Back to basics… ish….

Well, we had an amazing break, too much food and too much booze, so now it’s back to basics – as soon as we have taimed the Cheese mountain ๐Ÿ˜‡

I was lucky enough to be given a good amount of ‘love to shop’ vouchers before Christmas, to be honest we are restricted to what shops you can spend them in here on the Isle of Wight, but, they do take them in Iceland – the frozen food shop, not the country ๐Ÿ˜‰


I haven’t shopped there for years, not down to brand snobbery, I’m an Aldi girl and proud of it, but the actual shop is in an awkward place, parking is a distance and carrying heavy bags any distance is a pain for anyone.

I was really impressed with my ‘haul’

12 x lamb steaks
4 x roasting joints (Pork, Turkey, Chicken and gammon)
2 x huge portions of whitebait
2 x shellfish meals
3 x huge bags of fish (tuna, smoked haddock and cod)
1 x bag of ‘southern fried’ chicken strips (for wraps)
1 x pack of 20 ‘crabsticks’ (hubby’s guilty secret)

All of this for ยฃ46 – all paid with the vouchers and still some to spend.


This will last us ages, and the freezer is fit to burst ๐Ÿ˜‡

So I am hoping, with a top up shops from Aldi I can keep food costs down to a minimum this month.

I am not going to go into the realms of diet food, but we have agreed that I need to cut down on portion sizes, I am a feeder ๐Ÿ˜Š And now it is mainly the 2 of us, the food I cook is just too much…. ย Ignoring that….. ๐Ÿ˜


Today, I am using up some of the Christmas cheese – Baked Camembert with Homemade bread and cruditรฉs – or crude titties as my kids used to call it ๐Ÿ˜

Now bare in mind this is the first time I have ‘cooked’ since Christmas Eve ๐Ÿ˜ฑ


I made some seeded ‘Baguettes’ – yes in the Thermomix – 300ml water and a pack of dried yeast heat at 37 on speed 1 for 3 mins. ย Then add 500g of bread flour, a pinch of salt and mix on Dough setting for another 3 mins, adding the mixed seeds for the last 30 seconds.


Let the dough rise in the jug for an hour, then turn out, split dough into 2 and each half press into a rectangle and fold each rectangle into a baguette shape, pitching the ends and laying the roll into the baguette baker ‘seam down’. ย Leave to rise for another hour.


Bake the baguettes in the oven at heat 200, with a good splash of cold water in the bottom of the hot oven to create steam. ย Baked for approx 40 mins till golden brown and ‘hollow’.


Unwrap the Camembert and ‘stud’ the top with finely sliced garlic and fresh rosemary , soak the wooden box it comes in, in water then onto a baking sheet and baked at 180 till oozing and melting.


Dip the sliced bread, carrot batons, radishes, sliced peppers and spring onionsetc and some salami in the cheese and enjoy ๐Ÿ˜



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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