Monday, 16 March 2015

Share - for Meal Planning

Linking today with I'm An Organising Junkie for Menu Plan Monday and At Home With Mrs M for Meal Planning Monday.

I missed posting about meal planning last week. It was a public holiday here on the Monday and that threw me out by a day for the whole week!

I have been looking at this lovely cookbook this week.

I think the title sums up what I feel about the way the Western world currently runs and what we should actually all be striving for.

That photo is not very good and the quote is illegible. It says:

"Happy, healthy children are our future, our pride and joy."
WfWI Rwanda participant
(Women for Women International)

We certainly take it so totally for granted that our children should be happy and healthy that it doesn't even register on our radar. But when you read some of the stories in this book, and many others books, and the ends these mothers will go to, and have to endure due to circumstances, it just breaks your heart.

This book is well worth reading for the stories from each country featured and the photos, let alone some wonderful recipes from around the world.

So menu for this week:

Monday: Sausage and Apple Casserole. We had this last week and it was a big hit. I added some craisins as well.

Tuesday: Baked fish with three colour peppers (Share cookbook), potato wedges, salad

Wednesday: Cheese and leek tart (Share cookbook), roasted root veggies(with apple!)

Thursday: Sauteed chicken and mushrooms in a Marsala and sage sauce (Share cookbook) with rice. I have a total love affair with Marsala - don't know why - just love it in sauces like this!

Friday: Tacos (soft and hard to please all!) with fixings.

Saturday: Homemade pizza of all varieties. I find this a good way to use up lots of odds and ends in the fridge. It is amazing what has ended up on pizzas and been enjoyed!

Sunday: Sweet Potato Topped Salmon and Spinach Pie (Share cookbook)

And boy, this book has some delicious sweets!
I hope to try the Basbosa (a traditional dessert from Egypt), Magical Banana Creole Cake and Klecha (date and walnut stuffed cookies from Iraq). 

We also had this warm vegetable salad last week.

In case you can't read (and so you don't have to squint trying!), the quote says:

"Each woman has a pearl inside of her that cannot be hidden. They must work to let it appear and surprise everybody."
Rihab, WfWI Iraq participant

These women have so little and yet always seem to be so hopeful - a trait I think we all need to embrace.

May your pearls all shine this week!


  1. I've never had some of the things on your menu, but they sure do sound good. This book sounds like a really good read. Thank you for sharing it.

    1. Thanks. It is a good, if confronting, read. I like cookbooks you can read.

  2. Another week of lovely meals, especially including all the apples :-), and an interesting cookbook. I especially like recipe books that connect to places and stories. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

    1. Thanks, it is always lovely to meet at your blog on Mondays - such inspiration there.