Tuesday, August 26, 2014

wedding season

i have been so busy catering weddings that the blog has definitely taken a backseat. lately, by the time i finish all of my prep i'm exhausted & can't bring myself to stay up later to write things - hence the tuesday morning blog post to catch everyone up.

this summer has actually been rather busy for freezer meals, they typically don't sell very well during the warmer months but this year has been totally different. last week i made 4 new main courses just to keep a well rounded menu.

also, this saturday will be your LAST OPPORTUNITY to stock up on frozen meals for quite some time. i will be away for the entire month of september!!! i'll be back as of thanksgiving. 

it will actually be leslie (my mini me) working on saturday as i'll be on the amherst shore catering a wedding. if you'd like to pre-order any meals please email me at jenna@littleredkitschn.com just so i can have things organized for her on saturday.

ok here goes with the menu:

beef shepherd's pie - getaway farm beef, tangy gravy, peas, carrots & corn topped with cheddar-green onion mashed potatoes.

i'll also be making the paleo version of it this week with sweet potato puree instead.

both versions are gluten free
small $10  large $20

italian beef ragu: braised getaway farm beef in a robust tomato sauce with mushrooms, peppers, basil, parmesan & topped with mozzarella cheese. the regular version is served over gluten free pasta and the paleo version is served with sauteed zucchini & swiss chard from my garden.

both versions are gluten free
small $10  large $20

sesame ginger pulled pork: getaway farm pork shoulder in a sweet & sour tamari sauce with loads of fresh ginger & sesame. the paleo version is served with roasted broccoli, celery, bok choy, red pepper & sprouts. the regular version is the same with the addition of jasmine rice.



both versions are gluten & dairy free
small $10  large $20

then i made a brand new dish - lamb! i'm not a huge lamb fan so it doesn't make it's way on to the menu very often...but i am a big bill wood fan (wood & hart farm...he's hilarious) so i wanted to showcase some of his product. i made mediterranean style lamb meatballs with citrus, garlic & fresh herbs. it's served with zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, swiss chard, fresh peas, mint & feta cheese. the paleo version has loads of vegetables and the regular version also has a white bean & roasted garlic puree.

it's a really fresh & light summertime main course. both versions are gluten free.

small $10  large $20

then it was on to my favourite dish of all time - braised chile pork with cheddar cornbread crumbles. it starts out with braised getaway farm pork shoulder cut in to big chunks. they're stirred in to a red chili base with lots of beans, peppers, spices, citrus & chipotle. this mixture is topped with homemade cornbread crumbled up with cubes of old cheddar cheese, fresh valley corn & green onions.

small $10  large $20

jerk chicken: this is gluten & dairy free. it features shani's farm chicken in a spicy caribbean marinade. it's done on the grill & served with pineapple salsa to cool things down & a side of rice & beans. there are tons of bright, fresh favours in this one.

large $20 (no smalls left)

smokey mac & cheese: this is hardcore comfort food. the mac & cheese is kicked up with double smoked bacon, fresh corn, roasted tomatoes, a touch of cumin & chipotle & three types of cheese including cheese curds from foxhill cheese.

small $9  large $18

vegan curry: making curries is perhaps my favourite thing to do in the kitchen. this one has potatoes, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, roasted cauliflower, green beans, tomatoes, lime, cilantro & coconut served with basmati rice & quinoa. it's vegan & gluten free.

large $18 (no smalls left)

chicken parm: marinated chicken breasts in a panko-parmesan crust, hearty marinara sauce, fresh tomatoes, swiss chard, mozzarella, buttered noodles & fresh basil.

large $20 (just a couple left)

braised brisket: braised getaway farm beef, mustard, horseradish, caramelized onions, roasted beets & turnips, greens from my garden & parmesan polenta (only left in larges). the paleo version is the beef & extra veg, no polenta.

small $10  large $20

moroccan meatballs: dates, fennel seed, sumac, harissa, tomato sauce, olives, citrus, roasted peppers, tomatoes, greens & a side of harissa quinoa with almonds.

gluten & dairy free
small $10  large $20

red curry beef (only 1 left!): getaway farm beef in a spicy red curry, coconut & basil sauce with citrus, peppers, zucchini, japanese eggplant, coriander & jasmine rice.

gluten & dairy free
large $20

current soup flavours are:

carrot, apple, ginger
curried butternut squash
beet, parsnip & pear
tomato vegetable
white bean, lemon & kale
indian spiced cauliflower
roasted pepper, tomato & chipotle
baked beans
chicken stew
beef stew
seafood chowder

okee dokee, i hope some menu items are appealing and that you pop by the market this saturday to pick some up from leslie before my month long hiatus.

see you at thanksgiving!