Today we are having a liver and bacon casserole with mushrooms and tomatoes, together with baby boiled potatoes and savoy cabbage.
Memories of that delicious first meal Hubby cooked for me all those years ago are forever foremost in my mind whenever we have liver, though my offering is never a patch on his.
Hubby and I met on a Wednesday, two days before my 33rd birthday. I suggested if he wasn’t doing anything on the Friday to come and meet my brother and family.
He agreed, and bought me a three pack of Ferrero Rocher (knowing I was on a diet) and a card.
They have become a firm favourite since, just the three pack, nothing bigger. I’m sentimental like that (and so is he).
As we were doing our shopping today, the shelves were full of Christmas goodies, the above in various size packages. I remembered the in-laws gave us a huge box one year and once emptied, we discovered it was perfect for our mahjong set! We still have it.
We weren’t after chocolate though. With his recent heart scare, we are making a conscious effort to try and reduce his cholesterol, so all of the yummy things we like are not just off the menu, but now strictly off the shopping list.
However, a lot of the anti cholesterol foods are on his banned list as they react with his warfarin, so it is going to be an interesting exercise.
Savoy cabbages were £1.27 each on Saturday. Too much for our pocket, so we had a spaghetti bolognese instead, made from scratch with fresh ingredients already here and 200g of minced beef with the fat drained off before adding everything else.
Today, savoys were 68p, and although too big for the two of us in one sitting, we cooked it all and will have the rest with bubble and squeak tomorrow.
Hubby likes my bubble and squeak.
I mix the cooked cabbage, mash and any other left over veg together, then make round ‘patties’ which I fry in the frying pan with a little olive oil. Sometimes, I dip them in breadcrumbs which makes them crisp up more. If you like them with a bit of crunch and punch, add a chopped onion and some herbs.
Hubby remembered the first meal I cooked for him…… a rubbish throw it all together and hope pizza. It was the only thing I could think of to make with the ingredients in my sister-in-law’s cupboards when they went away as I hadn’t got round to doing any shopping.
I made up a pastry base, then used a tin of tuna fish, sweetcorn, tomatoes and onions, topping the lot with grated cheese.
He was impressed. Either that or so damn hungry I could have dished up cardboard and he would have eaten it!
Cooking memories today.
While I cannot relate directly to your hubby’s diet limitations, I have to avoid (or minimize) wherever possible all stimulants = caffeine, alcohol, sugar and salt. It can become quite the challenge as so much sugar and salt is added to so many items! It certainly makes shopping both an education… and quite interesting! 🙂
We have reduced our coffee intake (sob, no more lattes and pasties as we people watch), don’t drink, I don’t use salt in my cooking and I haven’t purchased sugar since we sold the house (I use the little sachets from supermarkets in case we have guests!) But you are right, it’s the added sugar and salt in what we buy that’s doing the damage.
Liver would have been a deal breaker for me. That bubble and squeak sounds interesting. Why is it called that?
I actually have no idea, but I think it’s something to do with the sizzling and frying noises as it cooks.
WIKI gives a good description of ingredients and why it is so called :
So cute! I love that he bought you the three pack knowing youre on a diet!!! sweeeeet ❤
Ah, he loves me. 🙂
Pizza is such a good dish to do. You can basically throw everything on it. Left overs and stuff you find. And you can always turn it into something great. I think the pizza you made actually sounds amazing. Might try it next time.