Monday, 28 February 2011

Menu Planning: Week Beginning 28 February

I know it's pretty late for getting around to posting this, but that's probably going to be the way of things for a while.  Late night and early morning postings snuck in before or after a solid block of study time.  My first week of Uni has passed by very quickly.  I think I'm finally settled both geographically in the house and with all the bits and pieces I require to keep my work organised. At this point I'm feeling quite satisfied with my ability to keep up with it all.  It's full, but I'm loving it so far.

In the process, the girls are happily taking over my kitchen.  Miss Mischief has succeeded in baking her first roast chicken meal.  Tonight she conquered the humble rissole.  I keep forgetting that she works slower than Miss Sunshine and I.  But she does it happily, quite content to putter.  I write scant notes for her and she follows diligently with plenty of checking in.  A little challenging when listening to a lecture, but I guess that's the beauty of having a pause button!  Miss Sunshine is easily becoming as efficient as I am and I rarely even check to see if she needs a hand or advice.  I can't believe my baby girls are so very grown up!  Mr Busy is, of course, wanting in on the kitchen action.  He's miffed that the girls weren't cooking when they were just ten!  He has no leverage until about 12.

So this week, between the girls and I here's what we're feasting on this week:
Monday:  Rissoles, vegies (Miss M)
Tuesday:  Chinese corn soup, prawn crackers (me)
Wednesday:  Oven fried chicken, vegies (Miss M)
Thursday:  Pasta bolognaise (Miss S)
Friday:  Homemade pizza (MissS/me)
Saturday: Roast, vegies (me)
Sunday:  Gnocchi (me/Mr Busy)

There you go, Mr Busy does get to help.  He's great at shaping gnocchi for me, so this is often a little job we do together.  He'll be thrilled.  And I need to remember to get Miss Mischief started by 4.30pm so we get to eat at a reasonable time.


Left-Handed Housewife said...

I continue to be thoroughly impressed by your girls and so envious of you for having children who do the cooking! I enjoy cooking, and I have the time to do it, but I'd love to hand my kitchen over to someone else from time to time. Good job, you!


Tracy said...

Thanks Frances. I've always been a bit reluctant to hand the cooking over, so I am surprising myself at being so OK with it, to the point of enjoying and appreciating it.

They're good kids!

Vickie said...

good on them , you must do all the corre3ct coaching and confidence building ..way to go Tracy,cheers Vickie
p.s. I like your new blog design

Tracy said...

Thanks Vicki. More than coaching and confidence, I think I have managed to pass on the desire. The rest flows naturally from there.

Aer Conditionat said...

I too wish I had girls like yours to help around the kitchen. I love your menu, even though I kind of missed it, but I guess I could get some inspiration from it. Especially from the homemade pizza (huge fan) and from the Chinese corn soup and prawn crackers.

Squiggly Rainbow said...

Wow! You are inspirational! Once I get a kitchen and a working oven - I must start menu planning! xo Rach