On microhistory and meal planning, part 20

Wow, is it seriously part 20 of this series? That’s really something.

Friends, this has been a milestone week for us and my entire identity has shifted. The big news? I’m no longer the wife of a butcher.

Let that sink in for a second. It’s big.

No, we aren’t divorced. After 8 years of butching (yes that’s what I call it), Justin quit his job! He’ll be doing some construction work for a few weeks, and after that he’s starting school. I KNOW! School! He’s training to be a heavy duty mechanic so he can fix … heavy duty mechanical things, and stuff. We’re so excited, and I’m so proud of him. (And if you were paying attention a few weeks ago when I alluded to a big change I couldn’t talk about yet — this is it)

Soon I will be the sole breadwinner in our household and I will have ALL THE POWER. Okay, not really, but I may have to hand the tasks of meal planning and cooking over to Justin since he’ll be getting home hours before I will, once I’m back at work. I’m not sure what that means for the meal planning posts. I guess I could still write them, but it seems like maybe that’d make me … a fraud, or something? Kind of like a celebrity with a clothing line.

Microhistorians of the future, a lot of celebrities in 2016 attach their names to clothing lines and say they designed them, when really most of the time there’s an actual designer doing all the work and getting none of the credit. Meanwhile the famous person in question gives in-depth interviews to major magazines on how they chose the fabrics and colour schemes, and where they got their inspiration for each piece. It’s very weird, but apparently widely accepted.

On the other hand … if it’s okay to take credit for someone else’s work in the fashion world, surely I can get away with something similar on this little blog. Right?

Sure, Jean. Whatever you say.

See? I even have imaginary sycophants. I can totally do this.

At any rate, for the moment I’m still the meal-planning point person. And here’s what I’ve got for this week:

Sunday: Lamburgers (we eat them with cream cheese and jam, because we’re fancy and also it’s delicious), grilled marinated zucchini, and Baby Duck. Because when we celebrate … we do it on the cheap.

Monday: Butter chicken and naan (neither one homemade – tomorrow’s busy-ish and Justin will be home late so I bought President’s Choice butter chicken sauce in a jar, and naan in a package as well), and steamed cauliflower.

Tuesday: Vegetarian enchiladas with spinach and black beans from Butter With a Side of Bread.

Wednesday: Spicy, peanutty udon with kale from Food52. We really liked this recipe when we first made it a few weeks ago. I’m going to try to make a non-spicy version for the small one too.

Thursday: Fried cauliflower sandwiches from Food52. I’m excited to try this one.

Friday: Penne with garlic and rapini from smitten kitchen. I love this recipe sooooooo much, and it’s super easy. Justin’s parents are getting here on Friday, so this is what we’re feeding them.

Hypothetically, if they happened to read this and had any objections to the menu, they should probably raise them right away so I could figure something else out.

Saturday: Burgers! Because when your husband quits his job at a butcher shop, you’d better believe that he makes sure to fill your freezer to the brim with discount meat before he goes. And I need to make some space in the freezer because ice cream season is here and it was a million degrees out the other day. We’re also having grilled zucchini, because ice cream season is also barbecue season.

And that’s it! I promise to post again tomorrow. No, really. I will.

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