There are a few things that I am going to have to start getting my head around...mainly using the freezer and meal planning. The first isn't too difficult...other than the problem that there are 18 cupcakes taking up most of the space in the tiny freezer we have...meal planning on the other hand...while fun in theory it is something that I don't all together like doing. Mostly it is because I really love taking my time and pottering into town daily to browse and choose what to make for dinner...possibly not the most economical option but the most fun for me...not to mention there is minimal (think itty bitty) space to store a week's worth of groceries in our kitchen.
I did my best this week though...I tried...and David helped...the funny thing is that we were both soooooo hungry by dinner time Monday and Tuesday that I didn't even think to take any photos...although I was proud of both of our meals...and of US! Meatless Monday was a return to Canadian Maple Flavoured Mushroom Burgers with oven baked fries (easy peasy)...Tuesday David goes to the gym after work leaving a little more time to cook so I baked chicken legs smothered in dijon garlic and lemon with boiled potatoes and salad...I will definetly be making it again so Watch This Space!
Last night was a bit of a hodgepodge and by mid week (actually the end of my working week) I was totally exhausted so together we created this totally easy veggie pasta with a cream sauce...I suppose it was a cheat's primavera...watch out Delia!
We basically used the veggies that were left in the fridge...a couple of huge portobello mushrooms, left over asparagus spears, a couple of handfuls of baby spinach and peas and about 300ml of creme fraiche. While the pasta was cooking I sauteed the musrooms with half a chopped shallot and a clove of garlic in a little oil and butter, added the asparagus and then the creme fraiche and a ladel or so of cooking water from the pasta. Once the sauce had combined I added the spinach, turned the heat down and let that wilt into the sauce. Meanwhile the peas went in with the pasta about 5 mins before that was done cooking. Drain the pasta, add to the sauce (or vice versa) and serve with loads of parmesan cheese and black pepper! Not the most attractive of dishes, but it sure was yummy.
I've got 5 days off now so will have to think of some meals to make in batches and freeze...we can't have easy pasta every night...although I would really love to!!!