Meal planning Monday - It can't be November?!

Monday 4 November 2013
November?! How did that happen? I hardly got round to making anything from my October mags due to the tattie holidays but they are back on the shelves and I've got a selection of 10 November issues to browse through. Although I will admit that spreading them out for this photo is as far as I've got at the moment.
Last week was super busy but included lots of lovely food along the way. First up wild mushroom and barley risotto made with the Chanterelle, Hedgehog and Jelly Ears that Mark of Galloway Wild Foods gave me after our Wild Food and Foraging Event. Amazingly good dish. 
Lots of Pumpkin on the menu throughout the week due to Halloween. We had it as a spicy soup, roasted with rosemary and Parmesan then mixed through pasta and slow cooked in a beef, beer and barley stew. Perfect comfort food. 
I already included them in my Halloween blog post but I'll share our Pumpkin Carvings again. Made by Foodie Loon we have "Hannibal the Cannibal" and "Drunkin Pumpkin"
Attended a lovely event at Hammerton Store with Sarah Savoy cooking up Gumbo and playing Cajun Music to launch her Cookbook. I've got a review copy so will be trying out some of her recipes and reporting back. The Chicken and Sausage Gumbo she cooked up in store was delicious. First off I need to make me a roux.
Got ahead of the game on Thursday night when I went to the first session of a Countdown to Christmas evening class that I'm attending. Apple and Cranberry Mincemeat and Sausagemeat Stuffing Balls with Sage, Prunes and Apricots have been struck off my festive to do list. Cranberry Sauce, Chilli Jam and Apple and Bramble Chutney this week.
Back to school on Friday with a quick cook session at the Nick Nairn Cookschool. The man himself was there, although not teaching our class, but popped down to say hello. Lovely dish of Saffron Chicken and Chorizo served with Cous Cous. Will definitely be making this again.
Saturday saw us heading to St Andrews for a night at The Old Course Hotel sans children. (Big thanks to the Ronnies for babysitting duties) Had time for a wander round the town but the pouring rain soon drove us to seek sustenance. Loved the look of Mitchell's from the outside and menu. The food, atmosphere and service inside did not disappoint. Fantastically quirky and clearly a very popular place. Having seen them being brought to other tables I need to return for one of their sharing platters.
Thankfully neither of us are golfers as we would have been rather soggy. Instead food, drink and pampering were the order of the day. Had the best massage ever at the Kohler Water Spa followed by Champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries. Pre dinner drinks in the Road Hole Bar consisted of a Strawberry and Balsamic Crush Cocktail for me and a Nip and a Half for Foodie Loon. We dined in the Sands Grill where unfortunately both my starter and main course were rather disappointing. The main of Ribeye of Black Isle Beef was however fantastic.
A huge breakfast with fantastic views over the Links meant that we didn't have to eat for the rest of the day. A quick stop just outside St Andrews at Balgove Larder. Too full to sample the cafe but goodies and pressies bought at the shop. The outdoor Steak Barn built from tattie boxes looks like it must be a fantastic venue for summer BBQ's.
So the meal plan this week...
Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
Smoked Haddock with Lentils
My first dish from Nigel Slater's Eat
Chilli & Tortilla Lasagne
Freezer Rummage
Need to have a clearout before filling for Christmas
Duck & Partridge
This could be interesting as I currently have both hanging upside down in my garage. Watch this space. Feathers will fly.

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