Meal Plan; 10 – 14 May

Happy Mother’s Day

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, celebrating all our mothers in the World. We need to show greater appreciation for the strong women in our lives, and mothers often carry the extra burden of holding families together. Especially if families split, then mothers are left to raise and protect the wellbeing of the kids.

Granted, there are many equally awesome single fathers out there, and we celebrate a bunch of excellent dudes at Father’s Day.

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of Rhea and Cybele’s mother goddesses. Still, the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”

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Tell me, how did you celebrate Mother’s Day? I would love to get some great ideas that we can share.

We are slowly edging towards summer. Spring is in full bloom, and it is time to dust off the summer shows, wash t-shirts, and iron the g-strings. Soon I might even show off my dad bod, donning my awesome American flag speedos. Perhaps for Father’s Day!

A few headlines in May

  • May 9, 1862 – During the American Civil War, General David Hunter, Union commander of the Department of the South, issued orders freeing the slaves in South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. 
  • May 10, 1994 – Former political prisoner Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as president of South Africa. Mandela had won the first free election in South Africa despite attempts by various political foes to deter the outcome.
  • May 11, 1969 – During the Vietnam War, the Battle of “Hamburger Hill” began. While attempting to seize the Dong Ap Bia Mountain, U.S. troops repeatedly scaled the hill over a 10-day period and engaged in bloody hand-to-hand combat with the North Vietnamese. After securing the objective, American military staff decided to abandon the position, which the North Vietnamese retook shortly thereafter. The battle highlighted the futility of the overall American military strategy.
  • May 13, 1981 – Pope John Paul II was shot twice at close range while riding in an open automobile in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. 
  • May 14, 1607 – The first permanent English settlement in America was established at Jamestown, Virginia, by royally chartered Virginia Company settlers from Plymouth, England.

It is not fully clear how my food plan for the coming week will manage to accomplish various hsitoric evens, but I will certainly try.

American history has to include BBQ and outdoor cooking. Yes, I might be overly stereotyping the American kitchen, but grilling is a huge part of the kitchen. Many families cook over a fire or smoke meat, served with rice, potatoes, and vegetables.

African history calls for some awesome traditional dishes using roots, chicken, and an excellent selection of spices. It will be hard to select just one dish from the African continent. It is rich in ethnic and cultural traditions, spanning one of the largest continents and a diverse population.

Vietnam. A beautiful country I would love to visit one day. I’m fascinated with the Vietnamese kitchen, especially the Pho dish. Perhaps a little too warm for soup, but plenty of other options.

Italian food – a sure winner among all family members. But, there’s more to Italian cooking than just pasta dishes. I have to seek out my friend Jamie Oliver, who has mastered the Italian kitchen. It’s healthy cooking and awesome flavors.

Time to cook some excellent food. I just need to source the ingredients.

MondayBanh Mi with shrimpsApplesBanh Xeo – using a mix of chicken, carrots, bean shoots, fresh coriander, and a few mints leaves
TuesdayPizza (on the Traeger of course)Fruit cupsGoi Cuon and Pho; basically amazing fresh spring rolls and Pho with thin slices of beef
WednesdayBanh Mi with fried spicy spamGranola barsNshima – a wonderful African dish from the East Africa region.
ThursdayShrimp n Noodle saladFruit cupsRisotto ai Frutti di mare – translated into Viking language, seafood risotto … yum!
FridayCheese n Beef slidersGranola barsMeat on the grill! Served as finger food with corn on the cob. A sure winner!

One day, I might get so organized that I will link the meals below to my recipes. We can only live in hope!

Have a fantastic week my friends. I hope you enjoy theses meal plans. It is so much easier to make food in advance, although you need to invest several hours during the weekend to prepare the meals.

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