Monday, June 6, 2011

Gotta Love A Long Weekend

Posted by MANDI at 8:23 PM
Especially if you happen to live in WA and have just had one! I've had a lovely, cruisy, relaxing, baking, socialising, kinda long weekend and enjoyed every minute of it.

I baked a butter cake with a zingy passionfruit icing, made mini pizza muffins, put the slow cooker to good use with a batch of pea and ham soup and also a delish beef hotpot and cooked up a batch of dog food (and laughed at my Dad when he asked me what I was cooking because it looked good - okay, it was essentially human food of mince, rice and some vegies but it was still funny)

I caught up with an old school-friend on Saturday and had fun gossiping the afternoon away and getting to know her kids (gorgeousness in bucketloads!), Sunday we tootled off to another friends place to help with his low-key 40th birthday celebrations and today we had a last minute lunch invitation that was too good to turn down. I loved that the phone conversation with the lovely friend who issued the invitation, the former Mrs-Across-The-Road, included the line, "I know you have a hard time with the spontaneous stuff, so if it's too hard don't feel bad saying no." I laughed and laughed, then did some mental reorganising and declared we'd love to come to lunch! Then I made this delicious Beer Bread, grabbed some quince paste from the fridge, bought cheese from the deli on the way out and threw the whole lot on a serving platter when we got there. Yum. I am so making this again - super quick and seriously yummy, it's a winner for me.

And when I wasn't doing anything else, I also  looked through cookbooks and magazines and came up with this week's menu plan:
Monday: Slow Cooker Beef Hotpot
Tuesday: Baked fish with steamed vegies
Wednesday: Spaghetti Bolognaise
Thursday: Chicken Curry Pies*
Friday: Macaroni Cheese*
Saturday: Homemade Pizza
Sunday: Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole with mustard and tarragon*
Baking: Choc Chip Cupcakes* and more quince paste
*new recipes

What are you cooking this week? Trying anything new? Revisiting old favourites? Got anything worth sharing? Leave me some comment love and let me know what's going on in your kitchen.


Iris Flavia on June 8, 2011 at 12:01 AM said...

I´d like to invite myself for Wednesday to Saturday, please! Sounds all yum!
No cooking here, though, and I have to admit I don´t even know what a slow-cooker is. My Mum had a Schnell-kochtopf, "fast-cooker".

Dr. Alice on June 10, 2011 at 7:44 AM said...

I almost hate to post this, but I'm interested in the dogfood recipe (and I don't have a dog - but am looking to get one). Do you cook large batches and freeze them? Is there any vegetable you ought not to give to dogs? And is this a fully-balanced dogfood?

I ask because I am intrigued by the idea of making one's own dogfood. I never have liked the idea of the canned stuff and the dog we had when I was a kid wouldn't eat the dry.

That said, the chicken casserole with the mustard and tarragon? PLEASE POST. That sounds exactly up my alley.

MANDI on June 10, 2011 at 7:05 PM said...

If you can get here Iris, we'll be sure to set an extra place for you!

Hi Alice - I've only been making the dogfood because it was what Betsy was eating when we got her (and since she was only 6 weeks old we didn't want to mess around with her little belly.) The vet is happy with it but does want her to be on dry food eventually. At the moment we're mixing them together and weaning her off the wet food and onto the dry. Basically, it's a kg of beef mince (aka, 2 pounds ground beef) cooked up in the frypan, a cup of rice (measured uncooked, then cooked and throw in the whole lot) a cup or so of frozen peas and a couple of diced carrots (steamed). Then just mix the whole lot up. I freeze it and we just grab out what we need each day. Don't feed dogs onion or garlic - they are lethal - but apart from that it's pretty much all fair game!

MANDI on June 10, 2011 at 7:05 PM said...

Oh, and yes I'll be sure to post the chicken casserole recipe. So long as it's nice!

Dr. Alice on June 12, 2011 at 12:12 PM said...

TY! Good to know. If I get a puppy, it's great to have a recipe that I can feed them.


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