This week we invested in enough 'core foods' (mostly meats) to provide the basis for meals for about three months.
Before shopping, I sat with Oscar and drew up a list of favorite dishes, and I plan to make at least one big batch per week to help keep his choices of lunch meals changing. I am sure other dishes will work their way into the rotation, I love cooking new things :-}
So far we have planned to make:
Senegalese Mafe, Beef and Barley, Chicken with Burgul, Pasta with Broccoli and Sausage, Mujaddarah, New England Boiled Dinner with Dumplings, Beef and Noodles, Beef Stew, Burger Bean and Potato Casserole, Beefalo Chili, Chicken Gumbi, Pork and Cabbage and who knows what else? I want to try some traditional Swedish and Norwegian recipes too but I haven't narrowed those down yet.
I have (of course) also been knitting. I will be helping my Sis-in-Love by knitting a new shawl pattern this month. I am making Oscar a pair of convertible gloves and 4 to 8 pairs of socks for Sean, my godson. I also have the first sock almost done for Oscar from Anne Hanson's Cinder Block Sock pattern. I am playing with a mystery knit-a-long put together by Leethal Knits (Lee Meredith) and having a great time, too. Once the holidays are over I will be back designing again. I have my ruana/shawl almost done, I just need to finalize the front shaping. Then I have a spring-weight stole from cotton and a sweater in Sean-size out of a cotton blend. I also want to design a few new socks, and some triangle lace shawls. As my mom said just yesterday, I will never run low on ideas :-}