I put together a little menu plan for the week (sooooooo not my style - usually I cook at whim - but I decided to be grown up about it so I could acquire all the yummy veggies we needed from lovely Jim at his Sutton Forest fruit and veggie market on Sunday - best produce around, ever!).
So, what have we eaten over a series of lunches and dinners pray tell?
- Pumpkin, spinach and sage risotto - an all-time favourite here at the Palazzo
- Spinach gnocchi with a puttanesca sauce - a new all-time favourite and that's a big statement
- Creamy baked polenta with roast veggies atop (Moo not too keen on that caper, so not making it anywhere near the all-time list, let me tell you)
- Poached eggs atop a feta, spinach and mushroom fritter - a la Raw and Wild in Bowral - drop dead goodness!
- Rumpledumps (roast veggies, mashed and creamed, with caramelised onions and baked cabbage - soooooo good - we love comfort food)
- Veggie bake (layers of finely sliced veggies, with red onion, tomatoes and sharp cheddar, baked, with a crispy corn crumble atop - kind of veggie lasagne w/o the pasta - yumbo scrumbo)
I couldn't say no to the scallop risotto and M gave a nod to a steak sandwich w/o the bread so I guess us gf peeps call that a steak solo? Very yummy and no sign of the resident ghost (kid you not - they have photos up - she lives in Room 11 upstairs!).
B got back down last night so we plan on breaking out and having shanks tonight - we bought them from our favourite local butcher the other day. The boys will be on slow cooking duty as I was in bed all of yesterday, feeling lousy and under par.
NOTHING to do with the lack of meat I might quickly add to curb the comments of carnivores reading this.
Just that normal lark of flu circling around at this time of the year and bad luck on my part. Another quiet day today and all will be good - especially if the boys take over the mothership (kitchen).
Long live health and more veggies - I plan on whipping up a whole bunch more meat-free treats over the next couple of weeks while we are lazying by the fire late afternoon. Might even experiment with the polenta (huge shriek of nooooooooo from Moo echoes through the house!).
(Ohh and in case you are wondering Woo ate his usual dry food fiasco - no point upsetting the apple cart for the pooch - he is a creature of habit, tried and tested. No idea what B feasted on - but he'll be sad he missed the polenta ... not ... at all!!!!)