Monday, October 31, 2011
Monday… Halloween… The fever was high in our house, partly due to the very unexpected day off and partly due to the anticipation of what candy would be in their sacks at the end of the night. A lot of towns had postponed trick or treating due to power outages and falling trees, but here in Sparta Trick or Treating was right on schedule… Hooray!
I had a few things to do around the house before we headed across Sparta to our friends house for dinner and collecting the goodies! The day seemed to fly by, with me not achieving a lot after a quick trip to stop and shop, then back home to get into our costumes… By our, I mean the children… You didn’t really think I had a costume… Did you?
We headed out, Paul was meeting us at Lori’s house later… We had such a wonderful evening… Thank you Lori! The food delicious, as always… ribs, stuffed shells, pasta and meat sauce! The company fabulous… The boys went out for hours around the neighborhood, when they finally came home, their sacks were full of ‘quality candy’ to put it in Blu’s words! The girls went out twice, once on their own whilst it was light to the local neighbours, then with Paul and his trusty flash light… they ventured a bit further… Florence was tucked cosy and warm in her stroller and was asleep by the time they returned!
Halloween over… Tuesday was a much calmer day… The younger children all back to school, a wash load of clothes in the machine, dinner planned… I headed into Rockaway with Jord and Lew for some Christmas shopping… Yes I know it seems early but I am getting organized for Paul to take presents home on his trip back to London!
When we got back, school was out, Florence needed nursing and I was extremely tired from a very broken nights sleep! Once I had fed Florrie and she was sleeping I waited for Paul to come in, as I knew he was on his way home… He could take my little sleeping baby and I could start dinner!
What’s for dinner in your house?
Ours was a sausage leek and mushroom pie… Or in our case, I didn’t add the leeks because of nursing, when I got the mushrooms out, they were ruined… So I would call ours a delicious sausage quiche:
For the pastry… 1 cup of all purpose flour, 1 stick of chilled cubed butter blitzed in food processor 10 times on a low pulse, then drizzle chilled water in until it makes a moist ball… Wrap and Chill for 30 minutes then line a greased flan tin, roll out, place in tin , prick all over and bake blind for 10 minutes on 350 f, wash over a watery egg mixture all over and put back into the oven for 5 more minutes.
For the filling
Sauté in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 packet of sliced chicken and apple sausages, (sliced leeks and mushrooms if using them) put to one side. Mix together 3/4 cup of milk, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup of Parmesan, 1 cup of grated cheddar, I used creamy Gouda from Trader Joes, salt, Pepper and 2 teaspoons of dried basil ( chopped fresh would be good)
Once pastry is prepared add sausages/ leeks and mushrooms, pour over egg/ cheese mixture and bake in a 375 f oven for approx 25 minutes!
I served this with per prepared scallop potatoes from Costco and a very nice Chilean Cabernet…
We sat down to watch’ How I met your mother’ on the DVR, then headed upstairs to bed… Zzzzzzz