Monday, 15 December 2008

Meals, Menus & Munchies

This week for us, begins the family Christmas gatherings and meals. Ugh, all that wheat and sugar!!!!!!

Monday: Pork & Feta Rissoles & vegies
Tuesday: Pasta & veg sauce (I'm out...they can have as much pasta as they like!)
Wednesday: Chicken Parmigana, vegies
Thursday: Veg Patties, wedges, cauli/broc au gratin
Friday: Pork & Apple meatloaf, vegies
Saturday: Frittata & wedges
Sunday: leftovers from a lavish lunch....or tinned tomato soup!

I'm in charge of dessert at the lavish lunch. I say lavish, only because a SIL delegated different parts of the meal to different family members. Said SIL is doing the main meal and I am doing dessert. Others will do nibbles before, bikkies & slices for after etc. contribution will be:

Individual Chocolate pavlovas with whipped cream and fresh strawberries
Baked Pistachio Ricotta with Cherry Syrup
Fresh Fruit Salad
Homemade Ice Cream

Saturday will be spent in the kitchen!


I have nearly finished my Christmas shopping, thanks to a conversation at recess time this morning. I had lots of little tots to buy for this year so as we were talking Mr Busy's 2009 teacher said "Oh, I like to try and shop's far quieter up here than down the hill at the big shopping centres". Well...that got me thinking, so I took myself for a lovely little tootle over to Sassafras to visit Geppetto's Workshop. I just adore that shop! It is brimming with quality toys that range from relatively inexpensive to rather extravagant in price. I left with an armload of beautiful wooden puzzles, some bath toys and many more ideas than I had children to buy for!

My tip for all you prefer a quieter shopping experience and have children to buy for, is to head up 'the hill'. Enjoy the drive. Have a spot of afternoon tea at one of the little tea houses or cafe's. There are lots of little shops in Sassafras and Olinda that will delight you. I noticed that Olinda has a 'Baby Geppetto's'. I didn't stop in, but I was intrigued. I don't know about the weekends, but during the week it's lovely and quiet up in the Dandenong's! Certainly beats the 45 minutes getting out of the car park that I heard about on Sunday. Give me trees and quiet stores any day!


juliexpom said...

Hi Trcey, Great minds think alike I was going to do Pasta and Veg Tuesday. Alistair loves it but I don't.

The Vintage Rose said...

I'm with you. Homemade, movie tickets, vouchers, pressies from markets, garages sales and local shops. I have even heard a challenge not to buy new but recycle, takes a bit of looking through the year, but its amazing what you can find at op-shops, garage sales, markets etc.

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Left-Handed Housewife said...

I try to buy local and do homemade as much as possible, though with some things it's just impossible. Your Geppetto's Workshop sounds wonderful!


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Vintage Rose, that would be some challenge. I know a family who are doing completely homemade and have come up with some great ideas.

Julie, while I don't mind pasta with vegie sauce I am definitely looking foward to OUR dinner!!!!

Aprille Roberts said...

Tracy, I'm still not done with my Christmas shopping...uuugghhh... It sounds like you have so much to do for SIL's list! I hope that it all goes smoothly and you have a wonderful time in the kitchen.

I have a question for you...
I have a pork loin in the freezer that I can't decide what to do with. Do you have any suggestions for me of something you have tried before? I have only cooked one in the oven before and it came out a bit like barbecue, it was good, but I would like to try something different.

Love you!
Aprille :0)

Tracy said...

I got to pick what I wanted to do, and I'm quite happy to do it. Dh has often said, over the years, that his sisters are not the best cooks ~ this way we all to get enjoy a special meal LOL.

My first question about the pork is, does it have the 'crackle' on it ~ that thick rind that crisps up if you prepare it right?

Our favourite way to do a pork roast is just in the oven with that crackling done ... that can be a bit hit and miss, I must say. And then with homemade gravy. My kids don't like gravox gravy.

Otherwise, if I were doing it in the crockpot, I have a recipe for Cranberry pork roast or a sweet apple pork roast. Both of which are beautiful.

The other night for DH & his twin's birthday I did a stuffed roast pork and it turned out so well that I am repeating it for my family for Christmas Eve. It's done in the oven. This is a Maggie Beer recipe, so I was confident that it would be beautiful...and it was.

Let me know which one of those ideas sounds like something you'd like and I'll forward on the recipe.