Sunday, April 13, 2008

Menu plan Monday - 14 April 2008 & travelling light

Hi everyone

Things are cooking on the travel front!

Sandra and I have arranged some tentative times to get together when she's in South Africa and I'm back from the UK. Yay - can't wait!

Travelling light

On our confirmation emails I noticed that we're only allowed 15 kg (yes, only 15!!!) in the hold on the Ireland flights so my new plan is to travel to London with my full 23 kg allowed on British Airways, wear my oldest clothes in England, Wales and Scotland, and then throw them away declutter them before we fly to Ireland. That, together with offloading a few presents will definitely bring my luggage down to 15kg, don't you agree?

I usually bring EVERYTHING with me but I can pack light when faced with hefty penalties. They want to charge us 7.5 GBP for every extra kilogram! That, people, is a staggering R120 per kilo. Assuming we only have 23 kg, we'd pay an extra R1600 (that's my monthly car payment, so, um, no thanks!).

So what do you think of my plan?

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This week's menu
Chicken rolls with salad

Pizza potatoes

Pasta with corn on the cob

Curry and rice (gee - this has been carried over for two weeks now)
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Friends over for supper - baked spaghetti bolognaise

What does your week look like?


Stephanie said...

Thanks for visiting me! I am in France thanks to my husband's job. I wish I had gotten into blogging earlier. I have found so many other people who live in foreign countries. So cool to share experiences.

You asked about my potatoes. I tried a different potato this week, and LOVE it. It is a small, red potato. It is not round like the red potatoes in the US, but is oblong like a baking potato, just smaller. Here, they are used in gratins. There is a totally different potato for purees/mashing. Who knew?! I like the red ones better in general.

I peel and dice them, then boil for 20 minutes or until soft. Then I mash the heck out of them. I use salted butter (about 75 grams) and some milk (about 3 tablespoons for 4 people). I continue to mash everything together until it is all smooth. This last time I added Gruyere cheese at the very end. It melted well, and we all liked it.

I don't know if that helps you, but I hope so.

PlanningQueen said...

I like your de-clutter plan with the clothes! I will have he chutney casserole recipe ready later this week and will send it to you.

Michelle said...

Hi Marcia the pizza potatoes sound so tasty..I must try them soon.Thanks for the blog visit.Have a great week..

A Juggling Mum said...

Great menu, everything sounds so good :) I'll have to try the Pizza Potatoes... yummo! Thanks for the recipe too!

Have a great week!

Rachel xxx
A Juggling Mum

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