Monday, February 13, 2012

What's Cooking This Week

Chicken & Vegetable Pie
I'm a pretty lucky Mum - both of my kids are good eaters and are generally not particularly fussy.  Sam is however quite adamant about 3 things he won't eat: tomatoes, mushrooms and "leaves".  His objection to leaves (spinach, kale, lettuce, pretty much anything that is green and leafy) is made on the basis that "koalas eat leaves and we are not koalas". 

I very much believe that his issue with all 3 foods is purely textural, rather than a taste objection.  So, when I have a recipe that I know I can hide them in, I throw them in there and he is none the wiser.  Tonight's dinner, Lentil Bolognaise, was such a dish - I added mushrooms, spinach and capsicum (which sometimes makes an appearance on his hit list, depending on his mood).   I hadn't made it before but a friend raved about it last week so I thought we'd give it a go.  Delicious!

It comes from fabulous Jo Whitton's Quirky Cooking blog, which houses a vast array of delicious recipes and is also the place to find lots of menu planning posts each week.  Be sure to check out this week's contributions and let Jo know what you're cooking on Valentines' Day, to go into the draw to win what is possibly THE cutest knife ever!!!

Here's what we're chowing down on this week:-

Cheese Puffs
Monday:  Baking:  bread, cheese puffs, lemon poppyseed biscuits and Spicy Spelt Buns (from Alyce Alexandra's book, Quick Fix In The Thermomix).  Dinner:  Jo's lentil bolognaise, which was absolutely delicious!

Tuesday:  I love Valentines' Day.  I know it's crazily commercial, but I'm such a sop I love it anyway.  Tuesday is our craziest day of the week though and we don't get home until late, so it will be leftover lentil bolognaise for the boys.  Mr MLT & I are going to sit down after they're in bed for le dîner pour deux - Roast Lamb with Gusto Pesto (from Tenina's new book, For Food's Sake), creamy mashed potatoes and greens, followed by Turkish Delight Panacotta with raspberry rose coulis.

Wednesday:  Chicken & Vegetable pie (It was cold and rainy when I menu planned for this week, let's hope it stays that way or there might be some menu changes!)

Thursday:  Navy Bean, Potato & Ham soup.  This is a new recipe which I'm converting and I can't wait to see how it turns out.  We're mopping it up with mini French Baguettes which will be my first attempt at steaming bread in the Varoma before baking it.

Friday:  Leftovers.  There's always a couple of slices left of the pie and I'm assuming there'll be ample soup, so tonight will be the "clean out the fridge" night.

Saturday:  Chermoula salmon & cous cous.

SundaySilverbeet and Feta pie (I love using the silverbeet the same day that I get it from the market - it always looks so fresh & delicious).

So, that's what on the menu here this week.  Hope you have a great week!

Happy Mixing!

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