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
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.
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.