|An old photo because my camera is out of commission at the moment - very frustrating!|
I got the boards backed, some display starters up, the lettering printed off and laminated, the afternoon playground rota written (and fingers crossed no-one throws a spanner in the works) and, of course, the List Of Things To Do written.
Today will be just as busy, but I will get there . . .
Food wise, I did the sweet and sour and oh, my goodness, it was good. It was more filling because I decided to cut the rice completely and added broccoli and mushroom to the mix (because I like them). It was totally scrummy but I will change just one thing - I will add the cornflour mixture right at the end rather than when the sauce is added. Apart from that - well, it was better than any sweet and sour I have had from our local take aways, that's for sure.
So what with korma and sweet and sour maybe this once a month takeaway won't happen so often. Why pay loadsa money when you can make better yourself?
Today I have to make a choice. I could make another skinny pie, I could go off-Biker and do baked salmon or I could have cassoulet (yes, another bikers adapted recipe. I have to make the cassoulet today because of the meat being used (oh, the hardship!!!) and it seems silly to cook something else when there will be a hot dish waiting and ready when I come home, so I guess cassoulet it is!
Here's the recipe. The only thing I haven't got is the red wine because if I bought it earlier I might have drunk it all!! And before you gasp in shock, 'all' means one of those little single glass bottles, so there!! I don't need it until later in the recipe, so I can start off, whizz down to Morrisons when it opens, then get the rest done. And I am hoping that it will fit into my slow cooker so I can just leave it to simmer away gently all day, filling the house with scrummy smells! Mmmmmm.
After the korma success I decided that I would like to make some more spicy recipes on a more regular basis so I dug out an old Slimming World book, Curry Feast. It has some jolly good recipes in it but I have one niggle. A lot of the recipes call for 1/4 teaspoonful of 'artificial sweetener'. Why? Not why the sweetness, why the 'artificial'. That is taking shaving off the calories to a ridiculous degree. 1/4 of a tsp of sugar is negligable when divided among 4 people. Even if you need to add more (and I must check to see if it tells you what kind of sweetener, the equivalent volume or the much sweeter kind) the effects will be negligable. I don't get on with artificial sweetners - they leave a nasty taste in my mouth. Fortunately, it is something easily remedied.
Right - better stop waffling about food and get on with the Golden Time frogs! And the tray labels and the peg labels and the name badges and . . .