Monday, June 11, 2012

What's Cooking This Week

Chicken & Vegie Pie
It's been a while between menu planning posts, I know.  I've been away at Group Leader training almost a month ago now but came back and went into Head Down Bottom Up mode and have only just emerged.  Along the way I cracked a rib while choking on granola (more painful than I ever could have imagined), have been sick, dealt with Mr MLT's man flu and spent forever organising school P&C stuff.

Obviously, we've been eating meals but they've been very much in the fashion of "holy dooley Batman, it's 4:30pm and I have to get dinner ready, what are we going to have".  I don't work well with that, it just adds to the chaos for me rather than resulting in spontaneous creative dinners as it does for others I know.  Without a plan, we end up with the simplest thing I can think of at the time - which could be why Sam's started saying "what's for soup tonight" rather than "what's for dinner".

So, it's good to be back menu planning and baking again!  Here's what we've got planned:-

Monday:-  Baking:   bread (and lots of it!), Thai Green Curry Paste, Quinoa Choc Chip Muffins (final tweak of the recipe), potatoe pie, granola, Fruit Compote (for porridge during the week), Coconut Bars (final tweak of this one too, fingers crossed!) and some Pesto. 
Mini Beef Pies

Jack is cooking dinner tonight and has voted for Chicken & Vegetable Pie followed by Coconut Sago.  While he's cooking the chicken pie, I'm going to do a dozen smaller versions for lunchboxes this week with some diced vegies and leftover pulled beef.

Tuesday:-  We're having Coconut Prawn Curry, which has been on the To-Do list about 5 times now and each time I haven't been happy with the prawns available and so it's been shelved.  I'm going straight to the Raptis market on Tuesday though - I've got a delivery out that way, so we're sure to strike gold this week.

Wednesday:-  I've been quite keen to try the Seafood Chowder from the beautiful Devil of a Cookbook.  Given I'm hunting and gathering seafood the day before, I thought this was a perfect chance to give it a go.

Thursday:-  A favourite of ours, Quirky Cooking's Lentil Bolognese

Butternut Pumpkin Mac & Cheese
Friday:-  I'm out all day Friday, so on Thursday night I'm going to prepare Butternut Pumpkin Mac & Cheese ready to pop into the oven when we get home on Friday night. 

Saturday:-  I've got a leg of lamb sitting in the freezer that I had the butcher chop up for me at some point for some reason that I can't remember.  Our next meat delivery isn't far away, so I'm trying to free up freezer space, so I'm going to do a slow cooked lamb curry on Saturday afternoon and follow it up with the sensationally good (as in, unbelievably delicious, make it as soon as you can!), Persian Love Cake.

So, that's what's happening at our table this week.  I hope you've got oodles of deliciousness planned for your week too - happy mixing everyone!

B.

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