Friday, 1 November 2013

A Simple Tea...

Hi everyone!

Thank you for your comments, kind and loyal considering my gap in blogging. I would be lying if I said I was back on track (even more trouble as expected) but I am trying to focus on the simple things that make me happy. One of these is food! 

Daisy has been off her food for a while because of illness and teething, but she does love what I call a 'gravy dinner'. Yesterday I made the most simple of mince dishes - mince in gravy. It was plain, easy, simple, but really tasty! Daisy ate quite a lot which makes me happy too.

I browned some mince with a chopped onion, added a sprinkle of parsley and a little water to prevent it from sticking to the pan. I made up some gravy (we use Aunt Bessie's gravy granules because most others contain milk!) and stirred that in. I left it to simmer while I boiled some potatoes. I served them as mash (OH is much better at mashing than me and adds dijon mustard...yum, yum) and peas and baby corn (frozen veg so quick and easy). It was a lovely tea which I thought would lack flavour, but didn't.

We were full up for pudding, but Daisy had a treat for eating her tea of soya ice-cream with a few sprinkles and broken up dairy-free chocolate buttons. She ate all of that! The soya ice-cream has real vanilla pods in it and is actually lovely. She is still on her first tiny packet of chocolate buttons, so this was a real treat that she enjoyed...nice and soothing on the gums too.

The crap may continue...but I will try and make things as 'normal' as possible for Daisy (she's 14 months old today!)

Thanks for reading,

Mandy x


  1. I used to break the bad times down to bite size chunks ie 1 hour at a time with a reward for me after 2 or 3 hours of crap - a book or magazine session with *ahem* tea + sugar and cake/crisps/choc - didn't care about nutrition then during those times which will account for the size of my 'back' lol.

    As to Daisy's milk allergy she will probably grow out of it by about age 7 (children usually do) except my friend's daughter (now 16) who didn't because her mum went almost down to molecular level in eliminating milk protein/lactose!

    As I have often said to myself during the sh*tty times - "keep on keepin' on".

    Susan x

    1. Hi Susan, thank you for your advice.

      Both of my daughters had problems with milk in early childhood. Charlotte was allergic to cow's milk protein and Alice was lactose intolerant.They both grew out of it at the age of 6. Sadly, there is a chance that Daisy will not grow out of it because it was inherited from her mummy who was lactose intolerant. Daisy had this problem literally from birth. It's a way of life for us now and we've been through it before, so we'll just have to wait and see!

      Mandy xxxx

  2. Hi Mandy,
    your tea sounds lovely, I LOVE mash, unfortunately with loads of butter added to it, but it is the best comfort food. For me though the mince would be Quorn (shush don't tell hubby, he still doesn't know). I haven't bought any "proper" mince for a couple of years and as I buy quorn products for myself I thought why not try him with some, so started off using it in his spag bol then chilli, then shepherds pie etc and hes still none the wiser. Ive also given him the chicken style chunks and passed it off as chicken.
    Hope you have a nice relaxing weekend without any more troubles, take care, jane

    1. Hi Jane, I add butter, cream, black pepper and dijon mustard to my mash!

      You must have a lot of other flavours going on to disguise the quorn meat substitute so hubby doesn't notice. Well done you!

      Mandy xxx

  3. You do a great job with Daisy. I love a mince dinner to.

    1. Hi Sylvia, Thank you xxx

      We love mince too - so versatile!

      Mandy xxx