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This Week’s Specials – Week 5

I’m having fun writing a weekly menu and we generally stick to the plan.  I admit I may be a bit ambitious when writing it. I also don’t think it helps to write a meal plan on an empty stomach!

I came home with a few yummy things from The Food Show including 2kg of Southland Queen Scallops and 4 kinds of cheese! Still, this week, our pantry reserves are getting low and we haven’t been to the supermarket in a while so we’ll have to pick up a few things.

This week our CSA box included:


  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli


  • Newstead Gold Apples
  • Gold Kiwifruit
  • Winter Nelis Pears
  • Mandarins

…and a loaf of ciabatta.

Meal Plan Week 5

  • Cauliflower*and potato* soup topped with with bacon and sour cream. Served with ciabatta* garlic* toast
  • Individual cottage pies with carrots*, peas and mushrooms*, topped with cheesy golden mash
  • Queen scallops and spinach* pasta, tossed with butter and served with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and a lemon* wedge
  • Cheese fondue with ciabatta*, baguette, carrot, broccoli and tortellini
  • Chocolate fondue with apple*, kiwifruit*, pear*, mandarin, banana and marshmallows
  • Pizza with pepperoni, mushroom*, spinach*, black olives, and capers
  • Roast pork with apple and garlic* served with carrots*broccoli and mashed celeriac
  • Poached pear* with Hakanoa Ginger Syrup, red wine, cinnamon, cloves, lemon*, and vanilla bean
  • Buttery mushrooms* with poached eggs on toast
  • Orzo with smoked chicken, caramalised carrots* and black olives


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I am Genie, a graphic designer/photographer obsessed with food and bunnies. I live in Whanganui, New Zealand with my husband, The Koala and our two rabbits, Kobe and Bento. I write about my hedonistic ways and I love the mantra "Eat well, travel often". I prefer not to write about myself in third person.


    • Hi Eva!

      To me, a Cottage Pie is a Shepherd’s pie using beef instead of lamb. But I believe that these days Shepherd’s Pie may also refer to beef pies and Cottage Pies may also refer to lamb pies.

      • That’s what I heard too! Because it’s really hard to herd cattle up scrubby hills. Best to let them graze outside your cottage 🙂

  1. Yummy 🙂 I LOVE cottage pies. And making them into individual servings makes it easier to control cravings. Great idea! Is there a recipe I can reference? I would love to try them.

    • I know what you mean about over eating on cottage pie. I usually make enough for a family even though there is only 2 of us and we’ll have seconds and maybe even thirds. No one needs that much pie. Want is a different matter.

      To be honest, I just eyeball it and taste as I go.

      Basic recipe: In a hot pan brown enough beef mince for 2 people in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add 2 sliced mushrooms, 1 grated carrot and 2 cloves of garlic, diced onion optional (we ran out of onions). Add a dollop of tomato paste, a tablespoon of flour and a measure of soy sauce and of worcestershire sauce. Taste and season to your preference. Cook down until it looks and tastes right. Transfer into 2 large ramekins. Add a handful of thawed peas, a layer of mashed potato and top with grated cheese. Bake in a hot oven until you cannot bear waiting any longer.

  2. Looks great! I usually make one big cottage pie, but I love the idea of individual ones. I have this idea that it helps with portion control . . . but then again, I usually have 2-3 individual anything . . . !

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