It's the first day back after half term today and it is going to be busy busy, as is the week I suspect. I had a lovely week off, I spent the bank holiday weekend at Wimpole Hall on the Saturday and then at my parents, where I did a lot of baking. It was crumbles galore, as well as flap jacks and a loaf of bread. I love being able to feed lots of people as I don't get to do it very often. My whistle stop tour of Paris on Wednesday was fantastic. I went to two exhibitions, both heavily featuring German art, one at the Louvre and the other at the Musee D'Orsay and of course I bought cheese before we left! Then the rest of the week was spent cleaning and tidying the house and gardening, enjoying the sunshine! I also picked my first vegetable of this year, radishes!
It is typical though that the weather turns lovely just as term starts again after a slightly ropey half term week! This week I am trying to use up stuff from the freezer to make extra room as it's my birthday on Saturday! I am doing an kind of Deep South/Tex Mex feast for a few friends. I am hoping to make pulled pork and then curly fries, macaroni cheese, baked beans, coleslaw and salad to go with it, as well as barbecue sauce and apple sauce and then apple and blackberry cobbler for dessert. My Mum is also making homemade buns and a carrot cake. I am so excited but also a little nervous as I have only done pulled pork in a slow cooker before and this is in the oven but I am so looking forward to proper crackling!
Couscous, Lentil and Hummus Salad
Out at the theatre
Cheese and Onion Quiche and Salad
Chinese Sausage, Noodles and Greens
Chorizo and Hummus Pitta with Crisps
Goose Curry and Rice
Smoked Salmon and Egg Wrap with Crisps
Chicken Puttanesca with Mash or Pasta (Sarah Raven)
Roast Carrot Barley Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Plaice with Prawns and Sea Kale (Philadelphia Cookbook)
As always I am linking up with Mrs M, check out her blog for more meal ideas and I hope everyone has a fantastic week.