It's been back to reality with a serious bump today - we got back from Mum & Dad's on Thursday, then yesterday the children and I were booked on a day trip to Folly Farm. Today I had to get down to the serious business of restocking the house with food. Just what Hubby's been living on while we were away, I can't be sure - but there are a lot of suspicious-looking cartons in the bin! So this morning I baked bread and made some gingerbread, then the boys and I went out shopping...
(Much later) We spent the afternoon in the garden, as summer seems to have finally decided to put in an appearance. The sweet peas are out in abundance and, just in case you're wondering, he did mow the lawn!
Tonight's dinner was based on a half-remembered childhood favourite of Karl's. As with so much, he didn't go into any kind of detail - just that it was "chicken in a cheesy sauce with a crispy topping". 'Crispy' is a simply ludicrous word, in my opinion, but I let this pass for the sake of marital harmony... and in the end I did use potato crisps, so I suppose it might count as 'crisp-y' just this one time.
6 skinless & boneless chicken thigh fillets
1 pint milk
1 tsp mustard
100g grated cheese
2 packs ready-salted crisps, crushed
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
Put the chicken pieces in an ovenproof dish and bake at 180°c for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, put the milk, butter, mustard and cornflour in a pan and bring to the boil, whisking until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and beat in three-quarters of the cheese. Take the chicken out of the oven and carefully whisk any juices into the sauce, then pour the sauce over the top of the chicken in the dish. Mix the crushed crisps with the remaining cheese and the parsley, then scatter this mixture over the surface of the sauce. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes.
We ate this with some (brown) rice and steamed baby corn and broccoli. It wasn't quite how Hubby remembered it from his youth, but very good all the same. Judging by the amount he packed in, I think little James has a new favourite dinner!