You all may remember the long, complicated, and expensive recipes we made last time I let the DreadBrewer pick the menu for the week. Never again, I vowed – or at least, not for a long, long time.
Pregnancy must have addled my brain more than I thought, because I let DB pick the menu again last week. A mere two months after our last menu exhibition.
In DB’s craziness and zeal, we had:
Chipotle Shrimp Tacos – that required making ones own pico de gallo and chipotle mayo and cole slaw (including shredding the cabbage by hand) and some sort of complicated shrimp poaching. They were pretty awesome, though and we’ll probably make them again. On a weekend.
Orechiette with Broccolini and Meatballs – this was another keeper that DB picked out. It’s pretty similar to something we already make, but it was a nice variation and I think we’ll rotate between the two recipes.
Pancetta-wrapped Chicken Thighs and Kohlrabi Saute – this was the only recipe that was a loss. It was so greasy that we ended up gorging ourselves on kohlrabi and tossing the chicken. Granted, taking dark meat chicken, wrapping it in pancetta, and then frying it doesn’t sound like a non-greasy or even remotely healthy way to prepare a meal. But I did use the opportunity to snap a pic of kohlrabi saute to add to the recipe post. So hooray for that! Curried Lamb Burgers with Naan – this was another great recipe that DB picked out that involved making multiple condiments oneself. Surprisingly (or perhaps not, if you’ve ever seen the Littlest Brewster eat), she loved these in their entirety, including the tomato salad. The recipe says you can make the burgers with ground turkey instead of lamb, which we may try next time since ground lamb is really, really expensive.
Chicken Pot Pie with Homemade Crust – This one was so good. But it was also a ton of work. DB did make the pie crusts himself (I was very impressed) and prepped all the veggies/other ingredients, so it was pretty easy to throw together. It was still well over an hour and a half from start to finish, however. And it was another one (like the chicken thighs) that was nowhere near even remotely good for you.
There was one night that I just couldn’t take another fancy recipe and we had spaghetti and red sauce. It was so easy, it felt like cheating.
This week, I’m back to planning the menu. That may be why we’re having: fish sticks (homemade, but still pretty easy), salmon patties, slow cooker chicken, hot dogs (hey, it’s Memorial day!), and a beef & pepper stir fry. Oh, and let’s not forget the frozen pizzas I bought for Friday night. Nothing complicated, nothing longer than 30 minutes from start to finish. Heaven!
I’m a little nervous, though, because DB came home from the library with a copy of Stir Frying to the Sky’s Edge by Grace Young. While the book looks neat and I like stir fries, I have a sinking feeling that purchasing a wok is in our near future. Because what better time to tackle mastering the art of the stir fry than in the period immediately surrounding having a baby? Granted, the DreadBrewer has assured me that BIT and I can relax and he will whip us up amazing stir fried meals while he’s home on paternity leave. So maybe it’s not such a bad/scary thing?
*If any of the recipes sound like something you may be interested in trying, let me know and I can either post it or send it to you!*