Don’t you hate it when you just ate dinner and then you have to start thinking about the next dinner? Such are the challenges that come with planning out the whole menu every week.
Not that I mind the planning, I just mind the planning when I’m so full I can actually feel the food trying to climb out of me via my oesophagus. I’m sure if I did a headstand it’d all fall out of me. Damn those spaghetti & meatballs. And garlic bread. And caesar salad. And coffee. And the teensiest glass of wine. Damn them all!
However, thanks to Mother’s Day I was able to get a good chunk of inspiration courtesy of my new Jamie Oliver (Jamie’s Food Revolution) and Gordon Ramsay (Gordon Ramsay’s Family Fare) cookbooks. No I don’t have kids, why do you ask? I have a couple of cats who were nice enough to pick me up a few things. They’re very resourceful cats, but to be perfectly honest with you I don’t truly believe they went out to a bookstore and bought me cookbooks. I’m pretty sure they used the Internet.
So here you have it … this week’s menu.
MONDAY – Flat pounded, breaded Chicken Breasts stuffed with Spinach & Mozzarella Cheese, Roasted Potatoes with Herbes de Provence, Broccoli
If you’ve never tried Herbes de Provence on roasted potatoes you have my permission to stop reading this post right now to go out and buy some. Go on … go ahead. I’ll wait.
TUESDAY – Potato/Leek Soup, Caesar Salad with crispy bacon
It’s time for my favourite soup again! As you can see I have a picture of the completed soup, but not the process and recipe so, I’m gonna make a point to photograph and list the recipe for this soup this week ’cause everyone should eat it all the time. I’d eat it every day if I thought I could get away with it. Let me rephrase, I’d eat it every day if I thought my lower ass/thigh region could get away with it.
WEDNESDAY – Aged Cheddar Cheese & Spring Onion omelette, Asparagus, Turkey Bacon
I don’t like turkey bacon, but I tried it on a Starbucks English breakfast muffin this weekend and it was pretty darn good! It basically tasted like salt formed into the shape of a bacon strip. Yummy. And asparagus is in season (as are fiddleheads) so go buy some. Eat something truly fresh for a change and support a farmer. I don’t much care for fiddleheads but I do eat them once a year, when they’re in season, ’cause it makes me feel superior to all others for some strange reason. And I like that feeling every once in a while. Well … once a year basically.
THURSDAY – Jamie Oliver’s Pot Roast Meatloaf, Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus with Jamie’s Red Wine Vinegar dressing.
This one was a request from the man – er … I mean cat – who bought me the cookbook. Seeing as he bought it for me I felt obliged to fulfill his request. I actually like Meatloaf. And I like Pot Roast. We’ll see if I like them together. ‘Cause I can tell you right now I like black olives and I like Maple Syrup but probably wouldn’t like them together. Hell … I don’t even put two things on my fork at the same time. I am NOT a food mixer. Blech! Why even bother making separate food dishes if you’re going to shovel them all into one big mess? In fact, why stop there, why not just throw every beautiful thing I made into a blender and puree it into a brown bowl of goo and eat THAT? Stupid food mixer!! Eh … did I go off on a tangent? I think I went off on a tangent.
FRIDAY – Oh crud … I don’t know what I’m gonna have Friday night. Maybe I’ll just chew on my toenails or eat some cat treats. Who know.
SATURDAY – Homemade Chicken Fingers, Homemade Oven fries, Broccoli.
My stepson comes to stay with us every other weekend. The chicken finger menu is in honour of him. He’d probably prefer beef stew, but beef stew is on hiatus until next fall.
SUNDAY – Avocado & Alfalfa Sprout salad, Sliced Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Corn on cob, single servings of Scalloped Potatoes.
I’ll be growing my own sprouts and buying my own avocados for this one. I considered rearing my own beef, but the only cows around here are the folk arty wooden type. They’re usually seen on porches saying things like “Mooooooove Over”. Occasionally you get a really clever one that makes use of the word udder. As in “I’m udderly delicious”. Uh huh.
And on a final note, last week’s experiments Canadianfamily.ca‘s Butter Chicken and CommunalTable‘s Pureed Carrots went over well. The butter chicken was a bit mild for my tastes so I just added a whack more curry paste and Neil’s pureed carrots were perfect! O.K., I added a bit more spice again, but they were delicious. Purees don’t seem to get the attention they deserve in my books. They’re udderly delicious.