Kitchen

Happy Easter!

I hope you are all enjoying this fabulous long weekend.

It’s a Beautiful Saturday morning in my Kitchen.

It’s cool enough that our stroll to check out the markets was pleasant and not exhausting.

I didn’t sleep in but I don’t mind. There is plenty of time for that still this weekend.

That’s the Beautiful thing about Easter. There’s plenty of time to get things done.
Including some kitchen adventures.

 

So here’s what’s been happening…

This Week In My Kitchen

Dinners

 

Sunday – Apricot Chicken

I love to cook from scratch but that doesn’t mean I don’t like using a good meal base now and then. Sunday was a day that I was not feeling particularly inspired so a meal base it was. I, of course, tweaked it to our needs but it was ultimately a nice easy option. Well until I managed to cut and burn myself in the process but both those were from me doing silly things.

Monday – Lamb in a tomato sauce

My sister does not eat lamb so as she was not home for dinner on Monday night I took the opportunity to cook it for everyone else. I served it with a ratatouille-style sauce and some cheesy Polenta (or Yellow stuff as we now call it).

Tuesday – Bacon & Zucchini Pasta

Pasta is often a go to on a Tuesday night as it’s quick and easy to cook for a crowd. With Tuesday night being our trivia night dinner numbers can fluctuate so flexibility is key. I Always keep a bag of pasta (usually Dinosaurs) in the cupboard and this week I put together a sauce with bacon, zucchini and pesto.

 

Wednesday – Pork and Root Veg Mash

I wanted some sort of steak and pork steaks were what met my budget restrictions. I got inspired by some recipes I’d seen online and made a root vegetable mash with potatoes, Sweet potatoes and carrots. Also served it with some mushrooms and capsicum (which seems to be the house’s current favourite vegetable). For dessert, I made this delicious bread and butter pudding. I made it because one of my housemate’s favourite things are Hot Cross Buns (she’s been buying them since February). In the process, I found out that she also loves bread and butter pudding.

Friday – Seafood Paella

Apparently, you have to have seafood for Good Friday. So we did. Chorizo is seafood, right? But seriously I found this recipe and it came together beautifully. It definitely makes enough for four and as two of the housemates have gone away for the weekend I’m looking forward to the leftovers for lunch. I made a variation on This bread and butter pudding for dessert because I really enjoyed the one on Wednesday. It was delicious but I think I liked Wednesdays one better.

 

Other Things

Breakfast on Sunday was a classic,  pancakes and bacon.

 

For Sunday lunch I made a mixed cheese Mac & Cheese. We literally just used up the various cheeses in the fridge and it was glorious.

 

I am trying my hand at making some preserved lemons but I will have to wait a few weeks to see how they turn out.

 

For my works mid-month morning tea on Thursday I made Hot Cross Bun Toasty bites inspired by the Coles Mag. Yes, I got quite inspired by the Coles mag this week but really that’s what those things are for. 

 

Yesterday and this morning’s breakfast what Chocolate hot cross bun french toast. Neither my sister or I are big hot cross bun fans really but the chocolate ones make for some good french toast. The way you cut them matters though and I think I’ve now got the hang of it for optimal egg soaking.

That’s about it for this weeks kitchen adventures.

 

I might make some brownies a little latter but we’ll see where the day takes me.

 

In any case, I hope you and yours have a lovely Easter weekend.

 

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Lil

Kitchen

Finally, a cool change has arrived.

This is the sort of weather I like, the sort of temperatures where you can wear a jumper in the morning and/or afternoon.

There was a lovely moment in our house the first morning this happened as we each came into the kitchen and our first comments to each other were on the cool change.

So with this new cool change, I decided to try something new.

A weekly blog on what I’ve made this week.

This one is less about details and more about a general overview but maybe it will give you some dinner ideas or baking inspiration.

In our house, I usually cook dinner Sunday – Thursday with Fridays and Saturdays being fend for yourself nights. I’m not always the greatest at meal planning in advance but I feel that often leads to some creativity. I do jot down meals or meal ideas on a note on the fridge so I can keep track of what I thought earlier in the week or what I need to use up.

Dinners this week:

Sunday: Slow Cooked Chook.

I slow cooked up a whole chook in an Asian-inspired broth and served it with rice and some stir fried veggies. Bonus I got some great chicken stock to boot.

 

Monday: Chilli Con Carne Meatballs.

This one is straight from Jamie Olivers 15 minute meals. It only took me about 20 minutes to pull it together and I changed his bulgur to cheese polenta. Will definitely be putting this on on the list again sometime as it was quick easy and delicious.

Tuesday: Honey Mustard Wings.

Tuesday night is trivia night so I normally have something that is quick to prep or something I can pre-prep and someone else can put it in the oven earlier. Wings are one of my go to’s as they are easy to make for a small crowd (we often have a few extras at dinner) and I can pre-prep them in the morning or the night before. I served the up with some honeyed carrots and roasted sweet potato & onion. I needed some greens and that’s noted for future.

Wednesday: Baked Fish.

This one is always easy to put together and is a little bit of a variation on my Fish in Foil. This time I used an Asian-inspired sauce and cooked the fish with Asian greens and some other veg.

Thursday: Full English Breakfast.

By far my favourite meal of the week. This one was suggested by one of my housemates and it was an excellent one. I looked forward to dinner all day. Bacon, Chipolatas, Hash Browns, Eggs, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Baked beans and toast. This one is definitely getting on the menu again.

So that was dinner but what else did I get up to?

Admittedly not much this week.

On Wednesday I made dessert. I used this recipe to whip up some pudding mix then made everyone some chocolate pudding (and now I have a few packets of the mix for other nights too).

A couple of mornings I made French toast . I always forget how easy it is, especially when I cook it in the sandwich press.

And Lastly, I have been working on a mug cake mix recipe. I’m hoping to share it soon after some more experimenting/testing.

So that’s it for this week in My Kitchen.

I’m hoping to be back to posting more on my Kitchen adventures on Facebook and Instagram in the next week or so. Be sure to keep an eye out.

I’m also hoping to have some more recipe blogs up soon.

Lil