Monday, 6 December 2010

The One with the Cheaty Teas

I normally cook pretty much everything we eat from scratch. If it doesn't start with chopping an onion I don't want to know.

Don't get me wrong I'm not the food police. I'll buy things to help me, like ready made pastry, but on the whole I pride myself as a good and above all, enthusiastic cook. 

But lately (looks round nervously incase anyone's listening)... shhhhh (whispers)  I've taken to buying pre prepared things for supper!

Good quality stuff you understand, Salmon en Croute and Taste the Difference Cottage Pie. None of your microwave ready meal rubbish. But even so I can't help feeling a tea cheat.

I can make both of these quite easily. Sadly I just don't have the time to make them anymore. The afternoon nap now is either non existent or en route to or from a trip out in either car or buggy and if I start making a dinner from scratch once the boy has gone to bed we'd eat about midnight!

I did roast beef yesterday but with pre made roast potatoes and Yorkshire puds! Scandalous! I feel a fraud. I bought roast potatoes for heavens sake! I did!!! What next? ready grated cheese? 

So it's not so much ping and ding more roast without boast. I'm getting no sense of achievement out of cooking this way but it is taking a lot of stress out of meal times and with bedtime a battle again it's anything for an easy life.... 

Just, please, don't tell anyone!


  1. Damn Masterchef Australia for making me want to cook more!

    Like you I mostly cook from scratch, but as nap time gets shorter I've found my salvation is a GIANT freezer. So now I cook big batches once or twice a week, then defrost 'freezer surprise' when necessary.

    Mind you, we also like a Morrisons Indian Take-out at our house on a Friday evening....

  2. I know what you mean. I have the food channel on alot! And it's all Nigella's Christmas and Delia and I'm itching to make stuff. You'll be pleased to know that I'm making chicken stew and dumplings from scratch for tea tonight as nanny P is coming over later to play with the boy so I can slope off to the kitchen for a while.