Monday, April 18, 2011

This week in the kitchen

Monday/18-Apr-11: A mix of a dinner. Cilantro Zucchini Hummus (MC) with some mini-naans, storebought. And a half recipe of Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes (CLmag, apr11, soon to be MC), using the last of my oven-dried tomatoes. (I'll definitely do more of these this year.) And a big salad. And two more of the frozen grand marnier desserts from Toupargel.

Tuesday/19-Apr-11: Midday meal today. (Lots of incentive for this now because I go off for my line dancing class at 18.00 and don't feel like cooking or eating afterwards.) Made fresh pasta (using the lasagna ricci cutters, tagliatelle width with zigzag edges). Oops, forgot to use the Tipo 00 flour until too late. Served the pasta with the porcini sauce from the freezer, originally made at the beginning of October. Too bad that I have neglected to record exactly how I made this sauce, and gave no clue to where the idea came from. Well, it was good nevertheless, just not repeatable. Served with a salad of mâche and rocket, with some chocolate chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

Have gathered a huge stack of Vie Pratique Gourmands from around the house (they seem to get half-read and then set aside somewhere), and will try to get through them in the next week or so. Once thing I noticed today: there was another article discussing how to sleep better. One thing that's always mentioned in these articles is to avoid stimulating foods after 17.00. So, no caffeine. And no vitamin C. Vitamin C is stimulating and keeps you awake? A new idea for me.

Wednesday/20-Apr-11: Yogurt on overday. Shopping today, small one since we're trying to clear the fridge before going away for the weekend. Needed to buy some small garbage sacks, and all they had were scented. Vanilla smelling garbage? There's already too many smelly things in the world.

Dinner was a clear-the-fridge pizza. I broiled slices of eggplant, the rest of the asparagus, and slices of onion. Mixed a pyramid goat cheese with chopped garlic to use for the base. Topped this with the veggies and some shredded basil leaves. Then topped it all off with a ball of mozzarella, shredded. Turned out pretty good. Dessert was strawberries and ice cream.

Thursday/21-Apr-11: Still cleaning out the fridge. We started with steamed haricots verts with a vinaigrette made with white balsamic vinegar and a finely chopped shallot. Very nice. Then we had "sloppy joes" with the rest of the chipotle pulled chicken. Made some more cabbage slaw to go with this. For afters we finished off the Livarot.

Friday/22-Apr-11: Away from home. Nothing happening in the kitchen.

Saturday/23-Apr-11: Away from home. Nothing happening in the kitchen.

Sunday/24-Apr-11: Home again. Neither of us feeling very well. For dinner I made a salad of the last bit of lettuce with had and all the goodies I could find hiding in the fridge.

Yogurt on overnight.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 VEG/FISH: yes, #2 SOUP: no, #3 MIDDAY: yes
This month: #4 PASTA: yes

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