This week I'm still working on seeing the bottom of my freezer....I'm seeing some of it, so that's exciting!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
This week I'm still working on seeing the bottom of my freezer....I'm seeing some of it, so that's exciting!
Friday, January 29, 2010
So I slow BBQ'd two batches of marinated chicken thighs this week for each of my nights of company. They turned out fantastic!!
The first batch I did in a home made plum chutney that a friend had made and 'forgot' at my house....I hope she didn't want it back! It was great!
3 hours before dinner, I heated up and cleaned the BBQ.
Then I turned half the BBQ off and left the other half on high. Put the chicken, skin side up, on the half that is off and close the lid.
I checked it a few times to make sure it was cooking well and rotated any pieces that were cooking faster with pieces that were not. You do not flip the chicken and do not put it over the flames. Cooking it this way will give you a nice crispy outside and a very moist inside!
In the end, they will be pretty dark, but the chicken is not over cooked at all...the sausages are a different story....company was late sadly. So the chicken survived and the sausages even over cooked were consumed also
Girly loved the chicken!
Monday, January 25, 2010
I had a lot of good feedback about the roasted cauliflower, except for ONE person...and you know who you are....
So here is the roasted Broccoli...it's soooo good, really. MMMM
You need Broccoli, Garlic, Salt, Pepper and Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I used Grapeseed Oil as I prefer the taste)
A baking pan with sides
The oven heated to 350
Cut up the broccoli into bit size pieces and put into the pan and add the EVOO or Grapeseed oil and toss it together to coat the broccoli
Mince up the Garlic
add the garlic and the salt and pepper to the broccoli
Roast it in the oven for about 25 minutes. It will turn all brown and crispy...mmmm
And according to my Menu, today was the fish day...I really really don't like fish....still....really I don't. But it's what we do for our kids right.....try to teach them what is good for them....so I suck it up and eat it with out complaining...honest even with yummy sounding topping, I still don't like it...
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I often throw together an apple crisp when company comes over. It's one of those desserts that is easy to do fast and then let it cook and fill your house with a yummy smell.
I don't use a recipe, but just throw the stuff together and mmm, mmm, yum.
I use about 4-5 apples and cut them with my handy apple slicer from the above picture. I cut each of the apple pieces in half and I leave the skin on. Normally you should take it off, but really, I'm lazy and too lazy to peel the apples so I throw them in the dish (that has been sprayed or buttered)
This last time I sprinkled them with cinnamon, just because I could. I didn't notice it, so next time I guess I should do more...hmmm, oh well
In a mixing bowl I start the topping, because lets face it, really that's all I want anyway, it's the best part, the apples are just to make me think I'm making it for the appley goodness, but seriously we all know the truth here
I always make a large amount of the crisp top. I put the quick rolled oats and the brown sugar in the bowl and add some flour to help thicken the sauce that will form. I mix it all together. Then I add the butter and use two knives to cut the butter into the oats/sugar mix. I cut it in until it's all mixed.
If you need to know about how much I use of each, I would guess 2 cups of oats, 1 3/4 cups of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of flour and 3/4 cup of butter, more if you want.
Of course this is amazing with rhubarb (add some white sugar on the rhubarb to cut the tartness), peaches, pears, blueberries and the list goes on!
Let me know if you whip one up! It's a yummy treat and the leftovers are good the next day to!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
This recipe should make about 5 - 6 pannekoek. We in the past have just put jam in them and rolled them up. Tonight we put syrup in them, rolled them up and topped it with strawberries and real whipping cream.....but I deleted the great picture I took. I can eat 1 and maybe a half more, the hubby packs away at least 3. You can put bacon and eggs in it and roll it up...really anything you want. I kept mine in foil to keep it warm and pliable while I was cooking and I generally use 2 pans on the stove to speed up the process.
Once you have your filling, roll it like a cigar and cut into it and enjoy the yummy dutch pancake and pretend you are surrounded by tulips, with the smell of nice strong coffee being brought to your table at the cafe you are at, far far away from here....mmmmm, it's good to day dream....all I smell is a dirty diaper that didn't make it into the garbage can....I guess I should find that and take care of it...*sigh*
And just an FYI..even the whole wheat flour does NOT make this any type of healthy....but at least it makes me think I tried!
So far this week other than switch the night for the pannekoek with the pasta for tomorrow I'm on track with my menu plan...YAY. And considering that my craptacular day on Monday has thrown off my entire week and put me in a poor mood...I'm still sticking to my menu.
Here is a picture to leave you with....my kids after dinner tackling mommy.....I am in this picture...promise....see my arm as I snap the picture....
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Quiche to me has always been one of those things that sounded too hard to make......I'm here to tell you, it's not! It is super simple.
As always, I don't have a recipe I followed. So I'll just walk you thru it.....
I bought premade pie crusts.....
I had left over ham so I diced it up
diced up some green onions
steamed some broccoli and then cut them up a bit smaller
cut up some spinach
cut up some cheese....I would recommend you actually shred the cheese, however I have this weird thing about not wanting to dirty my dishes right out of the dishwasher...I like to at least put them away first...it's odd, I know. You should shred it, forget about my issues, shred the cheese
put it all in a bowl and mix it together
put it into the pie crusts. I had planned to only make one quiche, but I had enough filling to make two, which was a good thing as my SIL brought a friend for dinner.... I put parm cheese on one and then decided it would be better to add the parm cheese to the eggs...oh well...live and learn
Then I used the same bowl to mix the eggs and milk in. I used a dozen eggs for these two quiches, however, I used 4 full eggs and the rest I used egg whites (just to take out some of the fat), I also took the time to take out all those yucky white things attached to the eggs, you know what I'm talking about....those gross me out, so I remove them...blah, gross.
To the eggs I add milk, fresh cracked pepper, sea salt, parm cheese and dried thyme...mix them up...as you can see my little man likes to do the mixing for me...
Add the egg mix to the pie crusts
the little man also topped it with tomatoes to make it look nice
You can see I put them on baking sheets.....I would say do this before you start filling them...unlike me....I did manage to not spill any amazingly
Put them in a 350 oven until they are set in the middle as in they don't 'jiggle' in the centre
Monday, January 18, 2010
So Menu plan #2, did not go exactly as I had hoped. Until Friday I managed to mostly follow the plan, at least we managed to eat at home. Friday was a bit of a gong show and after that everything went downhill :(
I've had a terrible day today, spending the last 2 hours trying to update my accounting program....and lets just say it's not going well. So I'm taking a break, posting my menu plan for week #3...late.... and watching Heros.
So last week I obviously didn't make all the meals on my plan, so this week is a new week and I have a new ambition to make a go of it!
To add to it, I'm trying to avoid the grocery store this week other than getting milk for my little girly....so all things must be present in my house. It helps that I made a large ham dinner Sunday night and have some good left overs from that. So ham will be a feature this week!
Monday - tonight I made the pizza that I was going to last week. It was very good!
Tuesday - So I am making a crust less Ham and Broccoli quiche with salad and bread. My MIL and SIL are coming for dinner. My SIL leaves to go back to the East coast this week :(
Wednesday - The pasta from last week that I didn't get around to making with a white cheese sauce, ham and peas
Thursday - Pannekoek (a large thin dutch pancake) I'll post the recipe later this week
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - We might be having company for dinner. So I think I'll make the red lentil soup I was going to make last week
Sunday - Breakfast for Dinner - likely French Toast and fruit
I'll be back to let you know how it's going....for many many more menu plan ideas head over to the Organizing Junkie!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
First put the chicken into the milk mixture drenching it (the middle dish)
then I rolled it in the flour mixture so it was well coated (the first dish)
back into the milk mixture for a roll
into the crunchy coating, making sure it had a lot of coating sticking to it (end dish)
onto a wire rack placed on a baking sheet covered in foil
Repeat until they are all done and look something like this
I baked them for probably about 45 minutes. They are very very yummy! The coating stayed on them even as we were cutting into them.
The wire rack allows them to cook all around without you having to flip them half way thru and running into a possible soggyness situation or sticking issue and the coating coming off.
Try them, they are delish! My husband was very happy as were the kidlets!
The little man enjoyed the chicken and making mustaches out of the sweet potato fries before eating them....no idea where he gets this stuff
And of course the little girly always enjoys her food...all over her, the chair and the floor
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
So the highlight of last week was the casserole of Chicken, Rice, Broccoli and spinach. I added curry powder at the last minute and did roasted cauliflower on the side
I thought the casserole would last my hubby for two nights of leftovers at work, but he ate it all that night!
So this week, I want to eat as much as I can from what I have in the house. We'll have a salad or cut veggies with each meal. So here goes
Tuesday - Hamburger and Hash brown casserole. I have everything on hand for this one and I hope this will give hubby leftovers for the next 4 nights of work
Wednesday - Jazzed up grilled cheese and tomato soup - I'll jazz it up with tomatoes, onions and a few other things on hand - this will be our meatless meal this week
Thursday - Home Breaded chicken strips and homemade fries - I have everything for this
Friday - Pasta with a homemade white cheese sauce, peppers, onions and farmer sausage
Saturday - Lentil soup - I'll pick up the organic mix at Ralph's
Sunday - left overs
So I hope to do better than last week!
I'm hoping to also get back into making bread. So my goal this week is to make a batch of bread, if I get to it, I'll be sure to post about it.
I find it hard to make lunches for the kidlets and myself. Any ideas would be helpful. Leftovers are not generally an option. We do a lot of egg and spinach scrambles. But if anyone has any fantastic ideas, let me know.Check out a ton more Menu Plans at the Organizing Junkie!