Meal Plan

Butterflied Leg of Lamb + Orange Kumara Salad + Green Salad – gluten free

Lemon Fish + Fries + Green Salad – gluten free

The recipe for the lemon fish is here.

Mushroom + Lentil Burgers w/ Cashew Aioli + Salad – gluten free, vegan

The recipe for the burgers and cashew aioli is here.

Tacos w/ Coriander, Lime + Avocado Dressing – gluten free, vegan

Salmon + Roast Vegetable + Lentil Salad – gluten free

This will be something like this recipe here.

Steak w/ Bean Mash + Greenery – gluten free

The recipe for the bean mash is here.



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Smoked Salmon + Lentil + Asparagus Salad – gluten free

Ratatouille + Steak – gluten free

I am using Rachel Khoo’s recipe for the ratatouille, from ‘The Little Paris Kitchen’. I like the way she cuts her vegetables with a mandolin to make a ribbon ratatouille.

Quinoa Chapatis + Spinach Dal + Sweet Potato Curry – gluten free, vegetarian

All of these recipes come from a recipe book called ‘The Tastes of Ayurveda’, by Amrita Sondhi, and it is a very interesting read!

Lentil + Nut Loaf + Chutney + Salad

The recipe for the lentil and nut loaf is from Jenny Chandler’s ‘Pulse’ cookbook, another favourite at the moment.

Pie + Salad – gluten free, vegetarian

Well, one of the pies is vegetarian. I will be making a red wine, rosemary and beef pie for Dad, and a mushroom, lentil, kale and thyme pie for myself; both with a buckwheat crust.

Smoked Fish Cakes – gluten free

Again. You can find the recipe here.

Steak + Root Vegetable Almond Fries + Salad – gluten free

The fries are another recipe from Rachel Khoo’s ‘The Little Paris Kitchen’.


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Modified Eggplant Involtini – vegan, gluten free

Eggplants are still on special at the fruit and vege shop – that means we are having this meal again. Yay!

Eye Fillet Steak + Salad + Kumara Slices – gluten free

Chicken Breast + Slow-cooked Lemon Zucchini – gluten free

The zucchini recipe is from ‘The Petite Kitchen Cookbook’ and one I have been wanting to try as courgettes are not in season. Well I didn’t think they were but we picked some up yesterday from a farmers market, so they must be.

Smoked Salmon – gluten free

Not sure how I’ll serve the smoked salmon this week. I really liked it with the roast vegetable and lentil salad but something different would be good too.

Fish w/ Lemon + Brown Butter Sauce + Mash + Broccoli

Recipes, Savoury

Fish w/ Lemon + Brown Butter Sauce

First up, get your mash on. Unlike my previous recipe, I used butter beans for this mash. Tasted the same. 

While the mash is cooking, cut up your broccoli and put it in a pot, covered with water. When you do cook it, bring it to the boil then let cook for a few minutes until tender before draining and refreshing in cold water. 

And finally the fish. Wash and dry your white fish fillets. Coat with brown rice flour. When everything else is ready, heat up a frying pan and some canola oil. Fry for about 2 minutes a side, or until cooked through and place on a plate. Once all the fish is cooked, melt about 20-30 grams (for 4 pieces of fish) of unsalted butter in the hot pan. When it starts to turn brown and bubble, add the juice of 1-2 lemons and a few tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley. Stir through. Drizzle over the fish and serve. 


Meal Plan

Fish w/ Lemon + Brown Butter Sauce + Mash + Broccoli – gluten free

The recipe for the fish and sauce is from ‘The Little Paris Kitchen’, by Rachel Khoo, while I have made the mash many times before.

Pulled Beef Shin Tacos w/ Spiced Almond Sauce – gluten free

The beef is leftovers from last night, with the meat pulled apart. While the spiced almond sauce is from some tacos I made a few weeks ago.

Smoked Salmon w/ Puy Lentil Salad – gluten free

This time I will try to cook my own lentils. Even though they only take 20 minutes to cook opening a can is so much quicker, but we have a few packets of dried lentils in the cupboard that I should use. Anyway, I’ll be using the lentil and roast vege salad as a guide.

Lamb Rack w/ Mash + Broccoli + Red Wine Sauce – gluten free

I have never cooked a lamb rack, and they looked so pretty in the butcher’s the other day that I couldn’t resist putting it on the menu this week. 

Modified Eggplant Involtini – gluten free, vegan

Looking back at past posts, I think this recipe and the smoked fish cakes are the meals I have made week after week. And now that we know the eggplant involtini is improved with mushrooms and lentils this will be the only way I make it now. 

Steak + Almond Chips + Salad – gluten free

Also in ‘The Little Paris Kitchen’ I spotted a recipe for steak and chips, but before putting the chips in the oven to cook Rachel tosses ground almonds through them to make them crunchy. Looking forward to trying a new variation of the steak dinner.

Beef Brisket Something – gluten free

Yet to be determined, but we have used in tacos previously but may do a pie… Will see what we feel like on the day. 

Sweet + Sour Kahawai + Grilled Pineapple


Sweet + Sour KahawaiWith the last half of the kahawai I made some sweet and sour fish, with brown rice, sauté cabbage and carrots, and grilled fresh pineapple. I used Digby Law’s recipe for the sweet and sour sauce, substituting the 2 cups of sugar with 1 cup of honey. But if I am honest, I don’t think I will make it again. There are other meals I would prefer. BUT, if you have not tried grilled pineapple before you must! We just put pineapple slices on a tray and put them under the grill until browning/blackening up, but I am sure you could do them on the stove top too just make sure they are caramelised. 


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Today was an extra good day! Actually, the whole weekend was great. But today Dad, my sister and I went out on the boat. While motoring around we spotted a lot of busy gannets diving into the water.  My sister and I each caught a kahawai (I will admit that Zoe’s success rate of getting the fish safely into the boat was far better than mine. But then she did only catch one). Anyway, the important thing about all of this… SMOKED FISH!

Smoked Fish + Chips + Salad – gluten free

(Modified) Eggplant Involtini – gluten free, vegan

As you may know, I have made Petite Kitchen’s eggplant involtini numerous times. Last week I made it and Dad reckoned I should add mushrooms and lentils. So, like any good daughter, I am doing as he says.

Sweet + Sour Fish – gluten free

We haven’t smoked half a fish so I can make sweet and sour fish. Will have to find a recipe for it but I am sure I can find one in a recipe book.

Lamb Pie – gluten free

I was having a flick through one of the Taste magazines this morning and came across this recipe. It has a lamb filling with a Moroccan flavour and a kumara mash top. I will make the filling the night before so I just have to make the mash and cook it when I get home from work.

Smoked Fish Cakes – gluten free

We saved half a smoked kahawai so I can make the smoked fish cakes. Again.

Tomato + White Bean Stew – vegan, gluten free

I came across the recipe for Annabel Langbein’s Harvest Tomato Sauce while working in a kitchen for one of my nutrition papers. It was one of our favourite meals at uni and we enjoy it at home. As tomatoes are best during the summer I buy a few kilos from a local roadside stall and roast a few batches to freeze. To bulk the soup out I will add a can or two of rinsed white beans for a quick and easy dinner, perfect for Friday.