Some of the best meals come when your hands are tied; everyone’s hungry and you just have to work with what you’ve got. I had this recently whilst on holiday at Center Parcs Elveden Forest. Worn out from trekking, swimming and climbing, the troops needed fuel!
We’ve been to this village several times over the years and never failed to have an amazing time. We have kids separated in age by 9 years. This presents it’s own challenges which is well catered for by the variety of activities available. The big ‘un can go climbing trees and archery whilst the littl’un can go to fairy parties and learn to ride a bike. I’ve always loved the swimming complex, packed with inventive ways to be thrown about in the water.
And of course you can return to the home base of your self-catering villa. Being a cooking-loving kinda person I always cast a critical eye over the kitchen. You’re sorted for an oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and letterbox-sized freezer. The range of utensils and pots can be challenging, with what seems like the Argos value pan set in the cupboard. There’s just three things I wish they’d include in the standard kitchen kit to keep me happy: some tongs (invaluable for turning things on a grill, and the best thing for serving spaghetti dishes), a decent knife to chop an onion with (blunted for safety no doubt), and a decent-size casserole dish. For this dinner (to feed 4) I had to juggle a couple of pans to cook my mince mixture.
I can’t be the first person to make spag bol here surely? It’s a real challenge to try and make family portions in small pans.
This is a minor criticism. I’m certain I must be the only one grumbling about this issue but being a food person the kitchen situation is never going to be perfect.
So here’s my rescue dinner, a kind-of crowd pleasing spaghetti bolognese, with odds and ends from home and a few essentials from the village supermarket. If you can pick up Knorr Flavour Pots they’re a great way to shortcut flavour into your dinners.