Perfect Pasta, Peas and Parmesan

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Pasta, Peas and Parmesan

Pasta, Peas and Parmesan

Well, Saturday again. It’s the turn of a nice medium, hard boiled, organic, free range egg to give itself over to my breakfast delight – and it was worth it. Definitely a good egg! I also need to confess to a couple of slices of wholemeal toast with a dollop of marmalade – no butter, of course!

Lunch was tomato and pepper soup With added crushed cooked chick peas for extra goodness. This was served with a side salad of lettuce, radish, grated carrot and sultanas plus the usual teaspoonful of pumpkin and sunflower seeds with some chunky wholemeal bread. Surely I’m ready to do some hard manual labour now – or maybe I need to rest!

Tomato and Something Soup

Tomato and Pepper Soup With Added Crushed Cooked Chick Peas

Dinner – a pasta peas and parmesan dish based on a recipe from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. If you google macaroni peas (Petula obviously substituted the macaroni for pasta) by HF-W you will instantly find this recipe which was really good.

And something for a snack – Lemon cheesecake on a ginger biscuit base with a blueberry topping Not at all healthy but as per the top tips – be good for 90% of the time and the other 10% is less important. Also, it was leftover from my birthday treat 6 weeks ago and it was cluttering up the freezer – so really I was doing Petula a favour! This was actually a small slice of homemade cheesecake – the picture makes actually makes it look bigger.

Lemon Cheesecake with Blueberry Topping

Lemon Cheesecake with Blueberry Topping

This will be my last post for a few days as I will be off at a significant family event – back soon!

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A Hectic Day Ends With A Bowl Of Soothing Pasta

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Chilli Lentil Pasta

Chilli Lentil Pasta

The builders arrive at 08:00, a rushed bowl of cereal and out of the door for an appointment at 08:45. When we returned an hour later it was off to the last undisturbed bedroom to take up the floorboards and notch the joists ready for the plumbers arrival tomorrow morning. The only lunch that was easily to hand were a few crackers and cheddar cheese plus a low fat yoghurt with some mashed banana, then I was once again back at work. The builders were under strict instructions, under pain of death, to finish off all work in the kitchen before they left for the day. Darkness descended and yay, yay and thrice yay the kitchen was liberated! Petula dashed in and pulled together a scratch meal consisting of a can of green lentils plus spinach, in a tomato and chilli sauce all served with wholewheat pasta. It was a delicious treat. We can return to normal tomorrow – although builders will still be here until Wednesday – just not in the kitchen!!!!

Out and about…

Out and About

Out and About

Fasta Pasta with broad beans.

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Fasta Pasta with Broad Beans

Fasta Pasta with Broad Beans – A Fab Dinner!

Hussah, the builders won’t be back until Monday which means a lie in, followed by a boiled egg and soldiers (do people still have soldiers when they’re grown up?).  To celebrate the lack of builders in the house we thought we’d treat ourselves to a fab cappuccino at our favourite Italian cafe with the morning papers.  Dashing home for a can of vegetable barley soup (not homemade – sharp intake of breath) with added flageolet beans (for extra interest) plus a salad and some chunks of wholemeal bread.

Vegetable Barley Soup with Flageolet Beans

Vegetable Barley Soup with Flageolet Beans – Lunch

After a short break we’re off again for a long bracing walk along the seafront, enjoying watching all the dogs having a high old time on the beach chasing each other in and out of the waves.  Back home again and it was soon time for a nice glass of rosé and a bowl of Fasta Pasta with broad beans.  Lublee Jublee! Fasta Pasta Recipe Here