I’m hoping it’s another phase, and have resigned myself to spending my days propped up by tea and chocolate biscuits. In other aspects of my life, however, I feel I could do a bit more to help myself. I get to decide my own hours, forchrissakes.
So here’s what I’m going to do: batch cook.
Batch cooking is a good idea for all sorts of reasons. You have to plan it so you waste less food, save time, and have a better chance of making nutritious meals instead of reaching for any old crap when you’re knackered and out of ideas. And hopefully it will also help me get to bed (even) earlier in the evenings.
The first thing to do was to plan the week’s meals:
Pasta with butter bean, courgette and rocket pesto
Filo pie with feta, rocket and almonds
Aubergine and beef curry
Mushroom soup, to eat with poached eggs and toast
Pasta with pancetta and broccoli
made the asparagus soup
made a start on the pesto
cut the massive hump of stewing beef I found at a reduced price into chunks and froze them (half will be used in the curry)
And today I:
finished off the pesto and froze 2 portions for another day
made the mushroom soup and froze it (half for Friday, half for another day)
chopped, steamed and froze the broccoli (it was threatening to go yellow)
mixed up a batch of muesli (so we stop eating expensive and overly-sugary cereal)
The first two meals have gone down a treat, and it's been great to have time to do other things before bed. Like, erm, blog. Hand me my mojo and my smug-mum badge!
and two for the freezer (Parmesan and olive oil left out)