Meal Planning Monday - BBQ's and Snow Boots

Monday 27 May 2013
What a scorcher of a weekend we've just had. Long may it continue. However we also had hailstones last week and the snow gates were closed so anything is possible. Last week's plan was followed until the sun came out. The meatball sub was a big hit especially with boy and girl. Simple to do and much tastier than the proprietary fast food brand.
The Gnocchi looks pretty grim and sludgy in the photo but it was really tasty and the kids really enjoyed making and eating it. Going to give it a go again this week with sweet potatoes. 
Friday night was posh chicken nuggets and chips at the request of girl as her BFF was coming for tea. These are really good so I'll share how we do them.

500g pack of Chicken Mini Fillets
150ml Milk
1/2 tsp Sweet Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Soy Sauce
1 tsp Lemon Juice
Crushed garlic clove
8 packs crisps (chicken/bacon flavours are our favourites to use)
1 egg beaten
Mix together the milk, paprika, garlic, lemon juice, soy sauce and salt & pepper. Marinate the chicken fillets in the mixture ideally overnight but a couple of hours will suffice.
Put seasoned flour in bowl 1
Beaten egg plus the milky marinade drained off the chicken in bowl 2
Crush the crisps into small pieces and put into bowl 3
Dip each chicken piece into flour, then egg, then crisps. This does get messy so if you can commandeer willing children to set up a production line, with one doing each stage, all the better.
Bake the crispy fillets for 20 minutes at 200 degrees. 

We served them with paprika potato wedges and dips. Maple Mustard (mayonnaise, grainy mustard, maple syrup) Chilli Tomato (Tomato Ketchup and Sweet Chilli Sauce) and Garlic Mayo.
The weekend came and the sun shone so all else was abandoned in favour of BBQ two days on the trot. Got to make hay while the sun shines. Will do some BBQ blogging in due course but highlights included Wild Garlic Potato Salad, Blue Cheese Mushrooms, Turkey, Banana and Apricot Burgers and Pimms Salad.
Also managed to squeeze in some nibbly bits this week which I've already blogged about. Baileys Fudge, Crispy Chicken Skin Popcorn and Olive Penguins. I defy you not to love the penguins.

And so to this week's #mealplanningmonday

Monday - Beef Olives
I cooked these for Sunday Lunch but sunshine and BBQ intervened. Unless its another scorcher they'll get eaten tonight.

Tuesday - Sweet Potato Gnocchi & Garlic Bread
A variation on last weeks success, I'm out for lunch today so just a small portion at night for me.

Wednesday - Snacky fridge raiding tea
Out for lunch again and weather permitting might be doing something exciting in the evening so it will be a fridge rummage.

This was featured in Nigel Slaters column in yesterdays Guardian and instantly made it on to my meal plan.

Friday - Salmon 
Not quite sure what I'll do with it yet but got lots of it going cheap. I love a yellow stickied reduced to clear bargain.

Saturday - BBQ
Heading to the Taste of Grampian Food Festival and then to the annual BBQ of the Pipe Band that both Foodie Loon and Girl play in.

Sunday - Taste of Grampian purchases
Will definitely have some foodie goodies from yesterdays Food Festival to enjoy in some way, shape or form.
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  1. I want to come and live with All the pics of the food looks delicious!!

    1. Awww thanks Kim. Not sure the gnocchi looks delicious - but it was.

  2. Mmm, all the BBQ food looks wonderful. I also have BBQ envy, yours looks massive.

    1. Its right outside our back door in a porch which means we can pretty much use it all year round.

  3. Would have loved that Nigel Slater tart but noone else in the house will eat blue cheese. Bugger.

    1. It was really good. Actually better cold that hot. The pepper pastry is particularly spectacular in taste.

  4. I actually squealed when Nigel Slater responded to your crispy chicken skin popcorn tweet!!!!!

    1. Nigel is just the best chef for responding and replying on Twitter


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