Sunday, May 30, 2010

Weekly Menu - Week 12

This Sunday is Mothers' Day in France. Don't ask me why Mothers' Day does not fall on the same Sunday around the world... but I suspect that every country tries to make it as convenient profitable as possible for retailers. This week-end is Memorial Day week-end in the US (a long week-end for my non-US readers): it would not have been smart to double it as Mothers' Day since most retailers are running large sales for Memorial Day. It was more profitable to have Mothers' Day fall early May when nothing else was happening. At least, that's my opinion.
As in the US, la Fête des Mères has become a very commercial event in France. And like in the US, it drives me nuts. I don't care about Mothers' Day. There. I said it. It feels artificial to me. Besides, I personally think that all mothers would be better off to have their spouse and children help out a little bit on a daily basis than just once in May! And it's not because my daughter prepared a gift for me in school that it will make me like Mothers' Day better. Of course, I am very proud of the pink bracelet my daughter made from scratch in school (they made the beads and painted them). The bracelet is actually something I can wear even though she warned me that "c'est très fragile". This year, she even managed to keep the secret until the actual US Mothers' Day! Last year, she had told me "it's a secret but it's a bookmark!' Just to see her so excited about making the gift, keeping the secret and bringing it home is what makes me happy!
With her English teacher, they had made a booklet where they had to complete sentences and draw something accordingly: My mom and I read....; my mom and I watch....etc.  The page I like best? "My mom and I eat.... EVERYTHING!". That's true! Of course, there are things my children like more than others... but overall, both of them are really good eaters. And that's a daily invaluable gift! Bonne Cuisine!

Weekly Menu - Week 12

Day Suggested Menu

Monday Moussaka with green salad
Homemade Plain Yogurt with Chestnut Spread
Fresh Fruits

Tuesday Cucumber Salad with Fresh Mint, Mustard and yogurt dressing
Vegetable Casserole with Cranberry Beans
Panna Cotta with Raspberry Coulis

Wednesday Brussels Sprouts with Gougères
Homemade Plain Yogurt with honey
Fresh Fruits

Thursday Shrimp with Saffron Rice
Apple Mango Speculos Crumble

Friday Spaghetti Squashotto with green Salad
Homemade Plain Yogurt with dark brown sugar
Fresh Fruits

Game Plan:
Sunday Evening:
  • Make the Moussaka on Sunday evening. If you don't want to make it with lamb, you could well use buffalo or beef instead.
  • If you are making your own yogurt, make your weekly batch on Sunday evening. 
Monday Evening:
  • You only have to re-heat the Moussaka.
  • Make the Panna Cotta on Monday evening. They taste better if they have been cooled for a long time.
Tuesday Evening:
  • You have to make the cucumber salad and the vegetable casserole.
  • Start with the casserole as you have to shell the cranberry beans and the other vegetables. While they cook, make the cucumber salad.
  • If you have not made the Panna Cotta, you won't have enough time to make them for Tuesday evening. You could switch desserts and make them for Wednesday!
Wednesday Evening:
  • You have to make the Brussels Sprouts and the Gougeres.
  • Start by making the gougeres. You could pre-cook the Brussels sprouts in a pan on the stove and transfer them in the oven after the Gougeres are done. Alternatively, you could bake both the gougeres and the Brussels Sprouts at the same time: put the gougeres on the top rack and the Brussels Sprouts on the lower rack. When the Gougeres are done, place the Brussels Sprouts on the upper rack for extra browning.
Thursday Evening:
  • You have to make both the Shrimp and Saffron Rice and the Crumble.
  • Start by making the crumble dough. While it refrigerates, prepare the filling. 
  • While the Crumble is baking in the oven, make the shrimp and Saffron rice, starting with cooking the rice.
Friday Evening:
  • It's Friday! Enjoy! 
  • You only have to make the Spaghetti Squashotto which takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. Pre-cook your Spaghetti Squash in the microwave. It will save you time.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Apple Mango Speculos Crumble

Earlier this week, I went to Belgium to visit a friend of mine who moved back "home" with her family after spending about 18 years in the US. I took the Thalys high-speed train from Paris to Bruxelles and then transfered to a smaller commuter train to Gent.  My children were thrilled to take the high-speed train with which Bruxelles is only 1h20mn away from Paris (vs. about 3 hours by car). They were just disappointed not to have their own TV in the train (they are used to trans-Atlantic flights where they get to watch their own small TV!!) Gent, like most Belgium cities (and unlike the countryside) is a beautiful city with old buildings, canals and a very peaceful pace. People ride their bike (or the tram) almost anywhere because nothing is really far in what is the third largest city in Belgium (after Bruxelles and Anvers). My friend had asked me what I wanted to do while in Gent. Since I had been to Gent last year to attend a wedding and since we had three young children to shuttle around, I had nothing specific in mind. Except to go to a local supermarket! You see, despite the fact that Belgium is less than 2 hours away from Paris by train, despite the fact that part of the country speaks French (the other part speaks Flemish and some German), despite the fact that we now have a common currency, Belgium is a foreign country to French people!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Leeks, Ricotta and Bacon Tarte Salée

I was visiting a friend the other day whose oldest daughter's class organizes quaterly "dîner de classe". The organizing family is in the house for supervision but, as my friend was explaining, it's basically the first step towards a boum (a.k.a soirée among older kids). Not the kind of dîner de classe she attended together with her teachers, let alone parents, while she was in junior high (I never attended a dîner de classe while in junior high!)This class party dinner is just a nice pot-luck buffet organized in one of their classmate's house that can accomodate about 30 children (yes, there are such private homes in Paris, although I have never been in one myself!!!)  Since it's a potluck buffet that feeds hungry-sweaty dancers, each family is supposed to contribute one type of dish/drink. As indicated on the invitation (that also mentioned to wear a "colorful outfit"), my friend's family had to bring une Tarte Salée 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Shrimp with Saffron Rice

Saffron is one of these spices that I don't use a lot. For once, real saffron is expensive. Then, French people don't use it that often in their daily cuisine! The only French two dishes I can think of that always require Saffron are Bouillabaisse, a fish soup that often served in the South of France (it originated in Marseille),and Sauce Rouille, which, as it turns out, is mostly served with a Bouillabaisse... I have personally never made my own Bouillabaisse and since I don't like raw garlic, I tend to avoid Sauce Rouille!  My mother did have a few tiny-tiny boxes of Saffron among all the other spices. They were tiny yellow boxes, the size of a watch battery, sold together in a glass spice jar. Since my siblings and I were always reorganizing the spices (that was one of our favorite game in the kitchen!), we could not resist playing with the little Saffron boxes. Of course, our mother would not let us, which only increased our interest in Saffron. While I remember playing with the yellow boxes, I don't remember what my mother was using it Saffron in (I'll have to ask her).

Friday, May 21, 2010

Weekly Menu - Week 11

I have not done much cooking lately... but I have eaten a lot!  Being in Paris and having grand-parents willing to take care of their grand-children (merci!!!), I have been able to see a few friends and relatives. My social schedule looks like a professional one, except better because I am on vacation! I go from one breakfast to a lunch to a dinner with a drink in-between when possible! And yet, I never manage to see all the people I'd love to. It's the frustrating part of any too-rare trip "home", malheureusement! However, it's wonderful to be able to spend time with friends and relatives and always a treat to share a meal with them. Not necessarily a traditional three-or-four-courses meal in a restaurant; after a week, it would not be sustainable! Besides, just a nice homemade salad makes me happy, especially in good company! But yes, I have a hard time saying never say no to  macarons or good cheese!
One evening, though, I offered to cook for my parents and asked them what they would love to have. Here are the few items we had: homemade hummus and socca.  I also made a gluten-free crumble for dessert on another occasion as well as a batch of Granola. My parents enjoyed all of it very much and it was fun to share new ingredients (chickpea flour, rice flour, tahini,) with them. I'll cook more for all of us when I leave Paris in a few days but true enough, I am more interested in cooking/eating all the traditional French food we don't easily (read: at all or at outrageous prices) find in Philadelphia! Stay tune, you might be in for really interesting dishes. Bonne Cuisine!

Weekly Menu - Week 11

Day Suggested Menu

Monday Shredded carrots
Veal, Cilantro and Ricotta Meatballs with baked potatoes
Homemade Plain Yogurt with Chestnut Spread
Fresh Fruits

Tuesday Tabbouleh with Green salad
Petites Crèmes Express au Café

Mustard-breaded Turkey Breast with green beans
Homemade Plain Yogurt with honey
Fresh Fruits

Thursday Seafood salad with Avocado, Tomatoes and Grapefruit
Homemade Plain Yogurt with homemade Granola

Friday Guacamole
Swiss Cheese Soufflé with green salad
Homemade Plain Yogurt with dark brown sugar
Fresh Fruits

Game Plan:
Sunday Evening:
  • Make the Granola on Sunday evening. It requires very limited prep time but has to bake in the oven for about 45 minutes. Just make sure that you don't eat all of it before Thursday evening! It's so good. It's also a perfect foodie gift if you need one this week!
  • If you are making your own yogurt, make your weekly batch on Sunday evening. 
Monday Evening:
  • You have to prepare the meatballs, the potatoes and the shredded carrots tonight. Start by pealing the potatoes and put them to boil/cook.
  • While they are cooking, prepare the meatballs.
  • Last but not least, while the meatballs are cooking in the oven, prepare the shredded carrots. Children generally love to help shredding carrots if they are old enough to help with the food processor.
Tuesday Evening:
  • You have to make the whole dinner. No need to panic.
  • Start by making the Petites Crèmes Express au Café. They are ridiculously easy to make but need to chill a little bit before serving them. If you had time to make them during the day, even better.
  • Cook the cousous/bulgur/cracked wheat you are going to use for the Tabbouleh as early as possible as well so that it has time to chill.
  • While everything is chilling in the fridge, finish making the Tabbouleh
Wednesday Evening:
  • You only have to make the Breaded-Turkey breast.
  • While they are cooking in the oven, prepare the green beans.
  • If you have not made the Granola on Sunday, make it on Wednesday evening. You oven will be already hot. You can have dinner while the granola is in the oven.
Thursday Evening:
  • You only have to make the seafood salad. How easy is that?
  • If you have not-so-great-but-still-eatable avocados, don't discard them, you'll use them for the Guacamole on Friday.
Friday Evening:
  • Relax, the week is over!
  • You have to make the Swiss Cheese Soufflé and the Guacamole. If you are having a drink before dinner, make the guacamole first so that you can have some while the Soufflé is in the oven.
  • If you are just going to start the Guacamole as an appetizer, start with the Swiss Cheese Soufflé and while the Souffle is in the oven, make the Guacamole and serve it either as an appetizer.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Petites Crèmes Express au Café

For some ungrounded reasons, I always thought that using cornstarch in a dish was synonymous with cheating! You know, because you are lazy in a hurry you use cornstarch in a sauce Béchamel to make it thicken faster....  Since I started this blog 148 posts ago, I have read more recipes than I thought I could and realized that some professional chefs use cornstarch in their own recipes. That changed my bias towards cornstarch and I started using it as well. Sparingly. And as the last-resort ingredient if I fail to come up with a good substitute. Let's say that I moved from a No-No to a Why-not but not to a Yes-of-course relationship with cornstarch! However, when it comes to making a quick-and-dirty-easy (pardon my French!) dessert from scratch, I don't hesitate.

Monday, May 17, 2010


This past week-end, I attended my Business School 10-year reunion in Fontainebleau (France). 10 ans déjà! Pff, we could not believe we left school 10 years ago! It was a wonderful week-end spent with friends I had not seen for the last 5 (I went briefly to the 5-year reunion but could not stay because I was pregnant and needed to rest a lot) or 10 years. As you can imagine, we spent the whole week-end catching up. It was such a treat to see so many friends who had flown from all over the world (Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Austria, England, Lebanon, Israel, etc..) and spend time together. Even though it had been 10 years, it felt like we left each other yesterday. Of course, some of us changed jobs a few times, some of us moved to different countries, some of us got more gray hair, some of us got married/divorced, had children... We talked a lot about our children and since I write this blog, we talk about food! Well, we talked a lot about food this week-end because most of the socialization was done around a meal. Not a pizza-beer type of meal but a traditional four-course French meal. And since we had not seen each other for such a long time, we spent hours at the table! A lot of things had changed on campus but one thing that had not changed was the buffet menu!

Friday, May 14, 2010


Until I came to California, I think that I had Tex-Mex food only twice in my life. For cultural, geographical and geopolitical reasons, Mexican food (and it's US-adapted Tex-Mex food) did not make it to France the way it made it to the US: pico de gallo salsa does not mean anything to my friends; we don't have fancy-burrito chain and definitively no Taco or Chili chains! The only two things French tend to associate with Mexican food are margaritas and corn chips. But that again is  more the result of the influence of large agro-business companies that have pushed their products on the French market rather than culinary tradition!
Living in the US, I have adapted and adopted Tex-Mex ( I would be ashamed of calling it Mexican) food in my daily cuisine.  I find that corn tortillas are a great variation of my buckwheat galettes; I find that a large bowl of chili (con or sin carne) is a great alternative to lentils; but more frequently, we have corn chips with guacamole.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Smoked Salmon and Leeks Savory Pound Cake

A few years ago, the mother of one of my dear friends got into a tragic horse riding accident while vacationing in South Africa. She survived her fall but now suffers from quadriplegia. H. is a fantastic woman and she and her husband (and their children) have shown incredible strength and family unity to help H. live as normal a life as possible. H. is still undergoing major surgeries with endless delays because her condition makes it harder for her body to heal and recover.  However, with time, commitment, drive and love, we all hope that she would steadily recover partial use of her arms which would make her regain some independence. Today, H. is able to go onto the internet and I know that she has been reading this blog frequently as a way to "brush up" her English... and to keep herself busy. H. was a wonderful cook, the daughter of French charcutiers-traiteurs in Normandy. For those of you who don't know what a Charcutier-Traiteur is, think WholeFoods Deli with whatever French refinement there could be: homemade terrines, homemade pâtés, unique smoked hams and cooking sausages, wonderful salads, etc. It's basically where you go for just your weekly tranche de jambon (slice of ham) or for your wedding catering!  H. and her husband loved to have people over and still do. Meals at their place are always a partie de plaisir : because the food is delicious, because the company is wonderful, because the topics of discussion are interesting, and just because we all love to be around them.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Weekly Menu, Week 10

As I am preparing for my trip to France, I was telling my good friend C. that I might skip publishing the Weekly Menu until I come back at the end of the Summer. "I am not sure people use them", I told her. She then replied "oh, I do use them: I don't make them entirely but I steal some of your ideas in a way to add more diversity to my weekly cooking". This is the way I am hoping that these Weekly Menus are used: picking up one idea here or there and including it in your weekly cooking. If you were doing that, that would be a great start towards healthier nutrition habits! And when it comes to healthier habits, we all have improvements to make! Oui, oui... One of my mom's cousins was visiting over the last 10 days... It was her first trip to the US so she came with a very fresh eye to this country. I asked her what immediately caught her eyes: "people eat all the time", " people are more overweight/obese", "there is more packaging to the food you purchase" and "people dress in very different ways." were her fist comments... The "people eat all the time" is what we should all focus on! N'est-ce-pas? Having a Weekly Menu plan will help you towards this!  Bonne Cuisine!

Weekly Menu - Week 10

Day Suggested Menu

Monday Stuffed Tomatoes with Quinoa
Homemade Plain Yogurt with Chestnut Spread
Fresh Fruits

Tuesday Coleslaw with Socca
Cherry Clafoutis

Wednesday Scallops with Leeks and Orzo
Homemade Plain Yogurt with Honey
Fresh Fruits

Thursday Lentils with Vegetables with green Salad
Orange Salad

Friday Kale Chips
Buckwheat Galettes
Homemade Plain Yogurt with Brown Sugar
Fresh Fruits

Game Plan:
Sunday Evening:
  • You want to make the Stuffed Tomatoes. They are very good re-heated.
  • If you are making your own yogurt, make your weekly batch on Sunday evening.
Monday Evening:
  • If you have not made the Stuffed Tomatoes, you have to make them tonight. They have to be in the oven for about 45 minutes. 20 minutes before serving, make the quinoa. 
  • Stuffed tomatoes make great leftovers so don't hesitate to make more. Same with quinoa.
Tuesday Evening:
  • You have to make the whole dinner. No need to panic.
  • Start by making the Socca batter. It will rest while you prepare the other dishes.
  • After the socca batter, make the Clafoutis. You don't have to make them in individual servings. You can make a large dish.
  • While the Clafoutis is in the oven, make the Coleslaw. As soon as the Clafoutis are done, put your skillet/dish in the oven and increase the temperature to make the socca.
Wednesday Evening:
  • You only have to make the scallops with leeks and Orzo. This is one of my emergency dinner so it won't take much time to make. Start with cleaning the leeks if you don't have frozen ones.
Thursday Evening:
  • You have to make the Lentils and the Orange salad. Start by making the lentils.
  • While they cook, make the orange salad. For the sake of time efficiency, don't make a start anise syrup but use honey instead.
  • If you are feeling zealous, you could make the buckwheat batter tonight for the galettes.
Friday Evening:
  • You have to make the buckwheat batter as early as possible in the day if you have not made it on Thursday evening.
  • While the batter rests, start prepping the fillings for the crepes (mushrooms, onions, etc.)
  • While the fillings are cooking, you can make the Kale chips.
  • Relax, it's Friday!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cherry Clafoutis (Gluten-Free)

Since I started baking again, we rarely purchase cakes anymore. However, because I am not baking cheesecakes (yet), we do occasionally purchase New York style cheesecakes. We do that when we have visitors from Europe (too rarely!) and want to treat them with our homemade version of an American dinner: ribs, coleslaw, corn on the cob, corn bread and cheesecake. My husband likes cheesecakes but what he really likes is the combination of cheesecake with cherry topping. And when it comes to topping, if he can have the sweetest (read: full-of-high-fructose-corn-syrup) cherry topping, he is delighted. If he can't have it, his disappointment makes his whole dessert franchement décevant. I could not find that artificial cherry topping the other day at the supermarket. I promise, I was not trying not to see it! I just could not find it. I purchased whole cherries in syrup instead. But, as you can imagine, that did not qualify as cherry-topping for my husband. He ran to another store himself to get his favorite topping... and left us with a jar of pitted cherries in syrup. The first thing I thought of when I looked at the jar is to make a Clafoutis.
Clafoutis is a traditional French dessert which consists in cooking fruits in a flan-like batter. It's also your first and last resort dessert when you have plenty of Summer fruits (cherries, peaches, apricots, plums) and have to make a simple dessert. I remember, way back when I was living in California, a colleague had brought plums from her garden to the office because she had too many to eat! I immediately told her that she had to make a Clafoutis. Since she did not know what I was talking about, I offered to make it for her with her plums! Délicieux!
There is only one word for Clafoutis but you'll find as many recipes as bakers. I don't personally like the choking thick version. Since I wanted to make something different, I tried this Gluten Free recipe. As always we GF recipes, it tastes different but different does not mean, "pas bon". My husband, who grew up eating a family version of Clafoutis (and never tried to make his own (yeah, yeah, I am still waiting!!)), did find something to say about this one (my children loved it!). Evidemment! I had anticipated it so I did not take it personally. I was just happy to have discovered a new recipe for Clafoutis.  Now that Summer is around the corner, I promise to make a more traditional one soon. In the meantime, you can try this one... but PLEASE, don't use artificial cherry-topping for filling!  Bon Appétit!
- 350gr (12oz) cherries pitted
- 75 gr (2.6 oz) almond flour
- 50 gr (1.8oz) sugar
- 30gr (1 oz) corn starch
- 1/4 ts bitter almond extract
- 1 egg + 1 yolk

- 125 ml (4.22 Fl oz) buttermilk
- Powder sugar
- Sliced almonds

  • In a bowl, mix in the almond flour, sugar and corn starch together
  • Gently whisk in the egg and the egg yolk
  • Add Buttermilk, stir until smooth
  • Add Almond extract.
  • Cover and cool in the fridge for 30 minutes

  • Pre-heat oven to 400F (200 C)
  • Lay the cherries into baking dish
  • Cover with batter
  • Cover with almond slices
  • Bake in the oven for 15mn
  • Increase oven temperature to 450F(225 C)
  • Open the oven and carefully, sprinkle with powdered sugar
  • Cook an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool before eating
My Personal Comments:
  • If your cherries are not very sweet, you could increase the amount of sugar a little. 
  • You could use the same base and cook it with peaches, nectarines, etc.
  • This dessert does not age well. It's best eaten the same day.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Scallops with Leeks, Dill and Orzo

This is one of my emergency dinners. It's not the fastest one but one that I can actually prepare in less than 20 minutes, which gets into my "emergency" category. The reason why it falls into this category is that I always have the ingredients on hand. Frozen scallops. Fresh leeks when on sale at the market or fresh frozen leeks when on sale at the market. Orzo. Orzo? Yes, I did not know what Orzo was either until I saw it at the supermarket a few years ago. And even if "orzo" means "barley" in Italian, what Americans call "orzo" is really a rice-shape wheat pasta (clever marketing guys!!). Why do I always have it at home? Well, it's different than the usual pasta. It's confusing fun to tell my children that we are eating pasta even though it looks like rice; it's also much cheaper than made-for-children-cute-pasta, which I tend to avoid (with the exception of the alphabet pasta). Dill? Since we are not purchasing much processed food in our family and try to reduce the amount of salt we eat, we use herbs a lot to flavor our cuisine. I love herbs and I want my children to appreciate them as much as I do. And since I have met so many children who would pick at the green stuff on their tomatoes (that would be basil, chive, tarragon, dill or parsley), I have made it a point to serve herbs to my children everyday (d'accord, maybe only every other day) since they were able to chew and swallow them. Some were hidden in a dish (like in this recipe), others were in the open, sitting pretty on a slice of tomato or swimming along cucumber dices in a yogurt-base sauce.
As a result, on a weekly basis, we purchase: dill, cilantro, Italian parsley, basil as well as thyme or/and rosemary. When available, I also purchase fresh mint, tarragon or chervil; I don't really know how to use sage.
I can't wait for nicer weather to be around so that I can start growing my own on my balcony. In addition to reducing my "herbs budget", it will give a project to my children who will be even more excited at eating basil/cilantro/parsley/tarragon/chervil/chive/dill/rosemary/thyme that they would have picked the leaves themselves! Trust me! Bon Appétit!
- 1 pound of frozen scallops
- 2 small leeks, washed and sliced
- Orzo
-  Fresh dill
-  2 Tb of butter
- Salt, black pepper to taste

  • In a saute pan, over medium heat, cook leeks in butter.
  • Add scallops and cook until scallops are fully cooked
  • In the meantime, cook Orzo according to instructions
  • Add fresh dill to scallops and serve over Orzo
  • Add salt and black pepper to taste
My Personal Comments:
  • Obviously, you could use any other small-shape wheat pasta instead of Orzo. You could even use rice!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Weekly Menu - Week 9

Faire Simple! During my week-end in Chicago with my friend A. who is a super-busy-business-woman-mother-of-four trying to feed healthy food to her family, I realized that the key to daily healthy homemade-from-scratch recipes is that they have to be simple! I know some of you don't find French cuisine simple but I will keep saying that most of the recipes I have cooked and therefore published, are easy to make. Oui, oui, c'est vrai! Even the Soufflé! Some might be a little bit more time-consuming than others but they are easy. Vraiment!
You know,  I don't like complicated things, or rather I don't mind complicated things because I like to simplify them. Call me a nerd, but back when I was in school, I loved calculus because after much (or not much) thoughts, there always came a time when we were able to cross numbers on top/bottom of a fraction or to use one formula to solve the whole problem. Everything was getting simplified!  Today, I love to find a better solution (generally one requiring organization) to a problem so as to make everybody's life easier (and hopefully happier.). Simple is good!

Growing up in a family of four made my parents (and therefore us) pretty good at juggling different emplois du temps. Everybody had to participate (yes, there was a Tableau de Service (chores chart) in our family (boy I did not like it)!!). Everybody had to be able to sacrifice a bit for the sake of the others (like waiting an extra 10mns somewhere, like making a detour to drop the other one somewhere else, etc.).... but all in all, we were all able to do most of what we had planned! If not more!
I still do the same today with my family : I am asking my children to participate in setting the table and helping put the grocery out. I am tired of repeating that slowly getting them to understand that "I want would like" does not mean "now", the same way "peut-être" may mean "oui" ou "non"... I also try to show them how to do things in a simpler way: like preparing their clothes the night before, like putting the full jars of milk in the back of the fridge, like turning their clothes inside-out before throwing them in the laundry basket.  It's time-consuming and exhausting... but it is steadily paying off... My life is becoming easier. We are happier! Que demander de plus? Faites Simple!

Weekly Menu - Week 9

Day Suggested Menu

Monday Ratatouille Over Barley with Green Salad
Orange Chocolate Chips Pound Cake

Tuesday Tuna Curry with rice
Homemade Plain Yogurt with Chestnut Spread
Fresh Fruits

Wednesday Soupe Chinoise
Homemade Plain Yogurt with honey
Fresh Fruits

Thursday Buckwheat Kasha with Mushrooms and Onions
Homemade Plain Yogurt with homemade Apple Sauce

Friday Swiss Chard and Bacon Quiche with Green Salad
Homemade Plain Yogurt with dark brown sugar
Fresh Fruits

Game Plan:
Sunday Evening:
  • You want to make the Ratatouille. You have help so ask people around you to help you with pealing/chopping vegetables. If you want to make it faster, purchase a Pressure Cooker. It will save you time on many other occasions!
  • You could make the Orange & Chocolate Chips Pound cake on Sunday as well. It would save you time on Monday evening.
  • If you make your onw yogurts, make your weekly batch on Sunday evening.
Monday Evening:
  • If you have not made the Ratatouille and/or Orange & Chocolate Chips Pound cake on Sunday, you have to make it tonight in addition to cooking the barley.
  • If you need to make the Ratatouille and the Orange Cake, start with the cake. While it's in the oven, you can make the ratatouille. Once the ratatouille is cooking, you can cook the Barley.
Tuesday Evening:
  • You have to make the Tuna Curry tonight. It takes less than 30 minutes to make. Start by cooking the curry and then cook the rice.
Wednesday Evening:
  • You only have to make the Soupe Chinoise tonight. Make it your own!
  • If you are feeling zealous, you could make the Apple Sauce for Thursday evening.
Thursday Evening:
  • If you have not made the Apple sauce on Wednesday, you have to make the  Apple Sauce and the Kasha on Thursday. Start with the Apple sauce. While it's cooking you can make the Kasha.
  • If you make your own dough for Quiche, you can make it on Thursday.
Friday Evening:
  • You only have to make the Quiche tonight!
  • Start by making the dough. While it rests, cook the Swiss Chard and the Bacon. Only make individual quiches if you feel like it. I have made this quiche a lot but always make only one for the sake of time! Relax, it's Friday!