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 March, follow this link.

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

St Patrick's boozy bread and butter pudding recipe

Music to cook to in March includes some Irish ditties of course

In March we have St David’s Day, St Patrick’s Day and Mother’s Day. So you might also be interested in these posts:

 


Week’s menu for March No 1

recipes and menus for march

 

“Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.”

Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

 

Saturday lunch:

OR

  • black olive and white fish luscious lunch open sandwich

 

colcannon with Irish sausages

colcannon – serve with Irish sausages

Sunday evening mince:

OR

  • Baked Asian sea bass

Monday evening meat:

Shrove Tuesday:

Pancakes!

goats' cheese, fig and honey salad recipe

goats’ cheese, fig and honey salad

Thursday evening dinner party:

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

and to eat with it

  • tapenade, cauliflower and cream cheese dip

Friday evening fish:

 


Week’s menu for March No 2

recipes and menus for march

“Cooked as it should be, this much derided and often ridiculed dinner is still something very special indeed”

Hopkinson and Bareham, The Prawn Cocktail Years

 

 

black forest cake recipe

In search of perfection… via a short cut or two…

For this week then the dinner party menu is the famed Great British Menu. And there are other classics such as chicken liver pate and bubble and squeak. But the chicken with Paris pastry and the sea bass accompanied by the Thai coconut rice add a touch of the exotic. It’s St David’s day today so you could watch the gentle, feel-good, Englishman who went up a hill, but came down a mountain, which stars Hugh Grant, as usual charmingly playing himself, and is all about Welshness (see clip below). The soundtrack is equally gentle – just what you need when attempting the albeit pared-down challenge of the  Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. 

 

Saturday lunch:

bubble and squeak recipe

Excellent way of using up the leftovers from the Sunday roast

Sunday evening:

Monday evening chicken:

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening meat:

OR

  • cabbage, fennel and flecks of golden saffron
prawn cocktail recipe

prawn cocktail – part of the classic 60s meal

Thursday evening dinner party:

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

… and to nibble at with it:

Friday evening fish:

 



Week’s menu for March No 3

 

recipes and menus for march

 

“’Is the spring coming?’ he said. ‘What is it like?’…

‘It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…’”

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

pease pudding geordie caviar

pease pudding geordie caviar

Saturday lunch:

OR

  • Herbed and charred cabbage salad with three cheeses and walnuts

OR

  • peanut and papaya salad

AND

Sunday supper:

Monday evening meat:

freekeh salad recipe

freekeh salad recipe

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening poultry:

Thursday evening dinner party:

OR

  • Coconut and pineapple flower pie
cheese straw recipe

boat race cheese straws

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

….. and to eat with it:

Friday evening fish:

 


Week’s menu for March No 4

 

recipes and menus for march

“In this international commerce of geese, the waste corn of Illinois is carried through the clouds to the Arctic tundras, there to combine with the waste sunlight of a nightless June to grow goslings for all the lands in between. And in this annual barter of food for light, and winter warmth for summer solitude, the whole continent receives as net profit a wild poem dropped from the murky skies upon the muds of March.”

Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, and Sketches Here and There

 

recipes and menus for March

Salade niçoise

Saturday lunch:

  • salad niçoise

OR

  • black salad of aubergines and sesame

AND

  • an Italian salad of zucchini and mozzarella

FOLLOWED BY

  • wardrobe cake

Sunday supper:

OR

  • tagliatelle in a fish and yoghurt sauce with fiery butter

Monday evening meat:

  • one-pot middle-eastern lamb
recipes and menus for March

Sausage ring with crushed potatoes

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening poultry:

Thursday evening dinner party:

recipe for beetroot and gin cured salmon

shocking hot pink salmon cured in gin and beetroot

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

….. and to eat with it:

Friday evening fish:

 


 

Didn’t find what you wanted in the list above? Below there are some other suggestions:

 

  • Lamb hiding mozzarella and speared with cherry tomatoes
  • Tahini sauce
  • Warm lemon orzo salad
  • Chocolate and peanut butter fondant – sort of molten Snickers!
  • Elegant chocolate rum cake inspired by Crispins
  • Scallops with a salty chocolate sauce