Meal Planning Monday - 20th January 2014

Monday 20 January 2014
Its Burns Night this week so I'm hoping to see lots of Haggis on Meal Plans. We've already been indulging in the wee beastie and there's lots more to come. Last week's meals went according to plan with the only change being Chicken Fricassee replacing Chicken Risotto. Boy made Mussels and Chorizo which was a big success. Although we had to visit 4 fishmongers before we found any mollusks. We adapted the recipe replacing the white wine with cider and adding a splash of single cream at the end.
Moules Frites
Another big hit this week was Nigella's Broccoli and Stilton Soup. I asked for recommendations on twitter for how to use up leftover blue cheese from Christmas. Can't remember who suggested this but it was really good and very quick and easy. I used Danish Blue in place of stilton, didn't add any thyme and used regular onion in place of spring onions. The frozen broccoli worked really well. 
Pasta bake is a great comfort food and Simon Hopkinson's Baked Pappardelle with Pancetta and Porcini is always a winner. Moving swiftly on to the first of the Haggis. The lovely people at MacSweens had sent me a selection to try. We thoroughly enjoyed both of their limited edition varieties. Three Bird (Grouse, Duck and Pheasant) and Venison. Girl stuck to traditional. As always I accompanied it with Whisky Glazed Neeps. 

Sunday Dinner was lamb shanks done in the slow cooker served with mash, cabbage and root veg in a mint gravy. Completely melt in the mouth. Even tastier as they came from the yellow stickied section. Love a bargain.
Had a thoroughly enjoyable trip with Girl to see Scotish Ballet's Hansel & Gretel at His Majesty's Theatre. Particularly loved the dance of the McEwans Export and the dance of the Mothers Pride Loaf. However their Gingerbread house wasn't a patch on ours.
Without further ado here's this week's #MealPlanningMonday

Lemon Sole Meuniere
Lamb and Apricot Pilaf
Choc Chip Chilli with Cornbread Crust
Pea & Pancetta Pasta Risotto
Smoked Haddock & Parsley Flan
We're having friends round on Saturday night for a Burns Night soiree. Out of six of us four play in the local pipe band. We'll have 2 pipers and 2 tennor drummers, plus boy who's learning the snare drum and girl on the chanter. On the menu is 

Cullen Skink & Haggis Oatcakes
Haggis, Whisky Neeps and Dauphinoise Potatoes - veggie haggis for the squeamish ;-)
Clootie Dumpling & Crannachan Cream
Burns Night Table Setting
Enjoy your week. I won't accept any excuses for haggis not being on your menu ;-)


  1. Happy Burns Night. It's also Santes Dwynwen day on Saturday which is the Welsh equivalent to Valentine's day!


  2. It's my birthday On Burns Night and not once have I ever tried a Haggis. There are other years though #mealplanningmonday

  3. I'll be having McSween's haggis on Saturday and can't wait! What doesn't get used will be set aside for toasties - bliss.

    Enjoy your week!


  4. Love the sound of your Burns Night supper. Hope you all enjoy it. Marie

  5. I might need some good Haggisy suggestions as I've currently got 4 lurking here at the moment? Do you think I should call pest control???

    (And those lamb shanks look amazing!!)

  6. Happy Burns Night!
    I have never tried Haggis...Probably tastes delicious but it's just the thought of it x


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