Meal Planning 11/04/16

Last week we actually cooked all the meals on the plan. A couple in a slightly different order but still all the planned meals were prepared and cooked. If I had put this post up yesterday, we would already have failed this week. Yesterday involved an English Breakfast, wood splitting and a trip to the pub so the planned Sunday roast is now a Monday roast.

Monday – Roast Shoulder of Lamb
Tuesday – I’m working so the Other Half will be in charge, I suspect Leftover Lamb Curry may be on the cards.
Wednesday – I’m working again so he is still in charge
Thursday – Pork Chops in some form of creamy mushroom sauce
Friday – Chicken stir fry
Saturday – something with gnocchi – probably similar to this spinach and chicken recipe.



Everybody needs good neighbours

Day Nine of the Blogging101 course is to build on commenting on other blogs by writing a post inspired by a comment you have made recently and to link to other blogs in the post.

I don’t usually write opinion pieces so its a little out my comfort zone, however if I find a recipe or blog that inspires me I do often link to them when I try that recipe or post about a related subject. A case in point is my recent pasta carbonara which was inspired by Food, Booze and Reviews spaghetti carbonara and very tasty it was too.

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Tomato, mozzarella and bacon baked gnocchi

For once I pretty much stuck to a recipe which you can find here. Whilst I’ve cooked several pasta bakes, I’d not thought about doing a baked gnocchi dish until I stumbled across the idea on Pinterest.

I think shop bought gnocchi probably works best in this dish as the original article also says, one day I’d love to have a go at making my own gnocchi but I’ve not been brave enough yet, either way I always get the feeling that purchased gnocchi is a little more sturdy than the home made stuff.

This recipe was delicious and, other than maybe trying chorizo instead of bacon, there is very little I would change. I’m normally a recipe tinkerer so this is most unusual for me.


320g gnocchi (more won’t hurt, that’s just the size pack we were able to get)
Pack of bacon, chopped
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tin chopped tomato
75g (ish) halved cherry tomatoes
3 tbsp crème fraiche
100g mozzarella

Pre heat oven to Gas Mark 6.

Fry the bacon on a high heat until brown, turn down the heat and add the garlic, stir for 30 seconds or so then add the paprika and make sure everything is well coated. Add the tinned and halved tomatoes. Here the recipe calls for sugar (which does help with tinned tomatoes) but I didn’t add it here, sometimes I will throw in a teaspoon of golden syrup but I didn’t think this recipe needs it due to the fresh tomatoes and the cream.


Simmer the sauce until it starts to thicken, this was more like 10 minutes for me and so this was a good time to bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the gnocchi. Drain the gnocchi and put to one side.

Once the tomato sauce has thickened, stir in the cream then add the cooked gnocchi. If you are not using a hob to oven casserole, transfer the sauce and gnocchi to an oven proof dish. Place sliced mozzarella on top and put into the oven until the cheese is melted and browned.

By this point we were fairly hungry, even though this is a relatively quick tea, so we went with melted rather than browned cheese. It was definitely a tasty tea!