Monday, 29 June 2020

Chicken Kung Pao - Budget Batch Cook Freezer Recipe


Stir fry's and oriental style dishes don't tend to freeze well so it's very difficult to batch cook them.  I've tried various different methods and this one's the best I've found.  


Tools and Ingredients:
Boneless Chicken £3.33
Garlic 16p
Chillies 47p
Ginger 22p
Red Wine Vinegar 25p
Soy Sauce 42p
Sugar 10p
Flour 5p
Spring Onions 48p
Frozen Broccoli 79p
Frozen Sweetcorn 69p

Total = £6.96
Makes 18 portions = 39p per portion


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Start by dicing the garlic.


Then the ginger.


And the chillies.


Thinly slice the spring onions.


Pop them into a big pan and fry them until they're soft.


Add the vinegar, soysauce


and sugar to the pan, giving it a good stir to make sure all of the sugar is dissolved.


Pour the sauce into freezer tubs.


Next dice the chicken.


Add it the pan and use the same pan to toss then chicken in a little flour until it's completely coated.


Fry the chicken until it's just under cooked.

Add the chicken to the freezer tubs and leave them in the fridge for a few hours to cool completely.  

Once the sauce and chicken is cold add the frozen vegetables and put the tubs straight into the freezer.


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Friday, 26 June 2020

Girls Colour Blocked Top Sewing Project - Simplicity 1332

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Polkadoodles Pretty Sweet Girl Maddie with Present Handmade Card

Monday, 22 June 2020

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad Recipe

Friday, 19 June 2020

Boys Summer Shorts Sewing Project - McCalls 6873

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Polkadoodles For You, Nurse Handmade Card

Monday, 15 June 2020

Creamy Chicken Curry - Budget Batch Cook Freezer Recipe


A mild creamy chicken curry that's packed full of vegetables.  Better yet, both my kids cleared their plates then asked for seconds and ate that too!!


Tools and Ingredients:
2kg Boneless Chicken £7.78
Onions 50p
Peppers £1.29
Sweetcorn 69p
Chopped Tomatoes 84p
Passata (or Tomato Puree) 32p
Ginger 25p
Garlic 16p
Ground Almonds £1.39
Curry Powder 40p
Paprika 23p
Yogurt 45p
Cream 89p

Total = £15.19
Makes 27 portions = 56p per serving


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Start by mincing the garlic.


Then peel and chop half of the ginger as finely as you can.


Then chop the onions.


Throw them all in a deep frying pan and fry them until they're soft.

Then throw them all into your slow cooker.


Chop the peppers and add them to the slow cooker.


Dice the chicken and throw that on top.


Next add the ground almonds.


Half a tub of curry powder.


Half a tub of paprika.


All of the passata - I'd normally use tomato puree instead but the supermarket had sold out so I made do.


Add the sweetcorn.


Then the tins of chopped tomatoes.


Finally add the tub of yoghurt.


Give it a stir and pop the lid on, leave it to cook on low for at least 5 hours or turn it up to high if you're in a rush.  Make sure that the chicken is cooked through before serving.

Little Miss requested simple boiled rice.


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Friday, 12 June 2020

Max and Meena's Maxaloones Grow With Me Pants Sewing Project - Wild West


Maxaloones Grow With Me Pants are fantastic.  This size fits from 12 months to 5 years, so much better value than standard sized pants.  

The secret is that kids tend to grow up as in they get taller but their waist measurements don't actually change all that much.  So by making the pant cuffs really long they can be folded or scrunched down for the little children and stretched out as they grow.  The waistband can also be folded over or scrunched up for smaller children although I tend to stretch it out and use it as an extra layer of clothing during the winter.  

You can buy these Maxaloones Grow With Me Pants from my NuMonday shop or scroll down to get the materials you'l need to make your own.

Tools and Materials:

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I opted to include the bum circle as most 1 - 3 year old's are still wearing nappies.  It's designed to allow extra room to accommodate cloth nappies.  The extra fabric in the seat also means that the pants are less inclined to ride up whilst baby wearing.  The cuffs can also be unfolded to keep little feet protected from the cold or sun.


The top stitching around the bum circle gives the seam a little extra strength and makes it look lovely and neat.


The main pant construction is super simple.


And the bands are made in just the normal way.


I use a straight stitch to reduce the bulk in the seams.


Then I press them flat.


Then they're folded in half.


The leg cuffs are done in just the same way.


Although they can be a little more fiddly than the waist band.


The oversized cuffs are sewn onto the pants in the normal way.


Here's a front view of the pants.


And this is how they look folded to the smallest size.


And here's the adorable bum circle!!

They do fit just fine on the bigger kids too.

You can buy these Maxaloones Grow With Me Pants from my NuMonday shop or scroll down to get the materials you'l need to make your own.

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