Saucy Dressings aims to complete this post – four weeks’ menus and recipes, plus a few spare by the end of 2020. 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

Some great Irish music….

 

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

OR

FOLLOWED BY

  • lemon and blueberry drizzle-squidgies

Sunday evening mince:

OR

Monday evening meat:

Shrove Tuesday:

Pancakes!

Wednesday evening poultry:

OR

Thursday evening dinner party:

OR

OR

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

and to eat with it

Friday evening fish:

 


Week’s menu for March No 2

recipes and menus for march

“…surely it is the spring that stirs the heart more profoundly [than autumn]. Then, birdsong is full of the feel of spring, the plants beneath the hedges bud into leaf in the warm sunlight, the slowly deepening season brings soft mists, while the blossoms at last begin to open, only to meet with ceaseless winds and rain that send them flurrying restlessly to earth. Until the leaves appear on the boughs, the heart is endlessly perturbed.”

-Kenkō, A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees (written circa 1330)

 

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:

OR

OR

Sunday evening:

OR

Monday evening chicken:

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening meat:

OR

  • cabbage, fennel and flecks of golden saffron

Thursday evening dinner party – The Great British Menu:

 

 


“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

 


 

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

Saturday lunch:

OR

OR

AND

Sunday supper:

Monday evening meat:

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening poultry:

Thursday evening dinner party:

OR

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

….. and to eat with it:

Friday evening fish:

OR

 


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

 

Saturday lunch:

OR

  • black salad of aubergines and sesame

AND

FOLLOWED BY

  • wardrobe cake

Sunday supper:

OR

Monday evening meat:

OR

OR

Tuesday evening:

  • leftovers or night out!

Wednesday evening poultry:

Thursday evening dinner party:

OR

OR

Thank God It’s Friday drink:

….. and to eat with it:

Friday evening fish:

 


 

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

-Charles Dickens, Great Expectations