what’s in the freezer?

Well, a lot. And we need to eat it, because after Christmas is a bit tough financially, and I want to lay in some stocks in case Mme May runs amok and takes us out of the  EU with no deal, which I wouldn’t put past her. Don’t start me on politics, OK?  Just don’t. Please…

a festive goose

It has been our habit for some years to have a goose at Christmas. I remember paying about £70 (seventy quid) for one in 2009, the year we moved up to Hull. But since Aldi and Lidl have become so ubiquitous, we generally buy a frozen goose for £20 when they come into stock in October-ish,…

the peripatetic turkey

It is the time of the year when many people, in this country at least, cook a big turkey for their family, and some years ago, when my grandson was a baby, we volunteered to go to her little house in Norwich and provide the festive feast. Planning ahead, I took a big roasting tin…

Instagram!

Just a quick post, to tell you you can now find us on Instagram as @reactivecooking.  

lots of chicken stock!

We had a roast chickie! last weekend, and as regular readers will know, we stretch that bird out. We had a stir fry, we had lentil dhal with chicken and spinach, we have a box full of bits of chicken to make a pie! tonight. So last over the past two days we have rendered…

chicken wings

I nipped (or popped) up to Iceland for some porridge oats. I know, I know, they’re much more expensive, but they are on the doorstep, and time is money and all that. I also came home with two packs of 2 x pasties for £2,  two packs of sliced cheese (I like this for portion control)…

my Magimix

I’ve had my Magimix for years – I bought it, and a whole batch of blades, many years ago, when I was much better off than I am now 🙂 It’s always sat there on the worktop, but I don’t actually use it all that much – veg for soup, whipping up the odd cake when…

a real treat

We had planned a day out on Sunday, to do some City of Culture stuff, watch them take Blade out of Queen Victoria Square, have lunch. But it was raining, and we had work to do, so we didn’t. That’s the joy of self-employment, it’s either famine or feast. We have an Iceland pretty much…

a squeaky breakfast

Our local cafe, run by an affable Romanian named  Ricardo, does a splendid breakfast of halloumi, roasted veg, hash brown, a sausage patty, tomato (for those that want it – I certainly don’t!) and toast, for £4.99.  It’s delicious, but by the time you’ve bought coffee, you’re up to thirteen quid or so for two,…

a timed supper

  As my regular reader will know, Tuesday night is pasta night. I just open the fridge and concoct something from its contents. For people who don’t have time to cook, here’s a 15-20 minute supper. Bear in mind I have an ceramic hob, so you can skip the “put the rings on” bit if…