I’m very happy to say it’s been a good week for meals in our house. Lots of old favourites and some new experiments too.
The outstanding highlight of our culinary week has to be the Chinese new year feast on Saturday.
Food is a great way to bring families together, and for me this was true despite my family being scattered across the world.
I’d sent out a plea to aunts and cousins and not only recipes came back, but a whole host of wonderful food memories.
It was quite special to know that both my cousin in Sweden and I were preparing the same soup for our families, and still eating leftovers several days later!
Another highlight were the Jerusalem artichokes for supper on Tuesday.
I cooked them with bacon, leeks and sage using a Riverford recipe and served them simply with big hunks of buttered bread. Truly gorgeous and very satisfying.
On Friday night we had a family favourite: beef stew and parsley dumplings, a perfect winter warmer, which went down well with my husband after an exhausting game of squash.
I’m feeling quite smug in being able to say there were no kitchen disasters this week. The only downside to our week’s eating was the morning-after windiness following the delicious artichokes!
It doesn’t really constitute a low but I wasn’t totally happy with my pizza muffins for the children’s lunch boxes. I think that recipe will need a little work before I publish it.
Monday 23 January
Lunch: healthy green soup and sandwiches
Dinner: spaghetti bolognese
Wednesday 25 January
Lunch: pizza muffins
Dinner: Jerusalem artichokes with bacon, leeks and sage
Thursday 26 January
Lunch: cheese and pickle rolls
Dinner (kids): minestrone soup F (adults): stuffed chicken breasts with beetroot and potato dauphinoise
Friday 27 January
Lunch: rice salad
Dinner: beef stew and parsley dumplings
Saturday 28 January
Lunch: bread, cheese and salad
Dinner: Chinese New Year meal
Sunday 29 January
Lunch: Chinese leftovers
Dinner: Hummus, bread and salad
F = from freezer