“Best Chicken Ramen ever!” say Hubby and the Boy.
Well label me super happy and while the monster was less vocal she ate an impressive amount. We have a habit of popping into Wagamama’s when we’ve faced the gauntlet of shoe shopping and their kids ramen always goes down a treat. But it’s pricey (after you add drinks, pudding and the sides*) and so after a particular request for “that noodle place” I went a-hunting for recipes.
Turns out Wagamama themselves share some recipes like their chili chicken ramen and I also found a kids chicken ramen recipe too from Truly Madly Kids. So I kinda combined the two with ingredients that I already had being:
- Marinated chicken with garlic and ginger.
- Chicken stock and added miso.
- Egg noodles.
- Spring onion, carrot and sweetcorn.
**The kids like it just as while I added chili sauce to mine and hubby added chili AND soy sauce. I actually feel like the kids ate a whole meal and there’s enough to reheat for lunch another day too.
*God, I love their crispy prawns and pork buns!
*I’m going to guess that you can figure out how to cook the ramen but if not give me a shout and I’ll add step by step instructions.
Does that plate of deliciousness just not look too good to be true!?!
Here we have roasted peppers, green beans and spicy aubergine with homemade gluten free bread, piping hot and enjoyed thoroughly. Well, by myself at least as the other family members declined to eat said dinner last night and filled themselves up on cereal and peanut butter sandwiches.
While they missed out it meant that I had more than enough to eat for today’s lunch and being such a freezing cold day at that it was much appreciated. Good food can really brighten your day, especially when it’s a no-effort-heat-it-up from leftovers lunch.
I was especially pleased with the bread as I simply followed the packets recipe weeks ago and froze it after slicing. The bread mix is about a year out of date, a bag I found hidden at the back of the cupboard!
It was warm, comforting and starchy with that extra feel good factor that comes when you eat your vegetables and I give myself plus points for using up cupboard fodder, even just a little.
Feeling flushed with my success at accidental ‘batch’ cooking I made extra mushroom stroganoff with pasta today – unfortunately not photo worthy as the chestnut mushrooms turned it a strange browny grey colour – but I know I’ll be looking forward to it at lunch time.
(Written last week!) In those odd quiet moments you get throughout the day I’ve been pondering what I would like my month goal to be in February. Something beginning with F would be nicely fitting although I can see myself getting stressed trying to match each month with an appropriate word and that’s not the point of this exercise now, is it? However my favorite ideas so far have been:
- Filing as paperwork appears to be taking over the house.
- A Use it Up challenge to finish all those half bottles and bits around the house.
- Fit February to continue the exercise from Janathon.
- Frugal February to see how ‘old style’ I can be.
- And of course, Foodie February.
Overall I’m expecting February to be busy with half term, expensive as it’s start of birthday season for our family and most all I’m expecting the majority of February to be grey and damp although I am very pleased to see the mornings getting that little brighter each day.
It’s the perfect month to focus on food and never a bad idea to go through the kitchen and meal plan.
(Written today) The last few days have disappeared in a blur and whilst I undertook a full stock take of the freezer and cupboard supplies plus wrote a meal plan; life has thrown us a bit of curve ball and I didn’t jot down what we ate last week. Bet you’re totally excited to see what we’re up to this week, eh?
Btw: I’m still running, walking lots and aiming to be at the gym twice a week too.
Hubby’s taken the kids to church and so what’s a person to do… apart from take a super bubbly, super long, super hot bath.
I was given several bath bombs for Christmas and today is the first time I’ve had a chance to use one. It turned the bath water pink and whilst I was relaxing in the bath I also gave the sides a rub with a cloth. You can’t really see soap scum until it really starts to build up – no thank you – but you can feel it if you choose to pay attention. No kids meant that I stayed in the bath until wrinkly, got to moisturise* without help and then with a towel wrapped round my head I gave the whole bathroom, walls and all, a wipe down and left it sparkling.
Lunchtime saw me preparing a delicious saucepan of tomato soup and noodles** and clearing the kitchen sides.
I watched lots of junk TV and tidied the living room. Even fixed a torn princess dress with my shaky sewing skills.
I have basically lazed the day away, ate too much, not drunk enough fluids, watched trashy TV and my hubby remarked when he came in “the house looks great!”.
A super day overall which shows just how far I’ve come from here and here and oh, here too when just tidying one room was a cheer worthy event.
Janathon weekly report:
- Monday: Walking and Yoga
- Tuesday: Weights and Running
- Wednesday: Walking
- Thursday: Running
- Friday: Walking
- Saturday: Yoga
- Sunday: Yoga
*a rare occasion
**just like my Mum used to make me when I was a kid
I’ve been a mopey grouchy grump since Saturday where the world has continued to turn*and I’ve spent most evenings torn between the decision to eat everything or to drink entire bottles of wine. Oh woe is me!
On the up side there is now less chocolate, not even cooking chocolate, in the house.
The weekend with its seemingly nonstop rain had me crawling the up the walls and as duvet days become a thing of the past with young children, well there was nothing for it but to clean the windows. So whilst I may not have been the most active person and I’m prepared to admit that I have not been the easiest person to live with recently; I’m still managing a fairly tidy house, earing clean clothes and the windows are clean to boot! It can only get better from here.
Here’s last week’s Janathon review:
- Monday – Walking
- Tuesday – Gym and Running
- Wednesday – Walking
- Thursday – Running
- Friday – Gym and Walking
- Saturday – Grump Day
- Sunday – Grump Day, does eating count…?
*how dare it.
I’m a day late with this but had an interesting day yesterday when I managed to smash a bottle of nail polish over the bathroom. I had that split second decision whether to start wiping or to run for my phone to take a picture – dark purple splattered liberally over the sink looked surprising beautiful – common sense prevailed however and with lots of elbow grease and vinegar I’ve managed to shift the blasted stuff.
Despite being accident prone yesterday I’ve had a decent week fitting in that bit of exercise each day and we still have clean clothes and the house has not fallen into disrepair. I’m managed…
- Monday – Walking
- Tuesday – Weights and Running
- Wednesday – Walking
- Thursday – Running
- Friday – Weights
- Saturday – Ran around soft-play, trust me it’s a workout!
- Sunday – Running
When I say running though – I’ve joined a couch to 5k group so I’m not running very far or fast but it’s a start!
Hope you had a great week.
Goodbye lovely tree.
On the stairs ready to level up.
Christmas and New Year are now and truly over as we’ve all survived the first week back to some semblance of normality and I have packed all the decorations away. I will happily admit to not having hoovered the living room as the great tree removal has yet to happen. The poor thing is to be thrown on the roadside this evening.
I’ve been hearing a lot about everyone’s January diets which sound super fun and very sensible after weeks of indulgence. No one has actually told me what they do with their excess wine, chocolate and crackers….do they eat them in secret?…..give them to the Food Bank?….put them to one side for the arrival of visitors?..or god forbid, have no treats left over!?! There is a reason why I know not to restrict my food intake in January as I appear to lack the ability to give food away/not to eat treats when in the house.
So the challenge of doing some exercise everyday inspired by Janathon is, I find, the ideal healthy new year start for me in this cold, grey, treat filled month. Clean dishes and clothes are still demanded by the family as are cooked meals and individual attention so any little bit of exercise I can fit in will be celebrated and shouted about from the rooftops. This week I have done:
- Monday – Yoga
- Tuesday – Yoga and walking
- Wednesday – Walking
- Thursday – Yoga and walking
- Friday – Weights and walking
- Saturday – Hobbled around*
- Sunday – Slow and sore Yoga
Onwards to next week!
*I may have overdone it at the gym slightly.