So this one is more like these weeks in my kitchen but it was Supanova time so you will have to forgive me.
Though it’s not yet reflected in the menu the cool change is really setting in. It’s lovely and I much prefer cooking for this weather.
Not so great when wildlife decide they want to come hang out in places you don’t want them though. I had to gently case a pigeon out of my room on easter Monday. I decided It wanted to relax in the craft corner but I wasn’t having that.
Two weeks of our lovely Irish visitor, two full on weekends at Supanova and a weekend of celebrating the anniversary of my sister’s birth, a multitude of public holidays and its almost back to normal this week.
So back into the swing of things.
These weeks in my Kitchen
Sunday 16/4 – Steak & Salad
We’d had a big lunch and it was only my sister home so we decided to splurge and get a nice steak. Just had a packet caesar salad with it. I love a good steak so it was lovely.
Monday 17/4 – Chicken Tray Bake
A lovely lazy meal to round out a nice long weekend. Chopped up some chicken and whatever veg I could find, threw it in a pan and covered it with a honey mustard dressing. Served it with some rice. Not a lot of effort needed.
Tuesday 18/4 – Loaded Mac & Cheese
Mac and Cheese is one of my go to’s for a Tuesday night and sometimes I like to add some leftover roasted veg. Though for this one I’d actually pre-roasted the veg especially for it. I pureed the veg and mixed it through the pasta to heat up before adding the cheese.
Wednesday 19/4 – Crumbed Chicken & Salad
It was essentially a Chicken Schnitzel. I bashed out some chicken breasts and crumbed them in a mix of breadcrumbs and crushed up potato chips then shallow fried it. Turned out quite well. Served it up with some salads from packet mixes as I wasn’t feeling like spending to much time on sides.
Monday 24/4 – Burgers & Fries
After being away all weekend I wanted something reasonably simple. Burgers are just prep work. Made some patties then just collected and chopped any other items needed. Put it all out on the bench and let everyone make their own. Just remember, always put the chips in the oven first or they will never be ready in time.
Tuesday 25/4 – Rosemary Chicken & Cheats Potato Bake
This one was a bit of a twist on a Jamie Oliver recipe. I marinated some chicken with a little oil and chopped rosemary then just pan-fried it. The potato bake had potatoes, onions, bacon, cheese and a tiny bit of cream and came together in about 10-15 mins.
Wednesday 26/4 – Sausage & Potato Casserole with Braised Veg
Roughly chopped potatoes and bits of sausage mixed together and covered in cheese then baked. It was a bit of an experiment and it came out quite tasty. I have some ideas to work on it but I’m pleased with how it came out. I braised some frozen stir fry veg in a Worcestershire-based sauce.
Monday 1/5 – Pasta
Up there with one of the worst pasta dishes I’ve ever made. I was not mentally prepared to cook and the lack of effort was obvious but it was edible and filling. Lessons learnt, always start a sauce with some onions and stick to the basics when you’re tired.
Tuesday 2/5 – Chicken & Chorizo Hotpot
Chicken and chorizo are brilliant together. This hot pot was tomato based and had Morrocan flavours to it. Carrots, capsicum and onions made up the veg portion and it went down well with everyone which is good after Monday’s mishap.
Wednesday 3/5 – Chicken Korma
I literally spent 20mins at the shop trying to work out what to make. This is what comes of trying to make everyone happy. I ended up just grabbing some chicken and a jar of Korma sauce. It all turned out fine in the end and that’s the important bit.
Monday 8/5 – Asian-spiced Meatballs and Garlic Broccoli
After spending most of my money on the weekend, this week became a creative challenge to use up what I already had in the house. I had some beef mince so I settled on meatballs and as I had broccoli in the fridge I decided to go with Asian flavours. It all came together quite well.
Tuesday 9/5 – Chorizo & Spinach Pasta
A much better pasta dish fortunately as we had extra people around for dinner as well though in the end the chorizo flavour was lost. On a side note, it was a grand final night at trivia and we came 8th for the season which is pretty good really.
Wednesday 10/5 – Parmies
I got a night off cooking as one of my housemates (we’ll call him Rogan) cooked enormous chicken parmies for us. I was weak and only made it through half of it but on the upside, It made for a great lunch on Friday.
Thursday 11/5 – Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry
This was an easy choice as it came down to what was in the freezer. I had pre-marinated and frozen some chicken a few weeks ago and I always keep a few bags of stir fry veg in the freezer just in case. My sister is much better at making stir fry than I am but I didn’t do too badly this time though the portions were a little small.
A little bit on the side
Mums Fabulous Easter Roast
Mum made a fantastic roast pork for Easter lunch followed by some choc mint mouse filled easter eggs. We almost had to roll home we were so full.
Ham Cheese Banana Croissants.
We first had these at my Grandmas for Boxing Day Breakfast and we’d been meaning to make them again. With a long weekend up our sleeve, I finally found a morning to make some for my sister and I. Definitely will make again.
I’ve always wanted to make one and I finally did. It was as delicious as expected. I’ve now made one with marmalade and one with raspberry jam and rosemary.
French Toast and Baileys French Toast
I got up early for my sisters Birthday and the day of her party to make french toast for breakfast. I mentioned the second time that I thought about putting some Baileys in the mix and was met with disappointment that I hadn’t so on Tuesday I decided to make Some Bailey’s french toast for dessert. The flavour was only subtle but is was good. It’s definitely a recipe I’ll be working on.
Due to the small portions on dinner on Thursday I decided I should pull together a desert. Restricted to what I had in the house I went with Raspberry Galettes. Puff pastry, raspberry jam and frozen raspberries. I was quite impressed with how it turned out. I usually manage to stuff up puff pastry.
So thats the last few weeks in my Kitchen. Hopefully now I’ll be back to my usual weekly posting to keep you up on the goings on of my kitchen.