Chorizo burger from Moo Gourmet Burgers, King St, Newtown. Yum!! Unfortunately, not on my meal plan this week.
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♥ Monday – Dinner at Grandma & Grandad’s
♥ Tuesday – Fettuccine with Porcini
♥ Wednesday – Dinner at Granny & Poppy’s
♥ Thursday – Pasta with Cauliflower, Walnuts and Feta
♥ Friday – Slow- Baked Mac and Cheese
♥ Saturday – Pea Soup – adapted from recipe from Last Dinner on the Titanic
♥ Sunday – Dinner with Uncle Steve & Aunty Angela
Don’t you just love it when, although your plans don’t go the way you want them to at first, they work out without you even realising it? I had originally planned to make this week a vegetarian week – I checked out a vegetarian cookbook from the library before Christmas and photocopied a heap of recipes. I wanted to wait until after I finished the 1 Million Kilo Challenge before I used them. I don’t have any plans of becoming completely vegetarian but I try most weeks to ensure we have at least one veg meal. For health and financial reasons mostly. I had enough recipes to do a week of meals so I thought… Why not?!
So, I had the recipes downstairs with me Saturday night to go through to chose which ones we’d have this week but didn’t get around to doing it. I went to find them Sunday afternoon to do this meal plan when I discovered they had gone missing. Mr Monkey told me that Lily had been playing with them that morning, he had taken them off her but couldn’t remember what he then did with them. We searched the whole house and cannot find them. Can you believe that?! A whole stack of papers has just completely disappeared in our house!! I’m sure we’ll find them in a few weeks and I’ll probably use the recipes then.
All of this of course meant that I now had to find some other recipes for this week. I checked my Pinterest recipe board to see if I had pinned any interesting recipes lately which is where I found the slow cooked Mac and cheese recipe and it also led me to Smitten Kitchen for the other couple of recipes.
With the weather cooling down I thought it may be a good time to try Lily on soup – she hasn’t really had it before as I’m not a big soup eater and she went straight on to proper solids instead of purees. My favourite soup (one of the only ones I’ll eat) is the Pea Soup from the Last Dinner on the Titanic Cookbook. My mum is an avid researcher of the Titanic and after she got the cookbook we used to occasionally hold “Titanic dinners” at home. Mum and I would plan the menu (much shorter than the 14 courses that was served on the Titanic), we’d decorate the table and get dressed up in our finest clothes for the occasion. I’d actually really love to do it again – I haven’t held a dinner party since we moved out as our house is so small but I’d really love to.
Seeing as last weekend it was the 100th anniversary of the sinking it seems to fitting to have the soup this week. It can be a rather chunky soup and I’ll probably serve it with bread so I thought it’d be a good soup to start Lily on.
Remember what I was saying way back up there about how plans working out without us realising? Well, as I was typing up the meal plan up there I realised that all the meals are vegetarian! (Beside the Fettucine with Porcini which has pancetta, which I will probably omit anyway). So I’m having my vegetarian week after all! Yes, I probably won’t be having vegetarian meals on the nights we aren’t at home (I think Mum has a roast planned for Wednesday) but 4 out of 7 isn’t bad.
Lots of visiting family this week – dinner at Mr Monkey’s parents’ house on Monday night as it’s been awhile since we went out there. My parents are off for a two week trip to Thailand on Thursday (lucky ducks!) so Lily and I going down to their house on Wednesday night so we can drive them to the airport on Thursday. Mr Monkey’s brother Steve and his girlfriend Ang weren’t able to make it to his birthday last week so we are catching up with them for dinner on Sunday.
A busy week, but should be an enjoyable week. What do you have planned? And do you eat many vegetarian meals?