Tuesday/28-Sep-10: Shopped this morning. Bought a bunch of zucchini, grated it, sacked it up in 2-cup amounts, and froze it. Bought some flétan, that's halibut, on promotion. I'm wondering if these promotions are because they got a lot so they put it on sale, or it's yesterday's leftover? There was a beautiful chunk of tuna on sale, at about a third of the price last seen in the Netherlands.
Dinner was Halibut with Caper Salsa Verde (Cooking Light, mar10). I wonder how many times I've actually used the fish prescribed in a recipe? It was OK, but nothing special; won't keep the recipe. Accompanied by some trio rice and steamed carrot sticks. Store-bought semolina pudding was dessert.
Wednesday/29-Sep-10: Made up some of Hazan's Homemade Sausage (30MinPasta, p161) this morning and froze two lots of 9.5oz. I'm amazed how at the cheapness of the sauté du porc that I used to make it. It must be the trimmings off bigger pieces of good meat. Only two bits needed much trimming of fat and connective tissue.
Dinner was Angela's Oven-Friend Chicken with Aromatic Spice Rub (soon to be MC). I cooked four thighs for the two of us, and froze the bigger half of the rub. These were cooked in the oven in a shallow pan, like the Chicken Canzanese from Cook's Illustrated that I made at the beginning of August. This really is the way to get a nice crispy skin on. Accompanied by Grilled Sweet Potato Planks, collected from EAT-L, which weren't so successful; edible but not a keeper. For dessert, we at the last pair of semolina puddings.
Yogurt on overnight.
Thursday/30-Sep-10: Used some frozen lamb to make a half dose of Rice with Ground Lamb, Green Beans, and Garbanzo Beans (Bombay, p226). It was good enough, but didn't have as much flavor as I expected from all that went into it. Can't think that cooked lamb rather than raw ground would have made all that much difference. It's was a nice one-dish meal, though.
Friday/1-Oct-10: Dinner was a web-collected recipe, Roasted Mayonnaise Chicken with Chipotle (soon to be MC), a half recipe made with a pair of thickish boneless pork chops. It was good, although there wasn't as much sauce left in the pan as I expected. Served with polenta. Followed by a big salad. Then some cheese. Then some digestive cookies. Yum.
Saturday/2-Oct-10: Meant to eat a bit light tonight, in preparation for tomorrow's big lunch, but can't say it was a success. I used the pound of impulse-buy cêpes (porcini), 3 of them, to make a pasta sauce. We ate half and froze the rest. (I'll make some fresh pasta to go with the next batch, but didn't have time tonight.) A big salad. And then some Fig Upside Down Cake (web, now MC), using some of our neighbor's figs. I forgot to set the ice cream out to soften, but it was good with cream.
Sunday/3-Oct-10: No cooking today. For our midday/all-afternoon meal, the people who worked on events for the commune during the last year were treated to a thank-you lunch. The food was provided by the butcher in Montemboeuf. Cold-cuts, pâtés, potato salad, and couscous salad for starters. Sauerkraut with a roast of pork, all kinds of pork rolled up together, good meat, bacon, frankfurters, etc. Then salad and cheeses. Then desserts. And lots of wine and beer and sparkly stuff. No need for dinner tonight.