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Monday, September 27, 2010

Menu Plan: 27 - 1 October.

Another week! And it's a Spring Break for my youngest so there needs to be a constant supply of food...

Lamb Knuckle Stew with Herby Dumplings in the Crock Pot! (I love this pot, as I can put everything in and know at the end of the day, there's a hearty meal waiting for everyone)...the ultimate comfort food!

Recipe. (for 4 - 6 people)
800g lamb knuckles
1 large onion sliced
fresh herbs (thyme and parsley)
salt and pepper to your taste
1 tin chopped Italian tomato  and onion
1 Tbsp tomato pasata
2 carrots roughly chopped
2 leeks chopped
5 potatoes
1 lt of chicken/vegetable stock.

Fry your meat dusted with flour and seasoning together with onions and leeks until browned.
Remove from pan. Add to cooking crock together with carrots, tomato  and onion and pasata, herbs and stock. After about an hour and half when meat tender add the carrots and potatoes. Cook until tender.
Mix together a cup of flour, 2 tsps baking powder, herbs, salt and pepper. Add a beaten egg and milk.water to form a wet dough. Drop spoon fuls on top of the stew. Steam with lid on until nicely risen then turn over just before serving!
Serve with veg and rice.

Apricot Glazed Chicken.

You could either cut a whole chicken into pieces or by 2 pkts of thighs and drumbsticks.
Brown Onion seasoning.
a cup of mayonaise
a cup of chuctney or apricot jam.

Pour the sauce over the chicken rubbed in the brown onion seasoning.
Cover the casserole dish and bake for around an hour and half on 180 degree C. until nice and golden.
Serve with a fresh green salad and crusty bread to mop up the juices!
Quick and Delicious!

Flat breads..

Quick and Easy mid week supper.
Rump steak
Olive oil
1 x plain wrap per person
1 pillow pack of lettuce, baby spinach and rocket
green, yellow and red sliced peppers
sliced cucumber
Onion rings
baby tomatoes
feta cheese
olive oil and balsamic vinegar as a dressing.

Pile all the ingredients on the wrap and top with slices of seared rump .
Dress with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

A vegetable pie!

So simple and delicious.
For the crust....rub plain flour into butter in equal portions...then I add a little seasoning and a cup of grated cheddar. Form into a ball and let it rest about 1/2 hour. Press into quiche tin , prick and bake blind for about 15 minutes...sometimes I cheat and freeze raw until I'm ready to put the filling in.
For the filling, I make a rich cheddar sauce that has a fairly thick consistency, cool and beat in 2 eggs. Add your grilled meditterranean veg or you could add asparagus, bacon, fried onion or mushrooms for other suggestions.
My sons love it with bacon and fried onion and can make a meal of this tart on it's own.
Bake for about 45mins on 200 degree C until nicely brown.
I'm making a quick salad of greens, shavings of parmessan, fried croutons and sliced biltong with a balsamic vinegrette to accompany.

Solomon's Mom- made Hamburgers . (Build your own!)

And for the about a batch of these exquisite Blueberry Muffins. Recipe, Merci Monique.~♥
Please browse her index for Blueberry can get the recipe here...

Here's one left over from this morning that I baked...

Bon Apetit!


  1. Hi Shel! Love your menu plan! The glazed chicken looks so yummy and that blueberry muffin looks scrumptious! Angie xo

  2. Hi Shel!
    Love your recipes! The blueberry muffin looks sooo good. I will have to try making them this week. Thanks for sharing!
    I love to cook and I will visit again.
    Blessings my friend,