What’s For Dinner Feb 13-19

I’m feeling a bit under the weather at the moment so I’ve planned next week’s menu to be full of easy to prepare family friendly staple meals.  Although it may seem a bit counter-intuitive I believe roasts are some of the easiest meals to make.  Just season a cut of meat (or a whole bird) and toss it into the hot oven.  A pan of roasted veg that cooks along side the main roast makes the rest of the meal a breeze too!   The only drawback to the roast dinner concept is the time it takes to make.  However, since most of that time is passive rather than active for the cook it’s really just a matter of planning to start dinner prep at an appropriately early hour so that dinner is ready for the family at your usual time (i.e. if you plan to eat around 6pm you may need to start the roast about 4pm – which admittedly is not usually the time I’m beginning dinner preparations.) Continue reading What’s For Dinner Feb 13-19

What’s For Dinner? Feb 6-12, 2017

February 6 – 12, 2017

As we were sitting down to enjoy our Chicken, Butternut and Gnocchi Skillet Dinner last Monday, Lolly chimed in with an idea for dinner this week.  “You know Mom…I love tomato soup.  The really thick kind, not chunky.  Can we have that tonight?”  Totally oblivious to the bowl of steaming gnocchi goodness that had been placed before her.  As she was already reaching for her spoon even!  Yay, we’ve gotten to the selective vision stage.  Well, hopefully she won’t miss the thick (not chunky) tomato soup being served up on Monday.  Actually, I know she won’t miss it because I’m putting her to work making it!

Fact: Lolly’s favorite animal is the lamb.  She was preschool age when we lived in England.  Kevin’s “Typical Dad” answer to the question about “where do lambs come from?” was that the farmer planted Lamb Seeds.  Every spring (usually in March) we’d wait anxiously to see the pristine white lambs dotting the verdant green hillsides near our house in Oxfordshire.  And Lolly would exclaim in her best Peppa Pig voice, “Look Mummy, the lamby seeds have sprouted!”  It made for an interesting conversation with the teacher one afternoon when I picked her up from school.  I was laughing too hard and had to send Kevin in to straighten things out with the teacher.  Fitting really since it was he who started it! Continue reading What’s For Dinner? Feb 6-12, 2017

The Lay of the Land

Before I begin any discussions of my goals for the garden areas of the house I would like to take a moment to show everyone the lay of the land.

Our house is named Overhill – with good reason!  Not just because we’re huge Lord of the Rings fans (there was a Hobbit family called Underhill, and we thought it was fitting).  Our entire lot is a steep hillside!  In fact we have a 4′ high concrete retaining wall near the bottom of the garden that was installed by the builder to help create a “flat” section closer to the house.  It didn’t really work.  But we’re doing better than our neighboring house.  They have a 10′ retaining wall! Continue reading The Lay of the Land

What’s For Dinner?

My challenge this week – to hop back onto the Paleo bandwagon.

I received two new magazines in my mailbox this weekend.  The Jan/Feb 2017 Cooking Light, and the February 2017 Southern Living.  Both had mouthwatering recipes featured on the cover.  Although the Lemon Cheesecake is most definitely Not Paleo!  Lolly took one look and declared that was what she wanted for her First Communion Feast. Continue reading What’s For Dinner?

Turning Over A New Leaf

Spring is in the air, even though its still January.  And with spring comes change and renewal.  Here at Plate and Plant we’re eager to get this Spring season started with all sorts of exciting new projects.  Like trying new recipes, kicking off a fresh gardening season, and indeed, writing the first installments of our newest venture – The Blog! Continue reading Turning Over A New Leaf

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