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.

cocktails with Smirnoff Gold

Wise man Gaspar’s thrice gold cocktail

For food in season in January, follow this link.

For music to listen to while cooking in January, follow this link.

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Week’s menu for January No 1

recipes and menus for january

“All the doors in this spaceship have a cheerful and sunny disposition. It is their pleasure to open for you, and their satisfaction to close again with the knowledge of a job well done.”

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

 

January’s name is derived from the Latin, ianua, meaning ‘door’. It’s the month that opens onto the New Year, you want the first person who comes through your door after midnight to be bringing salt (symbolising money – people used to have their earnings paid in salt, hence the word ‘salary’), or bread and wine (symbolising plenty).

 

This is the month to take advantage of the scallops, the rhubarb, and the oranges in season.

 

jacket potatoes aka baked potatoes

Best ever baked potatoes – the secret is in the oil and salt

Saturday lunch:

Sunday evening pasta:

Monday evening meat:

poulet-de-Bresse

Why poulet de Bresse is the real McCoy and how to cook it

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening poultry:

Thursday evening dinner party:

pimientos de padron

Spice your life up a bit with Russian roulette pimientos de padron

Thank God it’s Friday drink:

Friday evening fish:

 


Week’s menu for January No 2

food for a week of January

burlesque cavolo nero

cavolo nero – infinitely superior to kale

Saturday lunch:

  • cheesy-quichy-souffly – a sort of tart/souffle hybrid, a souffle in a pastry case, light, puffy, very cheesy – which is also good when eaten cold the following day. It becomes solid and intense, easy to eat in your fingers, good for picnics and lunch boxes

OR

Sunday evening pasta:

Monday evening meat:

boeuf bourgignon recipe

boeuf bourgignon recipe

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening poultry:

Thursday dinner party:

Thank God it’s Friday drink:

  • Fine and Dandy cocktail

with

  • smoked salmon canapés (use up any leftover smoked salmon from Christmas)

Friday evening fish:

 

 

 


Week’s menu for January No 3

music to cook to in January

This month’s cocktail is Gaspar’s Trice-Gold Cocktail.

 

Saturday lunch:

OR

  • Verdi’s poached eggs on a bed of spinach or chard with white truffle sauce

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mustard and oregano fried bread recipe

mustard and oregano fried bread – instant and easy carbs

Sunday supper:

Monday evening meat:

  • Steak with chocolate gloss

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening poultry:

OR

  • marvellous mustard glazed chicken with
  • Mrs H’s quick travelling spinach with a secret
  • and crushed lemony potatoes
lemon meringue pie recipe

Perfected lemon meringue pie

Thursday evening dinner party:

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

OR

and to eat with it:

Friday evening fish:

 


Week’s menu for January No 4

food in season in January

Saturday lunch:

Sunday supper:

  • Sausages with chutney sauce

Monday evening meat:

  • Country Thatched Pie

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!
fried chicken recipe

Red Rooster fried yardbird – serve it with the marinade and a spinach and walnut salad

Wednesday evening poultry:

Thursday evening dinner party:

  • With drinks: pesto palmiers…. or other palmiers
  • starter: stuffed portabello mushrooms
  • main course: Brazilian style fried chicken  with elephant garlic
  • Portuguese punched potatoes
  • and zesty carrots
  • pudding: holy heavenly trinity of caramel, rum, and chocolate – Angel Delight!

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

Friday evening fish: