This week has been so hot! As you might know, we try to make our meal plan a week in advance as it helps us with cutting down food shopping cost, avoiding waste and it also helps us to be more organised as a family.
Well, we did have our meal plan as scheduled but to be honest, as the week unfolded and we realized how hot it was going to be, we had to make some adjustments. So what I will share with you now is the actual adjustments we had to make to our meal and hydration plan this week taking into consideration the heat and associated miserableness!
Sunday: Assorted multicultural food from a festival we went to
Me and my beautiful foster daughter
Monday: Leftovers from the festival, including rice and peas, curry goat, stewed chicken, festival and dumplings with salad
Tuesday: Special Fish and Chips from our visit to Stratford Upon Avon
Thursday: Lots of juice, drinks, smoothies, milkshake, and fruits
Friday: Potato salad
This has been a very hot week and according to the news reports, unprecedented in terms of severity. There have been lots of reminders to keep hydrated and to avoid long exposure to the draining heat. We have certainly obeyed and one day, Thursday, which was exorbitantly hot, saw us having mostly drinks, juices and fruit rather than food.
This week too saw us going out twice in the week as a family. I love these outings, and try my best not to ’embarrass’ my teenage daughters. Our bonding times have been good and I was pleased when during our visits, none of them had to say to me: ‘mom that is embarrassing’. I must be getting better at this mothering thing!
Anyway, I want to tell you about a first that has happened in our household. We had planned to do BBQ ribs in the oven as it was quite hot and the sun was bearing down really badly on the BBQ area in the garden. Well, we were sat in the living room planning some design ideas for our bathroom makeover and then dinner time drew near. It was already very hot and I was not much up to cooking at all. I had not cooked on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday as we had been out and had leftovers which lasted. When I went into the kitchen and looked out to the garden, I noticed that there was a break in the sun and it appeared quite mellow outside. There might be the option of using the bbq for the meat after all. I used this opportunity to encourage the girls to do different parts of the meal so that we could each contribute and thus dinner would take less time to get prepared.
Below you can see some of what we ate.
Usually, I am the one who does the BBQ bit but this time, I encouraged my eldest to take charge. I lit the coals myself and for the first time, she did the meat including making the sauce and also doing the corns. One daughter did the festivals (a type of dumplings), and I did the orzo and salad. Dinner was ready just before the sun came back out in all its glory in the garden.
The coolest part of our house in the evenings is the living room, so we donned lap trays and sat there, ate, had lovely conversations then went back to our bathroom planning.
Again, we are linking with Katy Kicker and her weekly meal planning linky. This time we share what we ate. How about you? What are your meals like in this heat?