Hubby is already showing signs of wilting and I've felt generally a bit low, so I thought it wise to make this week's meal plan one that concentrates on the simple and the easy. It's not a good thing to have to knuckle down to cooking a dish that requires several tricky processes, when you'd really rather just go back to bed. All that results in, is our reaching for the nearest takeaway menu - and considering home cooked is so much better for us, it's a bit self-defeating.
However, I didn't intend for this week to be quite as dominated by bacon as it has turned out to be!
Both hubby and I seem to be going through a serious bacon fancy and the large part of our ideas for this week turned out to be centred around the lovely stuff. I suppose there's no real harm in it, as I can't see us going off bacon any time soon!
Here's what's on the list for this week :
Tues : shop-bought frozen Pizza
Weds : vegetable curry and rice
Thurs : Carbonara and garlic bread
Fri : Bacon & sausage pilaff
Sat : Bacon & onion pie with baked beans and peas
Sun : Roast of some denomination (probably a bacon joint!)
Mon : Chicken Kiev and savoury rice.
Shop bought frozen pizza is our usual "get out of jail free" card. Son & heir loves it, hubby approves and I get fed, so it'll do. Hubby is our pizza chef, so I don't even have to venture into the kitchen in order to get fed. Can't argue with that!
|Something like this - except with more veggies!|
I realised that I had rather a lot of leftover vegetables in the fridge and initially considered some kind of soup for dinner. That was, until I pondered on currying the soup - whereupon I thought I may as well just go for a vegetable curry and be done with it. I know that son & heir isn't hugely struck on vegetable curry as a concept (no meat, you see), so I figure if I boil a couple of eggs, I can include a hard boiled egg in son & heir's. That should cheer him up, as he loves his eggs.
|Photo c/o BBC Good Food|
The Bacon & Sausage Pilaff is actually an adaptation of a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recipe which you can find here. I'm going to take it a little bit further and add a few more ingredients to the mix (mushrooms & peas, for instance) along with the bacon, sausage and black pudding. I'll also turn the sausages into little sausage meatballs, as I think they'll suit the Pilaff structure more elegantly than rough-cut sausages.
|Photo c/o Jeff's Great British Eats|
Hubby has promised us a roast for Sunday, although what we're going to be roasting is a matter of conjecture at the moment. It will all depend on what Spring Fields Butchers has that looks nice, I suspect! We haven't had a true roast dinner for quite some time, so I'm really looking forward to this one.
|Another property from a similar road in Oxshott - I'd have lived behind the tree on the right. lol|
Cooking was something of a challenge, as the sink was away down the corridor and I had a two-ring Belling oven and a microwave. I wasn't in to cook a great deal anyway, as I would leave to walk the dogs at 6.30 a.m., then go to the stables to feed, turn out into the field and muck out my horse & donkey, returning home to shower and change for work at 9.30am. Then I'd leave work at around 6pm, collect the dogs and go to the stables to bring in the horse & donkey, feed them and settle them down for bed - maybe even cramming in a ride, in the summer months. Lastly, I'd walk the dogs (in the pitch black, through the woods!), getting home at around 9pm-10pm when cooking was the last thing on my mind. The slow cooker came into its own during the winter months!
However, one of my favourite meals was a Chicken Kiev with savoury rice. The Kiev would go into the oven while the savoury rice (or "slavering mice" as it came to be known) would be twirling in the microwave. They'd both co-incide in time to sit down and eat before I fell asleep. Perfect. Eating was all about fuel, in those days.
|Slavering Mice - mmmmn! lol|
Either way, it will be a super-simple meal of disgustingly processed food that is full of everything that's bad for us. Yes, I know I could make the same thing from chicken breasts and it would be much nicer, more trustworthy and better for us. However, it won't be done with the minimum of effort. Well, you have to kick over the traces from time to time, haven't you?
Hopefully, a normal, healthy menu plan will return next week. *wink*