On microhistory and meal planning, part 5

You guys, this might be my last meal planning post for a while. Today we counted our freezer meals and we have 22. That (plus the leftovers we’ll be freezing tonight and tomorrow) will get us through to Christmas and beyond, so it might be a little boring to do a weekly rundown of things I’ll be reheating. I might do one post next week on what we’ll be eating for the month, though – mostly because I’ve never met a list I didn’t like (and hey, microhistorians of the future, listicles – that’s articles in list form – were really popular back in 2015. As were portmanteaux. Incidentally, I’ve also never met a portmanteau I didn’t like*.)

I haven’t posted much here lately, but I’ve been writing almost daily. I have a few posts I’ve submitted to other sites, so I’ll update here if they’re accepted for publication – it’s just hard to find the time to do posts for this blog and also submit things elsewhere and I’m focusing on elsewhere for the moment. Freelancing is tough, guys. There’s so much rejection – but I’ve resolved to be thankful for that, since it can only make me better. Also, I give different shits these days … more on that in another post at some point, when I have time.

Here’s what we’re eating this week!

Sunday: Pork stew with white beans and butternut squash from Food52. We just finished eating it and it was so, so good. I added extra butternut squash and a couple of tablespoons of gochujang to bump up the flavour a bit, and it was a good move. I also made this super easy and highly delicious Crusty bread from Simply So Good.

Monday: Lasagna soup from Damn Delicious. Plus the rest of the bread from tonight.

Tuesday: Second attempt at this bucatini, because we had a power outage Wednesday evening and ended up getting pizza since we couldn’t cook, so I had to rejig the meal schedule and this one didn’t make the cut, because everything else had a bunch of perishable ingredients we’d already bought.

Wednesday: I’M GOING TO SEE THE HUNGER GAMES THAT AFTERNOON! Oh, what’s for dinner? Polenta with this amazing Eggplant sauce by Yotam Ottolenghi, by way of Food52. Just regular polenta, though, not the sweet corn stuff at the link, because ain’t nobody got time for that (except me, in a past life, when I made it and it was phenomenal. But that’s all over now.)

I’ll probably make at least a double recipe of this, as a slight miscommunication regarding groceries needed for last week’s Lebanese-style stuffed eggplant resulted in 13 eggplants taking up residence in my fridge.

Thursday: Smoky black bean and sweet potato chili from Food52. I really like Food52, as it turns out. If I add an extra chipotle or two, Justin may not even notice it’s vegan.

Friday: Justin’s parents are coming to visit all the way from the frozen tundra of Saskatoon, and this is the day they’re arriving. We’re going to have burgers of some sort (butcher’s choice) and probably a salad.

Saturday: P-I-Z-Z-A. With this crust from Smitten Kitchen, and toppings to be determined. Speaking of Smitten Kitchen, I’ve just finished reading this interview with Deb Perelman on The Great Discontent, and I already thought I loved her but now I know I do and can I be best friends with her, please? Anyway, pizza.

Now I’m off to watch zombies and stuff. Happy Sunday!

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I really need to start remembering to take pictures of my actual food. Anyway, here’s a baby eating an apple.

* Other than the ones I’ve heard coined by Rachael Ray. I like a lot of her recipes, but the combination words (“stoup”? “fun-due”? Really, Rachael? You’re better than that.), just … no. Her portmanteau game is sadly lacking.

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