Welcome to my blog!

If you ask me what my very favourite thing is I would not hesitate to say my family. I came into motherhood quite late on, and was immediately overwhelmed with how amazing it is. Now I would like nothing more than to be a Domestic Goddess, and surround my family in love, good food, beautiful things and lots of happy memories. And like the majority of families these days, we need to do it on a budget!

I firmly believe we all have a little bit of the Domestic Goddess inside us, just waiting to break out. Whether that is knowing how to make a roast chicken feed a family of 4 for a week, being able to make, repair or recycle clothes, hunting down a bargain, or simply turning everyday, simple things into pretty or useful items, with a little bit of imagination we can all dip in to the Goddess inside and make our lives that little bit more interesting.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy sharing my (challenging) journey into Domestic Goddessness!

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Well, not quite, but sadly (though probably not so sadly really) we are waving goodbye to our regular curry night. Sometimes there's nothing better than crashing in front of the telly with a takeaway, when you can't be bothered cooking, or just fancy a treat. We have developed a rather frivolous habit of having a takeaway, usually on a Saturday night, just for the hell of it, made all the more easy by Just Eat and the ability to order a curry or a Chinese from the comfort of your computer chair (or even the armchair, if you have an ipad or laptop) and not even worry about going out into the rain to get some money from the cash machine. Damn you Just Eat! It's all too simple, and makes short work of £15 for the two of us. And the worst thing is the amount of food that gets left behind! 

I am due to start Fat Leave in just over a week, and then the money goes down. (Surely I should be on full pay for the duration, given the amount of pain I am going to be in in the next couple of weeks, as just reward for my part in the continuance of our species. But apparently not) So cost cutting exercises have to start now. Including our regular takeaway. With that in mind, last night was the first (of hopefully many) forays for the Gallerys into the world of Saturday-takeaway-that-isn't-a-takeaway. I made a very simple mushroom fried rice (which, to be fair, I have made before) with a couple of tweaks (cos you can do that with your own recipes, and are not in breach of copyright or anything, no-one will sue you!) I fried my onions and mushrooms in chilli oil, added garlic, and perfectly cooked basmati rice (it's taken me nearly 40 years to discover how to make perfectly cooked rice, and I didn't have to resort to a rice cooker or some other fiddly contraption, or measure everything to within a decimal point, or rinse the rice in maiden's tears or any such nonsense... Just plenty (and I mean plenty) of fresh boiling water, over the rice, lid on and leave well alone just above simmering for 12 minutes. No stirring, no peeking, no messing. Leave it alone. Never fails.) I even managed to add the egg. It was lovely. No clean plates, but that's simply because I need to get my serving size down from feed 50 to feed 2!
Next week Himself is planning a mushroom korma. Watch this space!

And I've just pulled a large chicken out of the oven, let's see how many meals I can get out of it! I think my mum managed to feed a family of 4 on 1 chicken from Sunday to Thursday. Obviously they must have been bigger chickens in the 70's but we'll see how many meals for 2 I can make (Of course, I don't eat meat so that makes it a bit easier to make it stretch!) I have several cookery books, collected over the years, and flicked through from time to time. Amongst my favourites (obviously) are my Nigella books, if only for the lovely way she writes and makes her food sound so delicious and easy to make. I have made few meals from these books. But with the imminent strain on our finances, I am enthusiastic to see what I can come up with on a budget. If I can succeed to make delicious and appetising meals, on a fraction of what we spend now, surely that would be a step up towards Domestic Goddessness!

In other more crafty news (tho this is supposed to be my journey into Domestic Goddessness, and if the Great Goddess herself, Nigella, were to read my blogs I'm sure she would be tutting at my lack of foodiness) I was in receipt of my Big Shot die cutter (and also a Sissix Texture Boutique) on Monday, and much fun has been had with that. I have made 3 cards but since they are all for other people (who may read this blog at some point) I don't want to spoil their surprise by posting up photos. Suffice it to say I am well impressed with what can be created, particularly with the embossing folders. Looking forward to experimenting with both machines in the future, and coming up with more than cards alone.

Don't forget to have a trip over to see Wendy's blog, and Handmade Monday's offerings from crafty people around the 'net. Til next time!


Ali said...

I know what you mean about the takeaway (or Celebrity Chef as it is known in our house!) it is very tempting when you have been busy all day either at a show or preparing for one and before you know it, you can spend a fortune on them!

Homemade tastes better and is better for you too so I am sure you will soon get some staple recipes together and as you don't have to do all the cooking yourself, it will feel like a takeaway!

Ali x

cj - Curious Cat Creative said...

well done! there is no domestic goddess in me!!

Aviya Glass said...

I wish you all the best with cutting back! My tip to help when takeout seems all too tempting is to cook double or triple when you do cook. Then freeze in single serve or family/couple size portions in foil dishes. Saves time, money and reduces dirty dish pile too!

Carolee Crafts said...

Well done on cutting back, we don't eat take away's so do not have the problem but do make our own chinese. You can sometimes buy the chinese cartons on offer that way you co9uld make your own takeaway and think it is real.

Wendy said...

Definitely do the "freeze it for later" thing - excellent for those days when cooking feels like too much work.
And get the man eating chickpeas! *ducks to avoid flying chicken bones*

Caroline Lovis said...

Good luck with your new regime. Looking forward to see what you've been up to with your Big Shot.

GiftsByJenny said...

Good luck with the cutbacks! We are the same, you get into a 'takeaway habit' don't you? It's still nice as an occasional treat - we aim for once a month with the odd lapse ;-)

dreamstar said...

It's easy to cut back on things when you really have to and you look like you are doing a fab job and very versatile with what you have.
I love my big shot, i'm sure you will too.

fatmonica said...

Poor you!At leats you've got your Big Shot to accompany you on the take away free nights!Don't start cutting back on latte day though!

Anita Bonney said...

So what is this Fat Leave? Dieting? Anita x

Helen said...

Fat leave is maternity leave:)
Thanks for the comments guys, had meant to update sooner on our progress but haven't had time! Will do i promise :)