Monthly Archives: January 2015

vegetable tuna past recipe

Roasted Vegetable and Tuna Pasta Recipe

I do a lot of experimenting in the kitchen. It doesn’t always go to plan, but one of the ways I am inspired is by pre-packed meals. For example, I came up with this roasted vegetable and tuna pasta recipe after buying a ready made version. And I thought – I can do better than that! In fact, it was so oily pretty much any thing would have been better than the ready made one!

I wanted a cold pasta dish that would be easy to prepare, and convient for lunch time – I am trying to cut back on bread, and come up with healthier options of foods I know my family like!

So I had a little a little rummage in the fridge to see what I could use, and this is what I came up with:

Roasted Vegetable and Tuna Pasta Recipe:

Servings  3 – 4

Ingredients:

1 x courgette

1 x white onion

1 x yellow pepper

1 x orange pepper

1 x tablespoon olive oil

1 x tin tuna (in brine or spring water) (drained)

200 grams pasta shapes

Method:

Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees centigrade.

Roughly chop the courgette, onion and peppers and add to an ovenproof dish.

vegetables for roasting

Add the olive oil to the vegetables and give them a stir to ensure all the pieces are coated.

Roast the vegetables in the oven for 30 minutes. Give them a stir after 10, and 20 minutes to ensure they cook evenly.

While the vegetables are roasting, cook your 200g of pasta shapes according to the packet instructions. When it is ready, Drain out the excess water.

After your vegetables and pasta have cooled, put them in an airtight tub, and mix through the tin of tuna. Store in the fridge.

And that’s it! Simple!

This roasted vegetable and tuna pasta recipe will last in the fridge for two to three days – providing you don’t eat it all of course.

vegetable tuna past recipe

The verdict – I liked it. It wasn’t oily, and as it had been chilled the flavours had really blended well together. Mr C ate it but thought it could of been improved by a large dollop of mayonnaise – I think he is perhaps forgetting the fact that the aim was to make a healthy version!

I will definitely be making this again, especially since I could easily substitute the vegetables for those I have available.

Winner!

 

Little Loves #1

Hey y’all! I’m excited to be linking up to Morgana’s Little Loves again this year, even though I think I’m definitely more than a little creative with my responses to the set headings!

I so enjoyed the Christmas break, you can read about that here, but I wouldn’t like it to last forever, and I’m glad to be returning to some sense of normality – whatever that may be! Actually, I’m pretty excited about this year as I have lots of plans, including things which have become far from ‘normal’ for me. Find out more in this week’s Little Loves:

 

Read:

This week I received some interesting post – an invitation to a wedding party. On Valentines day nonetheless! Now… Mr C and I haven’t been out since Aaron came along, and probably for a considerable period before that. But, providing we can get a babysitter, we are planning to go! I might even have a proper ‘wore’ picture for you after that. No promises, but maybe!

invitation

Watched:

I have watched so much t.v. lately, including a documentary about Necker Island a.k.a. Richard Branson’s Island. At 20-30k for a 7 night stay, the television screen is the closest I am ever likely to get to that part of the world! We also watched Flight starring Denzel Washington. The ratings were really good, and I enjoyed the story, though it did drag on a little bit – or perhaps I just felt that way as it ran past my bedtime – old age is a terrible thing!

Listened:

I was having a bit of a clear out of my book collection when I came across a book I had bought a few years ago called Learn to Play the Keyboard. So I thought I should start making some use of my piano, and try to learn a tune or two. So mostly I have been listening to myself repeating the same thing over and over on the piano (which seriously needs a tune – up!) I think I can just about manage Oh When The Saints, but I don’t think your ears are ready for it yet!

piano

Wore:

I ‘wore’ some skinny jeans and boots for about 30 seconds in the changing rooms in Asda. I didn’t buy them, but I am planning to go shopping and find some that suit/fit me. Believe it or not, I don’t own a single pair of skinny jeans! I am totally  a bootcut girl, but I have decided that I really need to try to move with the times! I know, I’m a few years late, but, better late than never eh! And some lovely handcream I received as a gift. There is also a lovely orange blossom scent in the di palomo range, which I love in the summer months. If you see this range, you should definitely try it.

hand cream

Made:

I am super excited about this one… drum roll please… I made a reservation for a flight to Newcastle – all by myself!!! Yip I am going to visit a very dear friend, who has asked me to be her bridesmaid later in the year! Obviously this may require few visits over the course year, and I’m not sure how Mr C is going to cope. But do you know what – I refuse to feel guilty (I actually do feel guilty but logically I totally don’t think I should). I have barely had a pee by myself in the past four years, and those who have know me a long time will know I used to be a very independent girl! If Mr C copes fine while I spend the whole time fretting about whether everyone will survive ,I will not be very pleased with myself – but I don’t think that is going to happen!

Have you got any exciting plans for 2015?

 

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My Days this Christmas

Hello there! I’ve been a bit missing in action recently, but I make no apologies – I have been busy enjoying the festive season and indulging in far too many mice pies! So a belated Happy New Year to you all, and I hope you also enjoyed Christmas?

I recently wrote a post about how this might be my favourite Christmas of all, and do you know what – it turned out to be everything I wished it would!

For the first time in about 5 years we weren’t all sniffling and sneezing our way through the Christmas dinner. That in itself was a bonus! More importantly I got to spend lots of time with my lovely wee family. In fact, I was so caught up with enjoying the moment there was barely even a photo taken on Christmas Day!

All my close family came round on Christmas Eve for their dinner. This was the first time I have hosted for my whole family so I was really pleased that everyone appeared to enjoy themselves, and all the little kids were so excited about Santa’s imminent arrival, it was lovely to see the excitement in their eyes!

Christmas Day itself was a quieter affair, we choose to have it all to ourselves this year, just the four of us. And after hosting for fifteen the previous evening, Christmas dinner for four was a piece of a cake – not literally a piece of cake you understand – we still had turkey with all the trimmings. I should have taken a picture, but alas, I was halfway through eating before I thought of that!

After a couple of days chilling out we packed our bags and headed over to Nottingham to spend the New Year period with my husband’s family. With the young kids and the paraphernalia we insist on trailing around with us, we tend to choose to drive. This involves a 10 hour boat journey and (according to the SatNav) a two and a half hour drive. Last year the drive took 8 hours, but thankfully this year the weather was kinder, and there were not numerous road accidents, and so we made good time.

car journey

A road trip across England on New Year’s Day. Looking forward to whatever other adventures 2015 brings!

We travelled with Stena Line, overnight on the way there, and on the day time sailing for the return journey.  Sleeping your way through the journey absolutely makes it go faster, and the beds are actually pretty comfortable. They do have a cinema and softplay so that helped keep the kids entertained during the day.

I’m feeling pretty optimistic about 2015. I have so many things I would like to do. I know I won’t achieve them all, but for me that is what life is all about. Dreams and ambitions. A desire to live in the moment, look forward with anticipation to the future, and reflect and learn from the past. So I raise a glass to you all. And as they would say in Scotland – Lang may your lum reek!