Monday, 11 February 2013

Meal Planning Monday - 11th February 2012

I really, really want to join in with MPM but I feel like I'm cheating a bit this week as I really only have a couple of meals to plan.  Still, that's not to say I can't talk about them I suppose.

You see, two very exciting (if you're me and your life is quite small and also you have a bit of a tendency towards hyperbole) days are taking place this week - Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Day) and Valentine's Day (aka ridiculously overhyped and commercialised Day where Everyone is In Love).

My view on Valentine's Day has always been that I like to celebrate it in some small way - not, I hasten to add, to spend vast amounts of money, but just to mark it.  I do this for Teenage Seren who wondered if her prince would ever come.  Even this year, when my supposed prince has buggered off down the road, I won't let her down.  So D and I are heading off to the Lakes to Be Romantic.  We're staying in a hotel with a hot tub and everything - although D has already said that he doesn't see anything Romantic about sitting in a pool of warm water in the freezing cold when he could be supping a nice pint in a cosy pub.  I kind of see his point.  Anyway, we're away for the weekend, and on Thursday night I am going to his house for a pre Lakes Romantic Curry.  I'm providing a side dish of delicious zero point mushroom curry.

The rest of the week, then...
  •  Monday: duck pancakes.  I bought these to mark Chinese New Year which I believe was yesterday and then didn't end up eating them because, er, I had North African food instead.  I know that these theoretically constitute a starter but they're my favourite part of the Chinese and I shall be ekeing out the duck with cucumber and spring onions to make them a bit less pointy.
  • Tuesday: Pancake Day!  D is coming round and we're making Yotam Ottolenghi's green pancakes with lime butter.  That, my friends, is pancake day foodie style.
  • Wednesday: I'm having fish pie and, goddamit, there will be peas.  Lots and lots of peas.
Check out Mrs M's for more menu planning madness.


  1. Hope you have a lovely time away Seren. Take care of yourself xxxxx

  2. Are you KIDDING? I'm super-excited about Pancake Day and Valentines Day - and let's face it, in grey old February we need every excuse to get excited.

    I'm a purist when it comes to pancakes - lemon (lots) and sugar (a dash) all the way. And hoping M&S will do their lobster thermidor for Valentines Day - mmmm.

    With you on the duck pancakes - my favourite too and I find most supermarket Chinese food is disappointing whilst these never are.


  3. Hope you have a lovely time away!!
    I'm excited

  4. Have a wonderful weekend away. I hope it is truly romantic and helps!

    Re the fish pie, there MUST be peas - it's the law!!

    Yellow card for the foodie pancakes though - it comes around once a year - leave them alone!!

    Lesley xx

  5. Love duck pancakes.

    Have a great time away.

  6. The Ottolenghi recipe sounds good...but pancakes have to be sweet - sugar and lemon, or my absolute favourite of ground almonds. Have a good weekend xx

  7. The mushroom curry sounds lovely.