I seem to have lost my mojo for meal planning lately. I always do this after the school holidays, because I don’t plan anything on the school holidays. I am not naturally a planner, so it’s like time off for me. But, we are back to school, which means I need to get back into it.
I sat for an hour or so, googling different things. Family food, healthy dinner ideas etc, and I just couldn’t get inspired. So, I put it to my wonderful facebook community, who gave me some inspiration by sharing their own meals planned for the week.
I made a delicious soup tonight that I wanted to share with you.
I know it’s been ages since I’ve blogged. Mainly because nothing particularly exciting has been happening, and partly because I was feeling exceptionally lazy. It’s a gift I have of avoiding everything I should be doing, and doing a whole lot of everything else!
Tell me I’m not alone in this gift?!
We are nearing the end of winter here in Australia, but it is still so cold and windy, especially in Melbourne! I really needed some comfort food. Something I could dip my crusty bread into. Something that had taste and texture. What else could I do but a hearty vegetable soup. Don’t let this humble soup fool you. It may not be a simple ‘throw all your veggies into a pot with water’ soup. But it’s not difficult. Trust me. Follow the steps and this will become a family favourite for you too! My photos, as always, don’t do it justice. Even hubby ate it happily – and for those of you who know him, that’s a big deal. This is a chunky, hearty soup. I imagine it would be lovely with a ham hock stock/meat in it too, but I wanted something vegetarian, so obviously didn’t use it. Also, for the kids, I pureed it, that way no one was picking anything out of the soup or complaining. They all ate it happily, so that’s a bonus too!
Tonight’s dinner didn’t start with a recipe. It started with a thought. I knew what flavours I wanted to eat, but I didn’t really know what it was exactly. This is how a lot of my meals start. I’m an emotional eater and also an emotional cook. Have any of you seen Like Water for Chocolate? I love the idea that emotion and love that goes into a meal is felt by the eater. Food is such a sensory journey, and it makes me really sad when I see people eating bad processed food. It makes me even more sad to see kids eating it. Good food is ridiculously simple, and many of our family favourites I would never blog about, because it is literally make a salad and barbeque some meat. Serve. Just as easy as take the packet out of the freezer and cook for 20 mins on one side. Turn piece of factory food over and cook for a further 20 mins. Serve hot, because who knows what will happen once it goes cold!
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Things have been hectic around here. Miss O who has been waking a lot lately, has been sleeping through again. However, I’ve had my other kids sick, so they have all been waking up instead. Isn’t that always the way? Throw into the mix, my sister and I have been busy recipe testing for our little business, and a school production for two nights in a row. So this week is a bit of a write off, hopefully next week will be a much more chilled out week!