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Menu Plan {02.09.2013} + Triple Berry Trifle

I am definitely enjoying the long weekend (Labor Day here in the US) and did not realize how truly and desperately I needed the day off :-). I have had a pretty productive weekend and will have some posts to show for the upcoming week, but I must say I am most happy with getting back in the kitchen and cooking/baking. It had been a while, and I decided to prep some of the items in our weekly meal plan.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Gulguph (favorite German bakery) Grilled Chicken + Beef tips + Corn cobs+ Salad
Dessert: Triple Berry Trifle (see recipe below)
Sunday Left overs Slow Cooked Beef Bourguignon + Egg Noodles
Monday Breakfast Egg + Coffee Meatball Pasta Bake (with gluten-free pasta)
Tuesday Berry + Banana+ Spirulina Smoothie Vegetable Frittata
Wednesday Bircher Muesli Taco’s
Thursday Bircher Muesli Vegetable Stir Fry + Brown Rice
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Salad + Zucchini Corn Fritters

The dessert on Saturday night was due to us have friends over for a BBQ/grill. The two desserts I remember growing up, that represented summer in New Zealand, were a trifle and a pavlova. For the BBQ, I decided on the trifle but with some upgrades to it. I must say it was a splurge and a keeper!!!

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Ingredients

  • 1-2 Sponge cakes ( I used about 1 & 1/2)
  • 1/2  frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup blackberry jam
  • 1/3 cup marsala wine (madeira wine or sherry could be substituted)
  • 8-10 fresh strawberries (sliced)
  • 4 oz fresh raspberries
  • 3-4 oz fresh blueberries
  • 2 1/4 cups custard
  • 1 cup heavy cream (whipped)

Take sponges out of the oven and let cool (if you would like my recipe for the sponges then let me know). You can also use store-bought.
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While the sponges are cooling, make the berry compote. In a small – medium pot place put in the blackberry jam, marsala wine, frozen berries, slow heat until the jam is incorporated into the sauce and the berries have softened. Take off the heat and place on the side. IMG_8447

At this time I would also make the custard, which you can do two ways – with custard powder or by making an egg custard from scratch (let me know if you want this recipe, I know custard powder is not always easy to find in all grocery stores). I was a little lazy this time and used 2 1/4 cups of milk, 3 Tbsp of custard powder, 3 Tbsp sugar. Follow the directions for the custard powder and slowly heat until thick. Take it off the heat put cling wrap (glad wrap) directly on top of the custard to stop the custard creating a skin, as it cools.

Back to the sponges….cut the sponges in 1 to 1/2 inch cubes. Use ~ 1/2 the sponges and place randomly at the bottom of a glass dish, make sure you cover as much of the bottom, as possible, in a single layer.

Using a ladle, spoon 1/2 the berry compote evenly over the sponge.IMG_8451

Place 1/2 of the sliced strawberries, raspberries and blueberries over the compote layer.IMG_8454

The last of the first layer is the custard. Using a clean ladle, place 1/2 of the custard (about 1 cup) evenly over the berries. In the picture below my custard is still warm, as it needs to still be  spreadable/able to be poured.IMG_8456

Repeat all 4 layers again. Top with the whipped cream and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours. You will have plenty of left overs, serves at least 12. Refrigerate the left overs as they will be great up to 4-5 days.

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Let me know if you try it. Is there a favorite summer recipe you enjoy from your childhood?

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Meal Plan {07.07.2013} + Pillow Swap recap

Remember last month, we had a pillow swap and I made Sea Spray pillow. My partner loved her pillow, and since I was not able to attend she picked up my pillow from my swap partner – Sarah from Stitching and Bacon. Here is my wonderful woodpecker pillow, I so love, sitting in my sunroom:
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My favorite part is the backing Godzilla fabric, which is cool 🙂IMG_7794

Now onto our meal plan for the week, we played a little flexible this week so you will see some repeats this week:

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Smootie Sandwich
Sunday Bircher Muesli Moroccan Lamb (Grilled)+ Cheese Cauliflower Bake + Wheat Berries
Monday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter Frittata
Tuesday Bircher Muesli Thai Green Curry + Brown Rice
Wednesday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter zPizza
Thursday Bircher Muesli BBQ Chicken + Grilled Vegetables
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Cook out with Friends

Most of our vegetables this week are from the garden, which made it a very short list for the week.

GROCERY LIST (NEW STOCK) IN THE CUPBOARD/FRIDGE
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Bread (TT)
  • Frozen Banana /Berries (TJ)
  • Fruit for snack (TJ)
  • Eggs (TJ)
  • Cheese (TT)
  • + Additional Cook out
    items
  • Lamb Shanks (BJ)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Brown Rice (TJ)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Sultanas (TT)
  • Wheat Berries (WF)
  • Cabbage (our garden)
  • Broccoli (our garden)
  • Carrots (our garden)
  • Cauliflower (our garden)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • Apples (TJ)
  • Potatoes (TJ)
  • Onions (TJ)
  • Chicken (BJ)
  • Thai Green Curry (TT)
  • English Muffins (TT)

NOTE: We shop majority at Trader Joe’s (TJ), Target (TT) with an occasional visit to Whole foods (WF), BJ’s , Harris Teeters (HT), Lowes Food (LF) and Fresh Market (FM).
NOTE: We do not typically use coupons mainly due to time.

Meal Plan {29.06.2013} + Carrot Raisin Salad

This week has been a little difficult – in total over 4 days, I have spent 24 hours in the airport due to cancelled flights to and from New York. Very tedious. Good news is, I got two rows of hexagons almost completed.

In desperate need of vegetables (airports are not the best for healthy food)…Today we are having coleslaw and Carrot raisin salad. The cabbages and carrots came from our garden.

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Ingredients (modified from Rachel Ray’s Food Network recipe)

  • 8-10 Carrots grated
  • 1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds
  • 1 lemon’s juice
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup raisin
  • 1/2 cup golden raisin
  • pinch salt

Toss all ingredients in a bowl with hands. Chill for 30 minutes or longer. Serve.

For the rest of the week this is what we have planned.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Granola + Fruit Beef tips + Coleslaw + Carrot Raisin Salad
Sunday Bircher Muesli Moroccan Lamb + Cheese Cauliflower Bake + Wheat Berries
Monday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter Broccoli+ Cherry Tomato Fettuccine
Tuesday Bircher Muesli Thai Green Curry + Brown Rice
Wednesday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter zPizza
Thursday Bircher Muesli Ham + Baked Potatoes + Grilled Vegetable Stack
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Toasted Sandwiches + Homemade Fries

Most of our vegetables this week are from the garden, which made it a very short list for the week.

GROCERY LIST (NEW STOCK) IN THE CUPBOARD/FRIDGE
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Lamb Shanks (BJ)
  • Beef Tips (Meat House)
  • Ham (LF)
  • Eggplant (TJ)
  • Bread (TT)
  • Fruit for snack (TJ)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Brown Rice (TJ)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Sultanas (TT)
  • Wheat Berries (WF)
  • Cabbage (our garden)
  • Broccoli (our garden)
  • Carrots (our garden)
  • Cauliflower (our garden)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • Apples (TJ)
  • Potatoes (TJ)
  • Onions (TJ)
  • Eggs (TJ)
  • Cheese (TT)
  • Chicken (BJ)
  • Thai Green Curry (TT)
  • English Muffins (TT)
  • Frozen Banana /Berries (TJ)

NOTE: We shop majority at Trader Joe’s (TJ), Target (TT) with an occasional visit to Whole foods (WF), BJ’s , Harris Teeters (HT), Lowes Food (LF) and Fresh Market (FM).
NOTE: We do not typically use coupons mainly due to time.

Now on to a short week – yippee!!

Meal Plan {22.06.2013} + Veggie Harvest

A Whoop Whoop for our garden this week. The cauliflower, carrots and a cabbage were ready for harvesting. I don’t know why but I feel “winter” vegetables need so much more washing. I did learn a good trick though, fill a bowl up of water and a tsp of salt and stick the recently harvested vegetables in the solution….all the bugs come out and die.

Here are some photos of the harvested vegetables…..Carrots, Cabbage, Cauliflower respectively.

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The cauliflower may be a little mature based on the edges but we are going to give it a try anyway and add it to our indian chicken dish tonight.

UPDATE: The cauliflower tasted great with the Indian chicken dish.

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That brings us to the meal plan for the week. I am out of town this week Mon–> Thu so the boys are fending for themselves.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Bread + Marmite Indian with Chicken + Cauliflower + Bell Pepper
Sunday Bircher Muesli Date Night!!
Monday ?Depends on Hotel Spaghetti Bolognese
Tuesday ?Depends on Hotel Slow Cooked Beef Daube + Egg Noodles + Cabbage
Wednesday ?Depends on Hotel Hot Dogs
Thursday ?Depends on Hotel Alfredo Sauce + Tortellini
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Chicken “Fried” Rice

Menu Plan {06.15.2013} + Wonderful NZ Art piece

When we got back to work on Tuesday, I received a note from shipping that a personal parcel was waiting for me to pick up. Now, my Mum had mentioned she had to courier my birthday present to me, as it was big and flat. It sure was!!! This was what was inside (still not completely unpacked hence the tape on the bottom)….the fan-like art piece is made from New Zealand Flax. Isn’t it beautiful, the perfect composition of weaving at the bottom and then the long criss-crossed fanned strands. What a great gift, now we have to decide where to put it – I am thinking the bedroom in a simple wood frame.

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As we were in New York we did not have a meal plan for the week, but we are ready to plan this week.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Granola + Fruit Grilled Chicken Breast + Salad
Sunday Strawberry + Banana Crepes Grilled Rissoles + Watermelon, Cucumber, Basil Salad
Monday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter Broccoli+ Cherry Tomato Fettuccine
Tuesday Bircher Muesli Chicken “Fried” Rice (Brown Rice)
Wednesday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter zPizza
Thursday Bircher Muesli Moroccan Lamb Shanks + Grilled Vegetables + Wheat Berries
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Toasted Sandwiches + Homemade Fries

We are usually spending ~$70 a week for our meals. Here is this weeks shopping list:

GROCERY LIST (NEW STOCK) IN THE CUPBOARD/FRIDGE
  • Watermelon (TJ)
  • Bananas (TJ)
  • Zucchini (TJ)
  • Cherry Tomatoes (TJ)
  • Basil (TJ)
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Lamb Shanks (BJ)
  • Chicken (Meat House)
  • Soy Yoghurt (WF)
  • English Muffins (TT)
  • Bread (LaFarm)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Brown Rice (TJ)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Sultanas (TT)
  • Wheat Berries (WF)
  • Broccoli (our garden)
  • Carrots (our garden)
  • Bell Pepper (TJ)
  • Asparagus (TJ)
  • Onions (TJ)
  • Eggs (TJ)
  • Lettuce (TJ)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • Granny Smith Apples (LF)
  • Mushrooms (TJ)
  • Frozen Corn (TJ)
  • Ground Beef (TJ)

NOTE: We shop majority at Trader Joe’s (TJ), Target (TT) with an occasional visit to Whole foods (WF), BJ’s , Harris Teeters (HT), Lowes Food (LF) and Fresh Market (FM).
NOTE: We do not typically use coupons mainly due to time.

Meal Plan {01.06.2013} + Recap of week

Today, makes exactly 7 days until my 40th birthday (boy time flies doesn’t it). We are spending next weekend in New York, to celebrate – I am so excited. I promise to post photos when we return – especially so I can share my experience of Lotta Jansdotter’s printing workshop (I may even post a give away – so keep an eye out).

Back to reality…. some of the random things I thought I would share this week.

I took an extra day off for Memorial day to have a 4 day weekend….I spent the morning at my favorite German bakery….I started with the sweets and coffee and enjoyed the relaxing time sitting on the outdoor patio 🙂

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We pulled up our first carrot from our vegetable garden today. My son gobbled it up with a little ranch dressing on the side. He did say that “the carrots from our garden were much better than the ones from the supermarket” 🙂

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Lastly, tonight, we tried a new vegetarian sauce with all real ingredient’s (which you add meat to it) from Campbell’s. It is call “Skillet Sauces” and you just brown your selection of meat and add the sauce. I was very surprised with the result, after 10-15 minutes cooking…dinner was served; it was full of flavor with a kick and tasted great !!!

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Target had 5 flavors you could choose from, if you want something quick I would recommend it. The only thing I would do different next time is add one of the Cauliflowers from our garden (when they are ready that is).

Anyway, here is our meal plan this week:

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Fresh Fruit + Bread with Marmite Trimmed Boneless Pork Loins + Rice + Campbell’s Skillet Sauce
Sunday Rhubarb+Apples Compote + Granola+yoghurt Grilled Fish + Vegetables
Monday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter Asparagus + Mushroom Pasta
Tuesday Bircher Muesli Chicken “Fried” Rice (Brown Rice)
Wednesday Rhubarb+Apples Compote + Granola+yoghurt Homemade Vegetable Burgers
Thursday Bircher Muesli Vegetable Frittata 
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie ? Will be in the airport or New York depending on timing.

We are usually spending ~$70 a week for our meals. Here is this weeks shopping list:

GROCERY LIST (NEW STOCK) IN THE CUPBOARD/FRIDGE
  • Watermelon (TJ)
  • Cherries (TJ)
  • Bell Pepper (TJ)
  • Asparagus (TJ)
  • Onions (TJ)
  • Eggs (TJ)
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Frozen Corn (TJ)
  • Fish (FM)
  • Soy Yoghurt (WF)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Brown Rice (TJ)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Sultanas (TT)
  • Rhubarb (LF)
  • Zucchini (TJ)
  • Lettuce (TJ)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • Granny Smith Apples (LF)
  • Mushrooms (TJ)
  • English Muffins (LF)
  • Cereal (BJ)
  • Chicken (BJ)
  • Grated Cheese (TT)
  • Pork (TT)

NOTE: We shop majority at Trader Joe’s (TJ), Target (TT) with an occasional visit to Whole foods (WF), BJ’s , Harris Teeters (HT), Lowes Food (LF) and Fresh Market (FM).
NOTE: We do not typically use coupons mainly due to time.

 

Menu Plan {25.05.2013}

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It is Memorial Day weekend, and boy I was hanging out for this 3 day weekend. We just finished the first day at the beach with friends. The weather is perfect, the boys had so much fun, and I got to spend some time on making hexagons out of a bag of scraps (since my sewing machine is at home….we are only away for two days).

Here is our meal plan for the rest of the week:

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Fruit salad + scrambled egg + english muffin Grilled fish + Grilled Vegetables (BBQ)
Sunday Rhubarb+Apples Compote + Granola+yoghurt Grill meat + Spinach Salad
Monday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter Meatball + Spinach Pasta Bake
Tuesday Rhubarb+Apples Compote + Granola+yoghurt Omelet
Wednesday Bircher Muesli zPizza
Thursday Bircher Muesli Mexican Chicken Stack
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Sandwiches

We are usually spending ~$70 a week for our meals. Here is this weeks shopping list:

GROCERY LIST (NEW STOCK) IN THE CUPBOARD/FRIDGE
  • Watermelon (TJ)
  • Bell Pepper (TJ)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • Chili Beans (TT)
  • Frozen Corn (TJ)
  • Grated Cheese (TT)
  • Spinach (from the garden)
  • Broccoli (from the garden)
  • Ground Beef (TJ)
  • Onions (TJ)
  • Eggs (TJ)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Sultanas (TT)
  • Rhubarb (LF)
  • Granny Smith Apples (LF)
  • Mushrooms (TJ)
  • English Muffins (LF)
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Cereal (BJ)
  • Chicken (BJ)
  • GF Lasagna sheets (WF)
  • Canned tomatoes (BJ)

NOTE: We shop majority at Trader Joe’s (TJ), Target (TT) with an occasional visit to Whole foods (WF), BJ’s , Harris Teeters (HT), Lowes Food (LF) and Fresh Market (FM).
NOTE: We do not typically use coupons mainly due to time.