Monday, April 4, 2011

This week in the kitchen

Monday/4-Apr-11: We went to a quiz dinner tonight, so nothing much on in the kitchen. Yogurt on overnight.

Tuesday/5-Apr-11: Seemed to be in the kitchen all day today, although I wasn't really. Lunch was Leek and Onion Potato Tart (MC), which took a lot longer to make than I remembered. The base of this tart is potatoes mashed with an egg and some ricotta, a nice variation. While it was in the oven I found a ripe tomato and made a couple of insalatas caprese with a ball of mozzarella that was wanting to be used up and some basil leaves. Unfortunately the tomato, although quite pretty and ripe, was tasteless. Then a mâche-roquette salad.

After lunch I made a loaf of Pumpkin Cranberry Bread (MC) with the cranberries that have been hiding in the crisper for quite a while. We'll probably manage to eat this all in two sittings. Good stuff.

Wednesday/6-Apr-11: Oh my, the weather has turned to summer, almost 30C outside! Off for shopping in the early afternoon after a long morning dogwalk with neighbors. After the walk we had tea and pumpkin cranberry bread in the shade outside.

Shopping, I bought some halibut and made a Thai-ish dinner with yellow curry paste, the end of the coconut milk, some broccoli, and some onion. Served over rice. Not bad at all. Accompanied by a half dose of Asian Cucumber Condiment (MWLowFat, p367), an old favorite, really tasty with minimum effort. For dessert there was vanilla ice cream with mango slices and the last bits of the pumpkin cranberry breads, which all went together quite well.

Thursday/7-Apr-11: For our midday meal, we had the leftover Leek and Onion Potato Tart reheated. Served with it Broccoli Slaw with it, loosely following Smitten Kitchen's recipe. Ended with a bit of Pont d'Eveque.

Have to share a recipe I found in Essential this morning:

Club Sandwich
Original recipe

Go to the club.
Drink six toasts.
Eat a slice of meat.
Drink six more toasts.

NYTimes on January 13, 1907

Friday/8-Apr-11: No cooking today. Dinner with the choir at La Bellone after the service.

Saturday/9-Apr-11: Before the loto evening, I made an Asparagus Strudel (from a recipe collected who knows where, before I started recording where I collected them). It was an interesting idea, but a poorly written recipe and wasn't entirely successful. It did come with a nice sauce, the same thing, very simple, I've made several times, yogurt with chopped fresh mint, salt, and freshly ground pepper. Served with a salad.

Sunday/10-Apr-11: After our walk I made Chocolate Poundcake (an old magazine clipping). Yesterday I got some turkey scallops out of the freezer for tonight's dinner. Oops, there were two chicken thighs instead. Deboned them and made up dinner a pasta dinner with some broccoli and mushrooms. Not bad.

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

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