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November is over!

Time to wind down November!  Menu planning for December is going to be interesting as 3 of my 4 children will be away on holiday.  Child #1 will be away for the entire month and children #2 and #3 will be away for 3 weeks and these are my biggest eaters!

This past week was not too bad as plans go.

Thursday nights are my new recipe night.  I use a country, or culture, to inspire what I will make and this time it was India.  Now, my girls do not like very spicy food and Indian fish curries are notoriously strong curries,.  so I played around with some spices and came up with a sweet curried fish, served with basmati rice and Jeera poppadums’ (caraway seeded). My family are not big fish eaters but this time there were no leftovers! The vote was to make it again.  Yay, success for me! http://kasheringyourlife.co.za/index.php/recipes/sweet-fish-curry/

My younger kids don't like spicy so I made sweet
My younger kids don’t like spicy so I made sweet

Sabbath (Shabbat) dinner was gazpacho soup, which I make often in summer as it is a huge family favourite. Main course was a slow cooked bolo roast with a lemon and herb sauce, served with vegetables, white rice and a garden salad. As it was my birthday, my mom made me a chocolate cake with mocha icing and my eldest daughter surprised me with a chocolate, oat and fruit bake.  it was a birthday surprise so it isn’t in the picture and, by the time Shabbat was over, there was nothing left to photograph!

Salad, gazpacho, lemon and herb roast, rice and veg and a chocolate cake for dessert
Salad, gazpacho, lemon and herb roast, rice and veg and a chocolate cake for dessert

Saturday night was the usual toast and fish paste for me.

Sunday we had lunch at my parent’s and for dinner the kids made themselves supper and  my husband took me out to dinner.

Monday’s plan called for macaroni and cheese.  Now I don’t do ordinary macaroni and cheese and this recipe calls for a little extra shopping as it is made with 3 types of cheese and cream for the sauce.

http://kasheringyourlife.co.za/index.php/recipes/indulgent-macaroni-and-cheese/

I use cream and 3 cheeses to make my mac and cheese
I use cream and 3 cheeses to make my mac and cheese

Tuesday was meant to be tomatoes stuffed with mince but that idea got vetoed by the family in favour of taco night. The mince for the tacos is mince fried with some garlic and Bisto.  No fancy recipe!  If you want a spicy mince, just add some chilli while frying. I keep kosher so adding cheese is not allowed but I found some tofu ‘cheese’ slices which I keep in the freezer and I simply cut up 2 slices to put on the tacos.

Taco's made with tofu cheese
Taco’s made with tofu cheese

Wednesday night was hot beef on rye, served with picalilli (pickle relish) and potato salad on the side.

Something to remind me of New York
Something to remind me of New York

Thursday night is my night for International inspired food and I chose Italy, so of course I made pizza! http://kasheringyourlife.co.za/index.php/recipes/easy-pizza-base/

Homemade thin base pizza
Homemade thin base pizza

Meat, as always for Friday night, we had butternut soup even though it is hot, my family will eat soup anytime. The main meal consisted of a green salad, what I call lazy moms slow cooked bolo roast, which is basically my bolo roast put into the slow cooker and a bottle of something poured over it, this time I used All Joy meat flavour spaghetti sauce and served it with white rice and gem squash (spaghetti squash for the Americans), we ended with fruit salad. http://kasheringyourlife.co.za/index.php/recipes/easy-curried-butternut-soup/

Green Salad, butternut soup, roast, rice and gem squash
Green Salad, butternut soup, roast, rice and gem squash

Happy cooking and happy eating!

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