2 – 8 October 2010

We just got back from a relaxing extra long weekend of sand, surf, sun (well, I’m being a tad positive there) and sleep glorious sleep in Jervis Bay yesterday where, to be honest, cooking was not at the forefront of my mind. We actually managed to beat the traffic on our way down on Friday, then again, on the way back yesterday and I intended to maximise every minute of having nothing to do and nowhere to be. Despite having access to a gas stove, sharp knives and Le Creuset pans in the holiday house of our dreams, they were only used to make old faithfuls, as the lure of the national park directly behind us, and beach two streets in front of us, as well as an excessively comfortable bed 9and excellent fish and chips), where too great to be denied. And so it was that we ate:

Saturday – spaghetti and meatballs. Not much to say really, other than that they were comforting and good when the rain howled down around us.

Sunday (cook once, eat twice) – roast Greek-style leg of lamb with oregano and lemony potatoes, roast sweet potato and sauteed snow peas .

Monday (take two) – a kind of shepherd’s pie, made with the leftover lamb, painstakingly cut by hand (okay, so I opened the drawer with a food processor and found a note to say not to use it as it could dismember me, not what I had in mind as part of a relaxing weekend).  Thank god for the sharp knives and wooden chopping board. Served with that super-fresh and sweet corn and some peas. Followed by rhubarb pie bought for a steal from the Culburra Beach markets, along with some fresh local garlic (hoorah – I was starting to despair that I was gping to have to make do without garlic until next year’s local crop is ready) an impossibly sweet blood oranges, buttery avocadoes and that squeaky corn.

Tuesday (Asian/ rice/noodles) – a quick stir-fry of beef with fish sauce, basil, the remainder of the organic snow peas and (decidedly non-organic) baby corn. We had no sooner arived home at 1 than I took my daughter off for a play date with her best buddy in the newly finished local park and didn’t end up getting home til 5: 30 – aah the joys of daylight savings.

Wednesday (protein plus) – Butterflied pork loin steaks with rosemary, garlic and verjuice to degalze the pan, resulting in a sticky sour-sweet sauce, with rosemary roast potatoes and sweet potato (cut into 1.5 cm cubes to crispen in 45 minutes – it’s N’s soccer night so it had to be fast)  and a rocket, cherry tomato and avocado salad.

Thursday (veg/egg/pulse) – have loads of milk leftover as N picked up this week’s delivery of Over the Moon milk today and we hadn’t finished last week’s as we were away, so it will be some kind of vegetable gratin, I think.

Friday (pasta) – penne with pesto, feta and cherry tomatoes. Big deadline day at work, so nothing too taxing on the agenda here.

Until next week’s dinner…

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