Planning the weekly menu

Even though I’m now a working mother, I still need to plan the weekly/daily menu now because my new maid is hopeless.

Sometimes, I’ll ask Hubby and he’ll go “anything is fine” or “why don’t you rotate your dishes?” while the boy will respond, “Rice! Fish! Mee! Burger! Nuggrets!” Big help these two.

It’s quite tiring because I need to:

a) check what’s in my fridge, the freezer and the dried foods drawer,

b) shop for whatever’s needed the next morning and then

c) shop for other stuff at the supermarkets :S

Furthermore, I have the following restrictions:

a) The maid only knows how to use the wok, the rice cooker and the crockpot;

b) The maid will not eat anything baked. Neither will she eat pasta or even curries unlike my previous maid who didn’t mind trying out new foods. In other words, she’s a pain because she won’t even feed these dishes to the tot while I’m at work. Can you believe that she was just feeding her rice and soup a few days in a row? I found that out when I had half-days off on a few days. Grr…

c) The kids cannot take anything with shellfish, which means clams, mussels and scallops are out!

Here’s what I have in my fridge:

PROTEINS

  • 2 stacks of hard beancurd (tau kua)
  • 1 kg of pork bones
  • 500 g of lean pork
  • 1 slab of salmon
  • 2 white pomfret
  • a tray of eggs
  • I need to get a chicken!

VEGETABLES

  • an ear of sweetcorn
  • a head of cauliflower
  • a handful of snowpeas
  • a handful of fresh mushrooms
  • a bunch of French beans
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 small carrot
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 potato
  • a bunch of xiao bai cai

Here’s what I’ll be cooking:

DAY 1 (Thurs)

  • Steamed white pomfret with garlic / shallots garnished with Chinese parsley;
  • Steamed pork with egg, placed on the rack above the rice cooker :-)
  • Stir-fried cauliflower with snow peas and beancurd.

DAY 2 (Fri)

  • Hong bak, a.k.a. Tong An sealed pork? (lean pork, dried mushrooms, fresh chestnuts)
  • Stir-fried French beans with carrots and white mushrooms

Day 3 (Sat)

Day 4 (Sun)

  • Roast chicken with potatoes and onion
  • Cauliflower, sweet potato and carrot soup

Day 5 (Mon)

  • Chicken soup with potatoes, carrots and onions or maybe with kei chee (boxthorn fruit)

Day 6 (Tues)

Got to find one day to cook the:

More recipes to come because everyone is sick and tired of the above already. That’s why I’m starting this menu planning exercise since I can easily refer to my menus and recipes here :D Ciao!

3 comments

  1. Paik Ling says:

    Super mum! I hope to tap on your recipes and menu too :) I too need to plan but only for the tots for both lunch and dinner, and for the family on weekends.

  2. a-moms-diary says:

    I have it easier – weekdays the girls eat both lunch and dinner at the babysitter, and we cater dinner for me and hubby from babysitter too. And on weekends, we eat out most of the time :-)

  3. Kit says:

    Paik Ling – Aiyo, I don’t think you’ll find much inspiration from me because the maid can’t cook. I tried to teach her a simple stir fried pork in dark soy sauce and it come out totally different. I feel that she’s disinterested and simply wants us to accept her style of cooking. So frustrating…

    A Mom’s Diary – I’m sure you know that you are truly blessed, right? Your babysitter sounds like an angel on earth! Can’t tell you how much I miss the previous maid but now that she’s got 2 kids, she definitely can’t come back to our home.

    Hubby is also helping with the menu planning and we’re aiming to try a new restaurant every weekend. The kids definitely love it :D

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