The haphazard nature of this week’s meals is a good indication that this week’s meal plan didn’t really come together. Still, I’ve been working on getting myself a bit more organised, and this week’s staycation should give me a chance to get a bit ahead on that front.
We have been making the most of the stone fruit, a really lovely Charentais melon, and lots of tomatoes (even a small handful from the garden).
- Felicity Cloake’s ‘Perfect Dal’
- Milk bread
- Idiot biscuit dough
- Hardly a recipe, but an instagrammable Waffled Grilled Cheese from David Tanis (also inspired by instagram, and Gabrielle Hamilton’s mayonnaise-on-the-outside trick).
Without a recipe:
- Nectarine almond tart – using up the last of the almond cream
- Roast chicken, with a loosely interpreted Zuni bread salad, featuring spinach and currants
- Bought fish pie for us, fish fingers and chips for E, peas and corn on the cob
- Grilled chicken, marinated in lemon, yoghurt, garlic and sumac – with hummus, pita bread.
- Burrito bowls – leftover pork and beans, roasted tomatoes and courgettes, leftover avocado, corn on the cob
- Sausages, roasted courgette and tomato salad with freekeh, bread rolls
- Tomato pasta
- Shauna is making gluten-free blueberry waffles, because life is short.
- Her post was inspired by this wonderful piece about life after a cancer diagnosis: “the whole big lesson I got out of almost losing it far sooner than I ever planned is to not put off anything that catches my curiosity or moves my heart.”
- If you can still find apricots, or you have early plums, this looks like it’s worth a try: Apricot and Almond Custard Tart – Nutmegs, Seven
- Or for more plum recipes, Claire Ptak’s brown sugar meringues and roasted plums sound good.
I have become increasingly interested (some might say obsessed, ahem) with getting myself organised. This mostly consists of using my bullet journal to put a bit more thought into what I plan to do each day. As I’ve nearly filled up journal #1, I’ve been reflecting on what has worked and what to change as I start joiurnal #2.
In this vein, I’ve got a lot from the following books, articles and podcasts in the last few weeks:
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – this has been on my list for ages, but I only recently finished it. It’s a great read, and although not directly practical, an interesting introduction to habits in all sorts of contexts
- Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin – this was recommended to me by a friend, and is a much more personal and practical companion to the previous book. Lots of good ideas from experience of ways to experiment with better habits, but less science.
- How to Have a Good Day – Caroline Webb – another very practical book, but this time combining lots of readabe science and psychology with tips to implement it on everything from meetings, to planning to lists, to negotiating.
- GTD podcast: Interview with Robyn Scott – an interview with a social entrepreneur who has an interesting twist on GTD contexts. From this, I also went to: