Homemade Winter Vegetable Soup with Bread & Butter

All the vegetables were lightly browned in a large frying pan before being placed in a large stockpot with 2 litres of Marigold Stock Powder and boiled rapidly for an hour. Then the vegetables and stock were liquidised in a food processor, returned to the original pot. I then added half a pint of milk and warmed through again. A little freshly ground black pepper was used to finish it off. I had 2 full bowls of homemade winter vegetable soup and 3 slices of bread & butter which by my standards is a pretty light evening meal.

Not a bad day, plenty of fruit and vegetables, I did have a snickers bar ( marathon ) and another packet of crisps but they are my downfall. However I do think the homemade winter vegetable soup did go some way to counteract this.
Lets hope I can keep up the good work for the rest of the week.

Until tomorrow, James Broadhouse ( M6JDB )

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Cheese & Salad Pittas, Stir Fry and Noodles

It is half term and I am shattered, I didn't have a single appointment today and my wife was up early to see to the children and the chickens so I slept in. What a lie in it was, I slept from midnight last night until 1pm this afternoon, 13 hours sleep. I must of needed it.

Breakfast - Dreams

Lunch - It was lunchtime when I got up an my wife had kindly made Cheese and salad pittas. I had a few Walkers crisps on the side and really enjoyed them.
Cheese and Salad Pittas

The eagle eyed among you may have noticed that the fruit bowl is still pretty full. However today I have had a banana, an apple and 2 portions of raisins.

Tea - I had to go out early this evening so I cooked my own tea when I got back in. I chose vegetable stir fry and noodles. I absolutely love this meal and it goes from fridge to plate in under 10 minutes, Fantastic !
Vegetable Stir Fry, Noodles and Prawn Crackers

I think that is the quickest and tastiest meal you could possibly cook. With the obvious exception of a fried or boiled egg sandwich made with our own fabulous free range organic eggs. That reminds me, I must start eating more eggs again and I don't mean by making more cakes although that would be nice !

See you tomorrow, James Broadhouse ( M6JDB )

Monday, 15 February 2010

Cheese and Crackers, Vegetarian Cottage Pie.

What a great food day.

Breakfast - A good start to the day today. My breakfast consisted of 1 banana a portion of raisins and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Followed by 1 slice of Warburtons seeded batch with a good covering of Anchor free range spreadable

Lunch - I was at home for lunch and fancied something a little different, after searching through the cupboards I settled on Cheese and Crackers with a fresh apple. As an accompaniment I had apple an chili jelly
Cheese and Crackers

The apple and chili jelly was purchased locally from a WI market and was very sweet and a little bit spicy. Perfect with the mature Cheddar Cheese and wholegrain crackers.

Tea - Eating less and being thrifty is the name of the game this week and tonight proves the the point. We had vegetarian cottage pie made with soya mince, onions, the left over savoy cabbage and other vegetables from yesterday all swimming in gravy and then topped with a generous layer of leftover mash ! How thrifty is that ? We had that served with Heinz baked beans as our evening meal.
Vegetarian Cottage Pie

That picture looks fantastic. That is my fruit bowl behind the pie so you will be expecting to see a grapefruit and a pineapple somewhere in my food intake this week.
Anyway the cottage pie was great. A real triumph of thrift and at the same time providing a satisfying and nutritionally balanced meal.
My Tea ( Vegetarian Cottage Pie )

There above is my tea, Vegetarian Cottage Pie with half a tin of Heinz Baked Beans. Superb !
The only let down was a snickers bar I had this evening, apart from that it was a brilliant food day. Lets hope I can keep up the good work for the rest of the week !

James Broadhouse ( M6JDB )

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Tomato Soup, Sunday Roast, Home Made Cup Cakes

Up and ready for breakfast this morning, I decided to have a change from the norm of toast and bacon with sausage and eggs and go for the fruit option. I was quite hungry but I think I feel better for it.

Breakfast - A banana, a portion of raisins and an apple all washed down with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. This was swiftly followed by 2 mugs of tea.

Lunch - I stayed pretty full from the fruit so by lunch time I only required a little something to carry on the day. We decided on Heinz Tomato Soup and some Warburtons seeded batch bread. The soup was on offer when we did our Saturday big shop and though I am not the biggest fan of tinned soup I thought it would be a good store cupboard standby.
Heinz Tomato Soup with Bread and Butter

As it happens we used it the very next day. As tinned soup goes I think Heinz Cream of Tomato is probably the best of the lot and with a few rounds of bread and butter is enough for anyone at lunch time.

Tea - Things didn't really go to plan and I feel quite gutted. I bought a Pheasant on Friday, already gutted and oven ready. However unfortunately and not to my knowledge the bird had been previously frozen and when I unwrapped it today to pop it in the oven it was definitely past its best. Now I like my game birds well hung but this was certainly over ripe.
At least I had a pack of free range sausage I had frozen myself tucked away for emergencies so all was not lost.
Sausage, Mash, Roasted Winter Vegetables and Savoy Cabbage

As you can see things turned out quite well. The meal consisted of 3 free range pork sausages, Savoy Cabbage, Roasted Winter Vegetables ( Leeks, Carrots and Parsnips ) Paxo Sage and Onion Stuffing and Creamy Mashed Potato made with Wilja potatoes, organic milk and free range butter.

Dessert - Now today being Valentines day my wife made some cup cakes especially for me ! They looked fantastic and tasted even better.
Home Made Cup Cakes and Butterfly Cakes

So nice in fact that I have eaten 4 today !
Lets hope the fruit for breakfast counteracted it ha ha ha !
I hope I can keep the fruit and vegetable uptake going for a few days.

Fantastic !

Less cakes, more fruit and veg. Fingers croassed !

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Chip and Cheese Butties, Mackerel and Salad

Had a brilliant family day today but not a great food one ! The kids picked the lunch today and I had tea alone so it was a good mix.

Breakfast - A piece of toast and a mug of tea. Not the greatest breakfast but at least it was something and I made the effort. When I eat breakfast I don't seem to eat as much during the rest of the day as I do otherwise.

Lunch - The sons choice:
Chip and Cheese Butties

Not the greatest lunch ever but it was very satisfying. Plenty of stodge as I like to call it. Crinkle cut oven chips and Mature Cheddar Cheese on a heavily buttered sesame seed covered baguette. I pushed the boat out and had some pickled red cabbage on mine !

Tea - We all had separate teas this evening, It doesn't really happen very often but today it did. I tried some ASDA Extra Special Mackerel Fillets in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Very tasty they were too.
Mackerel Fillets

I had these tinned mackerel fillets with 3 slices of Warburton's Seeded Batch spread with real butter, and a few slices of cucumber with a tomato cut up into segments. A light meal by my standards but still tasty and surprisingly filling.
Mackerel Fillets, Bread and Butter and Salad Vegetables

Looking at the photograph it doesn't really seem to appealing but believe me it was.
Fish out of tins has never really appealed to me but as the supermarkets just seem to sell absolute rubbish full of flavourings and colourings on their fish counters, then at the moment tinned fish is probably the best option. Roll on the summer when I can learn to catch and cook my own fish.
Snacks today were, a banana, an apple, a portion of raisins. Plenty of mugs of tea and also a couple of pints of water.
Lets have another good day tomorrow,

James Broadhouse