Chicken noodle soup

Perfect for our cold weather and light on the tummy too.

Something warm and comforting reading when you come in from the day!!

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients
4-5 chicken breasts
200gms or 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 medium onion, diced
3 stalks celery, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1.5 litres chicken stock (use my easy homemade stock, also made in the slow cooker*)
1 cup water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
300gms uncooked wide egg noodles/rice noodles
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions
1. Place whole chicken breasts on the bottom and top with carrots, onion, celery, garlic, olive oil, thyme and bay leaf.
2. Next add in chicken broth, water, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook on low heat 6 – 7 hours.
3. Remove cooked chicken breasts and cut into bite sized pieces. Place chicken back in to the slow cooker.
4. Cook your noodles separately according to the instructions on the pack and add to slow cooker along with the parsley and stir. Serve and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chicken Broth*
Ingredients:
* 1-2 chicken carcasses (from free-range birds)
* 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
* 2 large carrots, scrubbed clean and chopped
* 2 stalks celery with leafy tops, chopped
* 4 garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half
* 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
* Water to cover (about 15-20 cups)
* 6 tbsp apple cider vinegar (helps to draw the minerals out of the bones and into the stock)
* sea salt to taste
Directions:
1. Put all your ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on high for at least 12 but preferably 24 hours. The longer you simmer it, the more flavour some it will be, but keep in mind that it will reduce and you will end up with less.
When it has finished cooking, allow to cool a little and then sample your broth. Add sea salt to taste. Strain the broth, push some of the veggies through the sieve.
Your stock is now ready for use or you can package it up or use it to make your slow cooker chicken soup as above.

Let’s Nutrify – Jemma Tip
This divinely easy slow cooker chicken soup is such a nutritious boost for the immune system. If you choose to make it with the homemade broth, you’ll be getting a wonderful mineral and gelatin rich broth that is not only a useful cold fighter, but also supports good digestive health. I often add in some greens like a good handful of cabbage, spinach or kale approx. 10 minutes from the end of cooking time to increase the vitamin and fibre content of the soup. Enjoy!

Tips from the butchers’ wife.
Delighted that a soup was included in our slow cooker special. At the weekend I often cook up a batch of vegetable soup so we’ve something hot when we come in from activities. Without the added protein vegetable soup just wouldn’t sustain and keep you satisfied for long. This one, with the added addition of chicken, is a meal in itself and will be a great addition to our lunch boxes. I bought really handy food flasks in home store and more and we all use them for work and school. Remember the ratio of dried herbs to fresh. 1:3. Dried herbs are more intense than fresh so less of the dried!! Batch cook and use for a couple of days too!!

Yum... The butchers wife x


Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

Low and slow if definitely the way to cook lamb shanks. This brings all sorts of memories back to me. My dad loved lamb shanks. I can smell them now.... we didn't have a slow cooker growing up so in the bottom oven cooking for the day. When Dad was sick and had lost his appetite this was one of the things he asked for to savour and entice the taste buds and it worked. Try Jemmas quick and straight forward method below or find the other lamb shank recipe on the website for a special occassion. Just try it...

Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks
Serves 4
• 4 lamb shanks
• 2 tbsp. butter
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 2 tbsp. tomato purée
• 250ml light red wine
• 2 tbsp. plain spelt/wheat flour
• 500ml stock, vegetable, chicken or lamb
• 2 carrots, chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, peeled
• 2 bay leaves
• Any other fresh/dried herbs you like – thyme or rosemary work well

Method:
Preheat your slow cooker. In a large pan add 1 tbsp. of the butter and brown the lamb shanks all over for approx. 10 minutes, then transfer them to the slow cooker. Add the remaining butter to the frying pan and fry the onion gently until it starts to soften, then stir in the tomato purée and flour and cook for one minute.
Add the red wine and bring it to a boil, stirring the flour and purée into the wine until you have a smooth sauce around the onion pieces and add to the slow cooker. Pour the stock into the same pan and bring it to a boil, then tip into the slow cooker. Add the carrots garlic, bay leaves and herbs to the slow cooker and put the lid on. Cook on low for eight hours or on high for four hours. Turn the shanks over at some point during the cooking. After eight hours the lamb should be tender and starting to fall off the bone.

Let’s Nutrify – Jemma’s tip

Slow cooked meats are just the best, in every sense! Nutritionally and on the taste buds too. Slow cooking meats in this way preserves more of the delicate healthy fats such as omega 3 fatty acids which are beneficial for immune and cardiovascular health. Lamb is a wonderfully rich source of these amazing fatty acids as well as minerals such as zinc and selenium. This dish is also packs a useful iron and B vitamins punch which help to lift flailing energy levels. Including some of the therapeutic herbs such as rosemary or thyme also increases the antioxidant compounds beneficial to immune health. Feel free to add in some extra veggies such as celery or red pepper 1-2 hours before the end of the cooking time to make sure you get your 7-a-day in!

Tips from the butcher’s wife.

This so tasty. With lamb shanks on offer this week, try this or try the other lamb shanks recipe on the website www.molloysbutchersardkeen.com. It's a bit more faffing about but is really really tasty. You can also modify for the slow cooker. Just put it on low. I just love when the lamb is falling off the bone. Hearty and wholesome - ideal for this time of year. Yum x

Shane Dineen Fitness
A recent convert to the slow cooker thing – Shane is loving the advantage of a hot meal ready when he finishes training. This is what he had to say about this week’s dish.
Lamb shank is one of my new favourite dishes as I only tried it recently and I love it. I popped it in the slow cooker on top of vegetables along with pepper, ginger and garlic.
This meal is a perfect dinner as it contains all essential amino acids along with a high percentage of protein. Would defiantly recommend trying this one out”


Sumptuous Slow Cooker Roast Chicken

 

Boo – if you saw me now you’d be scared – I’m up since before the crack of dawn trying to get some work done before the children descend on me. They’ll all be flying high today. The butcher as usually is gone since the early hours but not without leaving a trail of destruction in his wake….

Yesterday in a last minute bid to embrace all that is Halloween I bought a few decorations with the kids. One is a fake mirror that is sensor operated and has a very scary skeleton reveal himself and say scary stuff as you pass. We hung it inside the front door and we were waiting with great excitement to see himself come home and jump out of his skin with fright. Of course, it was cheap, and the sensor didn’t work. You had to press a button to get it working.

So we pressed it when we passed and all we’re suitably scared. The butcher and I were the only two awake as he left this morning – and guess what. As he walked passed it, the sensor worked for the first time ever. It’s very loud. The front door closed and a few seconds later a tear stained Harriet peered around the door of the office. God love her. ‘I hate it Mammy, I hate it’. Ah Lord…it’s going to be a long day.

We’ve only two dressing up this year – two out of four. This makes me sad. Little indicators that they are growing up. Last year for book day, the three that are left in primary dressed up. They were all very excited. Our eldest boy who was in fifth class then dressed up as Asterisks. He’s a large, round and funny Viking type character and we had great crack putting the outfit together. So everyone was up early and got dressed up. We arrived at school and as soon as our son realised that little or no one was dressed up in his class he freaked out. He was very upset. I brought him home to change. He felt like a fool. I was gutted. I had been delighted with his excitement and I suppose maybe hanging on to the innocence a bit longer clouded my judgement and didn’t warn him that maybe his peers weren’t dressing up. But his excitement led me to believe they all were. I dropped him back to school in his uniform and drove away, tears rolling down my face. A little bit of innocence gone for him and a little bit of his confidence taken away.

So if the kids are dressing up. If there are clothes and fake cobwebs everywhere and you’re tripping over skeleton bones and the decorations. If there’s face paint smeared into the couch (aghhhhhhhh…) it’ll pass. And then they won’t want to dress up. My eldest isn’t dressing up this year. Won’t risk it.

I’ll stop now because I’ll blubber. Jemma has given me this fab recipe. Although the butchers wife tips says I haven’t tried it because I hadn’t at that point but since. I’ve actually made it twice or should I say the butcher stuck it on twice. That’s a big flashing light saying how say this is… His go to meal is Daddys’ famous toasted sandwiches. Try this, divine. We has it potatoes and carrots and with stir fried vegetables and rice Monday night.

Happy Halloween you all…. Enjoy it x

Sumptuous Slow Cooker Roast Chicken

Spice Rub
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 1 teaspoon garlic granules
• 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon thyme

Chicken
• 1 x Whole Chicken – approx. 1.6kg – 1.8kgs
• 1 x peeled onion, sliced into 3 x thick rings

Combine all of the spices together in a bowl and mix. Rub the chicken with 1 tbsp of soft butter to coat the surface of the chicken. This helps the spices to stick to the chicken but also creates a lovely brown skin by the end of the cooking time. Sprinkle the spices over the chicken and rub them so as all of the surface of the chicken is covered in the mix. (You let this marinade overnight if you have time for extra flavour) Lay the onion slices on the bottom of the slow cooker, add 100mls of water and then place your chicken on top. Cover with a lid and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Then allow it to rest for 10 minutes before carving. Enjoy!

Let’s Nutrify – Jemma’s Tip
So this is what will be cooking in my kitchen next Wednesday for a Halloween dinner. I’m already filled with dread at the thoughts of all of the sticky, sugary sweeties that my kiddo’s will collect after some “Trick or Treating”. So the secret is to get a hearty, protein rich dinner into them an hour or 2 before trick or treat time to prevent mega-sugar highs and lows (that and disposing of 9/10’s of their sweetie haul when they go to bed that night, but shhh! Don’t tell them that!). This fits the bill. I can pop this in the slow cooker around 9am and look forward to a scrumptious roast chicken dinner by 4pm. I often pop in some whole, peeled carrots and parsnip about 1-2 hours before the end of cooking time and that’s the veggies taken care of. Or you can serve with roast veggies and steamed baby potatoes.

Tips from the Butchers Wife
I’m really excited about the upcoming slow cooker recipes. Have I mentioned I LOVE MY SLOW COOKER – how has it come to this – I used to have a life. Honestly I did. But now I am busy…. Busy busy busy and anything that reduces the stress and feeds me well I love. My needs are simple. I would definitely marinate this the night before – take it out of the fridge in the morning and stick it on – haven’t tried this yet but Halloween is coming and I’ve a list of recipes to try. I must admit I’ve been rolling out the old reliables. So want a stock of new easy slow cooker recipes. I’ll let you know how I get on. Just a question for Jemma – by dispose of the junk do you mean eat them yourself. That’s how I interpret that – it’s for the good of the children after all!!


Winter Warmers

Winter Warmer Slow Cooker Beef

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb/680gms. diced beef, cut into 2" pieces
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, sliced thinly
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
8 oz/225 gm sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup/85gms. pearl barley
900mls chicken stock
1 tbsp. soy sauce
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Method:
1. Put the beef in a large mixing bowl, and pat it dry with paper towels. Season generously with salt and pepper.
2. Preheat a large cast-iron or heavy pan over a high heat. Drizzle with olive oil and sear meat on all sides until golden brown with a crust, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer meat to the slow cooker. Reduce heat to medium and add garlic, onions, carrots and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Scrape the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen all browned meat bits and cook 3 to 4 minutes. If needed, add a splash of water to fully deglaze the pan and then transfer to your slow cooker.
3. Add mushrooms, barley, stock and soy sauce; cook on low for 6-8 hours. The meat should be very tender.
4. This would be delicious served with some steamed broccoli and basmati rice or baby potatoes.

Let’s Nutrify! Jemma’s tip
Slow cooking is not just an easier, tastier way to cook but it also a very wholesome way to cook too. Cooking at lowered heat over longer periods of time reduces potential damage to the delicate healthy omega 3 fatty acids contained in the meat and can also increase the release of antioxidant compounds such as beta carotene from the carrot also.

Tips from the butchers wife.
I can’t tell you how much I love my slow cooker. I just bought another one because I wanted a bigger one – It was €60 and you can put the pot on the hob so there’s no extra frying pan to wash. I usually cook in the morning (before I shower so I don’t smell like dinner all day). You could also put it on at night if the cooking in the morning proves a step too far but I find in the morning you just fly through it because there’s no time for faffing. No big tip this week except to say, get a slow cooker. Coming home to a warm dinner is just bliss!!

Shane Dineen fitness
Although this dish might take a few minutes longer to cook, it is a perfect pre workout if you are planning on training at a steady state aerobic session, as your body will use the fats as it’s main energy source. Along with that you are also getting huge recovery and health benefits from the large amount of vitamins and minerals. On a cold, wet night this is definitely one of my favourites.

So why not give this a go..... the slow cooker is a life saver. Warm nutitious meals after a long day.

Enjoy,

The butchers wife

xx


Lamb and Prune Tagine

 

No messing around this week listening to me withering on.... try this...

Lamb and Prune Tagine

INGREDIENTS
• 1 TBSP OLIVE OIL (13G)
• 1KG DICED LAMB
• SALT & PEPPER (3G)
• 2 ONIONS CHOPPED (300G)
• 4 GARLIC CLOVES (12G)
• 5CM KNOB OF GINGER, PEELED AND CHOPPED (20G)
• 1 TBSP HARISSA (18G)
• 2 TSP GROUND CUMMIN (GG)
• 1 TSP GROUND CINNAMON (2G)
• 1 TSP FENNEL SEEDS (2G)
• 1 LITRE CHICKEN STOCK
• 4-6 LARGE RIPE TOMATOES, ROUGHLY CHOPPED
• 200G PRUNES
• 100G GREEN OLIVES, STONED
• 100G SHELLED PISTACHIOS
• 20G CORIANDER CHOPPED

PREPARATION
Heat the olive oil in a large heavy based saucepan and brown the lamb well on all sides. Season generously. When you’ve got a good colour on the meat, after about 5 minutes of stirring and browning on a relative high heat, add the onions, garlic and ginger and cook out for another 2 minutes, until the onions start to soften and carmelise. Add the harissa and spices and mix really well. Cook for another 3 or 4 minutes so that the spices and harissa coat the meat.
Add the stock, cover with lid, turn down the heat and simmer for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally to make sure nothing is burning at the bottom of the pan. At this stage you can let cool and leave in the fridge overnight and cook the following day, which allows the flavours to develop further but you can continue in one go. Add the tomatoes, prunes, olives and pistachios and cook, uncovered for another hour. At this stage it should have reduced to a nice consistency and the flavours should be really good. The bottom line is that the lamb need to cook for 2 hours in total which can be done in one go or split over 2 days. Garnish with the coriander and serve with rice. Yum !

Let's Nutrify! - Jemma's tips

Lamb is such a favourite of mine, both because of the delicious sweet taste but also because I know how nourishing it is. Rich in easy to digest iron, b vitamins and zinc, lamb makes the perfect winter boost if the energy levels are flagging. Lamb is also a relatively wild meat, outdoor reared and feeding naturally year round on the grasses and plants that they've always eaten. Owing to this, lamb is rich in omega 3's and also in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which has been linked with lower body mass and seems to help with weight management. The ginger, fennel seeds, and prunes contained in this recipe make it rich in antioxidants, easy to digest and a wonderful source of soluble fibre. So if you would traditionally have found that red meat slows down your digestion, you'll be pleasantly surprised by this dish! This dish freezes really well so be sure to make plenty and store some for those cold, dark nights! Serve it with some roasted root veggies or roasted cauliflower."

Shane Dineen Fitness
Super fuel recipe with fantastic flavour, well worth the effort, see nutri info below:
Per portion:
Carbs : 26g
Protein : 56.6g
Fat : 33.4g
Fibre : 10.5g
Calories : 625

Butchers wife tip.
This tagine is ideal for a large group, this recipe serves 6 people, and is great with some rice and roasted veggies. The harissa gives it heat with body rather than outright fire, but feel free to add more if you like it. Seems alot of effort but if you use the frozen pre chopped ginger and just chuck in a tin of chopped tomatoes instead of chopping that cuts out chopping time.  If you don't have harrisa use some chilli flakes to add the heat... enjoy x


Autumnal Cooking

 

Well, we are thrilled in store with the reaction to our reusable containers initiative. Lots of you brought in your own containers. This is great - but I feel it’s necessary to not be too holier than thou with this. Let me explain.... I try to reduce the use of plastic here at home - my son was on the green school committee last year and absolutely shamed us into noticing our dependence on single use plastic - a lot when you look at it. So we quit the cling film and they now have a little boxes with their lunch stuff in it. They refuse straws and bring their water in refill bottles. But plastic is still in our home.... we are just trying to be more conscious of our over dependence and the general wastefulness of it all. The environmental impact of it all is also a concern.

I'm a proud Laois woman. The only inland county surrounded by inland counties (remember that for the table quiz?) As a child, a trip to the seaside was a real treat. I always loved being by the sea, even though, as an in lander I'm a rubbish swimmer. So I really appreciate the sea on our doorstep and walk the back strand with the dogs as much as possible. It's most definitely my happy place. It's where I go to destress, to escape, to cry, to think. It's where I go to take a big deep breath and recalibrate. When we've been in the house and everyone is killing each other, I pile us all into the car - sometimes very reluctantly, but never ever regrettably, out to the back strand with the dogs. I think it is simply, a really, really special place. So then, when I see rubbish left behind on the beach I am actually in shock. Why? I do think though its mindlessness and if we stopped and thought for one minute we would become more conscious about how our actions impact the world around us. This house is trying - Change is slow but I love that the children are conscious and maybe if we only achieve a better level of consciousness for our children we'll have done something good.

5% off all shopping purchased in reusable containers – WE ARE GIVING YOU BACK THE PRICE OF THE PACKAGING!!

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Baked Pork Chops with apples Onions and thyme.
INGREDIENTS
• 6 small boneless pork chops
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 3 medium Gala or Honey Crisp apples, cored and sliced
• 2 small red onions, sliced.
• 2 sprigs fresh thyme
• 2 cups apple cider
• 1 tablespoon honey

PREPARATION
1. Preheat oven to 200°c.
2. Mix together salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and rub on pork chops. Heat olive oil in large skillet at medium-high. Brown pork chops in skillet for 2 minutes on each side.
3. Place pork chops in baking dish along with apples, onions and thyme.
4. Add apple cider and honey to skillet, and bring to a simmer at medium heat. Reduce by half, stirring often and scraping up browned bits to combine with sauce.
5. Pour apple cider sauce over pork, apples, and onions. Add thyme sprigs. Cover.
6. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until apples and onions are tender and meat is cooked through. Serve garnished with sprigs of thyme and rosemary

Let’s Nutrify! - Jemma Kehoe’s tip.
- This recipe is amazingly simple and delicious! Thyme is a wonderful herb to include here in preparation for the cold and flu season that may lie ahead. It has antibacterial action and works very well against coughs as well as certain skin conditions such as acne. The onions and apples are also a source of a super antioxidant called quercetin to support the immune system and gentle, soluble fibre to aid the digestion of the meat. The pork meat is a super source of brain enhancing nutrients including iron and B vitamins so perfect for a mid-week back to school dinner.

Shane Dineen Fitness

“This meal is a perfect low intensity/ steady state cardio pre workout fuel, As this food is rich in fats it is sure to keep your energy levels high throughout a workout and also avoid that sugar high and crash leaving you fatigued before your workout is complete.
Very good and simple but most important healthy and very effective for the type of workout mentioned above”

Butchers wife tip.
Do not over bake or the meat becomes tough. I did use fresh herbs this time but remember my tip on dried herbs – reduce quantity to a third. This is seriously tasty. Very autumnal. Ideal for the time of year. I served it with mash potatoes and carrots.

Enjoy this one, its a goody!!

The Butchers Wife xx


Spiced Lamb Pittas

Lads, all I can say is please try this recipe. It is easy peasy and soooo delicious. As you know I use my guinea pigs AKA the children at home to trial all recipes. I listen to all criticisms and do what I like anyway. ?Seriously I adjust as I feel appropriate. This recipe needs no tweaking. It is a big hit and I love it because its easy and a fun kind of dinner. Read on for Jemma Kehoe Nutritionists Slant on the health benefits and Shane Dineen Fitness expert gives us insight into how this suits his and his clients needs as a fitness trainer. Enjoy X

Spiced Lamb Pittas

#Tip from Jemma – Let’s Nutrify!

Lamb is one of my absolute favourite meats. I adore the taste and the fact that it's a relatively wild meat, but I also love it because of its’ nutrient profile.  The iron and zinc content of lamb is excellent, meaning it's a super meat to build the blood and increase energy levels.

Which has more omega 3’s – 100gms of cod or 100gms of lamb? You might be surprised to learn that the answer is lamb! You can get almost 300mgs of wonderful omega 3 fatty acids from just 100gms of lamb meat which is a comparable amount to that contained in 1 premium brand fish oil capsule! So if you’re not a fish lover but want to ensure that you get nice amounts of heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids, enjoy lamb once-twice weekly.

 

Shane Dineen Fitness Coach

“This meal is a perfect quick and easy post workout meal/dinner, containing high percentage of Protein from the meat for recovery, muscle growth and repair.

Along with Carbs coming from the Pitta to refuel and top up your Glycogen stores to be able to perform at your best for your next session.

Not to mention the health benefits from the Veg + Spices too keep everything on the inside fit and healthy”

 

Quick and Easy

Spiced lamb pittas

Ingredients

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 onion chopped

1 large clove of garlic crushed

Salt and black pepper

1 tsp. of turmeric

1 tsp. of ground cumin

1 tsp. ground coriander

450g lamb mince

50mls of water

225g potatoes diced

75g frozen peas

Method

Add the spices and mince and cook for 4-5 minutes until the mince loses its raw colour. Tip in the potatoes and 50ml water and cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Add the peas and cook, uncovered for a further 2 minutes.

Toast your pittas as usual and get your Greek yoghurt ready (optional extra is to add some diced cucumber or mint)

#Tips from the butcher's wife

Make these healthier, use whole-wheat pittas. Add a side salad of fresh green leaves. Yum!!

XX


Tarragon Chicken

Tarragon Chicken

The diced Chicken promotion rages on and is going down a treat in store. I loved the curry although i may leave the seeds of the chilis out the next time. Hot Hot Hot !! Delicious though and cooks away without too much faffing about. Phew - it's getting busy around here. This is another recipe I tried out and It was a big hit with the lads but also so easy and quick. Its already in the same time it took to cook the rice. That 's a winner in my book ....
Try it and see. Yum

Quick and Easy

Tarragon Chicken
Ingredients
50g of butter
450g of Diced Chicken Fillet (€4.50 or 2 for €8)
Salt and black pepper
300mls of Chicken stock
1 tub (250g) of crème fraiche
6 tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon. (Dried will suffice reduce to 2 tbsp. See below)
Method
Melt butter in a frying pan on a high heat and when foaming, add diced chicken. Season with salt and pepper and seal the chicken for 5-6 minutes until browned, then stir in the remaining ingredients.
Mix well together scraping the bottom of the pan, stirring the brown pieces into the sauce.
Bring to the boil and turn down to a simmer for about 8 minutes or until the sauce has reduced and thickened and chicken is cooked through.
Serve with new potatoes, rice or roasted mix veg. yum!!

#Tips from the butchers wife.
If you don’t have fresh herbs to hand substitute with dried but just reduce the volume to about a third. Bay leaves are the exception to this rule. They loose much of their flavour dried so double the volume.
When you have a glut of herbs you can freeze them in ice cube trays with water or chopped into ice cube trays and covered in olive oil. When frozen you can take them out of the ice cube trays and store in a little container.


Equality and division of labour (part two)

Gender Determined Roles

The baby of the house is seven. She loves nothing more than to draw pictures, write little stories and make cards. So I have collections of little drawings etc. She skipped down the stairs and handed me this the other day.

Following on from the previous post regarding division of labour maybe we need to work harder and not have the division so determined by gender. Opps.... Not great. Soccer and rugby under dads column and baking and dishes under my column. Delighted with the card though. Great phonics ....


Summer Time! BBQ Time!

Well hello ladies.

Digging a hole

Isn't BBQ season just marvellous for us women?
Himself piped up the other day, "isn't it grand for you now that I'm doing all the cooking." I looked up expectantly. Where is he going with this one? "Well now that the good weather is here and the kids are on holidays, you don't have to do anything"? Again I gave him the eye. Say nothing and see how deep this hole he is digging will be. I don't even have to supply the shovel.

The Great Gender Divide and Primeval instinct
"Well sure we (I'm assuming he means men) do all the BBQing”. "Yes, you do BBQ." said I. "Well it makes things easier for you" said he. "That it does. All I have to do when you're BBQing is bring out the meat, the marinade, the thongs, the forks, the plate to put it all on, then make the salads and wash the spuds and then after I get to clean the grill racks." It was his turn to stay silent.
So why do men do the BBQ. It’s a 'primeval instinct’ for men to barbecue. They’re essentially hard-wired to work with meat and fire. It certainly would be weird to see himself make a salad while I BBQed and although I'm the primary caregiver and himself the main earner we live in a house that has good equality balance of roles.

Equality 
Equality, in the home, to me means that we share out what needs to be done. Division of labour. I struggled initially with being “a kept woman" as it is traditionally seen. I find it strange that the care of children and investing time and effort in home life is less valued than a job. True equality is about choice. I choose to be at home. I’m lucky enough to have that choice but I did feel a little “anti-feminist” in my choice. At times I felt judged, by women more than men. But I think i was judging myself more. Was I setting a good example for my daughters?  But as time went on and life threw curve balls and it was essential for someone to be at home I was grateful for the choice and was at peace in my role. I’m lucky.

Gin and Tonics with a delicious dinner with the Matriarch and the sister

Anyway back to how lucky I am to have little to do now that it’s BBQ season. The weather is just amazing. We’ve been BBQing at the beach and at home. I love the Cajun chicken kebabs. I usually add them to my salad of leaves with toasted walnuts, tomatoes and beetroot. Love love love !!!! The kids are loving the BBQ sausages and the lamb kebabs. They haven’t time to chew. The butcher enjoys the beef or lamb burgers. But at the weekend I said no more. I was being lazy about changing what I was eating. My Mam and my sister were staying over and I wanted to feed them well. So I tried the butterflied leg of lamb on the BBQ. I marinated it with lemon juice, crushed garlic and salt and pepper. Simple. It was nearly half eaten before I got it to the table. It really is delicious and quick. And a welcome change from the typical BBQ fare. I served the lamb with South East Produce New Potatoes and a simple salad of leaves with mint. So between the delicious lamb and new potatoes with melting butter, portion distortion was the order of the day. I’ve found a Jamie Oliver recipe that I’m going to try for the marinade and will share the results.
So the butcher got to try something new and I enjoyed the results immensely – He even washed the grill rack after.

True love.

Equality.

Happy wife, happy life.

The butchers’ wife xx

Contact orders@molloysbutchersardkeen.com for any special request regarding the lamb.

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