Menu plan for a busy week…

This week is likely to be a quiet one on my blog.  We have a big choir concert approaching next Sunday, and two major grants going on at work, which adds up to a fairly high level of insanity and not much time for cooking or for blogging.   I had choir yesterday evening, I have people to dinner tonight, I think I’ll be staying back late tomorrow at work, Wednesday we have a practice with the orchestra, Thursday a long choir practice, and Friday I *might* get to leave on time – but can’t count on it.

I’m planning easy food to keep me going through the week.  Realistically, one night may well turn into takeaway, but if I can just get all my food prep done tomorrow evening, I’ll be alright.

Yesterday evening after choir: Pizzas (roast pumpkin, rocket and pecorino – amazing! – and roast eggplant with spinach, tomato and bocconcini – all toppings and bases made beforehand); rhubarb crumble.

Today: Almond, cherry and chocolate cake for breakfast (yes, I know, but it’s sort of healthy, and I was too tired and headachey to cope with reheating crumble), leftover pizza for lunch, and for dinner, beef and carrot stew (made yesterday) with sides of mashed potato, asparagus, and cauliflower cheese (and I’ll make a double quantity of cheese sauce and use the rest for tomorrow’s dinner). Ginger and blood orange cake for dessert.

Tomorrow: Crumble for breakfast with yoghurt, which I must get Andrew to buy, because it fell off the shopping list; frittata (leftover from Sunday lunch) for lunch; asparagus, tomato and rigatone gratin for dinner, with balsamic strawberries for dessert.  Maybe.  The sheer number of sweets currently in the house is getting a little silly, and we may not need the strawberries. Also, I’ll make Wednesday’s dinner.

Wednesday: Crumble again, frittata again, and lamb and mushroom pasta with salad for dinner.

Thursday: Fruit toast for breakfast, asparagus gratin for lunch, bean and pepper tacos for dinner (I made the refried beans yesterday and froze them; Andrew will sautée the capsicums and onions and assemble everything for when I get home from choir).

Friday: Fruit toast again, whatever leftovers are available for lunch, and dinner will be takeaway or leftovers.  Well-earned, at that point.

Saturday I don’t have to sing, or work, or do anything much except make a lot of biscuits to take to the concert.  I believe I shall SLEEP…

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5 comments for “Menu plan for a busy week…

  1. October 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Squeee! That cake is absolutely justifiable as breakfast. All you need to do is add some Greek yoghurt and it’s practically muesli! 😛 I’m also thrilled to hear about your choir, and would love to know more! My own choir is ramping up our rehearsals for the Moruya Jazz Festival 🙂

    • October 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      It truly is! And I’ve just sent Andrew out to get greek yoghurt, in order to test this theory.

      I sing in a small but good church choir that specialises in early music (Baroque, Elizabethan and Jacobean – lots of lovely polyphony for the altos, and lots of sudden-death sight-reading, because we sing fortnightly and have to learn things fast – absolutely perfect for my tastes!). And for the concert we’re even getting a string quartet to accompany all our lovely Handel…

      Are you in a jazz choir, or a general choir that just likes doing jazz sometimes?

      (We should get together sometime and jam! And then we could make jam! Or something…)

      • October 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm

        Absolutely! I would love to jam with jam. Actually, I’d rather jam with peanut butter. 😛 I actually went to a concert the other week by the Canberra Choral Society, so I can see how your choir would give you much happiness 🙂 Mine is a non-religious gospel choir, and it fills my heart with glee 🙂

  2. Gillian (Reynardo)
    October 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm


    • October 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      Highly organised nom, at that!

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