Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Month Of Sundays


Thanks Cabbage for my beautiful apron. Your know how to thrift it. Also, garden wars- GAME ON!

It's been almost a year since I first declared my love of Hugh  Fearnley-Wittingstall and River Cottage here on this little blog. Since then we have seen our vegie patch triple in size and introduced much home grown food to our menu. These days our garden is a place that we delight in - sewing and harvesting, watering and watching. Whatever it is, it brings with it a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Yet before we had even dedicated that little plot in the yard to veg, we enjoyed spending family time on the weekends in the kitchen. So as a means of celebrating almost a year of garden/kitchen loving we are going to embark on 'A Month of Sundays'.

During this 'Month of Sundays' we plan to spend a couple of hours each Sunday in the kitchen doing some prep work for our busy weeks. We plan to make suassages, musli, bread, hummus and other dips, pizza dough, stock, play dough and paints for the kids. The idea (completely and utterly inspired by River Cottage Every Day) is to prepare food that will keep for the week, ensuing that we eat well even when we can't be bothered or don't have time. Each Sunday (or maybe monday) i'll post some recipes about what we've made... but only if you promise not to laugh at our super 'not chef' efforts, okay?

Next Sunday we'll be making Hugh's Very Lemony Hummus, Beetroot and Walnut Hummus, along with various breads for dipping/spreading. Feel free to join us add your link to the comments section below so we here at The Beetle Shack can check it out.

See week 1
See week 2
See week 3

23 comments:

  1. You know Em I'm hooked too with the River Cottage Everyday series, he cooks the most delicious and user friendly recipes. I might even have to join you, see how I go;) Thanks for the links. I look forward to seeing your culinary delights they will be delish I'm sure. xx

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  2. Love this idea... I will be so jealous but hopefully inspired x

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  3. River Cottage has been SO inspiring!

    I am thinking when I am next near a book store without children I am going to check his books out.

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  4. LOVE this Emily- I might have to join up too. That is such a pretty picture! Jxx

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  5. It all sounds so yummy! We can never get through a lot of hummus, so I now put them in little dip containers and freeze them until I need them. Perfect for kids' lunchboxes. Otherwise, I felt bad about it not being used up before it went a bit funny looking.

    As you know I'll pop back and take a peek ;) xx

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  6. I love this Em! Brilliant idea. We had a great lazy Sunday today, which would have been perfect if we threw a couple of hours in the kitchen in. A friend gave me an awesome muesli recipe a couple of years back. We've been known to have it for dinner. Will share in the coming weeks. Looking forward to seeing what you do. xx

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  7. yum, sounds delicious and we have beetroot screaming to be used in the vegie patch.

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  8. You are adorable...I love your outfit to start all this cooking you have inspired me.....Happy Sunday!

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  9. I love River Cottage. And that apron. Good find Claire! xx

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  10. Oh, this sounds great, I'm looking forward to it! LOVE the apron. But I'd be devastated if I got it dirty!

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  11. Beetroot and walnut hummus sounds so yum. I recreated a ever-so-yum honey-walnut and beetroot and feta salad I ate in Melbourne all of a year ago and have been trying to get right ever since. Slammed it on about the third attempt (mind you there was a fair space between tries).
    I've been thinking of organising my autumn garden plot with others in mind and sharing the spoils. If you know any coasties keen to try it, let me know. I'm preparing autumn garden beds now but thought it'd be kinda cool to plant stuff that others haven't got and then we all share the crop load. Does that make sense? Anyhoot, I have Vietnamese mint in abundance if you see a use for it in your Sunday cook-ups. There was oregano, lots of it, but I've weeded it back to make space where the sun shines and there's also mint. There's always mint, bay leaves, rosemary and thyme.

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  12. LOVE this idea em! when i have a sunday at home i try to do the same but i love that you have chosen to be intentional about this! I am on school holidays at the moment and am wondering if it is possible to prepare a term in advance. haha.

    hope you are feeling better xx Kel :)

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  13. What a fantastic idea! I'm sure it will put you in a good mood / frame of mind for the start of a new week as well ... double plus! I hope you are feeling better. Seems as though I'm coming down with a cold just in time for easter.

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  14. I think this is über-fabulous! I've been itching to set aside a day to bake bread and things for the coming week. Not quite so simple with an inquisitive, mobile 1yo, so I've decided to break it down into chunks of time spread out. I do miss my baking days! And how good is a thriving veg patch. I look forward to seeing your endeavors! And damn do I love a beet root hummus.

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  15. Can I just live vicariously through you as cooking is my least favourite activity.

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  16. Thats a great idea, I must get back into doing that.

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  17. You are absolutely gorgeous. And I LOVE this idea. Newest follower!

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  18. Love it! I've been recovering from surgery and scoffing "green smoothies" (look like puke - taste like ... V8 - but waaay better) anyhoo... i make a whole batch so I can drink some at lunch and dinner -the convenience of little mason jars filled with tasty (but nutritious) food - a go to anytime take away no guilt store! Luuuurve it!
    Apologies for the frantic nature of the comment but this green stuff is like Kryptonite! best of luck with your yummies ;-0

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  19. I do love watching Hugh's farming and cooking. This sounds like a lot of fun. I love weekend cooking. Freshly baked bread, oven baked potato chips (fresh from the garden), homemade mayo and yoghurt were a few things to come out of the kitchen this weekend. Of course, some weekends I don't make much at all. But I need to embrace it when I'm in the mood :) Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion is a great book to have on hand too.

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  20. What a great idea! We live in a small house with a very small garden at the moment and are moving in to an apartment in September with no garden at all - this makes me think how much I will miss my teeny vegetable patch but I will be trying to make up for it with lots of herbs that can grow on the balcony.

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  21. I adore Hugh too... massive crush!
    I want to bake my daily bread just like he does. I want to get a sour dough starter happening.
    His books are my food bible's (along with Stephanie A). This is a wonderful idea. I can't wait to read all about it! xxx

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  22. Can't wait to hear what you make, Hugh's recipes are some of my favourites. And I'm loving those yellow stripes with that apron!

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em