Saucy Dressings aims to complete this post – four weeks’ menus and recipes, plus a few spare by the end of 2018. Every year an additional week’s menu, with the links to the individual recipes, is added.

For food in season in April, follow this link.

For music to listen to while cooking in April, follow this link.
In April we have (usually) Easter, St George’s Day, ANZAC day, and,  April Fools’ Day. So you might also be interested in these posts:

 


Week’s menu for April No 1

 

The best way of serving lamb leg steaks is to simply marinate and grill; then serve with feta-strewn courgettesSaturday lunch:

Sunday evening:

  • TBC

Monday evening meat:

Tuesday evening:

  • night out!
crostini with blue cheese

crostini with blue cheese

Wednesday evening poultry:

  • chicken cacciatore with olives and a crunchy-mashy olive-pervaded salad – an improvement on Inspector Montalbano’s rabbit version

Thursday evening dinner party:

rhubarb fool recipe

An eminently sensible fool

Friday evening fish:

 


 

Week’s menu for April No 2

April is a wonderful month – the blossom is unfolding, the buds are sprouting and from a culinary point of view herbs are starting to come to life. From last April’s posts we have some cracking, simple recipes – an Inspector Montalbano inspired chicken dish – and a simple Turkish lamb pilaf to name just a couple. And leading on from that, this month I’m off to Istanbul and, inspired by another detective, Jason Goodwin’s nineteenth century Yashim the Eunoch, we’ll be looking into the history of the pilaf, simple, exotic, unexpected. In addition there’ll be a whole plethora of creative ideas on offer adapted from modern Turkish cuisine.

In addition we’ll be looking at butter as a source of sauce – fulsome flavour, straightforward and simple.

 

roast beef recipe

Don’t roast too fiercely

Saturday lunch:

Sunday lunch:

Monday evening chicken:

Tuesday evening:

night out!

zabaglione cake

oozy and rich… cut through with raspberries

Wednesday evening:

 

Thursday evening dinner party:

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

Friday evening fish:

 


Week’s menu for April No 3

“To tackle April you needed to be fit. April was packed with celebrations: the Megalensis and the Floral Games, the Games and Festival of Ceres, the Vinalia, the Robigalia and the Parilia, which was the birthday of Rome itself.”

Poseidon’s Gold, Lindsey Davis

 

cauliflower cake recipe

cauliflower cake recipe

Saturday lunch:

Sunday supper:

  • pasta with gorgonzola sauce

 

Monday evening meat:

 

mashed potato

can you keep a state secret?

Tuesday evening:

  • night out!

 

Wednesday evening poultry:

 

Thursday evening dinner party:

 

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

 

Friday evening fish:

 


 

Week’s menu for April No 4

 

ham and mushroom jelly recipe

ham and mushroom jelly recipe

Saturday lunch:

Sunday supper:

  • Prawn, tomato and mozzarella/burrata sauce for pasta

Monday evening meat:

  • lamb steaks with braised celery and haricot beans
recipe for dutch apple pie

Dutch apple pie – superior to the American version…

Tuesday evening:

  • night out!

 

Wednesday evening poultry:

  • Firecracker chicken with two peas and pumpkin seed salad

Thursday evening dinner party:

  • with drinks: red and green crostini
  • starter: hot smoked salmon with oatmeal
  • main course: prociutto-wrapped pork in rich tomato sauce
  • pudding:   orange and apricot cream

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

  • Islayllujah at Detective Agency Evans & Peel
lacquered smoked haddock recipe

lacquered smoked haddock recipe

….. and to eat with it:

  • Nymph Hotel twice-cooked potato wedges with aïoli

Friday evening fish:

  • lacquered haddock with aubergine

 

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