See? What a difference a day makes. My appetite has returned and I don’t feel totally demented dedicating an entire post to food.
Even though we were busy-as-heck last week, we managed to sneak a few days of cooking in. I don’t know about y’all, but when we’re coming up on a holiday, I instinctively want to make sure that everything I cook is the complete opposite of anything that could be even remotely construed as “holiday food.”
Apparently last year at this time, I turned out a pan of enchiladas. So even if I sound a little bit crazy, at least I’m consistent. Right?
Sunday – Mexican Lasagna from Nigella’s Kitchen and Guacamole
If you’re looking for a no-nonsense “Mexican” dish that is budget friendly, then this is a good choice.
As I described it to Marcus, while everything tastes really clean and fresh, it is the epitome of British Mexican food. Which is to say that going by our experience discussing Mexican food with the British people on our honeymoon, they don’t eat a whole lot of it and so this dish is probably very adventuresome to a decent percentage of that population.
How that’s even possible in a nation that eats curry by the gallon, I don’t know.
But it is.
The real reason I wanted to action this specific dish is because I knew that it would taste just delicious on Thanksgiving morning reheated and topped with a few soft fried eggs. That’s forsight at its finest right there.
Monday – Stir-Fried Spicy Beef with Basil from How to Cook Everything with Roasted Broccoli
I swear-to-God there is beef in lurking in that stir-fry bowl somewhere.
While I was getting everything ready-to-go for our stir fry, the recipe on the opposite page caught my eye because it involved onions and peppers, which our recipe did not. Since we happened to have a bounty of vegetables on hand this week (and adding them to stir fries is a great way to stretch them out), I simply doubled the sauce to make sure that everything got coated and tossed them right in.
As everything was coming together, I realized that this is actually probably the perfect dish for the el cheapo steak that we sourced at ALDI. It involves slicing into thin strips, marinating and stir frying. You know, really functional. If you’re wanting to do beef and don’t want to spend a lot of money to do so, this dish is very…forgiving.
It also gave me the chance to use one of the basil cubes that I froze at the end of this summer. We all know that dried basil is a joke, so it was definitely a treat to be able to shoot some (free) fresh flavor in there.
Do you attempt dinner-as-usual during holiday weeks?
If you garden, what did you freeze/can/save from this year’s harvest?