Chicken Little…. Spaghetti lot

Hubby and myself are out tonight, separately, with friends.  We live in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, and the first full week in August is Cowes Week, the oldest sailing regatta in the world,  the town is transformed into a Mecca for locals and tourists alike – pop up bars, food venues, live music and a real party atmosphere. Hubby and the ‘lads’ (all 50+) will go to the Parade to sample ale and dad dance to the music, whilst pretending not to look at all the beautiful young people that are there.




Us ladies, will attend Northwood House and partake in a Gin Festival which has opened for the week 😜 No doubt we will meet up with the menfolk at some point during the evening.



Anyway, not having the constitution we once had to handle alcohol, I thought something robust was needed for an early dinner, Garlic basil chicken with tomato butter spaghetti – the recipe came from Pinterest (I LOVE Pinterest)

I used 3 flattened boned skinless chicken thighs, which in my opinion have better flavour and texture and of course is a lot cheaper – then I remove the cooked chicken and add cooked spaghetti to the sauce – delicious…. You could, of course omit the chicken for a veggie friendly version 🙃


I have also made a white chocolate cheesecake for dessert, this is from one of the contributors on the Old Style forum on – Thank you Pinky Pig X  The best thing about this, (apart from the taste) is that it is cheap – all Ingedients from Aldi – 22p for the biscuits, 12p (approx) for butter, 65p for double cream, 49p for cream cheese and 30p for white chocolate = £1.78 for a dessert that serves 8 – or 3 in this house as I will serve us each a slice, then Hubby and youngest will scoff anything left to stop it from going ‘off’ 🙄


Blitz pack of Aldi bourbons and add to about 2oz of butter or spread (melted). Press into a spring firm cake tin or quiche dish, I use clingfilm, so I can pull it out to cut it, and chill. Whip a small tub of double cream  until it forms peaks and then whip in 3/4 tub of Aldi cream cheese (about 45p). Melt 3/4 of a bar of Aldi essentials white chocolate and fold into the cream mixture. Spoon on to the base and spread out so it’s even and chill for at least a couple of hours but the longer the better. Melt rest of the chocolate and drizzle it over the top in zig zag type stripes ( looks nice and needs no skill) and chill to set the chocolate.

I think tomorrow’s blog may involved headache tablets and lots of water… 😎




Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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