Friday, November 4, 2011

weekend update

it's been a busy, busy week thus far & my countdown to monday is on!
yesterday involved a lot of running around but it was worth it. i provided some super cute goodies to a charity event & i was really happy with how they turned out.

yay! i'll definitely be making these again, and i think they would make excellent wedding favours, just sayin'...

so, the menu this week features some serious comfort food - i've been cooking like i'm about to head into hibernation.

there are two new main courses.
one features red wine braised, getaway farm beef brisket. it's in a rich sauce with lots of garlic, herbs & homemade beef stock. the veggies are poached shallots, mushrooms & kale and it's served on a bed of soft polenta with some hits of creamy, blue cheese. this one serves two & is $23.

the second main is an oldie but a goodie - chicken, leek, broccoli & bacon pies. the chicken is from shani's farm. it's braised until super tender, then shredded and mixed in with melted leeks, garlic, celery, broccoli & a rich gravy. then the whole dish is topped off with a puff pastry lid. there are two sizes, small (individual) $10 and large (for 2) $20

i also made a fresh batch of roasted red pepper, sweet potato, and tomato soup. it has a lot of southwestern flavours - chipotle, lime, cilantro, cumin and has a fair bit of heat. this one is vegetarian but not vegan.

there's also a new batch of curried butternut squash soup. this one has lots of lime leaves, lemongrass, ginger & coconut milk. it's done, but not pureed & packaged yet. whether or not i have it at the market tomorrow depends on how the day goes today...

on the prep list today is a fresh batch of baked beans, finishing up the quinoa & wild rice salads and, of course, all of my baking. throw in catering a lunch and you understand the insanity that i can look forward to for the rest of the day...

better get started... womp, womp, womp.

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