Girl's lunch - mummy time Once a month me and the girl's go out for lunch, the daddies look after the kids so there is no worrying about what time we need to be home - it usually ends up being a long day/night. But it is has become something that we really look forward to and like any type of club, we had to name it. Thus 'The Desperate Housewives' was formed. Not like the TV show where they live very glamorous lifestyles, we were Desperate - literally! This week was Heidi's turn to decide where we had lunch and she chose well. 64 degrees is a new restaurant in Brighton and I had been desperate to visit. I am vegetarian so I had all the vegetarian options. Heidi who was starving suggested the girls have everything.... Poor Abbie couldn't eat until the next evening because she was so full. But all I have been thinking of is excuses to go back since... I have actual cravings! Here's a few foodie pictures.... it all tastes as good as it looks!!! I loved my mummy time and even with a fuzzy head in the morning it was great seeing Flossie so excited to see me. Daisy x
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Toddler friendly dinner out: I love being a mummy but have to admit it's quite repetitive the whole dinner/ bath/ bed time routine & love an early dinner out with the children to break-up the week.We don't often go out for dinner with the children as it can be challenging to keep a toddler entertained in a public place but we found a little gem in Hove, The Dyke. It's friendly, child-friendly, spacious & the food is delicious. Daisy & I probably meet up there once a month on a Friday with the children for an early dinner & a glass of bubbly. The Dyke have a great children's menu, the service is very quick & the staff are fabulous. We do tend to have a pizza to keep it simple as it is still hectic with the children, but the menu is extensive. I'm still on a dairy free diet & they have been very accommodating with my allergy, the pizza without cheese is surprisingly delicious! So if your local & fancy a lunch or dinner out with or without the children, give it a whirl, I'd highly recommend it.. If you would like to find out more please take a look at The Dyke, the perfect location for all yummy mummies & daddies! Enjoy, Michelle X
Posh cheese on toast: I love quick and easy lunches that are delicious, goats cheese & cranberry are the perfect combination for posh cheese toast. It's the perfect lunch that your friends will love! Ingredients Fresh bread generously sliced Cranberry sauce or jelly Goats cheese (I used soft Goats Cheese as I'm pregnant but the firmer type with a rind is superb) Olive oil Salt & pepper to garnish Rocket/salad garnish
Harissa roasted tomatoes with cous cous I love it when I find a recipe that is healthy AND tasty. I made this for lunch today and it was delicious! There are not many ingredients and whatever is left over can be put in the fridge and used in a salad the next day.
Ingredients... 12 big plum tomatoes, halved 1tbsp harissa 3 tbsp olive oil 3 onions, very thinly sliced 4 tbsp Greek-style yoghurt 1 tbsp tahini 1 garlic clove, crushed 200g/7oz couscous 1/2 small pack mint, roughly chopped 1/2 small pack parsley, roughly chopped 50g/2oz toasted flaked almonds 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the tomatoes in harissa and 2 tbsp of the oil. Season and spread in a roasting tin, cut-side up, and bake for 40-45 mins. Heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan. Tip in the onions and sizzle for a couple of minutes. Turn down the heat, season and cook for 15 minutes or until golden and caramelised. In a bowl, mix the yoghurt, tahini and garlic (I bought some amazing garlic back from France, so excited to use it!) with some seasoning. Set aside. Tip the couscous into a large bowl. Pour over 400ml boiling water. Cover with cling film and leave to stand for 10 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed. Fork through the herbs, almonds, chickpeas and half the onions. I seasoned the couscous a little bit more, it can taste a little bland otherwise. Top with the tomatoes and the remaining onions, and serve with a dollop of the yoghurt sauce. I accompanied mine with a 1/4 of avocado which finished it off nicely, it would be a great meal for a dinner party alongside a few other dishes.
Pea and new potato curry: This recipe is the perfect thing to prepare before bath and bedtime. It takes 15minutes to prepare and then 40 minutes to cook. So get everything in the pot and leave to simmer whilst you get your little one into bed and it will be ready by the time you get down!
Ingredients 1tbsp vegetable oil 2 onions, sliced 3 red chillies deseeded and finely sliced Thumb-sized piece of ginger, roughly chopped 2 tsp cumin seeds 1tsp madras curry powder 1/2 tsp turmeric 750g/1lb 10oz new potatoes, halved juice 1 lime 500ml pot natural yoghurt Small bunch corriander, stalks and leaves finely chopped 200-300ml/7fl oz-1/2 pt vegetable stock 300g/11oz podded fresh peas (or use frozen) Lime wedges and 2 naan breads, to serve
Method Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan. Add the onions and cook over a low heat for 10-15 mins until soft. Throw in the chillies, ginger and spices, and cook for a few minutes. Stir in the potatoes and lime juice, coating in the spice mix.
Add the yoghurt, coriander stalks and stock. Simmer slowly for 35-40 mins until the potatoes are soft and the sauce has reduced. Stir through the peas and cook for another 5 minutes. Sprinkle over the coriander leaves and serve with lime wedges and warm naan bread.
Tip: I only had low fat yoghurt which split. To recover add a spoon of cornflour and a little water and it recovers! Learnt that from Daddy Hope, if you don't have cornflower you could use mustard powder.
Great for dinner parties or a meal with the hubby. Daisy x