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Cooking Tips for the Disorganised Mother

Listen, it’s no secret that I’m not exactly a domestic goddess. I like to cook at times, but I don’t have a huge amount of skill in that area, nor do I have the patience for constant chores (don’t pity my Husband too much, will you?!). However, I am the master of the cookery bodge and I thought I’d share some of my awesome cookery tips for all of you other disorganised mummies out there, to get you out of those tricky cooking mishaps.

1. Cheesestrings are still cheese.

In true slummy fashion, a while back I was using one of those sachet mixes to make a pasta bake. I hadn’t realised that the recipe called for grated cheese to be sprinkled on the top of it before baking and the only cheese I had in the fridge were some of Sausage’s Cheese Strings.

Et voila! Pasta a la Cheese String! It may not look amazing, but it tasted great…honestly!

Cheese String Pasta Bake2. Bacon and Eggs Made Easy

Boiling eggs can be a pain in the arse, as is washing a grill pan after cooking bacon, so this method of cooking cuts down on the greasy dishes and timing issues. Grab a silicone muffin case, lay a rasher of streaky bacon around the sides of the case, crack an egg inside, place on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes at 180c. Easiest bacon and eggs ever, and it looks fairly impressive too! Serve with a toasted English muffin.

Baked Bacon and Eggs

3. Cocktail Sauce

cocktail sauce

4. Garlic Bread

If you’re having a meal that would go lovely with a bit of garlic bread, but don’t actually have any, you’ve probably got all the bits to make it yourself (I don’t know about you, but I can usually muster up a couple of garlic cloves or even garlic powder or paste from my cupboards). Grab some normal sliced bread, toast one side, take a tablespoon of margarine or butter and mix some minced garlic or garlic powder to it, them spread the mixture on the un-toasted side and stick it back under the grill. Just as nice as shop bought garlic bread and a fraction of the cost.

5. Toastie with no Toastie Maker?

So, you’re craving a toasted cheese sandwich, but don’t own a toasted sandwich maker? You know who makes awesome toasted cheese sandwiches?

George Foreman Grill

George Foreman does.

Seriously. I know Mr. Foreman probably didn’t intend for his ‘fat reducing’ grill to be used for melting cheese between buttered bread, but we use ours to make toasties ALL the time and it does a brilliant job.

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  2. Oh Karen, have a bran muffin you poor love, it must be so hard being so, so perfect.

    I bloody love this post, massive high fives to you for being so honest. We ALL do stuff like this from time to time! And those muffins are absolute genius!

  3. Bodge it all the way! Pasta +tuna sandwich filler and a sprinkle of cheese is awesome tuna pasta bake and bread! ketchup and cheese toasted is homemade pizza!
    As others have said though it’s deffo mayo in yer prawn sauce!

  4. I love how the top commenter remembered to tack the name of her shitty website on to the post – can’t miss an opportunity to shill while you’re being a contemptuous cretin to a person you don’t know, after all.

  5. I’m going to have to call you up on your cocktail sauce recipe – in this house it’s ketchup and mayonnaise that make cocktail sauce. Mr C is also trying to patent his invention of mixing brown sauce and mayonnaise, although the name of “beige sauce” needs a bit of work!

  6. Bodging muffins at this time of day lol best laugh I’ve had in ages.

    There’s worse things they can be eating but there’s only so much talk of school dinners with pudding every lunch time we can blog

  7. The bacon one looks ace! i will have to give it a go. Way better and less messy than frying it all! The grilling machine makes awesome toasties – used to do it all the time at work! I have admit to making cheats cocktail sauce but may using mayo and tomato puree!

    I think the “lady” who commented first should probably read the rest of your blog before she passes comment on your cooking skills – she obviously knows nothing and feels that her opinion counts for something – which it doesn’t! Get a life love, go back to writing complaint letters to the Daily Mail – I think that’s probably more your level! #sadsack

  8. Oh for the love of god, someone woke up in a huff. I suppose it can’t be that comfortable living under a bridge, though…

    Congrats Jayne! You know you’ve made it as a blogger when the trolls come stomping on by.

    Karen, really? REALLY? You’ve never ever cooked a frozen pizza, I presume? Or made your own garlic bread? Make your cocktail sauce from scratch I suppose? Well hark at you! I am a huge advocate for clean eating and avoiding processed food where possible, but every now and again the frozen fish fingers make an appearance, and it’s not a big deal. I think you need a cheese toastie in your life. Honestly, you’ll feel better for it.

    Also, nothing trashy about an egg, bb. Full of protein and a good, natural food source. Get over yourself.

  9. As a mum I’ve learned the most important thing to have is a sense of humour – and the ability to know we’re not always perfect. This post shows you have both Jayne.
    Yes, we’d all love to serve up a vitamin-enriched home-cooked meal three times a day, but it’s just not going to happen – and even when it does, chances are your kids will pick at it and then request a ketchup sandwich! (at least that’s what happens in my house).
    Karen’s snidey little comment shows that either she ain’t a mum. Or if she is, her kids have got to deal with the fact she’s had a frontal lobotomy which took her humour with it. Poor kids.

  10. Ha! I LOVE this post, it’s so nice to see other mums ‘make do’ just like I do–in fact, I find it’s a certain type of creativity that allows us to do this sort of cooking when we discover we’ve run out of time, ingredients or both!

    And to the first commenter, seriously? Lighten up!

  11. With view to that first comment, that bacon and eggs looks a far healthier way to cook them than frying, and I learned to make seafood sauce (although I use mayo!) from an M&S cookbook. Cheesestrings – if you read the ingredients, have exactly the same in them as a ‘normal’ block of cheddar – it’s just been heat treated to keep it in that state (not sure whether I agree with that but nutritionally…). Cheese toasties are a perfect autumn treat and if served for Sausage with baked beans or some salad (as I’m sure they are) are a good, quick tea.

    Quick cooking, bodges, making your life easier – whatever you want to call them, a good, healthy balanced diet that doesn’t demonise ‘treat’ food is the way forward. Keep mixing those sauces lovely x

  12. Blimey that other comment is a little harsh, there’s nothing wrong with the occasional lazy unhealthy meal providing that most of the time you eat a good balanced diet. That bacon and eggs thing looks amazing, my other half will be thrilled 😀

  13. I don’t really see how these are cookery bodges, rather making trashy food faster, and nastier. I think advertising your poor diet is irresponsible and I feel sorry that you’re passing on these disgusting eating habits to your child, instead of actually learning about nutrition. You have a platform to talk about being a mother, life and social issues…and you choose to enlighten us by suggesting we mix two synthetic sauces together to make seafood sauce. I’m fed up with seeing such pointless ‘journalism’ on the web.

    1. Karen are you for real?

      Could you point me to where on Jayne’s site she claims to be a journalist?

      Jayne is a busy mum who tries to find lighthearted ways to feed her family. I dont suppose for one minute she feeds them this three times a day.

      Get a grip woman.

    2. Aside from the fact that you’ve MONUMENTALLY missed the point that this blog post is actually supposed to be tongue-in-cheek (god forbid someone should make a joke without labelling it as such, so dull-witted people realise that I’m not being 100% serious…), who the hell are you to tell me that I’m irresponsible and disgusting?! Firstly, how is pasta bake, bacon and eggs or garlic bread “trashy”? And secondly, you can shove your judgement where the sun doesn’t shine. If you don’t like “pointless ‘journalism'” (and just FYI, this is a BLOG, I’m a BLOGGER, and I’ve never claimed to be a journalist), why don’t you go and take your trumped up moral indignation elsewhere…you might find something more to your liking on the pages of The Daily Mail, that seems like it would be far more to your taste.

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