Monday, 2 February 2015

MPM: 2nd February 2015

January is always such a miserable month that I, for one, am glad to see it retreating into the murky distance.  Bring on February!  I can see blue sky out of the bedroom window, and Pancake Day is just a couple of weeks away.

This week we're launching our inaugural Recipe Book Night.  You see, D and I have an absolute mountain of recipe books - we collect them obsessively, and yet with one thing and another very seldom get round to using them.  We have therefore decided to have regular evenings where we make a point of dipping into the bookshelf for a special meal.  Hopefully some of these will be good enough to get into regular rotation and pep our meal plans up a bit.  This Saturday, I will be cooking a fish dish from Nathan Outlaw's "British Seafood" and D will follow up with a meat dish from Tom Kerridge's "Proper Pub Food".

Also this week, we work on our middle class credentials by going to the opera!  We have been listening to the CD over the weekend and nodding very earnestly at the bits that we think are dramatic.

Elsewhere on the meal plan:

Mussels with cider and bacon (and garlic bread)
Spaghetti carbonara (bumped from last week)
Oven baked red pepper and chorizo risotto
Roast lamb

More meal planning fun over at Mrs M's!


  1. What'cha going to see? Love a spot of opera meself but haven't been for an age.

    Love your Recipe Book Night plan. I do use my books quite a lot but some have definitely dropped out of circulation. Perhaps I should do likewise.

    I would recommend TK's venison with peppered sprout, butternut squash puree and chocolate sauce. We had it on New Years Eve 2013 and still talk about how lush it was. (Although v difficult to scale down the choc sauce for 2 people as recipe seems to be enough for an army.)

    Lesley xx

    1. Opera North's production of Marriage of Figaro - lovely.

      We've just looked up that venison recipe and DROOLED on the book - definitely one to make very soon. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Mussels with cider and bacon sounds amazing! I've never cooked them but I always go for them if I eat out - I really should give them a go!

    1. You definitely should - mussels are so cheap and easy to cook, the only boring bit is pulling off the beards first. And so much yummy mussel juice for dunking purposes! Bliss.