Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Repurposing a schoolbag

My daughter loves schoolbags that come from a surf shop in Wodonga. It takes 1 1/2 hours to drive there. Last week my eldest daughter went with her Dad to take her beloved mandolin to be fixed. It had a manufacturing fault in the batch and needed a new thingo (haha) that keeps the strings up? Anyway it meant a drive. While there they got my middle daughter the one that likes schoolbags from the surf shop some other school supplies. However she knew funds had to stretch to agreed a sewing project we cooked up, she loves it really.

She has two of these school bags. The old one and the new one. We hadn't thrown the old one out since last spring, ie somewhere in 3rd or 4th term last year. The new one? had a broken zip. So the other ones zip went into the new bag. The remainder was made into a pencil case and my husband took some photos.

The money was put towards a drink bottle, and lunchbox for my eldest daughter to start uni and other things she needed like umbrella. We also had to keep some money for driving her to her new place where she is staying already, getting ready for the new uni life on the 13th. My two youngest daughters, the only kids still at home start school on Thursday, my husband starts tomorrow, though he is there now.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Australia Day & Start of School Year Menu

Vegetable Stall at Saturday Market, Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Photographic Print

I quickly posted this last night to get the ball rolling to use the links. I am really looking forward to some of the recipes I have decided on for the first week. We had the beef and vegetable chow mein last night and I was happy as it definitely cheered up my husband. We already had vegetables for it, he has done the shopping for this first week of dishes. Now to add the rest.

I was unable to order fruit and vegetables this week because of the Australia Day holiday. My husband bought in a few extra things like the tomatoes and broad beans. I will be having pies while he is away this week settling our daughter into uni. Tonight there is only my little girl and I and we will enjoy that. Only two pies to heat up!

Coincidently at my son's house the four of them will be having meat pies to celebrate Australia Day. I chose salami etc. because of the weekly specials at the supermarket. I am choosing chicken burritos with brazilian black beans because of the black beans in my pantry. I didn't know what they are marketing them in Australia as, because in Australia black beans are Asian and salty. It is hard to find recipes because you get the Asian ones when you type in black beans. The lady who posted this recipe does cooking demonstrations in Geelong I think. The last recipe is for mushrooms because my daughter isn't here to eat them. From now on we will be able to make recipes that serves 4!!!

Tuesday ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Wednesday ~ Cheesy Bacon & Pea Macaroni
Thursday ~ Spaghetti Carbonara (uses broad beans)
Friday ~ Stir-fry Beef & Vegetable Chow Mein (uses wombuk)
Saturday ~ Tomato & Salami Spaghetti
Sunday ~ pies
Monday ~ Pies
Tuesday ~ Lasagne
Wednesday ~ Savoury Mince & Potato Wedges
Thursday ~ Chow Mein
Friday ~ Taco Salad (for left over rocket?)
Saturday ~ Beef Chow Mein (uses pac choy, I'm going to try boc/buc choy)
Sunday ~ Chicken Burritos with Brazilian Black Beans
Monday ~ Tortellini with Creamy Pesto and Mushrooms

Success from last week:
Chicken, Olive & Fennel
Spaghetti alla Puttanesca
Pasta Primavera (my son asked for the recipe)

Interesting recipes:
Frittatine with Mushrooms and Peas this is ..."an easy-peasy Italian egg dish with an unusual technique that is part-omelette and part-scrambled eggs. It takes less than a minute to get a light, fluffy result."

Linguine with Bacon, Mushrooms & Feta

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Odd Bodd Vegetables Menu

Buttered Sweet Corn Photographic Print

Thankfully we have had a break in the weather and things boiled don't seem so unappetising, neither does being in the kitchen with the oven on. My husband wants to have more bean dishes this week, he feels he has put on weight and I think is hoping it will save him lol. There are nice specials on meat locally. It seems the ones that chase the specials actually have to ask the shop to go out the back to get the specials. We usually just take what is there. I expect though being later in the week now there will be more put out. I don't think there is much left from any Christmas hampers, except the homemade plum pudding my Mum made for me. I am waiting for my daughter to come home from Beach Mission as she enjoys eating it. We have six people home, but not all have been home at once lately, though this fortnight they made all be.

Tuesday ~ Roasted Vegetable Risotto
Wednesday ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Thursday ~ Roasted Sausages with Braised Lentils and Bacon
Friday ~ Sausage & Egg Muffin Burgers
Saturday ~ Rigatoni Milano (uses Italian sausages)
Sunday ~ Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake
Monday ~ Chicken, Olive & Fennel
Tuesday ~ Chicken & Vegetable Pasta Bake
Wednesday ~ Roast Vegetable Frittata
Thursday ~ Potato & Corn Salad with fish?
Friday ~ Chilli Bean Nachos
Saturday ~ Chorizo Hotpot with Braised Cabbage & Potatoes
Sunday ~ Spaghetti with Chorizo, Feta & Spinach
Monday ~ Chicken & Chorizo Paella
Sweet Potato & Chickpea Tagine
Pasta Primavera
Spaghetti alla Puttanesca (uses pasta sauce and anchovies)
Vegetable Pancakes made with wombuk, cabbage & potatoes instead, and parmesan

Interesting recipes:
Pepperoni and Corn Frittata (uses blue cheese)