Meal Plan; 14-18 February

At one point last week, I thought spring was coming. We had a few cold nights, but most days were warm enough to melt the snow and ice. By Saturday afternoon, the snow seemed like a winter’s dream that had faded.

Seared steak and lobster – the ultimate surf n’ turf

On Saturday afternoon, the weather was so lovely that I drove to my local butcher to pick up a nice Picanha steak and some 5oz lobster tails.

I fired up my trusted Breeo fire pit and prepared a fantastic dinner for the family, served with homemade remoulade and fries.

Picanha only needs 5-7 minutes on either side and the lobster roughly the same. It takes longer to make the remoulade and fries.

We devoured the food within a few minutes, which makes me wonder why I spend so much time preparing when we don’t take our time.

Perhaps it is just a good indication that they love my food!

The best part of cooking outside is the opportunity to sit by the fire, listening to great music on my DemerBox, while drinking a well-deserved beer. In addition, I get to reflect on my life, food, family and reminisce about my native country Denmark.

All the warmer weather dreaming ended Sunday morning when I opened the blinds and saw that we had received a thick carpet of fresh snow. Roughly 6 inches.

Not a bad thing to get dumped on with an avalanche of snow if you’re planning on prepping meals all day. And my daughter went grocery shopping for me Saturday afternoon, teaching her some valuable lessons.

Time to prepare for Super Bowl fiesta! It involves meat, beer, fire, and music.

Super Bowl

Ever since we moved to the US, we have attempted to integrate by “adopting” various American traditions; 4th of July, Black Friday, Thanks Giving, President’s Day, and of course, the Super Bowl.

OK, we are not huge football fans. Too much padding. Too many commercial breaks. No blood, and no one getting hurt.

Now, good sports in our definition are rugby, hurling, and football, aka soccer in the American language. Hurling is legalized violence on a pitch and only played in Ireland. However, you do find some variation in the US and other countries with large Irish populations. It’s awesome!

Anyway, we enjoy any excuse to prepare and consume unhealthy BBQ meals, anything from burgers, wings, fries, queso, smoked cream cheese, jalapeno poppers, steaks, fried chicken, etc. – served with a proper amount of cold beers and perhaps some ice cream for dessert.

Of course, I had to sit by the firepit again to enjoy an excellent strong Danish beer while preparing wings, queso, and burgers. In addition, I baked brioche earlier in the day.

Never turn down any opportunity to burn some wood, drink some beer and rock out in the snow. We live and thrive for these small moments of solidtude.

Time to cook some awesome food

As you know, I spent most Sunday afternoons prepping meals for the coming week, and I always turn on my Demerbox. It helps me rock out while cooking.

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It’s essential to have a variety of meals and inspirations, so I spend a fair bit of time on the internet and Instagram.

During some recent explorations, I stumbled across an incredible chef who goes by Dennis Prescott. On Instagram, he always shows these delicious dinners, and it his approach and recipes are down my ally. So, I bought his recipe book.

This week is dedicated to Dennis Prescott.

He has a lot of excellent dishes and straightforward instructions. Nothing is overly complicated. Delicious recipes and many great pictures. A chef that enjoys food and loves to share his creations.

He reminds me of Jaime Oliver when he first started, but I prefer Dennis’s book and recipes. Well done, and keep it up!

The only thing he needs to work on is his beard. LOL

Fire up the Traeger. Ready your Dutch oven. Go shopping, and let’s start cooking—another Sunday in the Kitchen with music on the magical Demerbox and wonderful aromas filling the room.

MondayBruschetta pizza; tomato sauce, mozzarella, and fresh basil leavesRisotto with mushrooms, mussels, and squid
TuesdayBanh Mi sandwich on a homemade banquette with fried spam and pickled cucumber and carrots, with a Sriracha mayoNoodles bowl with chicken and peanut sauce
WednesdayRoast beef melted cheese sandwich, on a homemade brioche bunGeneral Tso’s chicken and rice
ThursdayGrilled chicken pasta saladShrimp Pad Thai
FridayEgg sandwich on a bun stuffed ham and carrot piecesBangers and Mash

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 these meal plans. It is so much easier to make food in advance, although you need to invest several hours in preparing the meals during the weekend.

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