Thursday, January 30, 2014

What's Cooking?

When we first moved to London I posted about the ready to cook meals that are common at the grocery stores.  We've eaten some delicious chicken with prosciutto & asparagus, ham with honey glaze, and chicken roast wrapped in bacon.  We also love the stir fry kit that gets dinner on the table in less than 15 minutes.

Our favorite promotion is when Marks & Spencer has a Dine For 2 promotion that runs fortnightly (that's every two weeks).  We can get a main course meat, vegetable side, dessert, and a bottle of wine for £10 ($16).  It is meant to feed two people, but I can stretch it for all four of us.  It's quite a deal.

While that's a wonderful convenience, there are days when I actually feel like making a meal for the family from scratch.  I've made some new meals that we really like, and I bet you will like them too.  The two meals I linked below are from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.  I've made many things from this blog, but these are two of our favorites.  You should make them soon.  

Sweet & Sour Chicken - This dish is amazing.  I doubled the recipe the first time , but I did not double the sugar for the sauce; I used one and a half of the recommended sugar.  My kids inhaled it.  Oldest Kiddo said with a mouthful, "You know mom, this is really good."  I don't think I can ask for a better testament.  

Crispy Southwest Wraps - A superb dish to have on a Monday or Tuesday to use up the leftover roast or chicken from Sunday dinner.  It's a very flexible dish that for the most part accommodates what you have in the pantry.  The recipe as listed makes a lot of filling.  I bet you could freeze some if you have extras.  I gave our extras to the handyman that came to fix a few things to avoid another expat faux pas.  

Bon Appetit!

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