Monday, September 11, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/11-Sep-17: Froze up four 1-cups of tomato purée.

Dinner was Pork with Mango Ginger Sauce Topped with Curried Phyllo (PotPies, p104; cookbooker). Think this is the first thing I've made from the book. Quite good it was. Served with steamed broccoli with a squirt of lemon juice.

Tuesday/12-Sep-17: Earlyish meal today. Used up yesterday's phyllo with Spanikopita in Pastry Cups (Desperation, p206; cookbooker). This was good, although we had enough for three, so we're a bit stuffed. Then a bit of a salad.

Wednesday/13-Sep-17: Shopping today.

Dinner was a half recipe of Thai Salmon and Bean Curry (web), served over rice. Yummy, although it might be better to put the green beans in for a minute or so before the salmon chunks since they were still a bit crunchy. Store-bought riz au lait for dessert.

Thursday/14-Sep-17: Yogurt on overday because I was too lazy to make it last night.

Picked the rest of the chicken. Used most of the meat for Mu Shu Chicken Lettuce Wraps (web; CL jan/feb14). Made the whole recipe for 4 and of us ate it all, although Ed did more than his share. Quite good, this was. The suggest go-with dessert was Poached Fruit over Vanilla Frozen Yogurt (web; CL jan/feb14). No frozen yogurt sold here that I've seen, and I didn't have enough yogurt to make this, so it was plain vanilla ice cream. Still good.

Friday/15-Sep-17: Lunch out today, nothing happened in the kitchen.

Yogurt on overnight.

Saturday/16-Sep-17: Finally had our felafel dinner today. Store-bought falafels and store-bought pitas/kebab breads, with lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Served with Tahini Dipping Sauce (WofE, p359), which was a bit odd; it was the bottom of the tahini jar and pretty stiff. Also Cacik/Cucumber and Yogurt Salad (Roden, p64); I made about a half recipe of this with a quarter of the yogurt and it was still a bit soupy. Discovered my stash of garlic was all bad, so had to use garlic powder for everything. Not really a satisfactory substitute. All in all it was a tasty meal in spite of problems. For dessert there was Whole Egg Almond Milk Custard (web), trying to use up the almond milk I bought for something else. I kind of liked this, Ed not.

Sunday/17-Sep-17: Early meal today of Mustard Chops (Diaries, p129). The chops didn't get to marinate the hour that he asked, but they were still quite good. Served with spinach, as suggested, and the little square French pasta of buckwheat, whose name I've forgotten right now.

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

Monday, September 4, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/4-Sep-17: Earlyish meal today. There were Wraps Poulet, Figues, et Roquefort (web, VPG). The photo clearly shows chunks of roquefort, where the recipe clearly says to mash the cheese with crème fraîche. The recipe I have from VPG was for 4; what I found on the web is for two. I made the whole recipe and we ate two wraps each. Tasty and really sufficient for two for dinner. As a side (unneeded), there were polenta points with a topping of zucchini, tomato, and haricots verts from the garden. We were quite stuffed.

Tuesday/5-Sep-17: Working on the harvest from the potager today with stuffed zucchini, sort of following this recipe for Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini Boats (web). The sausage was the last of Hazan's from the freezer. No mozzarella, only Parmesan. Good, but filling. Then a salad. That was all.

Seeded a bunch of tomatoes and started them stewing.

Wednesday/6-Sep-17: Oops, neglected to turn off the fire under the tomatoes. Woke to the smell of burnt tomatoes. Later in the date, I realized the that unburnt bits could be puréed to make a sort of tomato paste. Froze up lots of 2 tablespoon bakjes.

Shopping today.

Dinner was, sort of Catfish Barbecue (CL90, p127). Instead of catsup, I used my burnt tomato paste. No sugar added since the tomatoes are so sweet. Easy and pretty tasty. Served with corn on the cob and trio rice, a better brand than we've had of late. For dessert there were some pretty awful little waffles with a bit of vanilla ice cream and blueberries.

Thursday/7-Sep-17: Dinner was Curried Scallop-Apple Salad (web), which was quite good in spite for my messing up a bit. To make the dressing I read apple cider vinegar, so used that, then got to where some cider vinegar was added and realized it wanted apple cider. I added a bit of honey to take the sour off. I also added a bit of apple cider (and finished the bottle this evening), which is an alcoholic drink rather than fancy apple juice.) Anyhow it was good.

Yogurt on overnight.

Friday/8-Sep-17: A good-bye lunch with a friend today. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Saturday/9-Sep-17: Thought I'd get back to the tomatoes today, but didn't.

Dinner was Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce (web). The recipe is supposed to be served over spiralized zukes; I cut strips off mine. We used only about half of the sauce; I froze the rest to serve over real pasta. Edible, but not really a recipe to do again. Ice cream for dessert.

Sunday/10-Sep-17: Yogurt on overday.

Ed asked for roast chicken, so that's what we had today. Spatchcocked and rubbed with Penzey's Quebec Beef Spice (which it suggests for chicken). Pretty good, if a trifle spicy. And an old favorite Dusoulier's Perfect Roasted Potatoes (web) and steamed broccoli topped with garlic slices and red pepper flakes stewed in olive oil. We were full.

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

Monday, August 28, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/28-Aug-17: Early meal today, a half recipe of Za'atar Chicken Cutlets and Lemon-Parsley Salad (web; cookbooker). (Hmm, this recipe is now "locked" at Milk Street. I wonder how I managed to print it from their site in July?) Very easy and tasty chicken, looks nice on the plate. Might be a trifle too much pomegranate molasses. (Did I really say that?) Served with the leftover Moroccan couscous from yesterday, with the leftover chicken and shrimp chopped up a bit and supplemented by a bit more couscous. Also Zucchini Chunks with Citrus and Mint (web) which I made a couple of weeks ago; roast some chunks, toss with a dressing of orange and lemon juices, 2:1) with some chopped mint added in. Easy enough. I had some more of the salsa too, but Ed passed on this.

Yogurt on overnight.

Tuesday/29-Aug-17: This was supposed to be fresh pasta day, but it's just too hot. So we had Cilantro Pesto (365Pasta, p155) over casreccia, then a big salad. Then we finished of the Melon Sorbet.

Wednesday/30-Aug-17: Shopping today.

Dinner was Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa (web). I mixed a bit of the salmon rub with the salsa. Served with polenta. Then a salad. Then some store-bought riz au lait.

Yogurt on overnight, since there's a recipe coming using lots of yogurt.

Thursday/31-Aug-17: Early meal of Spicy Cajun Shrimp (MW@Home, p255) over rice followed by a big salad. While that was happening, the oven dried some bread for Croutons (Art, p173).

Friday/1-Sep-17: Lunch out with Cath today before visiting Doug. Made up some Watermelon, Feta, and Black Olive Salad (MC) for Ed to take to singing day tomorrow.

Saturday/2-Sep-17: Saved a bowl of watermelon salad for me to eat today. Ed was off singing all day. I made a third recipe of a clafoutis with Corinne's little plums. Yummy. Grated up a bunch of zucchini/courgette for the freezer.

Sunday/3-Sep-17: Cath served us lunch today. Nothing further happened in the kitchen

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/21-Aug-17: Early meal today. Took the meat from the freezer fairly early to start it thawing.After a couple of hours, I sliced it and put it to marinate for Hunan Beef with Cumin (web; cookbooker). Used three teaspoons for chili flakes, taking the middle line in the two to four option. This was yummy, hot and tasty. Served with plain rice and Steamed Eggplant (Kuo, p402; cookbooker). The eggplant was easy and delicious; it went really well with the beef. We ate well.

Tuesday/22-Aug-17: Ate out with Patrice and Wim this evening. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Wednesday/23-Aug-17: Forgot to heat up the (store-bought) egg rolls with Monday's dinner so we had those for lunch

Pizza out with some of the Montbron choir. Nothing further happened in the kitchen.

Thursday/24-Aug-17: Woke up really tired today and didn't go to the Charroux LitFest. Ed was also tired. We thought it must have been something in the pizzas last night. :-)

Dinner was some bean chili from the freezer with Cayenne Cornbread (BigGerman, p182). The bread machine really isn't happy and needs to be helped along for the first bit of kneading. All was good.

Yogurt on overnight.

Friday/25-Aug-17: Shopping today.

For dinner I broiled some lieu noir backs, sprinkled with Penzey's Sonoran Spicemix. Didn't like this as well as the Southwest Mix from last week. And some trio rice. And roasted the last of some broccoli and the first of a chou romaneso. Then a simple salad. Then some prune-filled cake. We're full.

Saturday/26-Aug-17: Well, I didn't make fresh past today; may not make it for this month. We had store-bought tagliatelle with Fettuccine with Chicken Livers, Tomatoes, and Bacon (365Pasta, p92; cookbooker). Then a salad. We were full.

Sunday/27-Aug-17: Early meal today. We had Garlicky Shrimp and Chicken Kebabs with Tomato-Kumquat Salsa (web). Made for four; Ed managed to eat two persons worth, I didn't keep my my end. Served with Moroccan couscous, a mix we bought at the health food store a couple of weeks ago. This was really good with the delicious salsa. We also had corn on the cob, and impulse buy on Friday.

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/14-Aug-17: Last night I put chicken thighs on to marinate with olive oil and Penzey's Southwest Seasoning. Barbecued those this evening along with some smoked duck sausages for dinner with Patrice and Wim. The chicken was especially tasty. We also had corn on the cob and Warm Broccoli and Potato Salad (MDSalad, p15), which is an old favorite.

For dessert there was Raspberry Bakewell Cake (web) and home-made vanilla ice cream (recipe from old ice cream maker). All was good.

Yogurt on overnight.

Tuesday/15-Aug-17: Dinner at Mazerolles' Fête Patronale today. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Wednesday/16-Aug-17: Dinner at the Marché des Producteurs in Massignac tonight. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Thursday/17-Aug-17: Early meal today. We had Riz Cantonais Revisité au Chorizo (web). I mis-remembered what was needed so I bought merguez last night instead of chorizo. The recipe is pretty much without spice or flavor beyond the merguez, so I added some soy sauce and rice vinegar and a goodly slog of garlic-chili sauce. The merguez actually worked quite well.

Friday/18-Aug-17: Yogurt on overday.

Lunch at Sally and Mike's today. Nothing further happened in the kitchen.

Saturday/19-Aug-17: Ate out at a medieval banquet animé this evening. Nothing further happened in the kitchen,

Sunday/20-Aug-17: Before we went out today, I put shrimp on to marinate for Lemon & Spice Grilled Shrimp (web), using white wine Worcestershire sauce (whatever it's called these days) instead of the regular stuff. Ed grilled these, perhaps a trifle too long, for dinner, while I grilled the leftover polenta (looked fine, but perhaps a bit past its use-by date), boiled some corn on the cob, and made a salad using our first real tomatoes of the year with some dressing from the brocolli and potato salad from earlier in the week.

A strange week this week. This is only the third time I've cooked, so one third of the meals have been fish or veg, but that's only one meal. Next week will be more normal I think.

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

Monday, August 7, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/7-Aug-17: A bit day today. Went to the préfecture to exchange my Dutch driver's license for  a French one. Then went to visit Vanille, a bichon-cross doggie needing a new home. And brought her home with us. We've both felt how odd it is getting using to a new being in the house. Pogo must have caused the same feeling, but we don't remember. She hasn't worked things out with Sophie and Oscar yet. To avoid disputes in the night, we'll probably close the cats out of the bedroom tonight, which is a bit sad.

Dinner was, more or less, Gratin de Saucisse, Pomme de Terre et Petits Pois (web). I made a whole recipe (serving 4), so we can have it again later in the week. The proportions in the recipe are a bit strange: one chipolata per person, two potatoes for four, etc. It would be better to half-cook, boil, the potatoes, since some of them were a bit crunchy. Used crème fraîche and cheddar for the topping. Needed lots of pepper. But good. Then cantaloup sorbet.

Tuesday/8-Aug-17: Lunch out today. Nothing furthered happened in the kitchen today.

Wednesday/9-Aug-17: Shopping today.

Dinner was Baked Cheddar Polenta and Salmon with Crushed Pea and Garlic (web). Not bad at all, but way too much polenta. I made two packets, one for each or us. I put the extra polenta in another little dish to do something with soon. Blueberries and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/10-Aug-17: Leftover chipolata gratin for our early meal, with some leftover zucchini salad. Then a regular salad. That's all.

Made up some croutons with a bit of leftover bread, loosely following the recipe in Art.

Friday/11-Aug-17: It was Tuna Cutlets (web) for dinner tonight. Really tasty (Indian), but the mixture was ready to make patties. I added some of the egg and some besan, which helped a bit. So, not so pretty, but still yummy. Served with trio rice and Pan-Grilled Zucchini (MJ@Home, p173), which has become a favorite. Blueberries and vanilla ice cream again for dessert.

Saturday/12-Aug-17: Very nice dinner out with Patrice and Wim (for Wim's birthday). Nothing further happened in the kitchen.

Sunday/13-Aug-17: Earlyish meal today, Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto (web). No spiralizer, so I used the fat julienne blade on my mandoline. Made about a half recipe, which should serve 8, but seemed like a skimpy 2. Tasty, though. Started with an insalata caprese, sort of, with the first tomato of the season, not as ripe as it should have been, and basil from the sandbox garden. Then a salad.

Yogurt on overnight, and chicken to marinate for tomorrow's dinner.

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

Monday, July 31, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/31-Jul-17: Dinner from odds and ends in the fridge tonight. Sautéed onions, mushrooms, garlic, and a quarter of a cabbage. Added some tomato sauce, a bit of chicken stock, and some tomato paste. Served over brown rice. It was good, and better after grinding on some red pepper. Some mini Haagen-Dasz cups for dessert.

Tuesday/1-Aug-17: More odds and ends today. The lovely Indian tomato-cream sauce over pasta. Some corn on the cob Ed bought at Intermaché last week. A salad. That was all.

Made some ground roast cumin, since I'd used the last that I had.

Wednesday/2-Aug-17: Shopping today.

Dinner was lieu noir, marinated with Marinade for Grilled Fish (MC). That was boring boring boring; can't think why I bothered to save it. And a side of graminge, the funny "short spaghetti" I bought for a dish in April; might need to get some more of this if they still have it.

Starting to attack the burgeoning zucchini surplus from the potager, we had Zucchini Chile-Cheddar Mash (web); an instant favorite. I made the whole recipe with a single zuke weighing in just over one pound. We loved it, but couldn't finish. It wants a can of chopped chiles (mine are hand-chopped), so hard to cut it back.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/3-Aug-17: Earlyish meal today. There was Spiced Lamb Pilaf (web); I think this is really a biryani, but I won't tell if you don't. Tasty, but ... the amount of rice is way too much. Other recipes use 2 cups of basmati rice to serve four. We ate all this, but were stuffed. With less rice, the lamb and peas would shine more instead of being buried in rice. Also, she seems to toss the water that the lamb was cooked in; I strained it (to remove the spices, although I'm not sure that was needed) and topped it up with a bit of water for cooking the rice. Served wth North African Zucchini Salad with Garlic, Chili Paste & Caraway (MedHot, p32). We've liked this before but didn't eat much today. First, too much rice; second, I got a bit sloppy measuring the vinegar so it was sourer than it needed to be. OK for me but not for Ed.

Friday/4-Aug-17: Earlyish meal today. We had Scallops with Lemon-Basil Sauce (web). As suggested I served with Buttery Angel Hair Pasta with Parmesan Cheese (for two: 4oz angel hair, 1/4cup Parmesan, 1tbl butter). Now I see that the scallops should be served atop the pasta; I served them "with" the pasta, next to it on the plate. Still good, though.

As a side, there was, yes, zucchini, as Zucchini Chunks with Citrus and Mint (web). This was easy and good.

Saturday/5-Aug-17: Made up the broth for Cantaloupe Sorbet (Scoop, p111). Of course I added some pineau (vieux) to the mix.

Dinner was a third recipe of Huevos Façon Cocotte aux Olives et Xipirones (VPG; web). (Xiripones seems to be squid in Spanish.) Interesting, not bad, but don't need to do it again. Served with my embroidery on the Salade de Haricots Blancs aux Épices (VPG) that was recommended as a starter. This turned out pretty good. For two, a drained can of white beans, most of a smallish red onion, thinly sliced, and some chopped parsley with a dressing of sesame oil, lemon juice, ground cumin, paprika, and ginger. Easy and tasty. Some mini magnums (one classic, one white) for dessert.

Sunday/6-Aug-17: It was supposed to be fresh pasta today, but I didn't feel like it. So we had Marcella Hazan's famous tomato sauce (from the freezer) with store-bought spaghettoni (also from the freezer). And a salad full of goodies. And a Haagen-Dasz mini cup for dessert.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 5
This month: #3 PASTA: yes for July, no for August; #4 BREAD: no for July, no for August