Saturday, July 16, 2011

Free Food

Last week we had a lot of help in the form of free food from a friend. They get a van load of food each week to give to people who need it. I could not believe what we got!

4 loaves of multigrain bread

2 packets of cherries

4 capsicums

3 bunches of beetroot

3kgs of apples

3 packets of snow peas

2 bunches of celery

1 lemon

1 cos lettuce

1 bag of chestnuts

1 cucumber

This is amazing! There is so much to make with all of this. Some of my first ideas were:

- Stirfry (snow peas, capsicum, celery with a few others things I have)

- Beetroot chunky dip (using some chestnuts crushed, roast some beetroot and ricotta cheese I have already) this could be used mixed with pasta for a yummy dinner we love

- Apple cherry pie (although the cherries just got eaten so fast)

- The lemon will be used for a cold remedy as we have been sick

- Lettuce to be used with taco’s

- Salad – using lettuce, cucumber, chestnuts, celery, capsicum etc…

I have had to Google beetroot recipes as it is not something we eat a lot of but I do like them. They are really good for you to. I have read about others using the juice of beetroot to colour food pink, so am considering this for my daughter’s birthday. I would freeze it.

I saw a curry recipe I am thinking about, as I have the rest of the ingredients, as well as a beetroot cake or brownie recipe. I like carrot, zucchini and pumpkin cakes so I am sure I would like chocolate beetroot cake.

So now I am going to be cooking up a storm and should have pics this week to show you what I have made.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Stepping back

The past few weeks have been eventful to say the least. It has not been easy to remain positive and I have felt pulled in many directions.

I discussed some of what has been going on in my life here. Since then more has happened such as my husband being told there is no more work, our computer crashing and numerous other things. It is ok though, because these issues has meant a lot more open communication between my husband and I, as well as us realising what it is we both want to work towards and where we want to spend our time.

One of the best things for me, to come from al of this has been my husbands acceptance. At the moment I am going through counselling for some issues, which he has not been overly supportive of. The past week I was finally able to tell him some things I have wanted to tell him for over 6 years, our entire marriage! The things I wanted to tell him showed why I react the way I do or why I feel a certain way about certain things.

On top of this, the way we have been able to be so open with each other about things has meant I have been able to step back from things I do not want to do. Previously he would 'encourage' me to push through or just do it. Things such as attending family functions when at the time I wanted to punch someone in the face. Instead I would go and be nice to them, all the while it was eating me up inside. Of course, I do not always feel like this towards people, but there have been many times I have not wanted to attend something, but did.

Now, I am comfortable enough to say, no. I don't want to.

I don't have to do everything just because it is expected. I am allowed to step back and do what I feel is within my limits or what I feel like doing.

Obviously there are things we all have to do that we don't want to, but a lot of the time we could just step back and say No!

I cannot tell you how relieved I am to not only finally be ok within myself to do this, but also that my husband is ok with me doing this.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Gluten free food

We have been doing some more gluten free cooking. The above picture is Paprika Chicken, which is a favourite in our house. It is so easy. All you need it 2 - 3 Tablespoons gluten free flour, 1 Tablespoon paprika, 1 teaspoon chilli powder and 1/2 teaspoon chicken stock powder. Mix that together and coat the chicken in it. Cook the chicken pieces either in a frying pan until cooked through or bake in an oven.

This not so great looking cookies were made using pie mix by Rowes. I added 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1 - 2 tablespoons of honey as well as the butter and eggs. My daughters loved them.

This is a really bad picture of a vegetable stir fry I did. I was really surprised by how much I liked this. It was just a variety of vegetables stir fried with 2 Tablespoons of Gluten Free soy sauce and 1 Tablespoon of honey as the sauce. I mixed in some cooked rice noodles at the end and it was great!

I have been pretty lazy with experimenting lately and we have gotten fairly bored of our regular food, so I need to try some new recipes.