Short version: Restaurant for me, Daddy food for everyone else
Long version: This was the night I was away at a hotel, where I got a cheeseburger and french fries in the hotel bar. I had that because everything else had chiles in it, and I didn't feel like burning my mouth.
I also had a double gin on the rocks with lime. It was a highly satisfying meal.
A. made a stew with a rabbit he had shot, carrots, cabbage, and a bunch of leftovers from our New Year's Day meal, including rice, pork, black-eyed peas. I was impressed he actually cooked the night I was gone.
Short version: Leftover stew, fried eggs, mashed potatoes, raw radishes and tomatoes
Long version: I tried a bite of the stew while I was heating it up for Jack, Poppy, and A. It was pretty good, actually.
My children have a great love for raw radishes, so I got some for them when I stopped at the grocery store before leaving the city. They were pleased. They probably would have been more pleased by doughnuts or something, but that's not the kind of mom I am. Sorry, kids.
Well, I tried to get a photo of the lambs, but they scurried away as soon as I approached the fence.
Short version: Chicken-fried elk, leftover mashed potatoes, steamed carrots and broccoli
Long version: Every time I make chicken-fried anything, I am reminded anew of why I really dislike making chicken-fried anything. It makes A. happy, though, and so I occasionally suck it up with the pounding and dredging and grease spatters.
Short version: Bunless cheeseburgers, fried potatoes, sauteed mushrooms and onions, frozen green peas
Long version: Back to school/work. I had boiled the potato chunks the day before, which made this a very quick meal to make after work.
Short version: Barbecue elk, garlic bread, coleslaw
Long version: I cooked the elk chunks pretty plain, with just tomato juice, onion, and salt. Half I mixed with barbecue sauce for dinner this night.
The coleslaw took care of the last quarter of a cabbage that really needed to get out of the refrigerator. Victory. Tasty victory.
Brothers fighting, man. Can't get away from them.
Short version: Elk tacos, leftover coleslaw
Long version: This is what I used the other half of the cooked elk for. I had put in all the spices and everything the night before and just stashed the pot in the refrigerator. Good thing, as we got home almost an hour later than we usually do, so it was not a night to be doing anything requiring time.
Also this day, I got off of work and found that Poppy had demanded A. do her hair in a ponytail. She has not allowed me to so much as put a barrette in her hair in months. But the ponytail is now a requirement. Daddy Magic.
The ponytail in action.
Short version: Restaurant food, pineapple
Long version: The school where I work gave all of the teachers and staff a gift certificate to the restaurant in the village for Christmas. I decided to use it this night, as we had to be in the village anyway. Everyone had either a hot dog or a hamburger and french fries, because that's the sort of gourmet fare you can expect when patronizing a restaurant 60 miles from anywhere.
I didn't even use all of the gift certificate, so I guess there are more hot dogs in our future.
The pineapple was one I bought when I was in the city and that finally got ripe. It wasn't the best pineapple ever, but it wasn't the worst either, and the children were happy. One benefit of living so far from fresh produce is that they get really excited about things like pineapple. Or bananas.
Okay, your turn! What'd you eat this week?