Menu plan – 16 February 2022

Good afternoon! Did you celebrate Valentines Day this year? It’s not a big thing in Denmark but hubby took me out for an after-work dinner in the city, close to Nyhavn Harbour. So lovely to be out on a very chilly, damp and dreich Monday night!

Nyhavn Harbour, Copenhagen, 5.30pm on 14 February 2021

If you follow my menu plans you’ll know that we eat a lot of risotto in this house – it’s frequently on the menu. Low budget! So easy to make a small quantity in the Instant Pot and so many variations! Asparagus and lemon, butternut squash and sage, chicken and bacon… Or plain with parmesan, yum! So I decided it was high time to make a quick video on how to make it in the Instant Pot. No more standing stirring and comes out beautifully every time (6 minutes on high pressure, then a Quick Pressure Release).

Instant Pot Risotto – frugal, fast and fabulous!

…and here’s what else is on the menu at Casa Copenhagen this week!

  • tortellini pasta in a cream and red pepper sauce, parmesan and croutons
  • pork chops with rösti potatoes and a mixed salad
  • fiskedeller which is Danish fishcakes (in Denmark they’re made with all-fish, no potato) with remoulade sauce (the traditional accompaniment), potatoes, parsley and carrots
  • I have a small piece of pork tenderloin in the freezer which is perfect for Pad See Ew – Thai Fried rice noodles with pork tenderloin and broccoli (from the Danish book Foodfanatic Thai by Nadia Mathiasen – recipe is here but just Google “pad see ew” to find recipes in English
  • a frittata with sweet potato, spinach and goat’s cheese (Jamie Oliver has many similar ones: here’s a recipe link)
  • as was the case before both of our kids moved out into their own flats, one day of the week for us is usually leftovers, a frittata/quiche made with any veggies which need using up, risotto (see above) or Danish smørrebrød (rye bread open sandwiches with various toppings) or the very occasional takeaway
  • and with Valentines Day still fresh in our minds, how about a big plate of BURNING LOVE! Brændende kærlighed! A very cheap and cheerful dinner dish when you have nothing left but potatoes, onions, bacon and butter…yum! Danish comfort food!
Burning Love – Brændende Kærlighed

Remember when planning menus to K.I.S.S. – Keep it simple, Sweetie! Check what you have in your fridge, freezer and pantry before you shop. And remember when you’re planning your menu this week to plan a little bit of fun for yourself and your family! We all need something to look forward to! Want help with your Flylady Routines? See my Flylady Refresher Course!

LLAP! Hugs! Diane

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