Short version: Tuna melt sandwiches, tuna melts minus the bread, green salad with vinaigrette
Long version: I made the sandwiches for the kids, and then dumped the rest of the tuna salad right on the griddle pan with some shredded cheese to get browned and melty for A. and me. I also out some toasted pecans on top of ours, and it was very good.
Short version: Beef goulash with carrots, leftover rice, frozen green beans
Long version: I had stew meat still in the refrigerator because I didn't have the energy to cook it on Thursday. And I had the paprika sludge left on the bottom of the bowl from our egg-dying adventure.
So I made goulash. Seems reasonable, right? I mean, spices are expensive, and I had about a tablespoon of wet paprika to salvage.
Short version: Easter leg of lamb, oven fries, frozen peas, chocolate roulade
Long version: Calling it leg of ram doesn't sound nearly as appetizing, but that's what it was: the last boned-out back leg of the ram A. butchered in November. I marinated it in olive oil, vinegar, salt, and lots of garlic (breaking my garlic press while preparing the garlic--HULK SMASH), then just roasted it and served it with yogurt/lemon/garlic sauce.
The roulade is a kind of flourless chocolate cake rolled around whipped cream. The ingredients are extremely simple--the cake part is nothing but cream, sugar, chocolate chips, and whipped egg whites, and the whipped cream is, well, cream, vanilla, and sugar. The execution of it is little more complicated, but it is delicious and not nearly as heavy and sweet as a standard chocolate cake with frosting.
The slices look like this:
Short version: Sick-children soup, chocolate pudding
Long version: Four out of four children had a cold. Thus, soup. I used the remainder of the goulash, to which I added more onion, celery, carrots, green beans, a quart jar o pressure-canned bull meat, and a quart jar of pressure-canned beef broth. It was very good.
When a chocolate roulade is on the menu, it means that a double batch of this chocolate pudding will be on the menu shortly. Because, you see, the roulade requires seven egg whites, which then leaves me with seven egg yolks to use. The pudding is certainly a popular way to do that.
Plus, kids with sore throats particularly appreciate cold, sweet, smooth pudding. As do we all.
The only tricky part of making a double batch of this pudding is the precarious pot situation.
Short version: Lamb curry, rice, green salad with ranch dressing
Long version: We had quite a bit of lamb leftover from Easter, along with about a tablespoon of curry powder sludge from dying edge. Add onion, tomato, and the remainder of the yogurt-garlic sauce from Easter, and you have a delicious curry.
Short version: Shepherd's pie, green salad with ranch dressing
Long version: I had made the shepherd's pie the day before, along with an extra one for our priest, and some additional meat mixture I froze for later.
Altogether, it was six pounds of ground beef. Combine that with the vegetables and tomatoes and other things that go with the meat, and there's another precarious pot situation.
See, I left this day for Arizona to see my family. My sister had a trip already planned to visit my parents, and she decided to take it despite her recent bereavement. So I decided to go to Tucson to see her, as well as my parents and my brother, who will be coming down from Phoenix.
I'm only in Arizona for the weekend, and while I'm gone, A. will be getting food on the table for the locusts. I left plenty of leftovers in the refrigerator for him. I'm sure it'll be fine. Even though this is the first time in nine years that I have not been there to feed the crew.
Oh wait, I take that back. I was gone that one night last year when I stayed at a hotel by myself. I seem to be becoming quite the gadabout.
Okay, your turn! What'd you eat this week?