Monday, 29 November 2010

Monday Menu Plan: Week Beginning 28 November

We sent off our 10yo visitor last night in a blaze of dining glory, with her family. Roast lamb (supplied by them and cooked by me) with all the yummy things that should go along with it. As well as the two desserts that had been requested. Apparently you just can't go home unless you've had golden syrup dumplings!  Personally I was up for the apricot crumble.  I received some quizzical looks when I pulled out a tiny single-sized serve for myself...gluten free.  After Friday night I was not prepared to forgo sleep for the sake of dessert.

I told Miss10yo that she needed to go home so I could have a holiday from fanciness in the kitchen.  Her mother laughed and declared that parents need respite care sometimes!  Really, I'd have her and her older sister anytime.  They're fabulous kids to have around.  And they understand our humour.  Always helpful!

I'm looking forward to reducing my kitchen load to 'regular'.

Monday:  Ricotta fritters, vegies
Tuesday:  Redcurrent lamb chops, vegies
Wednesday:  Lamb rissoles, vegies
Thursday:  Tomato & bacon pasta
Friday:  Quiche, vegies
Saturday:  Chicken wonton soup
Sunday:  Baked jacket potato with assorted toppings

I am slowly but surely become more protective of myself when it comes to what I eat in relation to wheat.  I've known for a few years that wheat is not my friend.  Perhaps it's age and wisdom.  Perhaps I have gotten to the point where the consequences are not worth it.  But a stolen mini muffin here or a cracker there rarely go by unnoticed.  It's either insomnia or indigestion or the fuzzy brain that won't function.  Usually it's the brain fuzz that stops me first.  I need a clear head when I'm at work.  Actually, I need a clear head to deal with my own kids on a day to day basis.  Having two teens and a full-on boy mean you have to have your wits about you!  But the insomnia is not fun either.  I've now developed a very short list of items that are worth paying the price for.  Hot jam doughnuts (the kind you used to buy from a doughnut van), tiramisu and yum cha are the three top picks.  Even homemade pasta doesn't make it to the list anymore.  I'm getting really good at finding ways to alter favourite recipes to suit me.  I still haven't found a good alternative to scones or pastry.  It's the pastry I miss most of the two.


Left-Handed Housewife said...

I'm sorry you have to be so careful when it comes to wheat. To a much lesser degree, I have to be careful with sugar, just because it can make me feel very ill and out of sorts if I eat too much. But it's easier to avoid sugar than wheat, for sure!


Tracy said...

It sure is easier Frances. I've become used to it now, I think. I still feel bad when I have to request a special meal, cos I know it's a pain.