Monday, March 7, 2011

This week in the kitchen

Monday/7-Mar-11: Dinner at a quiz tonight. Nothing much happening in the kitchen beyond defrosting stuff for the next nights' dinners.

Tuesday/8-Mar-11: Lentils with Merguez (MC) for our midday meal. Unfortunately it was well underway when Ed told me he was nauseous. Oops. Tasted good enough to me, and there's a bit left for another day.

Wednesday/9-Mar-11: Ed still tummy sick. We shopped today after visiting the doctor. I bought a sack of salad for one, 45g. All the sacks for two were 100g. Why is it that two people need more than one?

Coincidentally last night I read (in an Inspector Montalbano mystery) that spaghetti olio e aglio is considered food for sick folks, being easy on the tummy. So that's what we had for dinner tonight, to be easy on Ed's tummy. I had a small salad to go with.

Put on two coquelets to marinate for tomorrow

Thursday/10-Mar-11: Yogurt on overday.

Ed doing a quite a bit better; so far I'm not getting this misery. Knock wood. The birds turned into Garlic Chicken (CLmag, soon to be MC). The recipe called for kip filets, but I wanted the bones to make stock, so used the little birds, each about the size of a Cornish hen. The birds were very tasty, and I would definitely make this again; chicken thighs on the bbq would be good.

For a starter there was North African Zucchini Salad with Garlic, Chili Paste, and Caraway (MedHot, p32; now MC; cookbooker), very good. As suggested in the article, I served the birds with a pilaf; sautéed some cumin seed and almond slivers and tossed in some raisins to cook with the rice.

Friday/11-Mar-11: Midday meal was a half-dose (3 servings) of Curried Potatoes with Cauliflower and Peas (VTmag, Jan/Feb11; toss), which was remarkably bland. Served it with the spiced up apricot chutney, which is spicier, but still nothing special. (Now I'm really not sure what to do with the bit still in the freezer.) Served with basmati rice, my standard raita (MJ1, p162), and Gujerati Carrot Salad (MJ1, p170).

After Ed's choir service, we ate the rest of the leek galette along with some apples and carrots.

Boy, do we have lots of odd bits of things to use up now!

Yogurt on overnight.

Saturday/12-Mar-11: A repeat tonight, trying to use up the spice mix I made for the recipe last time. Broccoli and Potatoes (WorldVeg, p147), it was. And still good. (Have enough of the spice mix left to do this one more time.) We finished off the raita as a go-with. For dessert there were some (defrosted) mixed fruits in little tart cups topped with crème fraîche.

Sunday/13-Mar-11: It wasn't really planned, but today turned into a kitchen day. Made stock from the coquelets. Made apple-plum butter. Made Double-Boiler Bread Pudding (MC) with the end of a loaf of bread that was getting stale.

For mid-afternoon dinner:
  • I marinated the last two bavettes from the freezer. I do need to add this marinade to MC (2tbl olive oil, 1tbl tamari, 1tbl red wine vinegar, lots of garlic powder, lots of freshly ground black pepper), since it really works well. Should try it on bbq'd something one of these days.
  • With the meat, I served Cooking Italy's Salsa Verde from the freezer. The first time round, Ed suggested this would be good with a steak, and he was right. At my first bite the anchovies threatened to be too strong (they were unnoticeable when the sauce was served with fish), but calmed down after a bit of chewing. Still have a bit of this left, maybe for a salad dressing, maybe for a pizza?
  • Then there was spaetzle. Not sure if this was the best starch choice, but we both had a hankering for it, so there it was.
  • As a go-with there were Garlic Butter Roasted Mushrooms (EAT-L, soon to be MC), using up some oldish shrooms from the fridge. (Of course, we all read in Cook's Illustrated that old shrooms, the ones getting brown spots, have a better flavor than the shiny new ones. Toss any moldy, icky ones, but go ahead and use the rest. Hooray!)
Of course, in the middle of this, the gas ran out and Ed changed the bottle.

The idea had been to follow this with the bread pudding, but we're too full, so we took Pogo for a walk in the rain instead. He was happy.

A bit of bread pudding after dishwashing. And later still a salad, so we had some fresh veg today.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 VEG/FISH: yes, #2 SOUP: yes, #3 MIDDAY: yes
This month: #4 PASTA: not yet

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