Blog-o! Notes from

Thu, 07 Apr 2011

Wednesdays are tricky, dinner-wise. Delphine's art class ends at 5:15, which means we're usually not home until 5:45 or 6:00. Dinner is at 6:00. (Theoretically.) If I'm extra clever and don't get distracted by work, I put something in the crock pot and set the table in advance so we can sit right down and eat. Yesterday I wasn't extra clever.

We got home at 5:45 and there was nothing cooking anywhere, but I did have an idea. It started with half a pound of Perth Pork bacon. Any idea that starts with Perth Pork bacon is a good idea.

I cut the bacon into little bits and fried it up. When it was starting to get crispy I (reluctantly) poured off about half the fat. Then I added a cup of arborio rice to the pan and mixed it up. I minced two cloves of garlic and added that, then I poured in two cups of chicken broth, put the lid on and walked away for about twelve minutes.

When I came back, I added a cup of frozen peas and a large tomato, cubed, and also a bit more water since the rice wasn't quite done. I put the lid on, let that simmer for another couple of minutes, and then served it with that cheap "parmesan" in a can.

It was delicious and beloved; everyone had seconds. (Cordelia ate around the tomatoes.) Delphine took some for lunch today. Yay! Dinner victory!

[Posted at 12:05 by Amy Brown] link
Fri, 26 Nov 2010

Yesterday's meal was Cordelia's "favourite meal ever! Can you make this every day!?"

  • sausages - we had lean turkey sausages, which the children declared they didn't love. "They're not very juicy."
  • mashed potatoes mashed with plain yogurt
  • frozen peas and corn (I was running out of time!)

Simple and popular.

[Posted at 08:29 by Amy Brown] link
Tue, 16 Nov 2010

Usually the dinners I cook are greeted with something between indifference and disgust by my children, but occasionally I put something on the table which is greeted with delight and devoured with gusto. Yesterday was one of those days; this is what I served:

  • crockpot chicken and salsa (throw boneless skinless chicken thighs in the crockpot with a jar of salsa, cook until done)
  • brown rice (I use Dainty Time-Wise (tm) brown rice which only takes 15 minutes to cook)
  • avocado mashed with lime juice and salt and pepper
  • Ace Bakery ciabatta (aka "the world's best bread" according to Delphine) and butter
  • cherry tomatoes from this summer's backyard harvest

Everyone had seconds. Some of us might have had thirds.

[Posted at 08:48 by Amy Brown] link