Monday, June 28, 2010

what's for dinner?

I discovered this morning just how mischievous my precious little poppet can be. 'We' made Anzac biscuits this morning. I'd just put them on the cooling rack and turned my back, then turned around again to discover a little person scurrying off and an empty spot where a warm, soft biscuit had been just moments earlier. Hmmm. At least I know she'll eat them!

I've decided to try to bake at least once a week so we have some homemade snack options for when the sweet craving kicks in. Today was my first attempt in a while at Anzacs, and I think I'll be trying a few more recipes before I find one I'm happy with. This one has too much flour and not enough oats. But they're still yummy!
Last week was not quite, but close to, a dismal failure in terms of sticking to the menu plan. I need to remember that I'm sick of bacon and leek pilaf (takeaway was a far more attractive option on the night, especially when I realised the pizza shop I've been hanging out for is now open!), and when I go on a crazy fast trip to Adelaide for 36 hours, I really don't have the energy to cook the next night, let alone source the missing vegetables. (Fish & chips was the fallback. Yummy, but not really part of the plan.) We're trying to stick to a Takeaway-once-a-month rule which survived the pizza but got trashed at the fish & chips. Hopefully we'll do better next month!

This week, I get to play single parent for four nights (fun, not), and a very good friend who taught me to crochet is coming from Perth to stay with us for a week on Wednesday. While the single parenting thing is something I'm not overly good at (cough), I'm really looking forward to seeing my friend! This is what (I hope) we'll be eating...

Monday: Vegetable & barley soup, take 2 (Everyday in the Kitchen, p. 35)
Tuesday: Frittata (my recipe, here)
Wednesday: Chicken with mustard sauce
Thursday: Pasta bake
Friday: Pot-roasted pork (delicious, July '10, p. 53)
Saturday: Madras Beef Curry (The Essential Asian Cookbook, p. 226)
Sunday: Welsh Rarebit

I also hope to make a Callum-from-MasterChef-inspired Chocolate and Croissant Bread and Butter Pudding for dessert sometime this week (as done so here)!

What are you making this week?


ecoMILF said...

Mmmm sounds good. I love barley.... reminds me i have to update my menu plan for this week. the biscuits look lovely. xo m.

Sue said...

Your Anzacs look great. The mustard chicken sounds good too. I really enjoyed seeing that pudding that Callum made too, I must look up the recipe since it seemed so easy to make. Enjoy your time with your friend, at least it will help a little with your hubby being away!

Gina said...

When you find the perfect (oaty, chewy) anzac recipe, I want to know! Better luck with the meal planning this week - but I dig your honesty. It makes me feel normal :)

Sam said...

Yowza! You're killin me here. Keri a.k.a. Sam. P.S. Your blog is fabulous. Come to my sandwich blog, I'd be honored.

midge said...

love the sound of this weeks menu, there are some things on the list that i will have to have a crack at. thanks for the "here". i'm chuffed. give those puddings a go and let me know how you get on.