So the boy did my meal plan last week and actually helped cook up a fair bit of it along the way. He was particularly proud of his Oriental Chicken Pies (with decoration by girl). They tasted as good as they looked. Creamy chicken, leek, ham and mushroom spiced up with Ginger and Chinese Five Spice.
I live tweeted our meal of Mini Sausage & Mash Pies which seemed to prove very popular. As requested by some of my Twitter followers here are some additional instructions and a rather loose recipe. Its something you could easily adapt to taste or use as a basis for your own creations. It's got me thinking about making a Christmas version with turkey mince and cranberries.
Mini Sausage & Mash Pies
8 Pork Sausages skinned
Pack of Streaky Bacon
2 slices of Breadcrumbs
1 clove or squirt of lazy Garlic
Freshly ground Nutmeg
Large squirt of Tomato Ketchup
Knob of Butter
Splash of Milk
Line 8 muffin tins with streaky bacon
Squish together the sausagemeat, breadcrumbs, parsley, Worcestershire Sauce, Garlic, Nutmeg and Ketchup.
Divide mixture between pies.
Mash tatties with a splash of milk and knob of butter.
Top pies with mash & grated cheese.
Bake for 25 Minutes at 180 degrees until golden brown
Paid a visit to a lovely reincarnated cafe when the kids were off school on Monday for an inservice day. Delighted to be a small part of Foodstory who have moved around the corner to bigger and better things with help from Kickstarter. I am proud to be one of their 139 backers.
The second say of inservice saw me enlisting boy and girl to help create our contribution to the School Christmas Fair. Although we couldn't manage to attend I'm told all our goodies sold out. Find out how to make them on my Festive Cake & Candy Blog Post.
Pinnies and Petticoats Christmas Cake Club on Wednesday night with a great turnout of folk and fantastic selection of baked goodies as always. Here are my personal highlights. Will blog about them and my own bake later this week.
Thursday night and we went Native. Launch event for Nick Nairn's latest venture in the Granite City. Canapes, Champagne and a catchup with the man himself. Will definitely be back for a meal very soon. And perhaps another Paddington Bear Cocktail.
Busy weekend away with extended family celebrating significant birthdays including a 50th and a 21st. The only foodie photos I took along the way were of our afternoon cuppie at The Happy Plant. Affa fine cakes and my first mince pie of the season.
Another really hectic week coming up so I'm aiming for quick and easy on the plan this week #mealplanningmonday
Monday - Beef Olives done in the Slow Cooker with Carrots, Tatties, Barley and Squash.
Tuesday - Something fishy with wedges and homemade tartar sauce.
Wednesday - I have BBC Radio Scotland joining me in the kitchen today to record three segments for their Kitchen Cafe show. Tea could well be Candy Cane Bark, Christmas Pudding Vodka and Gingerbread Biscotti. Or a freezer rummage.
Thursday - Mushroom Risotto. Using some dried Bricioloni de Porcini I got for my Birthday along with some Truffle Oil I brought back from Tuscany.
Friday - not 100% sure of our plans yet. Either steak dinner at home or eating out with friends.
Saturday - I'm doing a Love Food Hate Waste Demo at Aberdeen Forward today as part of the European Week of Waste Reduction so will be conjuring up dishes with leftovers for lunch and raiding my freezer for Lasagna for tea.
Sunday - Pot Roast of Pheasant with Shallots and Caramelised Apples This was recommended to me so I'm going to give it a try with a couple of birds from the freezer.
Enjoy your week whatever is on your menu.