What’s for dinner tonight? Winter warmers… Menu plan, 19 November 2023

Menu planning!

What’s for dinner – warm comfort food or a cool fresh salad? Happy Sunday from blowing-a-gale and wet Copenhagen! I’m just back from a bike ride and quick dunk in the sea with my Bestie Helene (more photos later in this post). It’s now dark here in Copenhagen by 4pm (a huge change from summer where it’s light until 11.30pm) so I’m really enjoying the candles by my sink and the fairy lights in our garden as I prepare dinner then finish off my Evening Routine. Very cheery! But without further ado, here’s what we ate at Casa Copenhagen this week!

Bulgogi beef with broccoli, red peppers and rice – I often use minced beef and alter the recipe every time but this recipe from BBC Good Food is easy if you’ve never made it before. I used half a package of beef (enough for hubby and me) and used the other half to make chili later in the week (see below).

Beef bulgogi with rice

Breakfast for dinner – used to have this a lot when our kids lived at home! Fried eggs, Danish bacon, leftover potatoes cubed and fried, my homemade bread rolls (I make up a large batch every weekend and freeze a few for the week) with butter and cheese. Easy peasy!

Danish fish and chips – frozen battered plaice fish fillets straight from the freezer, with homemade oven chips (I make normal fries for hubby, sweet potato for me) with broccoli (the other half from the bulgogi beef) and remoulade sauce

Beef and black bean chili in my Instant Pot (slow cooker function) – I used the other half of the minced beef from the bulgogi above to make the chili. Lots of sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, fresh avocado, grated cheese, chopped red onion and a squeeze of lime to finish…

Black bean, bacon and mushroom chili

Simple Tagliatelle pasta with bacon, mushrooms, garlic and cream topped with lots of freshly grated parmesan and plus a spinach salad on the side

And seeing as how the weather has been so miserable recently, I’m bringing my Mum’s Minestrone soup back into circulation! Have you ever tried it? I know many of you have made it and love it! Quick and easy, a family favourite. You can see how I make it below, just tap to watch the video! Ideal for the slow cooker or Instant Pot, but the stove top method is just as good.

Helene and I could have done with a plate of my Mum’s Minestrone after our bike ride and sea dip today… Blowing a gale and for once it was much warmer IN the sea than OUT! Ha ha! Sea 6c/42f, air windchill minus -3c/26f Brrrr!

That’s it for this week’s menu plan – hope it gave you a little inspiration! I make a basic list for the week then decide on the day what to make (depending on our plans) . Once a week is leftovers or “clean out the fridge” quiche. On busy days we have”madder” (Danish rye bread with various toppings). We also plan the occasional takeaway or dinner out. Keep it simple, Sweetie! Okay, now it’s your turn!

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Velbekomme (“bon appΓ©tit”) and have a wonderful day!

LLAP! Hugs!

Diane

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