Oh, I know it’s been a long, long time since I’ve posted anything, but things have been rattling around in my brain. We’ve been ill off and on, plus the weather suddenly turned gorgeous, so we’ve been outside as much as possible. On the other hand, I’ve gotten very serious about my grocery budget in this country, and have limited myself for the whole month by taking money out of the cash machine and using only that (otherwise known as the “envelope method”). This means that I have been emptying my pantry and freezer of anything usable first, before going to the store, which leads to fewer trips to the store and more time in the park (ultimately).
Here was my menu for last week:
Breakfasts were either cheese and bread or eggs and bread, with some kind of mild coleslaw for a veg. We’ve definitely entered the barren months between abundant winter storage and sprouting spring garden.
Lunches were always either leftovers or polenta/pasta. Husband took either apples and pears or leftovers to work for lunch.
Dinners were such -
Monday was roasted root vegetables with rice, cabbage salad, and some bits of bacon and cheese.
Tuesday was red beans and rice (actually quite a good way to clear out the freezer).
Wednesday is the day when dinner has to be done early and has to be easy and reheatable, so it was hoppin’ John and cornbread (incidentally another good pantry meal).
Thursday is a day when I have time to cook, so I made vyprazeny karfiol with potatoes and parsnip soup.
Friday, oh Friday, you always sneak up on me, and despite my grand dinner plans, we end up staying too late in the park. I had planned on lentils and rice with caramelized onions, but made it home only minutes before dinnertime. To prevent us from going out for food, I made pancakes. I foresee a lot of Friday pancakes in our future…
Saturday is a great day, because it is market day, and all of our meals are cobbled together from last week’s buys and this week’s buys. For instance, we had cheese and bread for breakfast and lunch, with various leftover salad bits. Then we spent all afternoon at the park with a bunch of other families, and I made a GF snack with pastry from the freezer and cheese and pesto from the market. Dinner was another “we’ve been in the park too long and now what are we going to eat” creation of GF pasta, pesto and cheese. (yes, it was close to the pastry, and no one complained because we were thrilled and tired from our long romp in the park.)
Sunday is another one of those days when meals always sneak up on me – all three yesterday, actually. We woke up late because of the time change, fended for ourselves for breakfast, then came home late after mass, so I threw together a veggie Thai curry and rice (ok, basically I cooked rice in one pot, then dumped frozen veggies and a bottle of curry sauce in another). The time change caught us again at dinner, so Husband and Daughter had toast with grilled onions, leftover salad bits, and some milk. I had rice cakes and home-made Nutella.
I think I need to try a crockpot. What do you think?