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Menu Plan for Summer II: Week 1, Friday

Ham and Chive Mini Frittatas
Lightly Smoked Cod
Couscous and Green Bean Salad

Cooking time: 35 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     The frittatas don't need much ham, so trim a bit off of the ham steaks that are for Thursday.  We use wood chips a few times during the summer.  A smoker is nice for the cod, but any grill will work.

Ham and Chive Mini Frittatas

Total time: 35 minutes
       These Frittatas look like cupcakes but are actually fluffy eggs, mixed with small bits of anything savory. These have a bit of ham, some cheese and lots of fresh herbs. They can be served, hot, warm or cold and are great to do ahead for a party or, in summer, a picnic.

Ham and Chive Mini Frittatas Ingredients:

 Instructions:

*Note:  if your muffin pan is silicone you do not need to butter it.

Lightly Smoked Cod

Total time: 30 minutes
  This is a cross between smoker cooking and grilling, and it flavored the cod perfectly:  a light smoke and dill combination.  It needed nothing else.

Lightly Smoked Cod Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Couscous, Spinach and Green Bean Salad 

Total time: 15 minutes
    Couscous is such a good base for all sorts of vegetables and a wonderful way to use up the bits left in the fridge.  Mine tend to be non-traditional - more vegetables than couscous.  Feel free to adjust...

Couscous, Spinach and Green Bean Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl, medium bowl, whisk, small
saucepan, medium saucepan, barbecue grill with
grill pan or baking tray, foil, muffin pan

Turn oven on 400F (200C)
Light/turn on barbecue grill
Soak wood chips
Butter or oil muffin pan unless silicone
Cut ham, divide, place in cups
Divide cheese, add to ham
Snip all chives, divide
Add chives to cups
Whisk eggs
Ladle egg into cups, bake
Prepare fish
Drain wood chips, wrap in foil if needed
Put fish in basket or on mat
Put fish on grill

Add wood chips, partially cover grill
Heat water for beans
Top and tail beans, cut
Blanch beans
Check the grill to make sure fish is cooking
Drain beans, put in cold water, drain
Remove frittatas, let cool
Slice cherry tomatoes for garnish
Chop tomato for couscous
Heat stock for couscous
Shred spinach - use scissors
Put couscous in medium bowl
Pour stock over couscous, cover
Mix mustard, vinegar, oil for couscous
Check the fish
Serve Frittatas
Done? 
Add vegetables, herbs to couscous
Add dressing to couscous, stir
Remove fish, serve