Friday, August 2, 2013

a mellow kind of week

this week has been so awesome & relaxing. last week was psychotic so i chilled out & recuperated this week. i spent a lot of time in the garden, at the beach, and at the spa. the garden is looking about a million times better than last year (krista is a monumental help), my tan is really coming in & i have a fresh pedicure.
all in all, a pretty successful week.

this is also the long weekend (hard to believe it's august already!!!) and there is a special natal day seafood festival at the market this monday. i've decided to set up shop for the occasion. on monday there will be food & wine tents set up, live music, kids activities & of course me so there are plenty of reasons to come down.

i've baked extra cupcakes & made loads of extra salads to get ready for it.
the salads this week are:
sweet potato - avocado, peppers, chipotle, lime cilantro, tomatoes
broccoli - red pepper, red onion, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries & bacon. there are no almonds in it this week because i burnt them all :(
beet - strawberries, radicchio, red onion, kale from my garden, balsamic dressing & goat cheese
quinoa - it's my favourite version! the quinoa has a curry dressing with lots of ginger, sesame, lime, mint, basil & cilantro. then it's loaded with veggies - nappa, cucumbers, carrots, celery, snow peas, red pepper & finished off with a healthy dose of sriracha & peanuts.

there's still plenty of selection as far as meals go too. before i left for vacation i cooked like mad to really stock up. there will be at least one new main course for next week, but i didn't make anything new for this week.

here's an updated version of what's in stock:
vegan curry - small $9  large $18
potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, tomatoes, ginger, lime, coconut & cilantro served with basmati rice/quinoa combo. gluten-free

lentil shepherd's pie - small $9  large $18
stewed lentils with tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, celery, zucchini, kale, tomatoes, peas, corn & loads of herbs. topped with mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, cauliflower & nutritional yeast. vegan & gluten-free

fish cakes & baked beans - $15 (4 fish cakes & 500ml beans)
panko-crusted salt cod fishcakes with onions, celery, summer savoury & citrus. tangy baked beans with tomato paste, maple syrup, molasses, vinegar & onions.

lobster mac & cheese - small $12  large $24
big chunks of lobster straight from my neighbour joe's wharf, foxhill cheese curds, mozzarella, leek bechamel, slow-roasted tomatoes and a parmesan/panko crust.

beef shepherd's pie - small $10  large $20
ground beef from getaway farm, garlic, onions, celery, carrots, peas & corn in a tangy sauce with a touch of my homemade bbq sauce. topped with cheddar & green onion mashed potatoes. gluten free except for a touch of worchestershire

moroccan meatballs - small $10  large $20
ground beef from getaway farm seasoned with sumac, ginger, coriander & chillies. served in a piquant tomato sauce with roasted red peppers, dates, fennel seed, olives & kale. the side dish is harissa quinoa complete with toasted almonds, green onions & lemon. gluten-free

brisket & blue - large $20
red wine braised getaway farm beef brisket served with wilted spinach & creamy blue cheese gnocchi with sauteed mushrooms.

chipotle pulled pork - small $10  large $20
braised getaway farm pork shoulder shredded with lots of homemade chipotle lime bbq sauce. topped with black beans, corn, peppers, pickled chillies & lime. then the whole thing is topped with cilantro-spiked mashed sweet potatoes. gluten-free

chicken, leek & bacon pie - small $10  large $20
braised shani's farm chicken in rich gravy with melted leeks, root vegetables & double smoked bacon. topped with a crispy puff pastry lid.

this week i made the full gamut of cupcakes:
pink grapefruit
banana-peanut butter
red velvet-raspberry
paleo chocolate coconut

ok back to the kitchen for me, i still have a few kilos of frosting to whip up.
hope to see you all over the weekend, especially since i missed last saturday. thanks again to lauren & leslie for holding down the fort! 
ps: my saturday night catering was a huge success :)

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