Next week’s dinner 14 – 20 August 2010

After the obligatory weekend trip to Bunnings (yawn – thank you kind stranger for the hot tip about the Rockdale Community Nursery!), we did our weekly shop. So, next week’s dinner is going to look something like this:

Saturday (something new) -Chicken enchiladas with homemade tortillas

Have been wanting to try my hand at making my own tortillas (the flatbread, not egg variety) and combined it with my first attempt attempt at enchiladas – and both turned out to be a rollicking success. First I made the tortillas with self-raising flour, salt, vegetable oil and lukewarm water , then while they had their snooze, I sauteed onion and garlic, then added some organic chicken breast fillets sliced and marinated with cumin, paprika, lemon juice, garlic powder and olive oil.  Added some organic tomato passata (leftover form last night’s linguine with chorizo and finely chopped fennel), tomato paste, water, and more parika and cumin, grated in a carrot and zucchini and simmered until the chicken was tender. After quickly pan-frying the tortillas in a smoking hot cast-iron fry pan, I removed the saucy part of the sauce and mixed a cup of grated cheese with the chicken, then rolled the cheesy chickeny loveliness in tortillas, which were baked in a greased baking dish, then covered with the sauce (and lashings more cheese), and baked until the cheese was oozy and melty. Served with guacamole and a cos, tomatoberry and cucumber salad, it was a hit all round.

You could always buy ‘fresh’ tortillas in your supermarket, however now that I’ve done it there is no going back to the folic-acid fortified commercial variety – we’ll eat our folatie in broccoli, thanks.

Based on what looked good around the traps today, the rest of the week’s dinners will be:

Sunday (something cooked once, to eat twice ie on Monday) – Hungarian goulash with mashed Dutch cream potatoes and garlicky green beans

All of which I now have the makings of in my kitchen.

Monday (Sunday night take two) – Goulash with polenta dumplings, steamed broccoli

Tuesday (stir-fry/noodles/Asian) – Miso and lemon-marinated chicken with udon noodles, snowpeas, and broccolini

Wednesday (protein +) – Greek-style lamb meatballs (keftedes) with burghul and tomato pilav and salad (Luckily, this one’s already in the freezer)

Thursday (veg/legume/egg) – Veg tagine with chickpeas and couscous

Friday (pasta) – Homemade semi-dried tomato pesto with cherry tomatoes and feta

Unless, of course I decide to really mix things up and have the pasta on Tuesday night instead!

Until next week’s dinner…

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