week 43

FRIDAY date night!
SATURDAY panzanella with marinated chickpeas & chimichurri
SUNDAY father’s day
MONDAY cod sandwiches with wasabi & ginger
TUESDAY cauliflower cake + marinated pepper salad
WEDNESDAY lamb burgers with mini-feta pesto
THURSDAY sweet potato fritters + caramelised fennel + cucumber salad

the weather has taken a turn for the worse which makes these summer meals a tad depressing to make.

this salad is amazing! in two months, when my veggie garden is teeming with produce, i shall make this panzanella with marinated chickpeas & chimichurri again and brag to everyone within earshot. toss a can (or previously soaked and cooked) chickpeas with olive oil, garlic, red wine vinegar and herbs and let it sit for at least half an hour — i made it in the morning but the night before would be killer! add that to chunks of lightly toasted italian bread, lots of torn lettuce, wedges of tomato, and crumbled feta, along with a few spoonfuls of the homemade chimichurri (cilantro, parsley, oregano, garlic, evoo, etc) that took a minute to make in your food processor. i could eat this literally all day. all summer!
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week 42

FRIDAY date night
SATURDAY dinner at friends’
SUNDAY salmon with red pepper & hazelnut salsa + red quinoa & watercress salad
MONDAY grilled flank steak with cucumber-yogurt sauce
TUESDAY shrimp spring roll bowls with sweet garlic lime sauce
WEDNESDAY beef & lamb meatballs baked in tahini + kosheri + na’ama’s fattoush

salmonso first up this week is an ottolenghi meal… i’m really trying to participate in this food52 cookbook club so am aiming to prepare at least two recipes for each meal, which actually sounds harder than it is. the two dishes i made on sunday were salmon with red pepper & hazelnut salsa, from ottolenghi: the cookbook, and red quinoa & watercress salad, from nopi. both were incredibly straightforward to make and involved very little active cooking time. coincidentally, ingredients from both dishes required a similar amount of cooling/chilling time so it worked out perfectly. the only change i made was to the salad; i used arugula in place of watercress, only because the watercress in the shops (and even at the farmer’s market!) always looks old and wilty. and while the salmon was delightful, the salad was truly amazing! the slightly pickled shallots with a touch of sumac were next-level delicious!
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week 41

FRIDAY poached cod with potatoes & leeks
SATURDAY enlightened miso power bowls
SUNDAY grilled bratwurst sandwiches with tomato jam & sauerkraut
MONDAY pad thai with chicken & shrimp
TUESDAY grilled chicken with curried quinoa, spinach & mango
WEDNESDAY cauliflower and cumin fritters + sweet potato wedges + cucumber and poppy seed salad
THURSDAY arugula & black bean tacos with pickled onions & feta

lately i’ve been getting so excited about each week’s upcoming meals — this week is no exception! there are some winning recipes out there and luckily i’ve found a bunch of them!!

i could not wait to sit down for dinner on friday night! the first time i made this i was blown away by the flavours in this dish. never expected poached cod to be that big a deal – i was just looking for another way to cook fish tbh. but the leeks and the potatoes and that poaching liquid — oh my word. i do believe this is my favourite fish recipe right now. i’m already ready to have it again!
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week 40

FRIDAY laurie’s birthday
SATURDAY date night
SUNDAY shrimp rolls
MONDAY moroccan spiced chickpea glow bowl
TUESDAY japanese-style grilled teriyaki chicken tuna bowl
WEDNESDAY date night 2.0
THURSDAY falafel burgers + greek salad

okay so i wasn’t tasked with a lot of cooking last week… two date nights in one week?? don’t worry, there will be no date night this coming week; we had two concerts to go to this past week and it just made sense to eat out. vancouver friends, check out fayuca in yaletown — so good!!

anyway, first up on the docket were these shrimp rolls. i’d made them once before and was underwhelmed, shall we say, but i think it had to do with the buns i’d chosen (recipe calls for potato buns but i can’t find those in these parts so last time went with portuguese buns — big mistake!) this time i used brioche hot dog buns and wow, what a difference! we each ate two 😬  i steamed the shrimp rather than boiled them but then everything else was the same: a bit of mayo, chopped celery & scallions, plus dill, horseradish, lemon, red wine vinegar and paprika. yum! and i stuffed some greens from my garden in there cos i was too lazy to make a salad.
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week 39

FRIDAY hamburger sliders + homemade french fries
SATURDAY date night!
SUNDAY dinner out (bring: salad)
MONDAY avocado pasta with garlic shrimp
TUESDAY palak paneer
WEDNESDAY bbq’d pork tenderloin with ginger & soy sauce
THURSDAY grilled thai chicken with herb-lemongrass crust

somebody celebrated a birthday last week….

yes the old guy turned 44 last friday and requested hamburger sliders “with all the fixins.” i’m pretty sure he was still remembering that amazing bacon & sweet onion jam i made to go with the pork sliders for derby day, and fair enough: that stuff was indeed delicious! these mini-burgers consisted of organic grass fed lean ground beef, to which i added some garlic and salt & pepper, maybe a splash of worcestershire sauce cos i’m crazy like that. and then we topped with the aforementioned bacon-onion jam, plus sliced cheddar, tomato slices, and, at my daughter’s urging, iceberg lettuce that i shredded and tossed with some not-so-secret sauce. holy wow, next level!
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week 38

FRIDAY sheet pan chicken tikka
SATURDAY kale salad bowl with tahini
SUNDAY mother’s day
MONDAY steak & onion sandwich
TUESDAY black bean chili
WEDNESDAY chicken & bean enchiladas
THURSDAY coconut shrimp noodle bowls

this sheet pan chicken tikka is seriously one of my favourite meals. i was supposed to make this last week, but we had so much leftover pizza, it didn’t make sense to cook again. smitten kitchen is one of my favourite food bloggers/recipe creators so i had such high expectations the first time i made this — and i was not disappointed!! and the same can be said for this time around. first: it’s dead easy to make (sheet pan dinners ftw!); and second: unbelievably tasty! i used boneless skinless chicken thighs this time and we liked it much better that way. i just roasted the veg for about 20 or so mins and then added the chicken to the pan and continued roasting for another 20 or so more mins till the juices ran clear. also, i meant to double the spices (cos deb said she spices it appropriately for her little people but by all means go to town and double up) and i totally forgot but it was still deliciouuuuuus!!!
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week 37

FRIDAY tacos!
SATURDAY date night
SUNDAY pork tenderloin sliders
MONDAY big vegan bowl
TUESDAY miso salmon
THURSDAY sheet pan chicken tikka

i’ve been wanting to have a cinco de mayo party for years! so many great dishes to choose from. i decided to make tacos and i settled on two kinds: chicken mole tacos and shrimp tacos. i swapped out the chocolate chips for unsweetened cocoa as one of our guests is going sugar-free this month (in addition to being celiac!) which i think might be more authentic anyway. i served these in corn tortillas with pickled onions, crumbled feta (couldn’t find any queso) and cilantro leaves. the shrimp tacos i make all the time actually cos they’re so easy! i add a mashed avocado to the sauce, cutting back a bit of the yogurt. and i add about four to six cloves of garlic to the shrimp while sautéing. also served in corn tortillas. ended up having so many leftovers, we did date night in on saturday.
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