This Week’s Menu.
March 19th – 25th

I have a BIG weekend of manual labour ahead of me.  Big.  Like BIG.  So even though I’d like to tell you all kinds of stories about this week’s menu and maybe even add in a knock, knock joke, I just can’t.

I need to reserve all of my energy for the dastardly weekend of manual labour.  Of course I can’t tell you exactly what this manual labour is for  because it’s going to be a surprise which I will post about in the future.  Don’t get too excited it’s not another farm animal or housing for it.

Oh what the hell …

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?


Manuel who?

Manuel labour for the next 48 hours.

Pray for me and my winter atrophied muscles.



Mar 19 - 25


Recipe Links

No links.  Sorry!  LOL.  I realized after making this menu that I haven’t posted any of them on my site.

They’re all my recipes that I’ve developed at one point or another other than the jalapeno perogies, which I buy at a local Ukrainian store.

I *will* be trying some roasted curried cauliflower at the recommendation of a reader and I think I’m going to go with this recipe …

Curried Cauliflower from Epicurious  (omitting the red wine vinegar and subbing with a squeeze of lemon at the end)


  1. Alix Bouchard says:

    Do you ever not feel like eating what you already decided to make by the day it comes around?

    • Karen says:

      Alix – Sure, sometimes. So then I make something else. 🙂 I did it last night as a matter of fact. It was our first nice, really warm day so I ditched soup and sandwiches for BBQed hamburgers, roasted broccoli and Sw. Potato fries! ~ karen

  2. Brenda j says:

    Make a PIE!!!
    We need pie, washes down best with ice-cream although my Dad always said ” It’s better with milk on it”. (he said this about every dessert my Mom baked…hmmm??)

  3. Gayla T says:

    That, my dear. is a menu I can go for. I’m still not finished reading all the good food talk on yesterday’s blog. Go slow with that Manual labor. He may not be up to it but with the fella gone to play….don’t do anything I wouldln’t do. That ought to ruin your weekend. LOL

  4. Quaesidillas are a recent discovery in our house, and very popular, will now have to get my hands on those jalapeno thingys, wonder if there’s a Ukrainian store in Dublin?!
    Good luck with the manual labour! i’m gardening, that’s manual labour too, getting rid of 50 million weeds

  5. forgot to say..every time I log on here, a flashing ad for understairs storage drawers stares me in the eye, do you have a hidden camera in my understairs?

  6. Jennifer R says:

    Thanks for sharing your menu. It helps to give me a kick in the backside to start planning mine for the week! Good luck to your “fella” on the run. My hubby did that one too!

  7. Leah Laurent says:

    Oh, come on! I need your recipes for your Tuesday night! Yum!

  8. Wendy@ Salt and Wine says:

    Manuel labor- lol

  9. Marti says:

    Manual labour: hot, sweaty, muscle-grinding something that we all dread doing.

    Manuel Labour: hot, sweaty, muscle-grinding someone that we might enjoy doing. 😉

  10. Bonnie says:

    No corned beef and cabbage with Irish Soda bread for St. Paddy’s Day? Faith and Begorrah! This Cajun woman is taken aback!

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Bonnie. I must be honest. I’m not a fan of corned beef. Or cabbage. Or drinking really. Thusly, I don’t really pay attention to St. Patrick’s Day. How’s about I have some pistachio ice cream for dessert? ~ karen

  11. Susan says:

    Round the Bay Race? Don’t kill hm this weekend then or he won’t be able to make it all the way and he’ll have to swim home! Wear out Manuel instead!

  12. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Love them stuffed peppers Karen..Don’t worry about not eating Corned Beef & Cabbage & Irish Soda Bread..I will eat enough for both of us..and the

  13. Jen a says:

    Karen, your fella may want to consider eating his carb loading meal in Friday, two days before Around the Bay. He’ll store all the glycogen he can in his muscles and just need to rest on Saturday and keep his glycogen topped up . Go fella go! I <3 ATB.

    • Karen says:

      Jen a – The fella would like clarification. Can he carb load both nights then? Or just Fri. w/ a regular meal Saturday. The thought of double carb night is exciting him to the point of panting. 🙂 ~ karen

  14. JenA says:

    Heres a summary for the Fella … He could carb load every day of his life if he wants, but then he would risk ending up with the build if a sumo wrestler rather than the lean physique of a runner. … Carbs are magically transformed and stored as glycogen in your muscles and liver. Glycogen is the fuel that makes you go. You can only store about 2000 calories of it though. So when you carb load, you’re looking to top it up to full capacity, to fill that tank. He can eat more carbs that usual to be sure he’s loaded but he doesn’t need to go crazy with gorging himself. If he’s topped up on friday and stays quiet on Saturday as he should, he doesn’t need to load again on sat. (sorry Fella). Just eat normally on sat, to refill any usage of glycogen during regular life. So why not do it Saturday? The benefit to not over-indulging on Sarurday is to go easy on the GI tract, because who wants to run 30km with THAT topped up?? (And based on experience, go easy on roughage and fibre on Saturday.) And so ends the summary.

    One more thing for race day …. Because the glycogen tank is only so big, and will likely run dry during the race, the Fella will need to eat simple carbs during the race to keep his blood sugar / energy up. (think gummi bears and all things sweet).

    Go fella go! 😀

  15. Barbie says:

    Good luck to the fella….let us all know how he does k?

  16. Doni says:

    I love a good weekend of manual labor for sure. Those meals all look good to me, the beef stew and dumplings caught my eye and sounds so good. But it is supposed to be mid 80s up to 90 this week so grilled chicken and salads will probably end up on our menu for most of the week, maybe some burgers too. Not that I am wishing for a return of cold weather! Salad is good, just not as good as dumplings.

  17. Laura Bee says:

    Hey – I thought you did a post on Roasted Cauliflower? How did this one turn out? I found a head for $1.50 on the reduced rack. 🙂

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