Blogger challenge: Meals from scratch – day two

Jess Neale

Jess NealeIn celebration of Food Revolution day next weekend, MyFamilyClub’s Editorial Assistant, Jess Neale, spends her Sunday making all her meals from scratch. Here’s what she has to say…

I love cooking and making meals from scratch so when I was given this blogging challenge I didn’t hesitate to accept. Sunday was my challenge day and I’ve got to say the sunshine did prove a bit of a distraction!


Jess breakfast bloggers challengeYou either love it or you hate it, but I love it. That’s right… Marmite. Marmite on toast, Marmite and cheese, Marmite crisps, Marmite and stir fried vegetables, you name it, and I’ve probably tried it. It was one of my biggest cravings over the seven months when I was travelling. Now that I’m home, I like nothing more than to indulge with a few toasted Marmite soldiers and a dippy egg. A cheap and cheerful start to the day, fuss-free and easy too.


Saturday night we had The Bobs to sleep (my nephew and niece) and on Sunday morning jess lunch bloggers challengeafter a few games of Mario Kart and a drawing or three of Moshi Monsters, we headed to the park to enjoy the sunshine, while I pondered what to make for lunch. What meal from scratch could I rustle up from the basic ingredients in the cupboard? I knew we had bacon, eggs, cheese and onions. An omelette perhaps?

Then I remembered my brother and sister-in-law were also coming over for lunch and to collect the little rascals. So my omelette idea evolved into a quiche idea.

It was easy enough to make the quiche. I did cheat slightly with some readymade shortcrust pastry (although you can make this from scratch, the good weather meant I was a bit behind on timings!)

While the kids distracted themselves in the garden I fried up some bacon pieces and red onion and added them to the pastry dish. I then beat four eggs to ½ pint of milk, added grated cheddar cheese, pepper and salt. I poured this to the dish, sprinkled some red Leicester on top, added some oregano, then popped the dish in the oven on 180 degrees for 40 minutes and… Ta-da! A deliciously cheesey quiche to feed a few!


For dinner I thought I’d make use of some leftover vegetables we had lurking in the bottom of the fridge and add them to a stir-fry. We had some frozen prawns in the freezer that could be added straight to the pan, so this would be a quick and easy one, ready in time to watch The Voice UK results show on TV afterwards. I chopped up the peppers, onion, carrots and spring onions, made some budget plain rice, and sprinkled with soy sauce. Yum!

My bloggy challenge was over and it definitely put my skills to the test. Although I managed to just about pass, I don’t think Jamie Oliver will be calling me up any time soon! It has motivated me, though, to start meal planning and continue to make my meals from scratch. I saved some money, and my quiche even gave me enough leftovers for lunch today too.

If you’re feeling inspired why not check out the Food Revolution eBook full of 30 ideas to get you started or MyFamilyClub’s Food Revolution lunchbox eBook with printable meal planner recipes included.