Monday, July 26, 2010

This week in the kitchen

Monday/26-Jul-10: I've ordered butterscotch chips for next week's CBEtc contest, along with a couple of other things from My American Market.

For lunch, I used up the chicken and some broccoli with Gemelli Salad with Chicken, Broccoli and Roasted Pepper, a recipe from the Barilla site. It was OK, nothing special. More of our Jura cheese for afters.

Tuesday/27-Jul-10: Shopping today. Dinner was Moroccan Salmon (Cooking Light mag, soon to be MC) served over couscous. This was good. A bit too much on the bell peppers, Ed thought, but that's because I made all of it, rather than half. Followed by a big salad.

Wednesday/28-Jul-10:
Tonight was Kolokithokeftedes (Zuccchini Burgers), a 2BTried recipes from MC, using the 3 cups of shredded zucchini that I froze a while ago. This worked great, so I think I'll have to freeze up some more. I just noticed that I omitted the feta from the "burgers" and that's exactly what was missing. This is one to try again. As suggested, I serviced with tsatziki, the Cucumber and Yogurt Salad recipe from Madison, p156. This accompanied by a big salad of rucola, with the end of the beet, an avocado, and some shallot. For afters, we had cheese, finishing off the Morbier but still have a bit of the Bleu de Gex left.

Put the lamb shanks for tomorrows dinner on to marinate.

Thursday/29-Jul-10: It was Souris d'agneau aux épices cajun (web, soon to be MC) for tonight's dinner. It was, I realized later, a crockpot recipe, but it suggests cooking in the oven at 120C as an alternative. And that worked great. How nice to have an oven that keeps a temperature this low. The lamb shanks were really tasty and tender, the sauce quite spicy Served with rice and Date and Onion Salad (TLAfrica, p92). This salad was more like a relish or uncooked chutney; it went really well with the spicy sauce. Finished off the Dulce de Leche ice cream. Nice dinner.

Friday/30-Jul-10: Forgot to defrost chicken for tonight's dinner. Rummaged around looking for a pasta dinner, but found Risotto con Gamberi e Acetosa—Wild Sorrel and Prawn Risotto (WildCarluccio, p20; soon to be MC) instead. A half recipe used up my sorrel impulse-buy. It was good too. Followed by a salad and some weird cookies.

Looked for a recipe for butterscotch morsels to no avail. Didn't even find any interesting recipes on the web. Sigh. Waste of money, I fear.

Started some yogurt and some bread for overnight. The kitchen is full of glowing red lights when the lights are out.

Saturday/31-Jul-10: In the afternoon I made a double dose of Chocolate Banana Snacking Cake (EAT-L, soon to be MC); pretty good. Took some over to our neighbor who likes chocolate; perhaps it will encourage him to eat a bit.

For dinner, there was Tarte aux légumes et fromage de brebis (VPQ) using a boughten pie crust. Will be glad when these are used up, since they're not nearly as good as home made. This tarte was a bunch of veggies (broccoli, peas, zucchini, and some haricots verts since I was short on broccoli (and forgot to buy more at the store this morning). Ordinary so far. The "custard" was 250g ricotta, cream, and 2 eggs. This was quite tasty. Served we a salad of arugula and mâche. The last bit of bleu de Gex after, plus some chocolate-caramel desserts from the freezer.

Sunday/1-Aug-10:Nice dinner, this eve, if late again. Next week I have to get back on the mid-day meal train again. I made Chicken Canzanese from a recent Cook's Illustrated (soon to be MC). This was supposed to be popular in the 70s, but I've never heard of hear. It was very good. Chicken thighs are browned, then baked slow in a skillet. The liquid should not be simmering. Result was very good, crispy skin and tasty. Served with polenta and Guatelli in Umido (TuscanYear, p138), but with oyster mushrooms instead of chanterelles. Altogether a nice meal.

CookbooksEtc Ingredient Contest 2010
  1. 23-May/28-May: strawberries — Balsamic Strawberries with Arugula and Goat Cheese
  2. 29-May/4-Jun: cheese — Spinach-Stuffed Anchos
  3. 5-Jun/11-Jun: whole wheat flour Ned and Crescent's Favorite Multigrain Pancakes
  4. 12-Jun/18-Jun: ground pork or pork sausage Curried Rice Noodles with Ground Meat
  5. 19-Jun/25-Jun: blueberries Tarte Amandine à la Myrtille
  6. 26-Jun/2-Jul: salmon Almond-Crusted Grilled Salmon with Garlic Sauce
  7. 3-Jul/9-Jul: potatoes Potatoes and Peas in a Yoghurt Sauce
  8. 10-Jul/16-Jul: elbow macaroni Macaroni Salad
  9. 17-Jul/23-Jul: tomatoes Eggs Baked in Tomatoes
  10. 24-Jul/30-Jul: dates Date and Onion Salad
  11. 31-Jul/6-Aug: butterscotch chips
  12. 7-Aug/13-Aug: pecans

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

This week in the kitchen

Wednesday/21-Jul-10: Back from Prague and the Jura today. The food in Prague was not especially interesting. Lots of meat, few veggies. The main courses on menus seem to be served without any accompaniments, so if you want veg, you must ask for it. There were a lot of Italian restaurants and we had an excellent Italian meal the first night. Then a nice meal with Sam and Pat at Manes on the river, where Ed asked for some broccoli with his meat and got an enormous pile of it. Then a forgettable Chinese meal with S&P's bike group; my squid was the best on the table. Ed and I had a very nice meal at another restaurant on the river. And the four of us at another restaurant on the river, where fries were the veg.

Stopped from a quick grocery shop in St. Junien. Dinner was a salad of mâche with some strips of duck breast, floured and crumbed and sautéed. For afters, we had some of the Morbier and Bleu de Gex cheeses that we brought back from the Jura.

Thursday/22-Jul-10: A light lunch today with Eggs Baked in Tomatoes (RealFast) for the CookbooksEtc quiz. Served with a pilaf, using up the mushroom-soaking liquid from the freezer. Not bad. I seriously de-seeded Ed's tomato, so we are curious if this helps his allergy/sensitivity problem.

Friday/23-Jul-10: The quiz was canceled, but we ate dinner at Chez Cisseen anyhow.

Saturday/24-Jul-10: I defrosted the small, organic Toupargel chicken and made Butterflied Grilled Chicken with a Chile-Lime Rub (Eating Well, soone to be MC). Either something was wrong with the chick or it was grilled wrong (too fast?). Tasty but tough. I'll do this one again before long. Served with Green Bean Piquante (MC) and polenta. More Morbier and Bleu de Gex for afters. Then a square of 85% chocolate.

Sunday/25-Jul-10: Soup for lunch today, using up two odd bits of broth and soup in the freezer. Further not much going on cooking-wise. Finally found a date recipe (resides chutney) that wasn't a variation on date-nut bread/cake. Now I have to come up with a complete menu around this salad.

Ed didn't seem to have any reaction to the de-seeded tomato! Now to find a batch of tomatoes and make up some tomato sauce for another try.

CookbooksEtc Ingredient Contest 2010
  1. 23-May/28-May: strawberries — Balsamic Strawberries with Arugula and Goat Cheese
  2. 29-May/4-Jun: cheese — Spinach-Stuffed Anchos
  3. 5-Jun/11-Jun: whole wheat flour Ned and Crescent's Favorite Multigrain Pancakes
  4. 12-Jun/18-Jun: ground pork or pork sausage Curried Rice Noodles with Ground Meat
  5. 19-Jun/25-Jun: blueberries Tarte Amandine à la Myrtille
  6. 26-Jun/2-Jul: salmon Almond-Crusted Grilled Salmon with Garlic Sauce
  7. 3-Jul/9-Jul: potatoes Potatoes and Peas in a Yoghurt Sauce
  8. 10-Jul/16-Jul: elbow macaroni Macaroni Salad
  9. 17-Jul/23-Jul: tomatoes Eggs Baked in Tomatoes
  10. 24-Jul/30-Jul: dates
  11. 31-Jul/6-Aug: butterscotch chips
  12. 7-Aug/13-Aug: pecans

Monday, July 5, 2010

This week in the kitchen

Monday/5-Jul-10: Off to a quiz and dinner in Ambernac tonight. Did a bit of shopping first. Cool weather today, hooray!

Tuesday/6-Jul-10: A bit of Indian this evening. Ground Lamb Cutlets, Parsi Style (IndLight, p107; MC), Potatoes and Peas in a Yoghurt Sauce (TasteIndia, p68), and plain rice. The potatoes were rather soupy; I chopped another potato into the leftovers and will add a bit more water when I cook them.

Somewhere in here, I started making iced tea to drink during the day. My, that's good when it's hot!

Wednesday/7-Jul-10: Made a loaf of Craig Claiborne's banana bread. Good stuff.

Dinner was Zucchini and Chickpea Pancakes (soon to be MC) with a big salad. For the pancakes I buzzed up a sauce with creme fraiche, some mango chutney, and a dab of cayenne. Finished off the store-bought rice puddings (sort of rice kheer), then indulged in some popsicles.

I see I really overbought at the grocery on Monday, in spite of having a "plan." I think I'll need to cook and freeze some things before we go.

Thursday/8-Jul-10: For lunch, it was leftovers, the lamb patties, accompanied by the potatoes and peas over (newly cooked) rice. It's gotten h-o-t, and thunderstorms are forecast for tonight.

Friday/9-Jul-10: Oops, forgot to buy sweet potatoes for today's planned meal and have run out of ginger. Back to the drawing board. Instead I made Roast Chicken Legs with Lemon and Thyme (now MC), collected from EAT-L. It was very good. This was accompanied by Macaroni Salad (Goldbeck, p48; now MC) and sweet corn. Last year I think we had corn-on-the-cob only twice, from the same shipment to the grocery. Since this was the first time we've seen it, and we'll be gone next week, this may be it for the year. It was good.

Saturday/10-Jul-10: Today's task is using up fresh stuff in the fridge by cooking for the freezer. Made an old favorite, Yogurt Carrot Soup, down to adding the yogurt. (This isn't yet in MC, I wonder why?) Shredded zucchini for some bread, after reading that this works great.

Dinner was pasta with a broccoli and goat cheese sauce, along with a big salad. Had the last of our popsicles for dessert. Will buy more juice upon our return

Sunday/11-Jul-10: Off to Prague today.

CookbooksEtc Ingredient Contest 2010
  1. 23-May/28-May: strawberries — Balsamic Strawberries with Arugula and Goat Cheese
  2. 29-May/4-Jun: cheese — Spinach-Stuffed Anchos
  3. 5-Jun/11-Jun: whole wheat flour Ned and Crescent's Favorite Multigrain Pancakes
  4. 12-Jun/18-Jun: ground pork or pork sausage Curried Rice Noodles with Ground Meat
  5. 19-Jun/25-Jun: blueberries Tarte Amandine à la Myrtille
  6. 26-Jun/2-Jul: salmon Almond-Crusted Grilled Salmon with Garlic Sauce
  7. 3-Jul/9-Jul: potatoes Potatoes and Peas in a Yoghurt Sauce
  8. 10-Jul/16-Jul: elbow macaroni Macaroni Salad
  9. 17-Jul/23-Jul: tomatoes
  10. 24-Jul/30-Jul:
  11. 31-Jul/6-Aug:
  12. 7-Aug/13-Aug: