Planning and preparing meals is supposed to be a monthly homeschool event, but we haven't been on our game for a good long while. Marianna and Rebecca each spent time cooking with Mom these past two weekends, however.
Marianna and I enjoyed our planning and cooking time, her best friend stayed for dinner, and we all tried a completely new (for us) dish. A successful event!
On Saturday Rebecca and I worked on her meal. I knew she had picked a labor intensive menu, so we were supposed to begin our preparations on Friday. That never happened, so instead we spent hours (and hours and hours) cooking (and cleaning and cooking and cleaning and cooking and cleaning) on Saturday.
The most unusual and effort intensive dish was meat pasties from The Narnia Cookbook. We mixed and rolled a boatload of pastry. The filling required us to saute onions and garlic, blanch tiny potato cubes, and finely chop meat in the food processor. This was put into circles of dough for individual pasties. By the time we reached this stage it was obvious that time and energy needed conserving, so we made a few individual pies and then created a family-sized one.pesto pasta salad, and crepes (something else I'd never made before). We made ranch dip. We prepared several fillings for the crepes, including fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream mixed with homemade lemon curd. (Nutella was also available, although we didn't make that!) By the end of the day I was exhausted! We had a great time, though.