I have escaped from the clutches of local politics long enough to think of what I am going to feed my family this week. Given the fact that I am, by nature, more domestic peace-loving softy than aggressive strategist, I can hardly find words to express my pleasure and relief at taking an hour to spread out my “tools of the trade” (this grocery’s weekly circular, the calendar and whatever recipes are currently tugging at my soul) and plan a week of menus. Its another week of insanity; two baseball practices at dinner time, one retirement party at dinner time, and yet another endless City Council meeting, but i will not be beaten. We’re eating well, or I’ll die trying. (Note: this is actually a distinct possibility, in which case you will be notified by Mr. Annie, and may commence an appropriately lengthy and vocal period of mourning).
Here’s what we’re eating this week:
This is one of my personal favorites, and if I poach and shred the chicken and do the other prep work ahead of time; its very easy to put together right before dinner. If you haven’t tried this yet, I urge and exhort you to give it a shot. It has, oddly enough, become “soul food” for this Catholic/Jewish/Protestant white girl from the Midwest. Go figure.
Fish Tacos; Fruit Salad
Not healthy. Probably not even vaguely authentic. Grease splatters in the kitchen, and that lingering smell of fish. Call me crazy.
The baked beans are from Elise at “Simply Recipes,” one of the most eminently trustworthy (and exhaustive) sources of recipes outside of Mark Bittman. I have never made them before, but the recipe is close to others I have liked, and i haven’t a doubt in my mind. As for the icebox cake, it is my standard, heirloom spring/summer dessert. People who don’t like it are few and far between, and probably not necessary to my immediate well-being.
Macaroni & Cheese; Steamed Broccoli
A busy night meal; vegetarian, make-ahead and comforting.
Baked Potato Soup and Bread
Its still pretty chilly here, and I’m figuring I can get away with this soup as a hot meal one more time before it makes the transition to vichyssoise for the summer. As for the bread, it is my devout wish that it will be made by my own hands; we’ll see how it goes.
Quick Chicken Korma, Basmati Rice and Pineapple
This meal was supposed to have happened this week, but for a variety of reasons, did not. I want it, and I’m going to have it. Nuff said.
Barbecued Ribs, Pan-Fried Potatoes and Salad
We did actually have these this week, but ribs are on sale again, we loved them, and I do not anticipate any complaints. Should there be any resistance on the part of my audience, I will eat them all myself and stagger around the neighborhood, sauce dripping from my lips, begging for some bicarb and a wet wipe.