Friday Finds

Hi everyone,

I hope your weekend is going well.  It was a sunny but COLD day here.  And I had to stand out in the cold during Isaac’s GAA practice this morning. Brrr!  Also – don’t be fooled by the green grass – it’s astroturf.  Friday Finds is one day late due to my previous post about my vegetable delivery. A shorter list of links from around the web this week, because I included my menu plan as well.

Parenting & Motherhood

Do you ever feel like you are “dating” for mom friends?  A good article about making friends when the main thing you have in common is your kids.

A few of my friends announced their pregnancies in the past month. Some were a few weeks along, and others were almost halfway through. I firmly believe that every woman should make her own decision about when she announces her pregnancy, but I thought this author put into words the isolation that many women feel in the first trimester.  (And no, I’m not pregnant.)

Expat Life

3 American habits I lost when I moved to Finland.  Made me laugh.  BTW – Matador Network is a great site for travel writing and expat articles.

Why Do the Brits Drive on the Left?  Learning to drive on the other side of the road was one of the most difficult things about living here.

Menu Plan for Upcoming Week:

Also, a few of you asked, so here is the Menu Plan for this week, based on the delivery we got yesterday. The only additional vegetables I had to buy were mixed leaf salad and 2 leeks.

Saturday:  Beetroot, Jerusalem Artichoke, and Skirt Steak Salad, with Parsnip Cakes. Brad has been wanting to make something out of his new cookbook, The Irish Beef Book, and we had plenty of beets and Jerusalem artichokes leftover from last week’s box.  The Parsnip Cakes (from The Country Cooking of Ireland) are basically mashed parsnips, dredged in egg and breadcrumbs, and fried.  By FAR the best way to get rid of parsnips.

Sunday:  Bacon-wrapped dates and rutabaga oven fries.  (The chipotle mayo in this recipe is so good!) A bit eclectic, yes – but trying to get rid of a few bits and bobs over the weekend.

Monday:  Pasta with peas, pine nuts, and garlic, from Jerusalem, by Yotam Ottolenghi.  I don’t own this cookbook (yet), but I found this recipe here. I usually reduce the amount of garlic for the kids, but this is a recipe where almost everything can be kept on hand.

Tuesday:  Ham, leek, and barley casserole from BBC Good Food.  I’ll be substituting kale for savoy cabbage. New recipe for us, but in general, recipes from BBC Good Food turn out well.

Wednesday:  Smoky Cauliflower Frittata from Plenty, also by Ottolenghi. Plenty is another great vegetarian cookbook, especially if you are willing to try new flavors.

Thursday:  Baked potatoes or leftovers.

Friday: Pizza.  Every Friday night is pizza night at our house.

If you like this addition, let me know.  I’ll think about posting it more frequently. In the meantime, if I try a recipe and like it, I will usually pin it to my What to Eat for Dinner board on Pinterest.

Have a great weekend!

 x Rheagan