What Has Gourmet Mum Done? 3rd December 2012


Hooray it's December, which means Christmas is just around the corner! We put our tree up on the 1st with some enthusiastic help from the boys, i.e. 5 ornaments per branch on one side. After several smashed baubles and some subtle re-arranging from me, here's the finished result:

Proper Christmas Tree complete with wonky star

To replace the smashed baubles, Joshua and I have been making salt dough ornaments. He is so excited about Christmas this year. Everyday he asks me if it's Christmas yet and he loves seeing Christmas trees in shops and houses decorated with lights. I'm trying to do lots more Christmas activities with him leading up to the big day. Any ideas would be more than welcome as I'm not great at craft stuff!

Salt dough ornaments. Not to be confused with cookies.

On Friday I went for dinner at my buddy Clara's house. Being Romanian, she made the most incredible 7 course Romanian meal for 6 of us. On arrival we tucked into what can only be described as 'Romanian Salad with a face' made from eggs, potatoes, mayonnaise and vegetables. What followed was a feast of tarragon chicken, spicy sausages, soup with dumplings, chicken livers and stuffed cabbage leaves finished off with the most delicious pumpkin pie. I was as stuffed as a cabbage leaf but I enjoyed every mouthful.

Four of the seven courses of the Romanian feast at Clara's

It's all about frugal food this week in the run up to Christmas! Check out Mrs M's blog for more weekly meal ideas:

Monday - Chicken in Cider

This recipe turns chicken legs into a feast for just £1.26 per serving. We have it with rice and peas and the boys love it too.

Tuesday - Sweet Potato, Red Lentil and Coconut Soup

I love this soup with loads of fresh coriander and chilli flakes. The kids love it because of the sweetness. We love it because it's 52p per serving.

Wednesday - Thai Style Turkey Burgers

These burgers are so delicious and are an amazing 77p per serving. I make a spice-free version for the kids and serve with homemade chips.

Thursday - Broccoli Pasta

This is a brilliant recipe from the ladies at Crumbs. It essentially requires broccoli, pasta and cheese. It's also really tasty and a great budget dish.

Friday - Mexican Bean Quesadillas

Quick and easy Friday night food using a couple of store cupboard bits. At 49p per serving we can splash out on some sour cream and salad.

Baked Goodies

This week I'm baking Fat Free Tea Cake and more Oaty Apple Scones with the apples we collected last week.


Enjoy your week!

Filipa x