Monday, June 09, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Ugh - last week I didn't get to post my menu plan and it all got mucked around anyway. The fortnightly shopping experiment is turning out to be a bit tricky because I find myself running out of things unexpectedly (e.g. balsamic vinegar) and I dislike waiting 2 weeks to get them again.

But I'm not giving up. I think these kinks can be ironed out with time.

Monday - hamburgers plus the normal fixings & oven baked wedges
Tuesday - Lemon and rosemary chicken (a Julie Buiso recipe), fettucine, kale from the garden.
Wednesday - Lentil soup and vegetable gougere
Thursday - Hannah's Lamb Shanks, mashed tatoes, steamed broccoli
Friday - Merguez* sausage, couscous, spinach
Saturday - Roast chicken plus the usual accompaniments
Sunday - my "can't-be-bothered-meal" of whole grain pancakes (from Kristen), bacon and some sort of vege

* I have found an awesome butcher who makes sausages in house and they are delicious. Proper sausages not these weird meat-flavoured bread ones, or those other that say it's 75% meat... but you don't know what sort of dodgy "meat" product is included. The butcher is the Westmere Butcher (131 West End Rd, Westmere, ph 376-5954) in Auckland. I can recommend their pork and fennel, and Toulouse sausages. Going to try their Merguez this week.

I'm having dreadful cravings for winter desserts - rice pudding, chocolate self-saucing puddings, pies, apple and rhubarb crumble... you know the sort. Nigella has a raspberry chocolate pudding cake I'm going to try this week. I'm also going to poach some pears in wine some time too.

I'm trying to resist the cravings because I have a mere 3 kgs to go and I'll be into my goal weight range! My motivation is on the wane though so any advice on how to keep that going would be welcome.


  1. Let me know what you think of the shanks ... I hope you'll enjoy them!
    The rest of your weekly menu looks great. I'll come for dinner every night, if that's okay. LOL :-)

  2. I gotta get my menu up today also. Those are yummy, yummy pancakes! We eat them at least twice a week.

  3. I shop fortnightly for groceries and do a weekly market run for fruit and veg. It does take a bit of getting used to and I tend to stock up on things on special. This helps save money and also helps make sure we don't run out mid shopping cycle.