• I have made a start on my healthy eating plan. I know I
    have to improve the diet of my family so I decided to incorporate
    lots more vegetables into some of their favourite meals. This is
    not a new idea but I have let it slip recently.

    Today I have made a large pan of bolognese sauce. Not terribly exciting, you may think,
    but at least everyone (except veggie me!) will eat it. As well as
    the usual minced beef, tomatoes and herbs this one contains onion,
    carrot, celery, yellow pepper and mushrooms. Of course my son is
    not keen on any of those so I gave them a good whizz in my Kenwood
    food processor attachment first until they were all a similar size
    to the mince. Cunning, yes? In the finished sauce most of the
    vegetables really cannot be seen and what cannot be identified is
    much more likely to be eaten. I used up a glug of red wine hanging
    around since Christmas too.

    As part of my plan to eat more
    economically I have made more than I need and will get a few single
    portions stashed in the freezer for those days where I need a quick
    meal for someone, hopefully this will save on requests for fast
    food as there will be something ready in just the ten minutes it
    takes to boil the pasta.

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  • When I decided to join the 21st century and write a blog I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to write about. I still have no idea. I do know that I like to write. I also like to cook, read, garden, watch Manchester City and sew. I do not like to clean, tidy, wash, iron…. you get the picture. I may write about cleaning, tidying etc. as I do those (almost) every day. I am more likely to write about the things I love.
    The things I love do, of course, include my husband and four children so I may write about them too, but only if they do something interesting!
    Currently the thing I love best is my new Kenwood Chef. My Mum had one of these when I was growing up but I was never initiated into its mysteries. I recently did some research (Google and talking to friends!) and decided to buy one with the proceeds of a few days teaching in March. I am a convert. I have chopped, sliced and mixed. I have made bread (lots), pasta, soup and cakes. I think I may be addicted to bread making. Looking for and trying new bread recipes takes time but the end result is very satisfying so I am trying to collect together a good selection of recipes. I will post on here any good ones I find.

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