Archive for February, 2008

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday (16th, 17th, 18th, 19th Feb)

Saturday – absent husband, grumpy kids = nachos

Sunday – steak, roasted vegetables (potatoes, parnsip, butternut squash and carrots)

Monday – pork sausages, rosemary potatoes, salad

Tuesday – Thai green chicken curry and rice


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Annaliese’s Chicken Curry



Annaliese’s Chicken Curry  One of my favourite curries. Yummmm

 1kg/2lbs boneless chicken, diced

2-4 tblspns Pataks mild curry paste

5 star anise

1 cinnamon stick

2 bay leaves

3 cardamom pods

½ tspn turmeric

1 can peeled tomatoes

1 can coconut milk


Melt ghee, add whole spices and fry. Add paste, powdered spices and chicken. Stir frequently. Once chicken is sealed, add tomatoes and juice and coconut milk.Add water or more coconut milk if needed. Simmer until chicken falls apart

Serve with fresh coriander


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Wed, Thurs & Fri (13th, 14th, 15th Feb)

Wed – pork chops with plum sauce, twice baked potatoes (bake or microwave the potato, cut in half, scoop out the insides and mash, mix with toppings – we just chose sour cream, grated cheese and Italian herbs – return mashed potato to potato skin, grill/broil for 10 mins or until top is crispy), cauliflower/broccoli cheese bake (make cheese sauce and pour over parboiled vegies, bake for 10 mins in oven), steamed carrots

Thurs – Chicken Tortellini Bake & salad

Friday – husband not home until late Thursday night, and had eaten Pizza Hut at work, so leftover pasta for dinner on Friday night, with salad.

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Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (10th, 11th and 12th Feb)

Sunday – meatballs (yes again but they were requested by a small child and I wasn’t cooking so who cares ?), pumpkin, mushrooms, broccoli

Monday – leftovers for the small children and jambalaya (from a box – thanks to Wendy for sending a little New Orleans our way …) –®-reduced-sodium-jambalaya-p-1595.html

Tuesday – hot dogs made with pork sausages – absent husband, tired mother …

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Ginger Apricot Chicken and Potato Salad

GINGER APRICOT CHICKEN (from the complete Canadian living cookbook)

Combine 2 tablespoons lemon juice, with 1/4 cup apricot preserves, 1 tablespoon minced ginger, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard. Brush onto chicken breasts or legs. Place chicken onto foil lined baking sheet (skin down if using pieces with skin on). Bake at 425F/220C, baste with remaining glaze halfway through, for about 35 mins or until cooked through.

Potato Salad

Green Bean and tomato salad (Heston Blumenthal recipe I pulled out of a magazine) – combine 5 chopped ripe tomatoes, or equivalent chopped cherry tomatoes, blanched green beans and baby spinach leaves (optional – can add basil leaves and/or chopped shallots). Make dressing by combining 1 dessertspoon of red wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon Dojon mustard, 1 dessertspoon soy sauce, 1 dessertspoon oriental fish saucem 1 dessertspoon seasme oil, 2 dessertspoons olive oil (this makes a lot of dressing and its nice but strong flavoured, so I would use this amount for about 6 people). Top with parmesan cheese.

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Wednesday and Thursday (6th and 7th Feb)

Wed – meatballs (take mince/ground beef, milk, dry breadcrumbs, italian herbs, ketchup and worchestershire sauce, mix and shape into balls and fry) and pasta with jarred pasta sauce, salad

Thurs – leftover pasta and rissotto

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Sunday 3 Feb

Steak (crumbed for the boys), potato rosti (why does that never cook properly in the middle ?), corn on the cob, salad (peas and carrots for the boys). Chocolate brownies for dessert … mmmmm …. Nigella Lawson’s recipe.

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