Crikey - the most I can get in my house at the moment is 60% IF I stand at one spot in the kitchen.
Right now, I'm typing this out and then when I'm ready to publish, I'll go stand at that spot and publish, quickly send all my emails and then go plug the laptop back into the bedroom.
Very, very annoying.
On the bright side, my house is Super Organised (because what is there to do if no computer???), I've cooked 3 meals this weekend alone (double portions of course) and I've been crafting - some of you will get some things from me soon... and playing with pics. My photo goal is to be 90% done with my Feb photos on the 28th.
But again, this is all very annoying because I can't stand and comment on blogs so that's waiting for Monday lunch time at work.
I've also realised that I have zero patience for food blogging. First of all, I cook from 6.30 onwards (my kitchen is a furnace in summer) but then the light is terrible for taking photos. Afterwards I also don't feel like taking the time to style photos.
That's my disclaimer for no pics or iphone-ography :)
Remember in January I posted my first 3 recipe attempts?
Then the weekend before we went on holiday I made a (4) mince (ground beef) hotpot. It was terrible. I don't ever throw food away so I had to rescue it and while it was passable, we were all glad when we were done with it all so we never had to see it again :)
On holiday for lunch one day I made (5) nachos with baked beans and pita bread - a recipe from the Pick & Pay magazine. Delish but a bit too high maintenance for me for just a lunch.
I also made this spicy sausage pasta while we were on holiday - since I first tried it, it's a firm favourite.
That was all in January.
(Yes, I realise I need to post more regularly - it's the photo thing. I keep thinking I can't possibly post without a pic...)
In February I also tried 5 recipes.
1. Thai mussamen chicken curry
This was from a paste they sell at Spar. Totally delicious. If you shop at Spar, get a sachet - it is divine. I even made it for guests - it was that good. And yes, this gets a star from me.
(just pretend there's a pretty pic)
2. Taco mince
Another one from a Pick & Pay branded sachet. My work colleagues tease me because when anyone talks about something to do with food, I say, "can I get it at P&P?" If not, it kind of doesn't exist for me. (The Spar curries are from the Ballito Spar!)
Easy-peasy. Onion, mince, can of tomato, sachet (tiny sachet about R9), 200 g black beans/ kidney beans. Of course I had black beans from my supplier :) :)
DIVINE - we've had it twice already in .... P&P tortillas :) Good thing I made a HUGE pot - there's still one portion for me and D.
3. Fish pie
Again from the P&P magazine :)
Very easy and tasted good but I don't think I will make again as Connor wasn't a fan (I think because of the potato). He normally eats anything so I let this one go. I do want to try make a chicken pie though - something I have also never made.
4. Sausage pasta
|click to enlarge and try if you want :)|
This one was a weird recipe - as I was cooking I could see there was too much spinach (150 g is a LOT) so I halved it - was still too much as my children told me.
They also had only one can of tomato - I put two in and the sauce still seemed skimpy to me.
Or maybe I should have only cooked half the pasta. Recipe called for a whole bag of fusilli (500g) - I probably should have used half.
5. Indonesian chicken curry
Today I cooked this recipe, yet again from the P&P magazine. However, this one is a readers' choice one so it is actually excellent.
Oh man, just the smells are DIVINE.
I've tasted and it is good but it's for a week-day meal.
I added 1 tsp coriander paste (I use John West minced coriander) and 1 very flat tsp salt, no pepper. When I read recipes, I consider 1 chicken breast to be 100g so this is for 600 g chicken breast cubes.
********************So there you are all caught up.
10 recipes done of project 25 and I promise I'll try to do better :)
So what have you cooked lately? Any good recipes to share?
PS Strongblonde, I'm making your recommendation next weekend :)