Next week’s dinner 21 – 27 August

The kids are in bed, I’ve busted out the dark chocolate and the Kerrie OBrien/Antony Green Election Night tag team are on in the background – so  its about as exciting as it gets around here of a Saturday night! Due to on onion-slicing inspired fugue – and a morning shift at the traditional Election Day sausage sizzle/cake stall at our daughter’s school – there was not much time for the usual food-shopping bingo that generally consumes our Saturday mornings.

As a result, next week’s menu is going to look something like this:

Saturday(try something new) – Semolina gnocchi with garlic, spinach and herb butter sauce. (This has worked a treat and have made a mental note to revise this as a Sunday nigh take-two-er over summer. It makes loads and, as most of the prep. time is spent in the fridge, it will not bring on heatstroke to make.)

Sunday (cook once, eat twice night 1) – Greek-style roast lamb with lemon, oregano and olive oil-braised Dutch creams, green beans with tomato

Monday (night 2) – Greek shepherd’s pie – will finely chop the leftover lamb, braise off with onion, carrot, celery, allspice, a pinch of ground cinnamon and tomato passata, then top with garlicky skordalia mash. Serve with a lemony cos salad.

Tuesday (stir-fry night) – raincheck on the stir-fry as , with 15 minutes between the end of my daughter’s dance class and the start of a parent evening at school,  even a stir-fry won’t beat the clock. Looks like it’ll be leftover burritos from the freezer instead (or felafel rolls and haloumi pizzas from the local Lebanese bakery if all else fails).

Wednesday (protein +) – think it will be Thai stir-fried beef and gai lan with fresh rice noodles (pad sie ew, minus all the oil).

Thursday (veg/egg/legume) – picked up some organic haloumi at bargain basement prices so it will be zucchini, haloumi and mint fritter ‘burgers’, with hummus, shredded lettuce, Lebanese cucumber and cherry tomatoes.

Friday (yay, pasta!) – linguine with tuna puttanesca.

Until next week’s dinner…

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