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Breakfast

Full Breakfast

What can I say, nothing beats a full breakfast and here’s our version:

Full Breakfast

Bacon, Links, Square Sausage, Hash Browns, Potato Scones, Black Pudding and Scrambled Eggs.

Delicious!

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Pasta Sausage

Crispy Sausage Pasta

This is an Independent recipe that we’ll certainly be making again.

https://edition.independent.co.uk/editions/uk.co.independent.issue.150820/data/9670631/index.html

As usual, we made some changes. I skinned the sausages and added the spices as shown in the recipe but then cooked team as meatballs. We added Mange-Tout as an additional veg to the meal as well. Really pleased with the final result.

Crispy Sausage Pasta
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Dessert

Eton Mess Ice Cream Cake

This was a lovely recipe from Tesco of all places. We made a couple of adaptations. I wasn’t buying strawberry sauce just for this so we supplemented raspberry jam and we made both ice-cream flavours instead of buying. The fruit ice-cream is a mixed berry flavour (made by adding a cup of mixed berries to the base mix. We use frozen berries that are defrosted as they tend to be very juicy and soft enough to break down in the ice-cream maker. We kept the other as a plain base without adding any vanilla flavouring so it is simply double-cream ice-cream. We also sliced the strawberries in the food-processor so they were nice and evenly sliced. All in all it looked and tasted fantastic. We used the egg whites left over frm the ice cream to make the meringue so it really is all home made. Possibly not what Tesco was hoping for when they published the recipe!

Ice Cream
Eton Mess Ice Cream Cake
Eton Mess Ice Cream Cake

https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/eton-mess-ice-cream-cake.html?sc_cmp=emladhocmartecMIX_CONTENTNL_20_24_06&utm_medium=email&utm_source=adhoc&utm_campaign=tec*MIX_CONTENTNL_20_24_06&mi_u=90dab3e8-0ee3-4387-879a-b31fdd8102d4&dclid=CIbCm-afnesCFZyXdwodHaEPjQ

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W/B September 7th, 2020

Another week of variable and unreliable weather, leading to a couple of days where the river had absolutely burst it banks again and had flowed over onto the footpath where we walk the dog.

September 7th, 2020
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September 13th

Had a frustrating week for getting out on the bike this week. My crank arm is wobbling again and there’s a crock in the chain guard so it really does need a full (and probvably expensive) service very soon. I have tidied “S”s bike up and am going to start using that. It was a good week for “E”, though, as we picked up her new bike from Halford’s on Wednesday. She’s very pleased with it.

New Bike Day

Overall I didn;t do too badly on my Virtual Land’s End to John O’Groats mission.

My Virtual Mission – Land’s End to John O’Groats
My Virtual Mission – Land’s End to John O’Groats

On Wednesday I received my PVG update so I am able to start work at Perth Grammar School covering for one of their Technology teachers who is off long-term. It’ll be a bit of a shock to the system being back in the classroom full-time but it will be important to be able to update myself on the new curriculum so I can start to apply for SLT positions if we want to stay here in Scotland (which at the moment we certainly do). Due to start on Monday. Working 4 days per week (Monday, Tuesday, TYhursday anf Friday). IN order to get there I’ll need to take the 6:23 train from Stirling which is going to be tiring.

On Friday we finally received the call that “I”s blazer is in. I’m still quite annoyed that they need a completely new blazer and tie uniform for their final year – espacially when they finish in March for the end of year assessments.

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W/B 31st August 2020

Another week waiting to be able to start work. Starting to get bored of this now. The weather has been all over the place as can be seen by the dog-walking photographs.

Monday August 31st
Tuesday September 1st
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Thursday September 3rd
Friday September 4th
Saturday September 5th
Sunday September 6th

Managed to get out on my bike 3 times this week. Doing a slightly elongated route but simpler due to the building work going on. I do our basic dog walkling route twice. It clocks me up to 8km and I’m pleased that I’m managing to improve my speed over this distance.

This is moving me on well with my Virtual Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge. I’m in Exeter now.

When I was out wioth the dog this afternoon there was a microlight flying above the river. Show’s how nice a day it was today.

Microlight

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Mince Pork Soup

Meatball and Tomato Soup

Another BBC recipe.

We make our own meatballs then follow the recipe as is except we blitz the soup smooth before and serve the meatballs, hot, into the bottom of the soup bowls before spooning over the soup.

For the meatballs we finely chop half an onion, mix this with 500g pork mince and 1 cup of breadcrumbs and 1 cup of assrted grated cheese.

Use your hands to mix well and then shape into meatballs. Shallow fry each to get a nice golden colour. Place them on a baking tray and bake them on 150 celsius while the soup is cooking to ensure they are cooked through.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/meatball-tomato-soup

This time we had some leftover pasta bake which we added to the soup after we’d blitzed the mixture.

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Breakfast

Bacon & Egg Tartlets

These are super easy breakfast tarts. This recipe is enough for 12 tarks, 3 each for four of us.

Cut the crusts of 12 slices of bread and lightly butter both sides. Squash each slice into a bun tin.

Place in a hot oven for 10 minutes until the break starts to crisp.

Meanwhile, fry 150g of bacon lardons until they are nicely browned.

Take the bread cases out of the oven and divide the lardons between each case. Add half a teaspoon of sweetcorn and a good sprinkling of grated cheese to each.

Whisk 8 eggs together and pur the egg into each case.

Return to the oven and cook for 20 minutes until the egg fluffs up.

Remove from the bun tin and serve straight away accompanied by fresh juice and hot coffee.

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Casserole Chicken

Chicken Chasseur

We use this BBC recipe for an absolute classic.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/one-pot-chicken-chasseur

We had it with green vegetables and Foundant Potatoes.

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Chicken Curry Noodles

Green Curry

We’ve been eating Thai curry in varoius forms since we lived in Thailand. We always use shop-bought paste and, over time, the basic recipe has morphed into a noodle dish rather than a rice dish so there’s nothing authentic about it. Tastes good though.

Now we’re back in the UK, we use Tesco green curry paste, one jar per curry.

Slice on onion and lightly fry in a large wok with a heaped teaspoon of chopped ginger and a teaspoon of chopped garlic. Add a teaspoon of Thai Spices and 3 kaffir lime leaves.

Add 500g of chicken breast (diced) and cook until the chicken is browned all over but not cooked through.

Pour in 1 can of coconut milk and stir in a full jar of green curry paste. Add a second can of coconut milk and 300ml of vegetable stock. Use the stock to rinse out the cans to make sure all of the coconut is in the wok.

Stir in a packet of stir-fry veg and a cup full of green leaves (sliced cabbage or spinach, wither works well).

Boil until the liquid has reduced by one third. Place in a packet of dried noodles and push down to ensure they are under the surface of the liquid.

Turn the heat down and simmer until the noodles are soft and have absobed most of the liquid.