Monday Musings: 01.31.2011 January 31, 2011Posted by Toy Lady in random stuff.
This was a market week (yay!) and I did very well, if I do say so myself – both turnip greens (which we’ve never had) and collards, potatoes, sweet potatoes, several (7) grapefruits (I love grapefruit!), wee little heads of cabbage, parsnips (we LOVE parsnips!). . . and I got lima beans, too! The vendor’s mom shelled and froze them, so they’re all ready to cook. I’ve never had non-canned lima beans, and I’m actually looking forward to it!
That kitty has GOT to stop leaving her stuff out at night.
Three mornings in the past week, I’ve had to rescue her toys from the dog’s mouth – her plush mousy bird (with catnip stuffing) that’s now empty of catnip and dog slobbery, her birdy-fish, with, um, slobbered feathers, and a jingle-bell octopus (that now has no head).
The sad thing is that now that the toys smell like dog, she wants no part of them anymore.
I noticed, while walking the dog the other day, that someone (I am assuming it’s kids, but who knows) is building in igloo.
Yes, it’s that cold, and yes we have that much snow.
But an igloo! How cool!
And I wonder when they’ll finish it?
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan. It’s been a cold winter so far, and there are no signs of its letting up. So what does that mean? Comfort food, that’s what it means! Food that’s warm and comforting – and healthy.
Monday – We made sausage this weekend (which we’ll tell you all about later on), so it only makes sense to enjoy some of our sausage right away. Peeps is going to do a seat-of-the-pants sausage dish Monday which should include all of the basic food groups, including “vegetable” – Monday is his day off, so he’ll have time to think about it.
Tuesday – I’m going to break out the lima beans I picked up at the market for a fish with lima beans recipe – we’ll use tilapia instead of cod and add some lemon, and it should be good. Right?
Wednesday – We don’t have swim class this week, so instead of soup, we’re doing stew. A stew I made up. I had some sweet potatoes that needed to be used up, and we had a bunch of gravy from pot roast in the freezer, so . . . stew!
Thursday – I had bought a good sized pork shoulder, and while we used about half of it for sausage, the other half, we braised, along with some beans. There’s something about slow-cooked pork in the middle of winter that just says “it’ll be okay,” you know? The component parts are currently “resting” in the fridge – we’ll skim the fat off (of course!) put the parts together along with some sauteed greens from my trip to the market. Is it Thursday yet?
Friday – And it’s pizza night! I am loving my pizza with some ricotta, herbs, and olive oil, along with a reasonable amount of mozzarella. The herbs are from the garden, and they just taste better, that’s all.
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.