Sometimes Simple is Better.

Do you ever find that you get yourself all worked up for no reason, this happened to me while I was cooking dinner for my boyfriends family again (we had pork roast this time)

At first the menu was:

  • Slow cooked Pork Tenderlion, cooked on the BBQ with sweet bbq sauce.
  • Sausage and potato dressing
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Buttered carrots
  • Corn

What we ended up having was:

  • Pork Rib Roast cooked in the oven with garlic and herbe de provence (my favourite spice, it works with everything!!!)
  • Mashed potatos
  • Mashed Turnip
  • Buttered Carrots

Not a huge change but it was a bit more simple.

Oh and dessert was a choice of homemade coconut cream pie or chocolate cook n serve pudding pie.

For the pie crust I thought I would use lard instead of vegetable shortening just for a change – it still turned out good – I fussed with the crust too much though so it was tougher than it should have been but that’s ok, they didn’t seem to have any problem eating it 🙂

I get a little caught up in the details when I cook – getting upset about one thing (the potatos this time) being done way before the others – I hate to serve cold food… which reminds me I should have warmed the plates up.

Next time we are bbqing burgers 🙂

I realized that this relates to my Mad Men dress, I have 22 days to finish it and I haven’t touched it since the disaster with the practice dress. It’s the bodice that I am having trouble with. So this weekend I will try to do research to see what the simplest way to do it would be and to take more time to learn how to do the technique instead of just jumping ahead. Trial by fire is great and you can learn a lot but sometimes research is good too….

Do you have any stories about getting too caught up in the details?

A friend of mine refers to it is as ‘being in the weeds’

Enjoy your Easter weekend! Any special plans?


Bubble and Squeak

Last summer I went to England where I tried Bubble and Squeak, it is actually something that my mum made all the time, we called it hash though, I like the nameBubble and Squeak way better though.

So Bubble and Squeak is basically all those leftover veggies that you have from the wonderful meal that you made the night before all mashed together and fried up, it is often served with poached egss on top – when I make it they are fried eggs. I am still working on poaching an egg properly…

I would recommend making this to everyone, it is wonderful.

Last week I cooked a roast, and my veggies (white potato, sweet potato, turnip, and carrots) all in one pan in the oven and then the next morning I took my veggie medley and mashed it then fried it, and tada: Bubble and Squeak. (with fried eggs of course!)

A super easy way to roast veggies that I always use is to chop everything up and throw it in a large ziploc bag, add in some olive oil (be generous) then put in all your favorite spices, close up the bag and shake. Pour into the pan and you have lovely evenly coated veggies. Pop in the oven until done and enjoy.