It was one of those weeks where it feels like the weather is confused and isn’t really sure what it’s doing. This is generally a sign that we’re about to head back into the warmer weather.
The weekend was lovely which was fortunate as I went on a picnic with a few friends on Saturday. It was lovely to be able to catch up and hang out for a few hours. Between us all, we put on a good spread as well and I’m sure no one went home hungry. I know I certainly didn’t. A day is never wasted when it’s spent in good company.
It was also lovely this week to see some family friends from where I grew up. They were passing through town and stopped by for a couple of days to catch up. They helped us to our best score this trivia season so far so that’s a bonus as well. Though such meetings are always edged with nostalgia it was good to see them and hear what’s going on in each other’s lives.
Despite what below’s menu may look like I’ve been working on trying to be healthier this week. Mainly I’ve been trying to stay more hydrated and actually take my meds but I’ve also been trying to exercise more. I’m hoping I can keep it up but I know it will be a struggle to keep myself motivated. But all you can do in life is try and try I will.
So on to the food.
This Week In My Kitchen
Gary Mehigan’s Wings with Chilli Caramel
When my mum and I went to the regional flavours festival a few weeks ago we were fortunate enough to watch Gary Mehigan from Master Chef cook on the main stage. One of the recipes he did was these lovely chicken wings which I’ve been meaning to try for a few weeks. I finally did and I’m so glad. They were delicious. And though I’m a bit of a wuss these days when it comes to chilli the chilli caramel was delightful. I still have half a jar in the fridge to drizzle over things as I see fit.
Sausage & Tomato Casserole
There is something about cooking sausages in tinned tomato that just seems to come out delicious. I added some extra veggies for some bulk and greens and served it with pasta. Added bonus, there were plenty of leftovers for lunch as well.
This came about as I wanted something I could put in the oven and then go have a nap while it cooked. I saw them at the deli and decided they were a winner. With some oven baked chips and steamed vegetables it made for an easy but tasty dinner and I got my nap as well.
Sort of minestrone
I had some silver beet, fennel and celery I needed to use up so I stuck them in the crock pot with some butter beans, tinned tomato and pearl barley. To be honest it could have done with some veggie stock and some sort of herbs but it was filling and used up the veggies nicely.
Some Other Things
I made Vegan scones for some friends. all I did was replace the cream in my lemonade scones with coconut cream and they worked a treat. I even whipped the leftover coconut cream to top them. It was a bit runnier than regular cream but it was tasty. I love it when I can work out how to adapt recipes. People shouldn’t have to miss out on good food due to their dietary requirements.
So that’s all for this week. I hope your week ahead is filled with good friends and good food as my week has been.