Monday, November 13, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/13-Nov-17: Cooked up some potatoes and used the leftover lamb to make Lamb Hash (30MinCook, p179). Used the Penzey's seasoned salt to spice it up. Good it was. Then a salad. Then some mini ice cream bars Haägen-Dasz for me and Magnum for Ed.

Tuesday/14-Nov-17: Soup for lunch, made for the leftover broccoli soup, a potage of beef juice, goat juice, potatoes, and carrots from the freezer, and a bit of kippe fond from the freezer. Added some artichoke ravioli for something to chew on. Pretty good it was. And filling.

Wednesday/15-Nov-17: Ed's birthday lunch today, so nothing happened in the kitchen. Did the shopping though. Bought yogurt so we can have some for breakfast. I should have made it yesterday, or even this morning, but was too lazy or out of time. Used one of the pots as a new starter, since it was available, although there was no particular reason.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/16-Nov-17: Dinner was Baked Orange Roughy Italian-Style (MC 2BT), with haddock/églefin. Simpe and pretty good, although the fillets were pretty bony. Served with trio rice and steams gesneden snijbonen. Mini ice cream bars for dessert.

Friday/17-Nov-17: Using up a 125g package of brick, I made a two-third-ish recipe of Courgette and Chick Pea Filo Pie (web). Well sort of. I defrosted the chickpeas and got them out of the fridge, but forgot to add them to the courgette mixture. Maybe time to make some hummus tomorrow. Made a salad for today, but we were too full to it eat. Into the fridge with that.

Saturday/18-Nov-17: Forgot to buy sweet potatoes for tonight's meal, so replanned with Pork Medallions with Olive-Caper Sauce (MC; web) which we've had a couple of times. This time Ed though there were too many olives, but was happy to eat them with the salad. I used orzo instead of vermicelli for the side. I liked the whole thing. Then yesterday's salad.

Yogurt on overnight.

Sunday/19-Nov-17: Last minute replan today so I could  make something quick before going to visit friends. We had Thai Black Pepper Chicken (MC; web) made with 250g skinless, boneless chicken thighs and all the sauce; only one chili. Yummy over basmati rice with Broccoli in Oyster Sauce (Delightful, p58). Häagen-Dasz mini cups for dessert.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, November 6, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/6-Nov-17: Earlyish meal today was a halfish recipe of Scallops in Lemon-Caper Sauce (web). Pretty good it was. Served with steamed haricots verts and orzo. The sauce was good with these. Then a big salad. Then some mini ice cream bars.

Tuesday/7-Nov-17: Ed had his MRI today. Now we have to see a doctor to see what happens next.

Dinner was Broccoli Soup with Lemon-Chive Cream from the freezer. Gave it another buzz, then added some broccoli bits. And tuna salad sandwiches. We were full, even though we didn't have lunch.

Yogurt on overnight.

Wednesday/8-Nov-17: Shopping today.

Dinner was Jamie Oliver's Smoky Chorizo Salmon (web), with all those cherry tomatoes (only 250g of them) laboriously emptied of seeds, along with trio rice and some roasted cauliflower. Yum. Some store-bought custards for dessert.

Thursday/9-Nov-17: Used the steam-sautéed veggies, mostly potatoes and carrots, that we didn't eat a few days ago, to make a sort of stewy dish. And sliced in the rest of the chorizo from yesterday. Apple, pear, and a weird cheese (St Mont des Alpes) for dessert.

Friday/10-Nov-17: Rose Anne and her grand-daughter Annie came for a meal today. We were worried because she's busy packing, and not eating well. We started with Lamb's Lettuce and Beetroot (BEFCC, p32), which is easy and delicious. I mistakenly bought a sack of mâche and cresson, instead of just mâche, but that worked fine. I'd forgotten the recipe make way too much sauce. It's good, though, so we'll have it for our next salads. Then there was Slow-Roast Lamb (Diaries, p62), which is easy and super yummy. That was served with Clotilde Dusoulier's Perfect Roasted Potatoes (web). There was a little bit of juice from the lamb. The juice was a bit salty, but fine over the meat and potatoes. Rose Anne brought an apple crumble for dessert. We ate well.

Saturday/11-Nov-17: Rose Anne fed us while we were packing today and we didn't feel like eating when we came home. I had a bit of salad later.

Sunday/12-Nov-17: Bucatini with pasta sauce of chicken livers, tomatoes, and bacon from the freezer. Still good. Then a salad. Then we finished the apple crumble.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, October 30, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/30-Oct-17: Leftover pizza today. That was all.

Tuesday/31-Oct-17: First I made some White Russian Tiramisu (CL/jul99?; web). Easy and quite good. No fat-free cream cheese here. Used 30 ladyfingers, 175g (6oz), not split. The filling seemed a bit runnier than I remembered, but it tasted yummy.

There was supposed to be fresh pasta today, but I didn't really feel like it and the  more I read the recipe I'd chosen, the less I thought fresh pasta was an appropriate choice for the sauce. I made a halfish recipe of Ginger Cilantro Chicken (PastaMach, p143), using skinless, boneless thighs instead of kip filet and closer to all of the sauce than half. I steamed some broccoli bits and sautéed slices of a yellow bell pepper with the chicken. Altogether good, missing only some pepper flakes to make it really good. Tossed together a little salad with the remains of the storebought Asiatic coleslaw and some grated broccoli with a dressing of lemon juice, sesame oil, and chili-garlic sauce. Altogether a tasty meal.

Wednesday/1-Nov-17: Lunch out today. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Thursday/2-Nov-17: Shopping today, late with other errands before and after.

Dinner was Fish Fillets with Spicy Green Undercoat (MJ@Home, p49) with lieu noir. This was okay, but doesn't need to be done again. As suggested, served with Potato Chaat (MJ@Home, p165) and Spinach with Garlic and Cumin (MJ@Home, p169), both of which I've made and liked before. For dessert, we finished the tiramisu. Piggy us.

Friday/3-Nov-17: Spent the day helping RoseAnne pack up. We're pooped.

Leftover chicken for dinner, which some steamed broccoli. Forgetting there were some potatoes in the chicken, I made up a skilletful of steam-sautéed potatoes, carrots, and shallots. Will have to do something with the rest of that. Mini ice cream bars for dessert, although we really didn't need them.

Yogurt on overnight.

Saturday/4-Nov-17: Our meal today was A Night in Tunisia Pasta (with Harissa, Broccoli, Cauliflower) (web). I used half the pasta, but more than half the cauliflower and broccoli, and then more or less all of the spices. My ricotta had gone bad, so I used what we call pyramid cheese, kind of a cream cheese of goat. Good stuff, including the goat cheese. Then a big salad.

Sunday/5-Nov-17: Easy meal tonight. Sprinkled some Penzey's Special Seasoned Sea Salt on some boneless pork chops and grilled them. Chopped up a tomato, a shallot, and some parsley, and mixed withsome Penzey's Salsa & Pico. Made some polenta. Steamed some gesneden snijbonen. Pretty good stuff. Then some chocolate, almost the last of what we brought from Chaudun. Too bad it's so expensive and so far.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG:  no; #2 VEG/FISH: 2
This month: #3 PASTA: no of October, no for November; #4 BREAD: no of October, no for November

Monday, October 23, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/23-Oct-17: More like an early dinner tonight. We had a halfish recipe of Glazed Beef Skewers with Ginger Slaw (CL/may16; web). The glaze went from 3/4cup to too-thick-to-spread in about 30seconds, so I improvised the sauce stuff (minus the mirin which I'd used up the first time round) to brush on the meat. The salad was especially good over the rice. The meat was kind of so-so. Magnum minis for dessert.

Tuesday/24-Oct-17: Early meal today. A half recipe of Pasta with Smashed Peas (web). I liked this more than Ed; he thought it needed something meaty and I didn't. I thought it surprisingly tasteful for plain peas. Easy to do if you remember to defrost the ricotta. More tasting of Chaudun chocolate for dessert.

We decided not to shop on Thursday instead of tomorrow, so the menu plan needed a small adjustment.

Wednesday/25-Oct-17: Pizza today. For some reason, not the best I've ever made for some reason, but good enough.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/26-Oct-17: Shopping today.

Dinner was old favorites. There was Tamarind Glazed Salmon (MC; web) and Yellow Basmati Rice with Sesame Seeds (MJ@Home, p208) and Pan-Grilled Zucchini (MJ@Home, p173). All yummy. Followed by mini ice cream bars, Magnum for Ed and Häagen-Dasz for me.

Friday/27-Oct-17: Earlyish meal today. We had Tarte Pommes Boudin (VPG). This was a recipe for two (can't find it on the web); I made up individual tartes with my last pâte brisée from the freezer (still have a bit left). Basically each person gets an apple and a boudin, both sliced and used to fill a pastry shell. I used small rectangular casseroles. Turned out quite pretty but we neglected to take a photo. Then a big salad. That was all.

Saturday/28-Oct-17: Our early meal today wasn't so early. We had Roast Chicken and Potatoes with Balsamic-Black Pepper Sauce (MC; web). (The site where I collected this recipe is off the air. The linked recipe is almost exactly the same, with 1tbl less olive oil.) Yummy it was.

Sunday/29-Oct-17: Early meal today before going off to a concert. We had Smoky Pork Stir-Fry (CL/sep14; web). I made a halfish recipe with most of the spices. Served over brown rice. No snow peas;used haricots verts instead. Pretty good, although we both added extra chili garlic sauce at the table. I think I'd double this at least. Ice cream bars for dessert.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, October 16, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/16-Oct-17: Came back from Paris today. Scrambled eggs for an evening snack.

Tuesday/17-Oct-17: There was a half recipe of Baked Scallops (CL90, p136) for dinner. Served with some mushroom pasta and gesneden snijbonen, hand-cut, of course. Then some of the wonderful chocolate pavés we brought back from Paris with us.

Wednesday/18-Oct-17: I had lunch with friends today while Ed ate from the freezer. Then we shopped. Nothing further happened in the kitchen.

Thursday/19-Oct-17: Early meal today, a half recipe of Fish Molee (web) made with lieu noir. I emptied my tomatoes to get rid of the seeds. They tasted a bit blah so I added a tablespoon of tomato paste from the freezer to flavor up the broth. Took a bit of time to prep everything, then it goes together lickety split. And it's yummy. (I collected this recipe from an Arizona newspaper in 2008. The article, with a number of "curry" recipes, is no longer there, but can be found here.) More pavés for dessert.

Yogurt on overnight.

Friday/20-Oct-17: Earlyish meal, a half recipe of Sautéed Chicken Cutlets with Porcini Sauce (CI/mar09, web). This was good and relatively quick once the prep is done. Served with Spaetzle (MW@Home, p203; Handybook) and gesneden snijbonen, cut in slightly bigger pieces today. Finished the wonderful Chaudun pavés for dessert.

Saturday/21-Oct-17: We had a delicious Indian meal this evening. There was Ekuri (Parsi)—Scrambled Eggs with Coriander and Ginger (TLInd, p14), which was extra yummy. I made a half recipe (three eggs for two), which was a bit skimpy as a dinner, but would make a wonderful breakfast. As suggested, I served this with sliced tomatoes and Paratha (TLInd, p83), as well as Alu ka Rayta—Yoghurt with Spiced Potatoes (TLInd, p92). The paratha tasted ok, but didn't seem quite right. Later I saw that Madhur Jaffrey says the dough should be soft, and mine was still on the dry side, kneadable but dry, after adding about half of the extra water suggested; that might be the difference. This is fairly easy to make, if full of ghee, so I might try this again. The raita was delicious, definitely do-me-again.


Sunday/22-Oct-17: We went to Mazerolles' old folks dinner today. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 4
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no
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Monday, October 9, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/9-Oct-17: Since we missed yesterday's meal, I had to do a bit of replanning today. We had Shrimp with Pernod—Grote Garnalen met Tomaat, Zwarte Olijven en Pernod (web) a recipe I got from Bill. Quite good it was, although we both thought the garlic should have been added earlier in the cooking. Then a salad. Then some mini Magnums.

Ed replaced the clock in the stove today so the ovens work. It's a bit different from the old one, so we're not completely sure how it works. But at least I can bake again.

Tuesday/10-Oct-17: Earlyish meal today. We had a half recipe of Chicken Breast with Pancetta Cream and Peas (web; CL/mar14). Used 100g unsmoked lardons from the freezer; they were a bit old and had a touch of freezer burn. Not hard and quite tasty. Some sliced mushrooms might be good.

Yogurt on overnight.

Wednesday/11-Oct-17: Shopping today.

Meant to get salmon for Salmon Steaks with Cucumber Sauce (Tabasco, p75), but there was only one tiny piece of salmon left. I got tuna for this instead. Pretty good it was. Served with trio rice and steamed broccoli. For dessert, Ed had a mini-Magnum and I had a mini-Häagen-Dasz; I bought these last week, having not seen them before. Better than the classic Magnums, I think.

Thursday/12-Oct-17: Back to Time-Life for our meal today. We had a half recipe of Scaloppine al Limone—Sautéed Veal Scallops with Lemon (TLItal, p63). Served these with Piselli al Prosciutto—Braised Peas with Prosciutto (TLItal, p37) and Ed's favorite, orzo, with a bit of parsley, lemon peel, lemon juice, and butter. The veal was easy and very tasty. I forgot to finish the sauce with a dab of butter, but don't think it really mattered. The peas were maybe a bit salty from the prosciutto, but not bad; I didn't cook them for the 15-20min asked (mushy peas, anyone?), maybe just 5min. A tasty meal.


Friday/13-Oct-17: Early meal today. We had Goat Cheese, Chive, and Chili Pepper Sauce for Pasta (MarCuc, p167) over spaghetti. This has become our traditional night-before-travelling meal. Then a big salad.

Did I say somewhere that Ed has replaced the stove clock with a new, slightly different, but manufacturer-autorized model? Seems to work fine, but you have to press-and-hold a different pair of buttons to set the time.

Yogurt on overnight.

Saturday/14-Oct-17: Off to Paris today. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Sunday/15-Oct-17: In Paris today. Definitely nothing happened in the kitchen.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA no; #4 BREAD: no
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Monday, October 2, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/2-Oct-17: Today's meal was a half recipe of Indian-Spiced Chickpea Curry (Chana Masala) (web), served over brown basmati rice. This should have served two as a main, but I've got two more servings in the freezer. It was ok, especially with lime pickle and mango chutney. Mini Magnum bars for dessert. Froze up the rest of the chickpeas.

Tuesday/3-Oct-17: Didn't feel like making what I'd planned today, too much chopping involved. Instead I made Delhi-Style Bhuna Lamb (MJ@Home, p120; cookbooker), a very yummy dish, not at all hard to make. Served with Rice and Peas with Garam Masala (SpiceKitch, p65) and Karhai Broccoli (MJ@Home, p148). We were ate it all and were full.

Yogurt on overnight.

Wednesday/4-Oct-17: Shopping today.

Dinner was Cod in Saffron Broth with Chorizo, which I got from a Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen freebie, a sampler from The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2018: Best Recipes, Equipment Reviews, a book I don't have. Pretty satisfying, but we both thought the cod was a bit overpowered by the chorizo and that shrimp might be a good substitute. Served the rest of Sunday's cauliflower salad as a salad. Then some store-bought custards.

Thursday/5-Oct-17: Early meal today. I made Asian Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs (BH&G/jan17; web; cookbooker). Pretty yummy, especially with a bit of sriracha on squirted on. Some store-bought brownies for desserts, not bad.

Friday/6-Oct-17: Early meal today. Made Risotto with Lemon and Crème Fraîche (Essential, p345). It was good enough, but nothing as special as Hesser suggests. Crème fraîche to make risotto creamy is a bit OTT. Then a salad.

Yogurt on overnight.

Saturday/7-Oct-17: Indian again today. We're doing a lot of that lately. For a munchie, I finished off a sack of cashews to make Spiced Roasted Cashews (MJ@Home, p7), easy and very more-ish. Our main was Pork (or Lamb) with Lentils (MJ@Home, p135; cookbooker), made with pork. Easy and very good. I made the whole recipe; we'll have three good servings from it. As suggested, I served this with Salaad (MJ@Home, p235), a very nice little salad. For dessert, there was Vermicelli Kheer (MJ@Home, 274; cookbooker); tasty but still runny after more than the prescribed cooking time. Altogether a tasty meal.

Sunday/8Oct-17: We had sandwiches at the fête du pain today and didn't feel much like eating when we got home. Not much happened in the kitchen.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no