We’re enjoying a relaxing morning over here. We’re heading off to the beach at St. Malo in a little bit and I’ve had the 10 minutes in the tub which are required when one is going to be getting into a bathing suit. (I think it is a cruel act of nature that once you reach the age where your metabolism lessens and things start to sag, that you start getting hair in all sorts of unfortunate places. Not that I’ve reached that age or anything…)
Before we go I first have to (get out of my bathrobe) pack the cooler with lunch and snacks for everyone and get tonight’s planned supper in the crockpot: Jean Pare’s slowcooker meatloaf stew, which is meatloaf on top potatoes and carrots. It’s really good — even if it doesn’t sound the most appetizing.
You see, I’m a new woman. I’m planning my meals and making muffins and cakes and cookies from scratch (well, last night’s cake was Betty Crocker, but you get the picture). I’ve never really taken any pleasure in making meals for my family. Our fridge and freezer was always full but I never seemed to have what was needed to make good meals. I’d usually decide on supper at 4:45 and have it on the table by 5:15 — which I understand is a feat in itself, but I want to do things differently now.
So, now that we’re here and I’ve had to start over with an empty fridge and freezer and one box of things for the cupboard (besides all of the canisters of baking supplies), I’m making a month’s menu and buying the things I need for two weeks at a time. Lauralea always said I would thrive at the organization of this. And I certainly didn’t doubt her, but I just never had it in me. Now I do. And I’m really excited about it — and how thrifty I can be with everything.
Here’s a sampling:
This week: butter chicken, meatloaf stew, chicken/broccolli alfreado, pizza (every Friday is homemade pizza and (not homemade) movie night — a tradition friends of ours here in Manitoba have), stromboli
Next week: sesame chicken, shepherd’s pie, bacon & egg pasta, pizza, homemade soup & buns (Yes, I am finally going to start baking with yeast even though this may completely cancel out the fact that I am also joining the gym here.)
Following week: sweet & sour meatballs with rice, pork roast with all the fixings, chili, pork stirfry, pizza
You get the idea.
What I’m wondering if you all can do for me is leave me one recipe — of your family’s favourite/standard meal. Something that you make regularly, that everyone loves. If it is that kind of recipe, I’m assuming the recipe is probably in your head. Would you mind? I’d just like to branch out a bit and get some really good recipes, if you have a moment…