Thyme to Cook

At a time when creating healthy, family friendly meals has never been so important, how do you fit this in when balancing working from home with home schooling? Whether you are a young family, professional couple, retired or living on your own, our recipe ideas and time saving hints and tips will make it easier for you to plan weekly meals that won’t break the bank and give you back some of the luxury, we call ‘time’.

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Batch Cooking

What can I batch cook?

  • Bolognaise sauce - use as part of a lasagne, on its own mixed with pasta or as a topping for jacket potatoes. Easily freezes and defrosts well.
  • Beef chilli - serve with rice/smokey grains, wrapped in a flour tortilla or served on top of tortilla chips. Easily freezes and defrosts well.
  • Tomato sauce - the possibilities are endless. Can be used simply on its own mixed with pasta and roasted vegetables or added when you make a bolognaise. Easily freezes and defrosts well.
  • Curry sauce - so versatile. Any cooked meat leftover from Sunday's roast could be mixed with this sauce. Or keep it veggie and add chickpeas, spinach and any veg lurking in the bottom of the fridge that is looking past its best. Easily freezes and defrosts well.
  • Soups - so handy to have. Simple to make, a really easy lunch or light dinner. Any soup you might have leftover can easily become a sauce for another day. Easily freezes and defrosts well.
  • Casseroles - there is something very satisfying knowing dinner is already made and all you need to do is reheat it. A bit like wine, casseroles improve with age so even if this was a dish you made two days previous, it will taste de-lic-ious! Easily freezes and defrosts well.
  • Breads and Scones - so we have all embraced a love of baking in Lockdown, right? Our recipes are yeast free and so are really easy to make and freeze exceptionally well. You wouldn't be able to tell that they had been frozen and how lovely is it to be able to produce a nice homemade scone when someone pops round for a cuppa?

Batch Cooking

What is batch cooking?

Batch cooking is the term given to cooking a large quantity of food for use at a later stage, ultimately saving you time. For example - making a large quantity of bolognaise sauce, which you can separate into different freezer bags and use one for a jacket potato topping and another as part of a lasagne on another day. The objective with batch cooking is to save time during busy periods and love your freezer!

Store Cupboard Essentials

What Mustards should a good store cupboard contain?

  • English mustard
  • Grain mustard

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Miscellaneous

How do I make the most of my shopping?

Before you do your food shop, have a look at what is still in your fridge, freezer, fruit bowl and cupboards. What's not looking so great but actually rather than waste food, could you make a soup or smoothie with those ingredients? Once you've done a stock take then spend 10 or 15 minutes planning what you're going to have for dinner for the following week. Take into account any dinners you may be going out for (not likely at the moment!) but this avoids over buying. This process might seem daunting however once you've done it a couple of times it just becomes part of your routine which ultimately will give you time (and money) back.

Miscellaneous

How can I be less wasteful with parchment paper?

Preparing baking tins is a bit of a pain, right? Line your baking trays with non stick parchment paper and keep together. No need to replace the parchment paper every time you bake a batch of cookies/scones.

Miscellaneous

How can I prepare for meals and family get-togethers in advance?

Once Covid restrictions have eased you may well be thinking about having a family gathering at home. Spending a few minutes planning your menu in advance will help you get ahead with your prep and get some items cooked and into your freezer in advance. This gives you time to enjoy being with your loved ones rather than being stuck in the kitchen.

Ingredients we're loving right now: butternut squash

A good source of vitamins A and C, butternut squash is so versatile. Can be mashed, roasted and used in soups and risottos. Check out our recipe for butternut squash and mushroom pasta.