Friday, August 30, 2013

Domestic Bliss

So in case any of you were in any way worried or concerned after Tuesday's post, there is no need. We are back to perfectly normal, which is pretty damn perfect to be honest. I am one super duper lucky girl almost all the time <3

I think I've found the spot for us to go too ... The Family Life Center. I found it myself online and really thought it sounded like what I was looking for. And then yesterday I had a couple I know recommend it out of the blue too. So that seems like the way forward. I'm sorta excited actually. It feels like an investment in our future together :)

Anyhoo, so yeah, I skipped SCM Dinner again. We've had some really lovely evenings at home this week. The Trucker got a new laptop for work, which is super cool. And he got a new S4 too. So he's had a week of playing and setting up - haha.

Last night I decided to skip Boot Camp again (although I started out the morning with the best intentions). I was in such a good mood I decided to get my domestic goddess on and make dinner AND dessert ... using my new NoMU Recipe Box :)

Well, let me just say, I was a little nervous. I am not a very skilled cooking coordinator ... but it worked out perfectly. I made the Melanzane for mains. OMG I adore Melanzane, seriously, it's like one of my favourite dishes ever. And I know a good one when I taste it. And this was right up there with the best I've had *squeal*. No one was more surprised than I was! I served it with a simple green salad (lettuce, cucumber, carrot and tomatoes). The Trucker even went back for seconds. For a vegetarian dish. I was blown away. Unfortunately it's not the healthiest meal, with the oil and cheese, but I will be making it again!

Unfortunately I also tried their Quick and Easy Custard Tarts ... which were not a success story. I know the recipe says the trick is exact measures ... but it's hard to measure exactly a tablespoon of cream when it sticks to your spoon. Plus the 180ml of cream didn't come close to providing fillings for the 8 tarts I made (let alone the 12 they say it'll make).

But they still tasted okay ... a bit rich tho, since we each had 3 - haha.

The one thing I did find disappointing is that, obviously, the NoMU recipes all are geared towards using NoMU products. Which is fine if you have a kitchen cupboard stocked with everything you may ever need for any of the recipes you decide to make on a whim. Unfortunately that is not me and while I have a few of the rubs & spices, I couldn't find any of the NoMU products I needed at Pick n Pay or Woolies. Less than ideal, I feel. I, luckily, managed to find Woolies branded versions of 2 of the 3 items mentioned in the recipe. So kinda a #fail in that regard (well, not for Woolies).

The other exciting news this week is that our new fridge is up & running and in the kitchen. OMG it is so awesome and big. Suddenly we have space in there :)

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