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illmonkey

8,223 posts

83 months

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Tuesday 24th April 2012 quote quote all
Somehow, we're on setting the weeks menu out, so we can buy only what we need. Anyway, this weeks:-

Mon - Meatball Spagetti
Tue - Homemade calzone
Wed - Slow cooked beef curry

Now, we have a choice of a few things for Thursday and Friday. Sausage casserole with mash, Toad in the hole, pizza (again). Thoughts?

Its all fresh, so will need to freeze the one we don't eat.

captainzep

12,830 posts

77 months

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Tuesday 24th April 2012 quote quote all
Garlick said:
Crap iPhone pic, excuse me.

So from the bottom:

Small cut pieces of roast potato with large chunks of butternut squash
Lentils with added green pepper, chilli, garlic and peas. Bound together with a bit of tomato puree and passata
Topped with venison sausages and onion



Camera has made it look a bit washed out, but was great with a sturdy merlot
Garlick, looks great and is along the lines of my favourite dish.

Have you tried putting the sausages into the tomato, lentils, onions etc with a slosh of that merlot (or any dregs of red wine hanging around) with a veg/chicken/pork stock cube? -Then blasting in the oven for 40 mins whilst you put your feet up?

All the flavours mingle, the sauce reduces and the whole thing becomes an unctuous celebration of the humble sausage. Can even be done atop the BBQ in an old roasting tin when your guests bring a surfeit of unimpressive sausages as their culinary contribution.

LordGrover

22,090 posts

97 months

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Tuesday 24th April 2012 quote quote all
illmonkey said:
Somehow, we're on setting the weeks menu out, so we can buy only what we need. Anyway, this weeks:-

Mon - Meatball Spagetti
Tue - Homemade calzone
Wed - Slow cooked beef curry

Now, we have a choice of a few things for Thursday and Friday. Sausage casserole with mash, Toad in the hole, pizza (again). Thoughts?

Its all fresh, so will need to freeze the one we don't eat.
No fish yet?

illmonkey

8,223 posts

83 months

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Tuesday 24th April 2012 quote quote all
LordGrover said:
illmonkey said:
Somehow, we're on setting the weeks menu out, so we can buy only what we need. Anyway, this weeks:-

Mon - Meatball Spagetti
Tue - Homemade calzone
Wed - Slow cooked beef curry

Now, we have a choice of a few things for Thursday and Friday. Sausage casserole with mash, Toad in the hole, pizza (again). Thoughts?

Its all fresh, so will need to freeze the one we don't eat.
No fish yet?
Fish is the devils work.

LordGrover

22,090 posts

97 months

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illmonkey said:
Fish is the devils work.

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Mobile Chicane

17,775 posts

97 months

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Tuesday 24th April 2012 quote quote all
illmonkey said:
Somehow, we're on setting the weeks menu out, so we can buy only what we need. Anyway, this weeks:-

Mon - Meatball Spagetti
Tue - Homemade calzone
Wed - Slow cooked beef curry

Now, we have a choice of a few things for Thursday and Friday. Sausage casserole with mash, Toad in the hole, pizza (again). Thoughts?

Its all fresh, so will need to freeze the one we don't eat.
I hope you're having veg / salad with each of those?

I'd add stuff like:

Home-made burgers
Kebabs
Macaroni / cauliflower cheese
Spanish omelette

All with veg / salad wink

As a tip, if you roast a load of peppers, red onion, garlic courgette, aubergine etc in olive oil, that will keep all week in a box in the fridge, and you can add stuff to it for daily variety: bacon, frazzled chorizo, chick peas, chicken livers, herbs etc.

illmonkey

8,223 posts

83 months

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Tuesday 24th April 2012 quote quote all
Mobile Chicane said:
illmonkey said:
Somehow, we're on setting the weeks menu out, so we can buy only what we need. Anyway, this weeks:-

Mon - Meatball Spagetti
Tue - Homemade calzone
Wed - Slow cooked beef curry

Now, we have a choice of a few things for Thursday and Friday. Sausage casserole with mash, Toad in the hole, pizza (again). Thoughts?

Its all fresh, so will need to freeze the one we don't eat.
I hope you're having veg / salad with each of those?

I'd add stuff like:

Home-made burgers
Kebabs
Macaroni / cauliflower cheese
Spanish omelette

All with veg / salad wink

As a tip, if you roast a load of peppers, red onion, garlic courgette, aubergine etc in olive oil, that will keep all week in a box in the fridge, and you can add stuff to it for daily variety: bacon, frazzled chorizo, chick peas, chicken livers, herbs etc.
Of course, veg goes into most of them. Bar the pizza. I have salad at lunch.

I really want to make lamb koftas, I'll add that to next week.

Good idea. We keep tubs with chopped (raw) ingredients so its easy. But having it all cooked makes sense too.

Mobile Chicane

17,775 posts

97 months

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Tuesday 24th April 2012 quote quote all
illmonkey said:
Mobile Chicane said:
illmonkey said:
Somehow, we're on setting the weeks menu out, so we can buy only what we need. Anyway, this weeks:-

Mon - Meatball Spagetti
Tue - Homemade calzone
Wed - Slow cooked beef curry

Now, we have a choice of a few things for Thursday and Friday. Sausage casserole with mash, Toad in the hole, pizza (again). Thoughts?

Its all fresh, so will need to freeze the one we don't eat.
I hope you're having veg / salad with each of those?

I'd add stuff like:

Home-made burgers
Kebabs
Macaroni / cauliflower cheese
Spanish omelette

All with veg / salad wink

As a tip, if you roast a load of peppers, red onion, garlic courgette, aubergine etc in olive oil, that will keep all week in a box in the fridge, and you can add stuff to it for daily variety: bacon, frazzled chorizo, chick peas, chicken livers, herbs etc.
Of course, veg goes into most of them. Bar the pizza. I have salad at lunch.

I really want to make lamb koftas, I'll add that to next week.

Good idea. We keep tubs with chopped (raw) ingredients so its easy. But having it all cooked makes sense too.
That's my 'summer roasted vegetable mix'. A winter version would have beets, swede, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and red onion, seasonings and a bit of thyme.

Any veg can be roasted - asparagus, green beans, fennel etc.

I make a big batch at the start of the week, and it's the basis for any meal depending what you add to it - grilled chicken breast, goats cheese bruschetta, feta cheese and olives etc...

The real plus being that making dinner (whenever you get home) is very, very quick.

It's also more economical in terms of energy consumption (yes, I am that stingy) to cook a big batch of something once a week, rather than small quantities every day.

Switch

3,356 posts

60 months

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Tuesday 24th April 2012 quote quote all
LordGrover said:
Well that's ruined my day.

illmonkey

8,223 posts

83 months

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Tuesday 24th April 2012 quote quote all
Mobile Chicane said:
That's my 'summer roasted vegetable mix'. A winter version would have beets, swede, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and red onion, seasonings and a bit of thyme.

Any veg can be roasted - asparagus, green beans, fennel etc.

I make a big batch at the start of the week, and it's the basis for any meal depending what you add to it - grilled chicken breast, goats cheese bruschetta, feta cheese and olives etc...

The real plus being that making dinner (whenever you get home) is very, very quick.

It's also more economical in terms of energy consumption (yes, I am that stingy) to cook a big batch of something once a week, rather than small quantities every day.
We do the veg a lot too, just never thought to do a weeks worth at once and keep it in the fridge!

Garlick

40,597 posts

125 months

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captainzep said:
Garlick, looks great and is along the lines of my favourite dish.

Have you tried putting the sausages into the tomato, lentils, onions etc with a slosh of that merlot (or any dregs of red wine hanging around) with a veg/chicken/pork stock cube? -Then blasting in the oven for 40 mins whilst you put your feet up?

All the flavours mingle, the sauce reduces and the whole thing becomes an unctuous celebration of the humble sausage. Can even be done atop the BBQ in an old roasting tin when your guests bring a surfeit of unimpressive sausages as their culinary contribution.
Sounds great, I'll try that thumbup

LordGrover

22,090 posts

97 months

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Tuesday 24th April 2012 quote quote all
Mobile Chicane said:
I hope you're having veg / salad with each of those?

I'd add stuff like:

Home-made burgers
Kebabs
Macaroni / cauliflower cheese
Spanish omelette

All with veg / salad wink

As a tip, if you roast a load of peppers, red onion, garlic courgette, aubergine etc in olive oil, that will keep all week in a box in the fridge, and you can add stuff to it for daily variety: bacon, frazzled chorizo, chick peas, chicken livers, herbs etc.
When roasting aubergines, do you have to salt them as you would for frying (in the olden days - may've changed since I last used them).

Mobile Chicane

17,775 posts

97 months

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Tuesday 24th April 2012 quote quote all
LordGrover said:
Mobile Chicane said:
I hope you're having veg / salad with each of those?

I'd add stuff like:

Home-made burgers
Kebabs
Macaroni / cauliflower cheese
Spanish omelette

All with veg / salad wink

As a tip, if you roast a load of peppers, red onion, garlic courgette, aubergine etc in olive oil, that will keep all week in a box in the fridge, and you can add stuff to it for daily variety: bacon, frazzled chorizo, chick peas, chicken livers, herbs etc.
When roasting aubergines, do you have to salt them as you would for frying (in the olden days - may've changed since I last used them).
I just chop them into chunks and that's it. Among all the other veg you don't notice any bitterness.

I tend to chop the other veg first, give everything a good turn in olive oil, then add the aubergines last and stir again. They absorb less oil that way.

Adenauer

12,988 posts

121 months

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Thursday 26th April 2012 quote quote all
Homemade Steak & Kidney pie, and frozen veg muck last night.

It wasn't very nice frown


illmonkey

8,223 posts

83 months

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Thursday 26th April 2012 quote quote all
Think I need a bigger plate.


Gwagon111

4,422 posts

46 months

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Thursday 26th April 2012 quote quote all
illmonkey said:
Think I need a bigger plate.

Calzone I presume.

illmonkey

8,223 posts

83 months

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Gwagon111 said:
illmonkey said:
Think I need a bigger plate.

Calzone I presume.
Correcto, meatball to be exact.

bulldong

1,680 posts

88 months

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Thursday 26th April 2012 quote quote all
Adenauer said:
Homemade Steak & Kidney pie, and frozen veg muck last night.

It wasn't very nice frown

pie looks AMAZING.

Mobile Chicane

17,775 posts

97 months

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Thursday 26th April 2012 quote quote all
bulldong said:
Adenauer said:
Homemade Steak & Kidney pie, and frozen veg muck last night.

It wasn't very nice frown

pie looks AMAZING.
Agreed.

The veg though... frown Hope you're clearing out the freezer.

crackthatoff

3,274 posts

98 months

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kebab tnite after 8 hrs cooking








plenty left for sarnies .... Pretty much no waste bloody tasty
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