Friday, 25 September 2009

Economy Gastronomy and the Secret Housewife...

I wonder if you have been watching the tv programme Economy Gastronomy? It is on BBC1 on Wednesdays and I absolutely love it!! I even went and bought the cook book and have been regaling my family with meals from it each day... whether they like them or not.





The idea behind the show is that you should plan your week's menus and start with one main meal, from which you cook " tumbledown meals". For example, this Sunday just gone I cooked a yummy roast chicken and then picked the carcass clean, using the leftover meat for pollo con arroz ( chicken and rice to those of you, like me, not fluent in Espagnol)for the next day. I also cooked up the remaining carcass to make chicken stock.

You end up knowing exactly what you are going to cook each day, removing the whole " standing in front of the fridge thinking oh God, what shall we have for tea tonight" thang.The food is easy to cook and absolutely, bloody delicious!!You also end up saving loads of money as you only buy what you need and avoid the whole impulse buy and chuck half of it away lottery. Yesterday I made Pasta Garganelli which consisted of pasta, broccoli, peas, olive oil and a dressing made from fresh herbs, mustard, garlic, lemon juice and zest.I now possess a window sill bursting with said fresh herbs.Being able to zing up a tasty dressing from my own freshly picked produce makes me feel like a proper chef!


Each Saturday I am making fresh bread, the excess of which I freeze for the rest of the week.I am feeling like an excellent mother and wife!! Although we did have both ends of the culinary scale tonight as son#1 took one look at my Pasta e Fagioli and declared he would make himself packet noodles.Husband and I sat eating fresh pasta with cannellini beans, tomatoes and parmesan, while the boy sat with a bowl full of chemicals...Still, you can't win them all and at least I am trying.Kids, eh.... they just don't appreciate how bloody marvelous I am...

6 comments:

Renee' said...

"Kids, eh.... they just don't appreciate how bloody marvelous I am..."

Ain't it the truth . . . ain't it the truth.

Gail said...

This is wonderful!

ABellaBlog said...

Wow - wish we had that show in the States.
Just stopping by to see what wonderful stuff ya got going on.
I'm still running (mostly walking fast) but working up to it day by day. You're a great inspiration!
~Vickie
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www.myrubyslipperslife.blogspot.com
www.yourbellawedding.blogspot.com

Woman In The Midst: Raw said...

I'll be looking for this book! Sounds wonderful! I hadn't read your post and posted an easy recipe myself, must be Fall coming on.. All the women folk stocking their pantries and freezers. =)

Kork said...

I'll be looking for this one on our BBCA, and HOPING that it's on!!!! I LOVE shows that teach us how to be more practical with things like cooking and shopping...

And I hope that your boys turn around soon and start enjoying all the yumminess...my Mom swears that when we started getting picky, she'd make us responsible for a large part of meal preparation so we'd be vested in it...made us that much more eager to actually eat it!

I think I'll be asking for that book for my birthday, or maybe Christmas...I love me some well-planned leftovers, and "tumble down" sounds much better than leftovers...I think we'll be done with leftovers in our home from here on out!

Anonymous said...

I think you can watch the programmes on the BBC iplayer - if you google Economy Gastronomy and BBC iplayer. Let me know if you do!! Sarah secret housewife xx