Wordgirl - I am someone that never cooked things fresh until I decided I didn't want to feed my kids cr*p anymore! The dinner lady was great for someone with as little cooking experience as me. Also made cakes, puddings and biscuits that were all delicious and easy to make.
Any more suggestions please?
Bh - amazon is doing Annabel Karmel's "Favourite Family Recipes" with £6.00 off at the mo. I was thinking about getting it - I found her baby and toddler cookbook a bit fiddly, but might give this a try - like you, I need a supplement to the fab Dinner Lady cookbook!
sadness that I am - when I last had a couple of hours to spare I went to the library and copied out all the recipes from all the books that I liked - it was the best spent two hours ever, as I am still discovering great recipes without having to fork out a penny........
but I will understand if you think that's a bit sad!!!!!
puff - is it any good? I haven't heard a lot about it (currently have a banana cake in the oven from the dl )
Beachyhead and Georgina - really good idea. I must get my scanner fixed. Do they tend to have things like Annabel Karmel at the library?
Dunno if they'd have it at the library, but it's worth asking. My library will order it in from any local library for a small fee (about 60p I think) - takes about 2 weeks - and you can order it online (although it costs slightly more that way) and they'll send you a postcard when it's in.
Haven't done that for recipe books, but I reduced my fiction spend quite considerably by using that ordering in approach last year (must get back into the habit again rather than just stuffing things on my amazon wishlist, lol)
Ooo definitely - think the favourite family recipes is the same only updated with a few new recipes. I use 2-3 recipes minimum a week out of the meal planner (and the ones we enjoy most in the week are generally in that book).
Much less faffy than the baby cookbook I think (although there are a few offenders - not least the "quick" stir fries that take ages to chop all the different bits!) - also helps that you're cooking for all of you not just one of you, lol! And not overly fussy food.
It's even got US eating FISH! (we're a fish hating family). Okay, so we've only really braved salmon and cod so far, but that's a huge improvement.
georgina - my children are nearly 6 and 7 and a half so I think it will be fine. The poor things are sick of sandwiches and would love to go back on school dinners. So hopefully will be able to liven the lunch boxes up a bit!