So, here is the bit where I'm suppose to introduce myself, and tell you a little more about my tiny corner of blogland. Well, the fact that I almost forgot I was involved tells you something about me - full of good intentions then panicking to get them fulfilled!!
This is me:
Fat Dormouse (but hopefully, getting thinner!)
I live in a tall house in the middle of a small village in France:
Here it is, decked out in 2012 for the Queen's jubilee!
We moved here in 2005 and now Mr FD is working as a Web Master for a French company and I am teaching English in various places and for various companies and to various ages. We live in the middle of Les Monts de la Madeleine.
We have no children but we do have 4 cats. I'm a cat fanatic.
I have two blogs: this is mostly about food, (and cats!) what we eat, our menus for the week, and my efforts to stick to the 5:2 way of eating. I also add rather too many LOL cats photos here too! I love food - I enjoy cooking and I am a true Gourmande - that doesn't really translate into English, but basically means "Someone who enjoys their food"! I love sharing recipes, and links to other sites, and hope that I might inspire others who are not so enamoured with cooking to give it a go.
I'm not very techno-minded (see above) so it's not all flashy-whizz-bang recipes with photos of every step. But they are recipes and menu plans that anyone can follow - I'm a rather busy working person, who enjoys trying different food. We don't often eat the same thing because I'm always trying something new! I am a great fan of the Hairy Dieters
So, in order to give you a flavour of what my blog is about, here are my menus for this week:
TODAY: Hairy Dieter Beef in red wine - I ca't find a link to this, but here's a link to the ingredients. Basically, brown the meat, add the shallots and bacon, then other ingredients. Then cook slow and long!
MONDAY: Sweet potato and bean cakes:
- 1 sweet potato (about 200g), cut into cubes
- 400g can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 3 spring onions, finely sliced
- small bunch of coriander, chopped
- 1 tbsp chipotle paste
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- juice 1 lime
- 1 Little Gem lettuce, torn
- ½ cucumber, halved lengthways and sliced on the diagonal
- 1 carrot, halved lengthways and sliced on the diagonal
1. Microwave the sweet potato on High for 6 mins until tender. Lightly mash the beans, then add the potatoes, 2 spring onions, coriander, chipotle paste and seasoning. Mash a little more until the potato is combined. Shape into 4 cakes.
2. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan, then fry the bean cakes for 4-5 mins each side.
3. Meanwhile, mix the mayo, lime juice and seasoning in a bowl. Add remaining onion and salad ingredients and toss well. Serve alongside the bean cakes.
TUESDAY: (5:2 day) Spiced chicken and cous-cous Because it's a 5:2 fast day we won't have so much couscous, and I've got less chicken than is specified. I may bulk out with more vegetables.
WEDNESDAY: I have fairly recently taken up line dancing, on a Wednesday evening, after I've finished teaching. I get home late, so it's up to Mr FD to prepare dinner. Sometimes he will prep something, sometimes it's from the freezer. But tonight, I'm thinking I might support local entrepreneurs: on my way home I pass a new pizza van that has set up - so I think this week I will buy a couple of pizza on the way home!
THURSDAY: Hairy Dieter's Home Made fish fingers - basically 600g salmon fillets, dipped first into a mix of 1 tbsp flour + mixed herbs + lemon zest, then into yoghurt (NOT beaten egg), then into 50g breadcrumbs and baked ( 600g salmon for 4 people. 300g for us two) We'll have these with chips and homemade coleslaw.
FRIDAY: It's another 5:2 day. I'm teaching and don't get home until 7.15 so Mr FD is in charge of cooking. However, if I have time & feel generous, I might prep the meal beforehand. Today it is Hairy Dieters Coconut Prawn Curry
So there you are! A flavour of what this blog is about - food and cats.
And I hope you'll be back sometime again soon. Please also go and visit my other blog: The View From the Teapot (I'm about to write my Grow Your Blog post for that too!)
If you've read this far, you'll be pleased to know there's a Giveaway too! I have a jolly pop-up book about cakes (it's in French, but it's fun)