Saturday, 15 January 2022

What's Cooking At The Madhouse ? menu plan week 3

Last week's menu plan message ended with me saying I was hoping we'd have a quiet week - yeah, right ! On Monday, Juliette came home and said that her friend at school (who she had spent time with without a mask) had COVID. We booked her straight in for a test which luckily came back negative. She got the ping on her phone app the next day to say that she was a "cas contact". On Wednesday, I awoke to a message from my work colleague to say that she had COVID too. I eat opposite her at the canteen three times a week so we spend about 45 minutes each time without masks in close contact. Back to the test centre for me this time. I needed to wait 24-36 hours for the result but needed to go back to work until I got my test results - how stupid is that?! Luckily (and surprisingly), my test result was negative too so (fingers crossed) we got away with it this time. There are about 5 or 6 contact cases in each class at school now and the peak is expected to be in two weeks. I'm counting down the days to the holidays when I can spend two weeks breathing easily !

 With all this dashing about all week, I was knackered and we ordered in Deliveroo twice this week - bad mummy ! The girls chose sushi for one meal and we got "gourmet burgers with waffle fries" for the other (this is extra special posh food apparently, according to the girls !) so they were happy. No trip to McDonald's this weekend though, as we've done our junk food quota for the week ! Hopefully, this week will be calmer - it can't be any worse, surely ?! Oh, Sophie has asked for more of "the food we used to eat when Dad was around" - I wasn't aware we'd changed what we eat, but I'll be looking back over old menu plans for family faves that I might have forgotten about.


lunch- fridge diving for the kids, canteen for me (I'm slightly nervous about eating at the school canteen now to be honest !)

dinner - gratin dauphinois (creamy potato bake - request from the kids !) with steak (me and Juliette love steak, and I have some in the freezer - Pierre has just said he wants to try some some too) or veggie burgers (Sophie doesn't like steak but she'll have a veggie option from the freezer). We'll have some veggies or salad on the side too.


lunch- School canteen for me, leftovers for the kids

dinner- Jollof rice with chicken (a tomatoey, spicy chicken stew)


lunch- leftovers or omelette

dinner- cottage pie


lunch - probably meeting with friends for lunch (depending on COVID results !), if not sandwiches at home

dinner- Honey orange BBQ chicken with rice


lunch- leftovers or tuna pasta (or whatever Sophie cooks)


lunch- spaghetti bolognese

dinner- baguette pizzas


lunch- roast chicken, roast potatoes, veggies and gravy

dinner- sandwiches or cheese on toast

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  1. Oh gosh, what a worry with you's being close contacts to people with Covid. I am glad the tests were negative. I hope you make it to the holidays safely. I think you all deserved the meals from Deliveroo.
    All of your meals sound so good. x

  2. What a stressful week, with all that testing. Glad to hear that the tests came negative. We use UberEats for an occasional treat, or a pizza from Domino's (Eddie's favourite) when we have a movie night, usually on Saturday evening.


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