Firstly, a big hello and welcome to all our new readers!
We’re spring-cleaning this weekend (hence the savings article is taking a while to write) and amongst other things, a good amount of time has been spent hoovering the cats, both of whom really quite enjoy having the nozzle from the hoover ran over them. When we first got them they were typical cats who reacted to us having the temerity to hoover by exploding into giant cat-form, clawing off our faces and shitting on the carpet, but two years of having a roomba trundling around during the day has desensitised them both to the point where they enjoy a good vacuum. Sola has picked up an annoying habit though – every time you go into the bathroom to use the netty, she climbs onto the sink and meows until you turn the tap on for her to drink from. Clearly the fact she has her own filtered water dispenser isn’t quite good enough, she’s got to ruin my ten minutes a day doing the puzzles in Take a Break surrounded by my own miasma.
Speaking of Take a Break – here’s a promise. I’m going to get a really naff tip published in Take a Break or one of the other housewife-bothering shitrags. I love those magazines – Chat, Pick Me Up, That’s Life – it’s like I’ve parked outside the smoking section at Mecca Bingo and I’m listening to all the gossip. I’m sure they used to be decent though – I quite enjoyed reading my mother’s Take a Break in the bath on a Thursday evening. I’m not sure of the tip I’m going to use, but it’ll have to work hard to beat my favourite scene where someone whose name on facebook invariably had ‘MUMMYOFTHREE’ sandwiched in the middle of it took an old beer fridge and affixed to it her bathroom wall. A fridge! In the fucking bathroom, acting as a medicine/toiletries cabinet! Because nothing says class like getting your tampons out of a glass cupboard with STELLA ARTOIS emblazoned on the front.
Whilst we’re on the subject of trashy literature (that’s two smooth segues in my writing today, I’m rather proud), I’m knocking together a food diary and plan to have it bound in February. I see all those food diaries people have where they dutifully write down everything they don’t mind the consultant seeing and they’re always the same, very cutesy-poo with inspirational quotes and fucking cupcakes (fucking not used as a verb, mind, I’d probably buy that book…) so I’m trying to build an antithesis of those. Let’s see how we get on. They’ll be nicely bound and printed mind, I don’t do half measures!
Now, we were going to have baked cod for tea tonight but frankly, we wanted something a bit more substantial, so we’re having burgers instead.
RETRO RECIPE TIME. Click here – it’s one of our very first recipes, way back when…
Oh young James! You were so innocent, so young those many, many…weeks ago. Actually give those burgers a try, they’re delicious. We added a fried egg with a soft yolk onto this burger and a bacon medallion under the burger. Heart attack in a bun but as long as you HEA your cheese and HEB your bread, it’ll be syn free apart from any sauces you add!
But in the spirit of a) being fat and b) being generous, here’s a second recipe for you lot. Syn free spring rolls!
to make slimming world spring rolls, you’ll need:
ingredients: eight lasagne sheets, one pack of Sainbury’s red pepper stir fry mix (or any other stir fry veg mix, but I like the crunchy peppers!), soy sauce plus any old bobbins that you have left over – in my case, I added a couple of cut up rashers of bacon and some mushrooms.
to make slimming world spring rolls, you should:
recipe: do your stir fry first – biggest pan you have, plus a tiny bit of oil (or boo hiss, Frylight) and a few drops of soy sauce. Get that pan hot! Chuck in your veg, meat if you have any, mushrooms and stir stir stir. Cook fast and cook hot. Once cooked through, put in a bowl by the side. Now, boil up a big pan of water, and when boiling excitedly, chuck in your lasagne sheets. Space them out by dropping them in one at a time otherwise I find they clump. After five minutes, they should be soft.
Work quickly here. Take one sheet out at a time, otherwise the others will harden up whilst you roll your first roll. Pop the first sheet on a flat surface, add a bit of the stir fry, roll up and place ‘join’ down on a baking tray. Repeat seven more times. Little spritz of olive oil/Frylight over the top, stick in the oven for 20 mins on 180degrees or until they look cooked through.
Serve with soy sauce for dipping!
extra-easy: yep! and perfectly cheap too – just some old sheets and any old gubbins you have in the veg drawer. They actually taste decent too, as opposed to most ‘snacks’ based on tasty things turned into Slimming World joys…
I’ve just joined the local SW and your blogs are a joy!
Being a yo-yo dieter my whole life, and enjoying food (too much) I love the whole scene, with the dedication to the plan and the syns included. You are both inspirational – long live the blogs…
Thank you! We’re yo-yoers too – but this year we are aiming to eat well and lose 2lb a week – if that happens, we’ll both be happy! Thank you for your kind words 🙂
Hello! I’ve just been directed here by Google and I have to say I’ve not giggled so much in ages. Thank you. I’m off to make your onion soup and no doubt giggle a bit more. PS your Granny sounds ace I can see why you miss her so much. Xx
She was amazing 🙂 it’s where I get my sense of humour and moustache from! 🙂 thank you for the lovely kind words!
Hi guys. found you by mistake. Started reading and not stopped laughing. The recipes are just a bonus. Keep living and loving.
Yummy I absolutely love eating slimming world spring rolls..they are really tasty..when I make some I use extra lean mince,garlic and cumin combined together in a pan, put the mixture in the pasta sheets with soy sauce and a cut up chilli to dip….making myself hungry?
Damn, that sounds tasty! That’s what I love, experimenting! Good work 🙂
Can these be frozen once cooked ??
Haven’t got a clue, sorry! Food doesn’t last long enough in this house to reach the freezer! If you happen to try it though let us know how it goes!
Linda did you try freezing these? If so did they turn out OK?
Hi guys ! Oh I love your site ‘ such thought and love in your recipes and like me you love your food x keep the recipes coming x and the laughs
Clearly a lady of good taste in blogs 😉
Just found you guys and made the spring rolls this evening….yummy yummy YUM! Great recipes and written with some humour too! Looking forward to making many more. Thanks so much!! 🙂
Cheers! Glad you liked ’em! 😀
Absolutely love your posts. Have you written a book and if so where can I get it from please. X
We’ve written three (and thank you!)!
http://amzn.to/2kxrO25 is the latest, http://amzn.to/2lfbxfj is the earliest and is the one in the middle! http://amzn.to/2lf26fN
Just made these after googling for slimming snacks, but I did add a tablespoon of curry powder to the soy sauce whilst cooking…..absolutely gorgeous. Thankyou for sharing your recipes.
Oh I’m giving these a bash tomorrow! You two are absolutely hilarious………. and I won’t bother to find out if these syn free spring rolls freeze either as i have 4 kids and a husband, eldest boy who is 15 literally opens the fridge door and inhales the contents. Regularly. It’s like Ross from Friends once quoted when asked why he ate so fast….”I lived with Monica, if you didn’t eat quick, you didn’t eat stall” Same in our ‘ouse dude!! 😂😂😂😂