Meals of the Week, August 13th to 19th

Sunday 20 August 2023


Meals of the Week

Here I am again!  Another Sunday, another Meals of the Week Post.  This is the day that I like to share with you all of the delicious meals that I have enjoyed at home or out and about over the past week! It seems to be something which you also enjoy seeing and if I can inspire even one of you to cook something delicious then its worth it to me!

All of my life I have been cooking for families.  My mother went to work when I was 11 years old and it wasn't long before I was cooking for my parent's, sister and brother. At first it was just reheating things which my mother had already prepared, but eventually as I grew more confident I branched out and began actually cooking things myself.

From there I graduated to cooking for a family of my own.  I raised five children and managed to put a delicious and nutritious meal on the table for them every night.  I also loved to entertain and we often had guests for supper as well, so I had plenty of training when it came to cooking for crowds!

I had worked as a pastry chef in my younger years and once my nest emptied I went back to college and trained as a proper chef. I then spend a number of years as a personal chef cooking for a family once more.  Oh how I enjoyed those years Cooking at the Manor. Living in a beautiful spot in the southwest corner of England, and stretching my cooking capacity to levels I had never thought I would. 

I never thought that I would one day be living all on my own, but here I am. I am determined that I will not eat out of cans and boxes.  As long as I am capable I want to cook delicious meals for myself My mother lived on her own for many years prior to the last years of her life, and she cooked meals for herself every single night. She is my muse and inspiration.

If I can inspire you who find yourselves as empty nesters or as one who is living on their own, then I am happy to do so. Here are my meals from the past week.

Cindy's Ribs

SUNDAY, August 13th - Birthday at Cindy's

Usually on Sundays I have a family dinner with my sister, her husband and my father. Sunday was my birthday so my sister cooked me a slap up meal of Oven BBQ'd Ribs and Roasted vegetables (brussels sprouts, potatoes, sweet potatoes) along with fresh beans from her garden.  

My sister makes the best Oven BBQ'd Ribs.  I have made them for you on here before and you can find the recipe for them here. They are tender and juicy and succulent.

Lemon Cake

For my Birthday Cake she made me the most amazing Lemon Cake. It was  a  triple layer beautifully flavored lemon caked, filled with homemade lemon curd and frosted with a fabulously delicious lemon butter cream frosting. She had decorated it with cute lemon marshmallows.  You can find the recipe for this wonderful cake here.  It was one of the nicest lemon cakes I have ever eaten!  I felt very loved. Thank you sis!

Chicken & Bacon Caesar Melt

MONDAY, August 14th - Chicken & Bacon Caesar Melt

I had some leftover chicken which needed using up. I felt like having a sandwich for my supper, and had not made one of these in a very long time.  This is a simple and yet delicious sandwich that everyone loves.  It is very easy to make, as is surprisingly hearty. You can make one or you can make a dozen. 

A garlic butter toasted hoagie bun is loaded up with Caesar dressing,  thinly sliced red onion and shredded lettuce, hot shredded chicken which has had plenty of cheese melted on top. Onto this goes crisp rashers of smoky streaked bacon and slices of ripe fresh tomato.

Now that is what I call a very tasty sandwich. I enjoyed it all on its own, but you could add some potato chips on the side for the very hearty eater, or a cup of soup.

Cold Plate

TUESDAY, August 15th - Cold Plate 

I had some cold cuts which needed using up in the refrigerator and so I made myself up a cold plate. Cold plates are something which I love in the summer months. They can be as fancy or as simple as you want to make them. On this day I chose simply to have some sliced ham and yes, cold leftover chicken (to use it all up) with some sliced tomatoes, cucumber, a sliced boiled egg, some tossed salad and some sliced cheese.  I  also had a baked biscuit with the plate.  

Have you ever made 7-Up Biscuits? They are really easy to make. Light and fluffy on the insides and golden brown and crisp on the outsides. I love them with things like salads, cold plates and soups, and I have been known to enjoy a cheeky one or two for my breakfast with jam and butter!

World's Best BLT

WEDNESDAY, August 16th - Dinner Out with Dad

On Wednesday nights I always go out to dinner with my father and his friend Hazel.  We go to a place called the Big Scoop. The food is not the greatest but its not the worse either. Dad wasn't feeling very good this week. He had Haddie Bits and Chips, but could not finish it. Hazel had Fish and Chips. I had a BLT.  It was not too bad.  Not quite as good as my World's Best BLT, but quite passable. 

Its hard to measure up to my World's Best BLT. Seriously.  With a Basil Pesto Mayonnaise, crisp bacon, fresh ripe tomatoes, house dressing and lots of lively fresh rocket leaves . .  . and a crusty baguette base . . . this is a simple sandwich that is anything but simple. This is bound to become a firm favorite and much requested sandwich.

Honey Mustard Pork Chops

THURSDAY, August 17th - Honey Mustard Pork Chops

On Thursday I felt like having a hot dinner and so I made myself a quick and easy Honey Mustard Pork Chop which I enjoyed along with a baked potato and some green beans.  The pork chop for this is rubbed with some spices and then flash fried on top of the stove, ready to finish off in the oven with a delicious honey mustard glaze.

Perfectly cooked, tender and juicy with beautiful flavors, this really went down a real treat.  I only baked one, but the recipe is for two people. You can also easily double it to feed more.

Cheesy Rigatoni with Tuna & Broccoli

FRIDAY, August 18th - Cheesy Rigatoni with Tuna & Broccoli

I fancied some fish on Friday and so I baked a small batch of my Cheesy Rigatoni with Tuna & Broccoli.  The basic recipe is for a Baked Rigatoni with four cheeses. It is rich and indulgent. Tender pieces of rigatoni pasta in a delicious cheese sauce composed of four different cheeses.  A recipe from James McNair.  

I added some flaked albacore tuna and tender pieces of broccoli.  More cheese is scattered over top prior to baking to golden perfection. I froze half to have another time and enjoyed this days portion with a tossed salad and a crusty roll. 

I have small foil containers that I freeze things like this in. They have foil lids as well. Easy to take out and just pop into the oven when and as I want a quick and easy meal. Just pop into the oven frozen and covered (350*F/180*C) for about 35 to 40 minutes, until heated through and bubbling. I take the lid of for the last 10 minutes or so of bake time.

Cabbage Rolls

SATURDAY, August 19th - Cabbage Rolls

I took some cabbage rolls out of my freezer and enjoyed two for supper along with some rice and a vegetable on the side. Everyone always loves my cabbage rolls.  Even me. In the old days I was often asked to bring them to Pot Lucks. They have a beautiful sauce, which has a sweet and sour quality to it.

Now when I make them, I make the full recipe and then freeze them in small containers, each one holding 2 to 3 cabbage rolls.  Just pop into a 375*F/190*C oven for about 45 minutes, covered and dinner is served.  

I tend to buy my rice these days, already cooked.  You can get pouches of ready cooked rice in a variety of flavors. Tilda makes it as does Uncle Ben's. They are the perfect size for two people, or one with leftovers.

And there you have it. My meals of the week for the past week. I think you will agree, it was, once again, a most delicious week!  Hopefully you will be inspired to want to cook one or two of the recipes for yourself of your family!

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