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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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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.