Monday, January 16, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

And so - last week was fine.  Didn't do the Thai beef salad because I'd had salad for lunch - salad overload.  So went for plain old steak, onions, potatoes salad.


Monday - Beef Fajitas (crockpot)
Tuesday - 5 spice duck with noodles (Miss5's request. Actually she requested plain, cooked noodles but I'm not quite into that.  If the duck is too expensive I'll be substituting chicken)
Wednesday - Pasta puttanesca (DH's request)
Thursday - Sticky chicken wings with wedges (another request from Miss5 who saw the picture in the Dish magazine I was looking at)
Friday - home made burgers
Saturday - beef vindaloo (Mr8's request) and some other things to accompany it.
Sunday - Ahmed's lamb tagine with cous cous

The kefta meatball dish from last week is very easy.

Tagine of Kefta meatballs with tomatoes and eggs
from Made in Morocco by Julie le Clerc, (2004), pg 103

Serves 4

700g lamb or beef mince
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp each ground coriander and paprika
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
olive oil for frying
tomato sauce (see following)
4 eggs
1 Tablesp chopped fresh marjoram or parsley

1. Combine mince, garlic, spices and fresh coriander in a bowl and knead or pound until smooth in texture.  Season well with salt and pepper.
2. With damp hands, mould walnut sized portions into balls and set on tray.
3, Heat oil in large frying pan and fry meatballs in batches until golden brown all over. Place meatballs in tagine or casserole.
4. Pour tomato sauce over browned meatballs. Bring to boil then simmer on stovetop or bak in oven heated to 180 deg. C for 20 mins, stiring once to prevent sticking. (I prefer the oven method).
5. Break eggs into the sauce and continue to cook for 5 mins until eggs are just set. Scatter herbs over and serve.

Tomato Sauce
400g can tomatoes, chopped
1 Tablesp tomato paste
1 Tablesp liquid honey
1/2 cup hot water
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Yum at that Tagine of Kefta Meatball recipe. Will copy and paste that one and who knows maybe after March I can make it. Mike is going egg free for three months and we shall see if the eggs make a difference to his skin problems. So how was it getting menu planning requests from the rest of the family? Easier? I love that your children are so food friendly. After having two kids here for the last two weeks one of them was very fussy. One meal was a complete disaster.....and that was with thier input into the menu planning.

    1. Janine - you could just leave the eggs out for now and make it anyway because it's nice without them too. It would be a good crockpot dish I think, just adjust the liquid amount a bit. I serve it with cous cous or rice.

      It has been good to have the input from the family actually - they've been quite thoughtful. Tim wanted to look through the cookbooks to choose the curry. I am pretty fortunate with their food friendliness. :-)