My Attempt at Healthy Food for a Fussy Eater

My culinary skills are to be desired but that doesn’t stop me from trying and sharing my creations!

I am a very fussy eater and one thing I really dislike is onions, which makes finding pre-prepared food quite difficult. Plus I work full time and on my weekends I like to spend quality time with my son, who no longer enjoys cooking with his mother. So, this week I thought I’d give these recipes a go.

Chilli Con Carne

Ingredients

  • Chilli Powder
  • Tomato Puree
  • Quorn Mince
  • Kidney/Mixed Beans
  • Red Pepper
  • Beef Stock

About the ingredients: I really don’t like the texture of mince and I find Quorn to be a lovely alternative, along with beef stock I don’t miss anything about beef mince at all.

As I don’t like onions I do not add them to this dish, which is why it can be difficult to buy ready made chilli that I like.

Cooking

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  1. First I cook the Quorn until it is warm and completely defrosted.
  2. Then I add the stock, which I dissolve in hot water before adding.
  3. The tomato puree is added (a tablespoon) and a teaspoon of chilli powder.
  4. Then the peppers and beans are added.
  5. Once all ingredients are cooked I’m ready to go.

Overall cooking time: 20 minutes

About the ingredients: I really don’t like the texture of mince and I find Quorn to be a lovely alternative, along with beef stock I don’t miss anything about beef mince at all.

As I don’t like onions I do not add them to this dish, which is why it can be difficult to buy ready made chilli that I like.

Cooking

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  1. First I cook the Quorn until it is warm and completely defrosted.
  2. Then I add the stock, which I dissolve in hot water before adding.
  3. The tomato puree is added (a tablespoon) and a teaspoon of chilli powder.
  4.  Then the peppers and beans are added.
  5. Once all ingredients are cooked I’m ready to go.

Overall cooking time: 20 minutes

Section 3

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Leek and Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 4 Leeks
  • 5 large Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Chicken Stock

About the ingredients: As I do not like the texture of leeks this soup is perfect because smooth!

This recipe makes two bowls of soup, perfect for lunch with some crusty bread.

Cooking

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  1. Prepare the veg.
  2. Add cold water to the veg. and bring to the boil.
  3. When potatoes are soft add the chicken stock and a pinch of salt.
  4. Wait until there’s little water left, and take off the hob.
  5. Use a hand blender and blend until there are no lumps.

Overall cooking time: 45 minutes (mainly waiting for the potatoes to soften)

I’m sure in time I will discover many more recipes but for now, I’m happy with these two.

Interiors for the small home

We live in a small 2 bedroom house, at one point there were 5 of us living there, whilst my mum looked for a new house! It’s safe to say at that point things were hectic and we needed more room.

Now there are only 3 of us living there (and a parrot), even though family are in and out a lot, and there still doesn’t feel like there’s enough space. Although the rooms look pretty spacious I just can’t get adequate storage space. In this post, I’m going to share with you how I ensure each room in my home looks bigger than it is.

Kitchen Interiors

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Let’s start in the kitchen, firstly I like red so my statement colour in here is red. Other than the one statement colour I use shades of white and black, this opens up the room. The white walls make space look bigger and also help the light from the windows flow through the whole room.

As we have no dining room (frustrating) we have made a breakfast table from some leftover kitchen work surfaces, adding the red chairs gives the room character and providing an American diner feel. The red fridge was added mainly because I like it but also to add to the American diner style. The breakfast bar is both practical and stylish, although I wish I had room for more seats.

Living Room

I spend most of my time in the living room. It’s where I like to relax, where I like to snack and watch TV shows, and where we get together as a family for film or game night.

No matter how small this room has to also feel warm and welcoming as well as open, bright, and fresh. That’s why we went for darker tones in this room with light curtains to open up the room slightly.

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One of my favourite pieces in this room is my lamp, it’s really bright and quite trendy at the moment. I also love my fireplace, the lights that shine onto the side shelves are not too bright but provide a dim light for the evenings, which makes a cosy environment for relaxing in.

Landing & Staircase

To most people, this  may not be the most important room in the house but I think this area can set the scene for the rest of the home. In our house we have a large mirror on the stairs to open up the space.

Along the staircase walls we have family photos and a large clock so we can always find the time!

Bedroom

So, our bedroom isn’t too small, it’s actually an okay size. Although we could do with a little more space now. We use light colours to reflect the natural light, ensuring the space is open and bright.

The main issue we had was storage, as I like to keep a lot of old clothes- you never know when they may come back in fashion. To overcome this issue we have converted our old airing cupboard into a space where we can keep paperwork, suitcases and other items we don’t need everyday.

As you have probably noticed I still have Christmas items on my bed. That’s because I love Christmas and surrounding myself with items I like before I sleep and when I wake up makes me happy.

In fact I like the idea of positive energies, it’s something I’ve recently been looking into a lot. Surrrounding myself with positive things, and positive people can make me feel happier and ultimately make me feel positive about where life is taking me. This is why I try to fill my home with the items I like rather than items that are in style.

My Top 3 Wedding Venues

Oddfellows

A lovely hotel, bar, restaurant located in Chester city centre this is the perfect place for a medium sized wedding, with an edge. The decoration is unusual, which is exactly what I’m looking for. The good thing about a wedding here is that there are four really lovely attic bedrooms which are available for you to hire for the wedding.  There are also apartments on the premises that can be hired too.

Wedding’s take place on the second floor, which is all for you. There is a bar, outdoor rooftop terrace, ceremony room and landing. The decoration is varied as each room has its own style.

Styal Lodge

A lovely lodge based just outside of Manchester, I really liked the look and contemporary style the lodge had to offer. Other than the commute relatives would have had to take to get there the price is what shocked me the most.

We were quoted such a high price just for the venue, this included nothing else! If you’re planning for a wedding I’m sure you can appreciate that each element takes the time to organise and commit to so when you’re paying for everything individually it can become very expensive.

Chirk Castle

This a beautiful place surrounded by manicured landscapes, and if I had the cash I would choose to get married here. Unfortunately, I do not and also don’t want to wait forever before getting married – well I don’t want to have grey hair and wrinkles (at my first wedding)!

If you’re looking for a grand wedding whether inside or out this is the venue you need to view. Located in North Wales the view from the castle grounds is unspoilt and the need for decoration is minimal – if you like medieval architecture. The castle was built between 1295 and 1310 and is still in excellent condition.

The castle grounds remind me of Alice in Wonderland with perfectly cut hedges and bushes – which make for beautiful pictures. There are also secret doors and other areas to the castle that are very private, meaning even when all the friends and family are there you’ll find a place to escape for a while.

Ran by the National Trust any wedding views will need to be made through them (well that was my experience) and that can be difficult as they never seem to have much time. Just replying to emails can be a waiting game.

The Decision

Eventually, after years! We settled on Oddfellows due to the price, the ready-made interior design and it’s perfect central spot in Chester city centre. We got a really good deal with mist things included in our price. ll we need to find now is;

  • A photographer
  • Flowers
  • Dress
  • Flower Girls Dress
  • Pre Wedding Picture
  • Suites
  • Rings
  • Some Table Decorations – which I’m planning on making myself!
  • Beautician, Hairdresser and Makeup

I think that’s everything but you never know!

Sophie x.