Sunday, May 6, 2007

New Menu!

Looking at this week's menu gives me a weird feeling that I can't quite pin down. It's sort of like... I'm forgetting something. Or maybe it's the lack of meat on it. My brood is a carnivorous lot for the most part, and I'm still in shock over their enthusiam for last week's beans and rice meal (I got a spontaneous "this is good mom!"), not to mention their almost eager willingness to have such culinary - meatless - concoctions on the menu twice a week if I feel like cooking them.

This week I'll have to remember to take pictures and scribble down what I end up using when I make the beans. Sometimes my technique of cooking is nothing more than taking a base ingredient (ground beef or, apparently, beans), look over my stock of herbs and spices, peer into my makeshift pantry (the linen closet in the hall), pilfer through the refrigerator, then start adding things together. I "tweak" recipes like that, too. I'll look one over, wrinkle my nose and murmur something like "Ewe. That sounds kind of good except for that ingredient. Hmmm..." or "You know, this would be great if I added..." and off I go, tweaking to taste and rewriting the recipe.

All in all, a glance at the calendar shows me that it's due to be a slow week. Not much planned this week; K. is spending the night with my mom Friday night, and A. and I are going to a house-buying seminar on Saturday (the reason for the fast food at lunch - we won't be home). Beyond that, my calendar is empty (so far). Maybe I'll actually catch up this week.

Sunday: lunch: sandwiches/soup/leftovers (clean out the refrigerator time!)
        dinner: Simple Taco Meat (see my tweaks to the recipe here) with homemade tortillas, salad
Monday: butter (lima) beans, hoe cakes, salad
Tuesday: pasta, garlic bread, salad
Wednesday: leftovers?
Thursday: rice, beans, salad
Friday: ???
Saturday: lunch: fast food
        dinner: pot roast, baked potatoes, mixed veggies, salad


Christi said...

Your menu sounds great!

Thanks for sharing - have a great week!

tegdirb92 said...

yum--have a great week!

Shawn said...

I think the great part of menu planning is looking at the big picture and realizing that something was forgotten ... but not at the last minute, for once.

Thanks for commenting on my post. I love your book idea and just wanted to say stick with it and do it. Yes, a new title might be a good idea. : )

I get lots of hits to my blog for the phrase "letters to my daughters." Perhaps we can do one of those guest blogger things that I know nothing about ... and write different letters.

annie said...

I'm officially intimidated ... homemade tortillas-yummo!
Your recipe for taco meat looks interesting too, cocoa powder? really? Hmmm... may have to try it out.
Your menu looks great!
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Amy said...

I cook the same way... I always say that recipes are just a guideline! ;)

Your menu looks good!

Rona's Home Page said...

Enjoy the home seminar. I use my menu plan as a guide too
Have a terrific Mother's Day!

Anonymous said...

Those tortillas sure looked good! I should try making whole wheat tortillas. Yours definately look better than the stores!

Do you find planning a weekly menu is a big + to the budget? I'm a bit curious about that as I'm more the whats in the freezer and looks good gal.