Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am horribly OCD about my menu-planning and shopping. My menus are always written in the exact same way; in green ink, separated into dinners, breakfasts/lunches/snacks and desserts with a black wavy line between each category; and with colour-coded asterisks denoting things that require very fresh ingredients and thus need to be made early in the week (red) and things that need advance preparation (black). Lately I’ve added blue asterisks for tester recipes. I’ve also started writing notes along with the asterisks so that I can see at a glance exactly what fresh ingredients or advance preparation is required – e.g. this week I have Portobello Salad with Spicy Mustard Dressing (Vcon, p87) * (salad greens) * (marinate mushrooms).

I do my shopping lists in much the same way – green ink, black wavy line down the middle of the page, red headings. I’ve got it separated into farmers’ market (mostly produce, with a small box at the bottom-right for the few non-produce items I buy there, like tofu), co-op, Belconnen markets and/or supermarket.

The green ink is the most important part, and it’s terrible, because my mother finds it really difficult to read and she’s always at me to use something else, but somehow I can’t bring myself to. (If I can’t find my four-colour pen come Friday night, I turn into a quivering, tantrum-throwing wreck.) I seem to remember it started back when I noticed that I always had leftover green ink in my pens after all the other colours had run out, and I devised a cunning plan to use up the green ink… soon to turn into an addiction. *sadface*

Anyway, here is this week’s menu, sans colour-coding.


  • Cumin-Spiked Tofu w Sunburst Carrot Salad and asparagus (I missed the markets last week, but apparently the asparagus has finally made an appearance);
  • Portobello Salad with Spicy Mustard Dressing (Vcon, p87);
  • Roasted Eggplant and Spinach Muffuletta Sandwich (Vcon, p100);
  • Tangerine-Baked Tofu (Vcon, p126) w Jicama-Watercress-Avocado Salad (Vcon, p83) (dressed with extra tofu marinade instead of the dressing in the book) and Corn Tortillas (for the DIY challenge on the PPK);
  • Vegetable Ramen (Bowl, p33);
  • Porcini Wild Rice Soup (Vcon, p140)


  • Black Sesame Jewel (Ani, p49) (I bought the black tahini for this a while back; it’s beautiful. Beautiful like tar is beautiful.);
  • Essene Flatbread
  • Grapefruit-Ginger Marmalade (for last week’s DIY challenge, which I never got around to doing)
  • Multigrain Bagels;
  • Cinnamon Buns (tester)
  • Sunshine Breakfast Loaf (tester)
  • Plum Good Oaty Pancakes (tester)

I don’t usually cook from Veganomicon to the exclusion of all else, but I went to pick out a few for the cookbook challenge on the PPK (yes, I’m a week late – sensing a theme here?) and there was so much there that I’d never tried! I’ve started ticking things off in the table of contents as I make them, with the vague goal of ticking everything off one day… (I’m doing the same with the only other cookbook I like enough to want to make everything in it: ExtraVeganZa.)


2 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    An OCD’er after my own heart. If you’ve not made the Potobello’s yet you are in for a treat. They are AWESOME!

  2. 2

    ineedastrawberry said,

    I just made them tonight, and you’re right, they’re great! I might well start making them without the salad; they’d make a nice simple side dish, I think… 🙂

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