Monday, 21 July 2014

Halloumi and Pepper Stack - Quick Summer Meals



In the hot weather we've been having recently it can be hard to make too much of an effort  when preparing food so I like to have a few really simple and quick meal ideas to hand . This delicious  vegetarian grill stack was first created based on what was left in my fridge the day before my weekly shop! The ingredients compliment each other really well though and  and it soon became a regular favourite.

What you need (to serve 4):


A 250g block of Halloumi Cheese

Two large Peppers (I chose Yellow and Red)

100g Cous Cous (either a ready spiced mix that you can buy in the supermarket or plain cous cous and your own spices to taste.)

Dressing (I used a sweet chilli, soy and ginger dressing, but I think sweet chilli, or a balsamic glaze would go equally as well)

What to do:


Start by slicing your Halloumi into 8 pieces and place under grill, (To make it super quick and easy I used our George Foreman).

Next chop each of  your peppers up into 6 large pieces and also place on the grill.

Make up your cous cous as per the packet instructions (usually adding boiling water, stir, leave for five minutes and stir some more, adding a little olive oil if preferred.)

Turn the cheese and peppers after 5 minutes and continue to grill for a further 5 mins.

Serve by dishing the cous cous onto the plates then stacking 3 pieces of pepper and two pieces of Halloumi alternately on top to form a 'tower'.

Add dressing and season to taste and enjoy!

A deliciously simple vegetarian meal from fridge to plate in just 15 minutes, perfect for a warm summer evening!

Also great on a budget: this worked out at just 95p a serving for me!

I've linked this post up with #Recipeoftheweek, click on the badge below to check out more delicious recipe ideas...

Link up your recipe of the week

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Some #littleadventures in the garden...



We love going on adventures, sometimes we get the opportunity to experience big adventures such as trips to London, visits to the zoo a festival but often some of the best adventures are the little ones, the ones that we make ourselves and don't cost a penny...

My children's grandparents are on holiday at the moment and as they live just round the corner we were asked to  'house sit' for them, which essential means popping round to feed the fish and water the plants, however the added benefit to us is we get to make use of their lovely big garden, which has been lovely in the sunny weather we've been having recently!

As we don't have a garden as such at home, just being able to run about and play on the grass is an adventure for my children but I decided to go that little bit further and we went on a nature hunt around the garden to see what we could find...



We spotted someone hiding in the... 

Potatoes

Strawberries

Peppers

and Tomatoes...

I wonder who it was?!

Barny Bear of course!






The children were able to identfy most of the plants we found and were very excited to find that everywhere we were looking we also spotted Barny Bear; one of their favourite sweet treats!

They decided that Barny should join in with hunt, so we gave him his own little magnifying glass and set off to see what we could find together.


After we were all hunted out we sat down to enjoy  lovely picnic tea al fresco which delighted the children, especially as they got to enjoy Barney Bears for dessert!



Our nature hunt in the garden was simple but it provided great entertainment for both my 3 and 6 year old and inspired their natural curiosity. While they we're running around in the sunshine they we're learning about the world around them and where the food that ends up on their plate actually comes from.

This activity could be developed further by printing out some pictures of the different plants for them to find.

We also made up some fun pictures of Barny Bear playing tennis, flying a glider plane and holding balloons!




We loved our #littleadventures with Barney Bear and the children can't wait for his next visit!

Why not check out other #littleadventures from other mumsnet bloggers here... 

Of course this isn't the first time we've been on adventures with Barny Bear, check out our Autumn and Winter adventures too!

We were sent two packs of Barny Bears,  the individually wrapped bear-shaped sponges with a hidden filling by Mumsnet to take part in the challenge.  Find out more about Barny here www.barnyworld.co.uk 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

#Silentsunday #Mysundayphoto 13/07/2014

floral children's dress

Silent Sunday

OneDad3Girls

Win a Summer Fun DVD bundle!

The summer holidays are fast approaching and Lionsgate have some fabulous DVD releases to keep your little ones entertained.

Whether your little ones are fans of under the sea adventures, love retro characters from your youth such as Care Bears or would prefer the magic and mystery of Mumfie's Quest, there's something to please them all and I have a bundle of DVD's to give away to one lucky reader!



Back to the Sea  

Get ready for some fishy fun in this animated adventure about a young flying fish living in New York harbour. He dreams of leading his family back to Barbados-the mythical kingdom of the flying fish but when he finds himself captured by a fishing ship and delivered to the fish tank of a famous restaurant in New York city's Chinatown it seems his time is up!

The Care Bears: Totally Sweet Adventure  

Ride the rainbow to Care-a-Lot and join Share, Cheer and all their buddies in four exciting new adventures! Get ready for a bear bonanza in these delightfully sweet tales for a new generation!

Mumfie's Quest  

From Britt Allcroft, creator of Thomas & Friends, comes Mumfie's Quest . Discover how Mumfie the special elephant first meets his friends Scarecrow, Pinkey, Whale and many more. Join Mumfie for magic, mystery, songs and laughter.


For your chance to win this summer fun bundle just follow the rafflecopter instructions below!

Good Luck!

   a Rafflecopter giveaway

post contains affiliate links