Saturday, 1 September 2012

Store Cupboard Vegetable and Potato Curry

The 6 weeks summer holiday is almost over and, if I'm being completely honest, although I absolutely love my four children being home 24/7, I am exhausted!!
Today was one of those days when it was one thing after another..

From deliveries, supermarket shopping, school shoes shopping, uniform naming, crafting and decluttering Che's huge toy box, I have to admit, I neglected to eat or drink anything myself all day.
By the time the children went to bed at 7pm, I was over tired, thirsty, hungry and (as my husband will testify) extremely tetchy!

I wanted a quick, easy, comforting and filling meal on the table, and I didn't want the faff of lots of chopping, or standing around over the cooker.

I decided to give a store cupboard vegetable and potato curry a go, so I grabbed a few on hand ingredients and in less than 30 minutes, I had a healthy bowl of comfort food in front of me!

Serves 2
Prep time: 5mins
Cooking time 20mins.


1 cup of frozen diced onion
1 cup of frozen baby carrots
1/2 cup frozen sweetcorn
1 cup of frozen broccoli florets
1 can of baked beans
3 teaspoons of mild curry powder
1 teaspoon of medium curry powder
1 tablespoon of ground garlic
1 large potato (peeled, and cut into 1cm-ish cubes)
Tablespoon of oil


Peel and chop the potato and boil until soft.
Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat the oil and add all of the frozen vegetables and cook until softened.
Add the can of baked beans, the garlic and the curry powders and stir. cook for 15 minutes.
Drain the potatoes and add to the pan of vegetable curry.
Stir and cook for a further 5 minutes to allow the potatoes to absorb some of the flavours.

Serve with a naan bread.


Friday, 31 August 2012

Vicky Myers Creations


"I love making new items out of recycled materials, upcycling fabric remnants and old clothes into new bags. Using many textures, colours, and patterns I create unique handmade bags. Each bag has a label describing where the fabric has been sourced from."
- Vicky Myres Creations
Vicky Myers Creations

Have you every realised just how many of your friends have a special talent? Or go that extra mile?

Well, if I'm totally honest, I haven't, until now, and you know what? Some of my friends are pretty damn special!

In light of my new found revelation, I have decided to honour some of my very lovely friends and show my readers just how amazing they are!


This post is all about my friend Vicky, who runs Vicky Myers Creations. You only have to look at the above photo to realise how wonderful her talent is.
All of her creations are designed and made from recycled fabrics, such as old sweaters,  curtains, scalves, dresses, you name it and I'm sure Vicky can turn it into something useful and beautiful!
Having recently stocked her very own stall at the first ever Norwich Makers Market, Vicky is looking forward to attending more craft fairs in the near future to sell her products. She is currently working on her own Etsy shop, and also commissoned work.

"Flower Girls Bag, commisions taken, have the perfect bag to match the perfect dress"

"I have been making ever since I can remember!!
I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing.
I studied a HND in Craft, and since then have exhibited in the local Open Studio's. 

I have become increasingly focussed on creating items which can be used in every day life, be it sock monkey's and felt food for the children in my life or items for the adults in my life!!

I have been given a gift of creativity and I feel it is important to appreciate it and develop it :)
I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle, currently creating beautiful bags out of old clothes.
In particular I am enjoying working with felted jumpers, with autumn round the corner working on designs based on autumnal leaves and colours"


You can find Vicky on facebook here and in her Etsy shop here.
Find out more about Norwich Makers Market by clicking here.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Arts and Craft Corner - Stained glass window

This summer, the children and I have been using different mediums to create art work.

I thought I'd post this while I had 5 minutes without Che clinging to my arm, so I apologise if it's a little rushed!

This project was one that I remembered from my early school days it simply involves paper as a base, with cut out 'windows' with coloured tissue paper stuck behind.

We started with a very simple design so that the children understood the concept of the project.

We then progressed to larger more complicated designs, like this butterfly.

We drew the design on some paper with a marker. I explained that the lines of the pattern needed to be reasonably thick so that the tissue paper has something to stick to.

We then cut the design out..

We then stuck the tissue paper in the gaps (to the back of the design) using a glue stick.

Ashley decided she wanted all of her butterfly to be purple.

Here are our finished designs, displayed on the window for all to see!

We think they look very effective!
What do you think?

Monday, 27 August 2012

Menu Plan Monday - 27/08/2012

After a rather hectic weekend, which resulted in two of our good friends, Jason and Lisa, finally becoming Mr. and Mrs, this week feels like a bit of a 'back to earth with a bump' week!

Monday: HM nuggets and chips
Tuesday: Tomato soup and HM bread rolls
Wednesday: Spaghetti with HM vegetable pasta sauce
Thursday: Toad in the hole
Friday: Paella
Saturday: Lentil curry
Sunday Lamb Roast dinner

Baking: Eggless sponge cupcakes and shortbread

What are you planning to eat this week?