We’ve been doing the bulk cook strategy for a couple of months now. It’s saving me! Saturday nights we put the toddler and the baby to bed crack out the wine, cheese and spotify while we prep food for the week. (we make bigger serves so we can add to our collection of frozen meals). Hardest thing I found was finding vegetarian recipes and selecting a variety of flavours and textures that would freeze well. So here are my favourite picks so far! Dinner recipes that freeze well: http://hostthetoast.com/thai-cashew-coconut-rice-ginger-peanut-sauce/ http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-kung-pao-cauliflower-243625 http://www.chefdehome.com/Recipes/717/laksa-soup http://www.aberdeenskitchen.com/2015/07/vegetarian-black-bean-enchilada-casserole/ Also risotto and paella freezes well just add more stock before freezing. Soups http://thewanderlustkitchen.com/easy-tuscan-bean-soup/ https://www.acedarspoon.com/moroccan-carrot-red-lentil-soup/ Sauces Pasta sauce Serve with goats cheese and cashews. http://bbritnell.com/butternut-squash-pasta-sauce/ http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/linguine-porcini-vegetable-bolognese/6de6cad3-a997-4052-864f-a272d6f7183b Serve with ravoli http://www.primaverakitchen.com/how-to-make-basic-tomato-sauce/ Yellow curry paste bulk make the paste or make curry with coconut milk, sweet potato, broccoli, red capsicum and fried paneer. It freezes great! sever with naan or rice. https://pinchofyum.com/easy-homemade-yellow-curry-paste Dinner recipes to cook fresh These require minimal attention but I’d probably still make this earlier in the day….. anything can happen at 5pm. http://www.yummymummykitchen.com/2016/11/sheet-pan-winter-buddha-bowls-with.html https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/simple-coconut-quinoa-and-lentil-curry-with-lime-mango/ …
I lived in hospital for 5 weeks. I wasn’t confined to bed but I mostly hung out in my room, I was allowed to walk to the downstairs café each day and could go on outings if someone took me in a wheelchair. After a week I realised I was in for the long haul so I came up with a plan to embrace my new life. Follow the links below for more details. Fashion and style for hospital life Interior decorating for the hospital room Masterchef with a cheese knife and a hospital menu Supplies from the outside In the end, I was extremely lucky and in an amazing turn of events I was home earlier than I expected. It was actually hard to leave…… so here’s to you Ward 4. Dear Ward 4 Well this is it …..the last night. I feel weird packing my room up. I think I’m going to miss the quiet nights and the city lights. I don’t really know how to say thank you. You’ve seen me desperately …
Gifts and visits. What do you really want when you’re stuck in a micro environment for months? How much do your friends really like you? I rated them, introduced requested tasks and graphed the outcome. After all the energy to collect this stuff and when I had to move out I made up gift bags to share with the other inmates.
Surviving the food for 5 weeks! I’m vegetarian and I love cooking. It was so hard to eat hospital food all the time. After praying Jamie Oliver was going to come and save me, I got a fridge, knife and chopping board. Soon I was ordering off the menu, requesting essentials from friends and creating a revised menu. But thank god for uber eats! Here’s a sample of the delicacies offered on the hospital menu.
You can style anything. Double J was playing 90’s music all month so hanging out in my room, decorating it and listening to 90’s music was a bizarre flashback to my teenage years. But I didn’t have my dad to help me move the furniture around. I was learning Canva and found a real estate flyer template so it was time for a photoshoot and a fake ad.
Mission was to learn new hair and make up techniques and try not to walk around in pyjamas for the rest of my life. I watched many a video, created a Pinterest board, spent an hour or two every day getting ready and taking selfies of my progress. Now I’ve been released into the outside world people are impressed how good I look. That’s what a month of intensive study does!
Too many interesting conversation with people in my neighbourhood inspired me to start a podcast with Tania. It launched as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival in May. Download now on iTunes and SoundCloud. Follow us on Facebook for updates and to see photos connected to each story.