We awoke on Sunday morning to the sound of rain. This would disappoint a lot of people and automatically mean their weekend would be ruined. On occasion, I may feel like this too but I woke up enjoying that fact that I didn’t have any plans for the day and since it was miserable outside, I could spend a cosy, chilled out day at home cooking.
For breakfast, it was my version of mushrooms on toast. I thought that this recipe deserved a whole post to itself just so that I could talk about my love of Marmite so you will have to look out for this at a later date!
After my breakfast had gone down, it was time to be super organised and make a breakfast fritatta for Mr MAC and to have on Monday and Tuesday mornings. My life is a bit hectic at the moment as I have just returned to full-time work after surgery in December. I am still having daily appointments with the nurse and squeezing them in with full-time work, other numerous medical appointments, spending quality time with Mr MAC and friends, attempting to have a life, writing this blog and cooking, things can get a little hectic!!! Due to this, I try to be as organised as possible (for the moment anyway!) and when I have some free time at the weekend, I like to do a little bit of cooking in advance! The fritatta turned out really well and I cant wait to eat it. Hopefully it’ll make my Monday morning a little less dismal. I chucked in chunks of cooked new potato, diced onion, mushrooms, tomato and bacon and ended up using six eggs. A healthy start to the day that should fill me up till lunchtime!
Next it was time to turn my hand to baking. I love baking and am trying to hone my skills and try different techniques and recipes but am often too tired during the week to bake a cake after dinner. Today it was time for making a recipe from the ‘Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook’. I love this cookbook and really want to pay a visit to the actual bakery! I previously made chocolate fondant cupcakes for the nurses at the surgery which went down a treat (I havent had any problems getting appointments at convenient times since!!)
Today I was making S’more cupcakes. My American readers will no doubt know exactly what S’mores are. I discovered them when I was a nine-year-old Girl Scout on a camping trip in Mississippi. They are basically melted marshmallows (preferably melted over a campfire) sandwiched between chocolate and Graham crackers (English readers = digestive type biscuits). DELICIOUS but definitely not waistline friendly! Anyway, these cupcakes were a little more complex but definitely worth it. (Plus Mr MAC got to help me and use the blowtorch on the marshmallow type icing which made him feel important and manly!). They turned out really well and I would recommend the cookbook to anyone; it contains some really unusual and yummy bakes!
I then whizzed up Mr MAC and I a quick snack of salmon pate making sure I would have plenty leftover to have during the week. It is basically a can of pink salmon in brine combined with quark (or light soft cheese), lemon juice, salt and pepper (some chives wouldn’t go a miss if you have some in!). Eaten with carrot and celery sticks it is the perfect healthy.
Now it was time for a break and a trip to the pub to watch the Spurs match on the TV. Much deserved for both of us and the weather had let up a bit which was a bonus. Unfortunately for my other half, the match result wasnt what he wanted but the less said about that the better…..
For dinner we made a low fat lasagne. This is a recipe Mr MAC makes regularly but I think it was his best yet!! I think this is because he snuck some red wine into the sauce when I wasn’t looking!