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Mawi Thu 10-Sep-20 13:02:26

I have planned a weekend away for me & DH with no DC. I know it could all go tits up but at the moment we are going away for 2 days without DC to a cottage by the sea.

I need ideas for food. I want to buy/make food that is indulgent and not something that we usually have on the family meal plan.

We just want to hide away on our own and walk on the beach and indulge ourselves a bit.

Sil (Dh sis) died unexpectedly during lockdown and we could not mourn or process properly so it really is about being kind and gentle with ourselves and a bit of spoiling because sometimes you just need it.

Any wonderful ideas for me please.

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Kermitsbiggestfan Thu 10-Sep-20 13:08:52

My treat food is Kleftico from waitrose, really indulgent. Have it with a few rosemary potatoes, veg, nice wine.
Hope you have a lovely time.

rbe78 Thu 10-Sep-20 13:11:42

My go to treaty dinner is steak with homemade chips, or pan-fried duck breast with dauphinoise potatoes (google Jamie's quick dauinoise, they're delish).

Enjoy your weekend!

bluebluezoo Thu 10-Sep-20 13:14:33

I’d go with M&s or waitrose dine in for 2. With a few nice side dishes and extras.

Easy, convenient, not much prep and time in the kitchen, but still good food.

Sexnotgender Thu 10-Sep-20 13:16:29

Baked Camembert with fresh bread and fruit and wine.

Steak, dauphinois potatoes, vegetables and wine.


More wine😂

BrieAndChilli Thu 10-Sep-20 13:36:58

Go to M&S - get the dine in for £12 or whatever it is now, then some picky bits from the deli range and some of the little pots of various salads. nice bread, some cheese and cold meats, some nice juices and some par bake pastries, some nice chocolate/

Mintjulia Thu 10-Sep-20 13:39:20

My ds doesn't like fish or very spicy food so I tend to choose those when he isn't around.

Oysters? Moroccan or Thai?

MsEllany Thu 10-Sep-20 13:39:44

I’ve got a hankering for coq au vin with mash so that! Pre-cook the chicken and take it down frozen with some frozen mash, maybe serve with some fresh broccolini. Or whatever those posh broccolis are called.

Cheese and crackers for lunches and snacks.

Wine and your chosen soft beverage - I’m not classy I’d have Pepsi.

Sorry for your loss. Hope the weekend goes well.

Tootletum Thu 10-Sep-20 13:40:51

Make lamb shanks! Quite easy as you just stick in the oven with root vegetable for several hours.

Strokethefurrywall Thu 10-Sep-20 13:58:59

When I'm eating meat, I usually do filet mignon, with a mushroom/Parmesan sauce, roast potatoes with Yorkshire pudding and sautéed asparagus.

Or if I'm feeling really hungry, I do a full on roast.

clolo Thu 10-Sep-20 14:32:57

I would get dips and nibbles to have with wine before you eat/while cooking and then something fairly quick like steak and chips for main

clolo Thu 10-Sep-20 14:33:05

Oh and enjoy!

Etinox Thu 10-Sep-20 14:35:51

Hope you have a lovely time. Can you go via a Cook? Frozen so they're happy en route and v good quality. Seafood is a good bet by the sea wink and may be something you don't enjoy with little dc.

Kisforkaylied Thu 10-Sep-20 14:36:06

Cheese & crackers, pickles & chutneys, continental deli meat. Grapes, celery, figs.
Nice bakery artisan bread.
Proper salted butter.
Houmous, taramasalata, baba ghanoush, pittas
Edamame salad
M&S cookie dough bites
Lots of wine & gin.


sar302 Thu 10-Sep-20 14:45:12

Baked feta drizzled with olive oil, oregano and flaked chillis. Dig at it with tasty bread.

Sexnotgender Thu 10-Sep-20 15:20:16


Cheese & crackers, pickles & chutneys, continental deli meat. Grapes, celery, figs.
Nice bakery artisan bread.
Proper salted butter.
Houmous, taramasalata, baba ghanoush, pittas
Edamame salad
M&S cookie dough bites
Lots of wine & gin.


Minus the deli meat (vegetarian) that sounds perfect.

Mawi Thu 10-Sep-20 15:44:22

OH thank you all sooooo much. My mouth is watering reading them all. So many months of family dinners, I cannot wait to eat proper grown up food without having to worry and make something else for the dc just incase.

I was thinking of doing a picky breakfast type thing and go watch the sunrise on the beach (weather permitting) and have breakfast.

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SantanaBinLorry Thu 10-Sep-20 15:48:47

Have a lovely time OP. I 2nd/3rd/4th... take it easy and get in something quality half done for you and relax. Unless you really enjoy cooking to relax - in that case go for something you wouldnt have with the kids, not because they are fussy, but maybe because they wouldnrt appreciate the effort. My two wolf down a nice steak the same as cheapo pasta, so the effort is wasted!
We'd have a big pan of king prawns with a tonne of butter and garlic.
Fillet steak with a slow baked jacket or hasselback potato, mushrooms for me a lovely big beef tomato and some homemade onion rings. We'd also do a few different sauces, I like blue other half pepper. A shit load of some kind of green veg.
And something chocolatey for pud.
Classic smile

SantanaBinLorry Thu 10-Sep-20 15:52:47

cross post, sunrise on the beach sounds luuuuurvly. For this i would want freshly baked pastries (honestly... you can't beat iceland's frozen pain au chocolat & croissants!) and a flask or smart* coffee. Bliss.

* add rum or liquer of choice ;)

user1471538283 Thu 10-Sep-20 16:05:38

I am so sorry for your loss. I'd get things you can chuck in the oven from m and s

Gingerkittykat Thu 10-Sep-20 16:05:57

You could buy a go fresh box, they normally have an offer for 50% off the first box which would mean 3 meals for 2 would be £15.

movingonup20 Thu 10-Sep-20 16:15:05

If you have a Waitrose there's a range called scratch - everything you need is in the packet and they are tasty. Alternatively (similar and cheaper) Aldi and Lidl both do stir fry chicken already prepared with veg, just add a microwave rice packet and maybe spring rolls.

If you want indulgent and don't mind packing up ingredients try this: 1 pkt whole grain and quinoa microwave rice, 3-4 spring onions, zest and juice 1 lemon, pkt pomegranate seeds, small pkt coriander chopped, jarred peppers sliced, handful of shelled pistachios. Serve with lamb chops, lamb koftas, or fried halloumi and green salad. All should be suited to holiday cottage equipment, aka don't need much.

Sorry for your loss, taking time out is really important, take care thanks

letsgo0920 Thu 10-Sep-20 16:16:13

Get Cote at Home delivered to the cottage. Have a lovely time smile

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