Meal Plan ★ 20th – 26th August, 2012

August 19, 2012 by flyingdrunkenmonkey

Meal plan - The Flying Drunken Monkey

A super yummy omelette and toast that Mr Monkey made for lunch last week. I think I may have to put omelets on a meal plan soon!

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Meal Plan:

♥ Monday – Heston Blumenthal’s Grilled Fish with Vanilla Butter & Brussels Sprouts
♥ Tuesday – Steak, Mash & Veggies
♥ Wednesday – Dinner at the pub?
♥ Thursday – Pasta with chicken & chestnuts
♥ Friday – Lemon broccoli risotto
♥ Saturday – Lentil soup with goat’s cheese toast
♥ Sunday – Pasta alfredo

We’ve been getting our fruit and vegetable boxes from Andy & Ted’s for about a month now. I’m really, really impressed. They are a small family owned company and only deliver to the Inner West, Eastern Suburbs and St George area of Sydney. The produce is fantastic – super tasty and crispy, so much better than what we’ve got from the supermarket and even better than from the Grocer. It’s important to remember that this is “farm quality” produce and not “supermarket pretty” – beans may be spotted etc but they still taste amazing. I love that we can choose the produce we want or just set up an automatic order each week. The orders come in beautiful wooden boxes which are picked up with the next delivery and I love that they deliver during the day and I don’t have to worry about the box sitting outside our door until we wake up.

Plus it’s such great value for money! We’ve been getting the $38 box = 10 selections, which is the perfect amount for the 3 of us. This week we got:
♥ Apples (Golden Fuji) (5 pieces)
♥ Avocado (2 pieces)
♥ Bananas (4 pieces)
♥ Blood Oranges (6 pieces)
♥ Broccoli (2 heads)
♥ Brussels Sprouts (0.30 kg)
♥ Carrots (Purple) (0.5 kg)
♥ Chestnuts (0.3 kg)
♥ Radish (Cherry Belle) (1 bunch)
♥ Vinegar (White Wine) (1 bottle)

Yes, you can get things like White Wine Vinegar (French! Chatel Vinaigre De Vin Blanc!), Canned tomatoes, canned beans, pasta and sparkling water from the Casa Gusto range as well. There is a full range of spices and herbs available too (which we haven’t had to buy as we’re all stocked up already). These all count towards the selections for your box.

So as you can see, we got a few different things this week – blood oranges, brussels sprouts, chestnuts and radish. The blood oranges have just come in to season and I want to keep exposing Lily to different fruits seeing as she seems to love it so much.

I used to think I didn’t like brussels sprouts (I mean, really, who says they do!?!) until I tried Heston Blumenthal’s Brussels Sprouts & Bacon recipe. Lots of butter and bacon will make anything taste good!

Both Mr Monkey and myself have never cooked with chestnuts and he wants to experiment with them to create more meals for his work. I found this recipe for Penne with mixed mushrooms and chestnuts but as we didn’t get mushrooms this week we’re going to experiment with chicken instead.

I haven’t actually planned anything with the radish yet, but will probably work it in somewhere, probably wherever Mr Monkey wants to use it. Anyone got a favourite way to use radishes?

In terms of activities this week we’re fairly quiet. We couldn’t meet up with Lori from RRSAHM the other week as her poor family came down with a bad cold so hopefully we’ll be meeting up this Tuesday. I also have my “class” at the Buddhist Centre on Wednesday night and my parents will hopefully be babysitting Lily for me and we’ll most likely end up at the pub for dinner again.

What do you have planned for this week? Do you like to experiment with ingredients you haven’t used before?

By the way, as you are reading this I am helping to set up my niece’s 2nd birthday party. How on earth is she already 2?!? She’s having a rainbow party in the park and I’ll hopefully share some photos of the wonderful food and decorations my Mum and sister have made.

I have just realised that this may read as a sponsored post. It isn’t. I am simply very happy with the produce and service we have received.

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