Crikey there's a nip in the air. Well there was on Friday but Sunday saw a return to the promised Indian Summer. Not quite sure if Autumn knows what its doing. Most of last weeks Meal Plan got made although the Fritata was bumped in favour of a quick fridge raid as we dashed out to a Beetle Drive. First up was a three cheese and summer vegetable bake. Worked really well with tatties and peppers from our garden plus courgettes, ricotta, mozarella and parmesan. I added the courgette flowers as a final cheffy flourish.
Nae affa pretty to look at but the Stornoway Black Pudding potato cakes were so fine. A leftover one for breakfast was even better. Rough quantities for 8 cakes were
600g cold mashed potato
4 generous slices of black pudding cubed
4 chopped spring onions
bunch of snipped chives.
Combine and shape into cakes (I use a burger press) Fry for aprox 5 mins on each side until crispy.
Amazing colour in the Scandanavian style pork meatballs with roasted beetroot. Fab flavours too from the dill and sour cream. I actually used a mixture of traditional and golden beets which worked well.
A Wednesday night walk turned into a Bramble pick and the biggest and juiciest ones were transformed into Mini Bramble Bakewells. So tasty. May well have to make another batch before the season is over.
This weeks meal plan is heavily influenced by my haul of foodie goodies purchased at the Huntly Hairst Food & Farming Festival on Saturday. Full blog post to come but here's what I bought.
Without further ado here's this weeks #MealPlanningMonday menu
Minced Beef Pinwheels with Roasted Veg
Findhorn Bakery Pitta with Spinach & Pine Nut Bites and Tomatillo Green Salsa
Squash, Halloumi and Chilli Frittata
Sushi Brown Rice Salad with Smoked Salmon
Black Pudding Pizza
Baking - Mint Shortbread
Saturday heralded the start of Scottish Food Fortnight. Certainly plenty of fantastic Scottish produce will be featuring on my menu this week. What about yours? Lots of events are taking place across the country as part of the fortnight. Check out the listings on www.scottishfoodanddrinkfortnight.co.uk to see whats close to you. We'll certainly be heading to The Store on Sunday for their Harvest Home Open Day. I might even get a shot on the combine.