Monday, May 9, 2011

This week in the kitchen V2

Monday/9-May-11: There was a quart of strawberries, so I made a half recipe of Grandmother Katie's Strawberry Preserves. The recipe seemed clear enough when I typed it up years and years and years ago, but when I actually did it, I've got lots of questions. And no one to ask. Don't we miss our grandmothers! Before being jarred, it has to sit in a bowl (at room temp?) for 3 days or more, getting stirred a couple of times a day. Too bad I'm not such a big strawberry jam fan.

Dinner was a quickie, good, if quick—a half recipe of Tonnarelli ai Canestrelli (Tonnarelli with Scallops) (ClassPast, p107), scallops, with De Cecco linguine in this case. An interesting recipe because a part of the scallops were chopped fine. Probably the larger ones could have been quartered. Served with a salad of mâche.

Tuesday/10-May-11: Yogurt on overday. Busy stirring the strawberry preserves periodically as directed.

We had our main meal at lunch today. Started with a Greek-ish zucchini salad (as that was the only veg in the fridge—where did the broccoli go that I thought was there?), steamed zucch slices tossed with olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and mint and topped with crumbled feta. Served with red lettuce leaves from the garden.

For the main, I roasted a pintade/guinea hen in the Romertopf, salted, with a lemon stuck up its bum, sprinkled with lemon thyme leaves from the garden, and surrounded by carrots and potatoes. Its feet came untucked while it was cooking.

It's so easy to cook a bird or whatever in the Romertopf. I just forget about. It is funny that it actually browns while closed in the dish.

Anticipating that I won't feel much like chewing after surgery on Friday, I've started a bit pot of stock, using the pintade and a chicken carcass from the freezer.

Wednesday/11-May-11 and Thursday/12-May-11: Cloud computing, ha! Blogger's gone and lost two days of updates here! If they're restored, I'll update this. Meanwhile, I'll try to remember what was going. Some things that happened:
  • Wednesday evening I made Lime-Pepper Chicken (MC). Served with polenta, and ... a veg, but what veg?
  • Using cherries from our tree, I made up the broth for cherry sorbet. Had a senior moment, intending to make a half recipe, but ended up with a whole recipe, using only a (short) half of the sugar.
  • Thursday, I jarred up the strawberry preserves; took one to Barbara and David, who provided the berries; the other is for us.
  • Dinner was Fava Risotto with Fresh Sage (Uncommon, p185, cookbooker). And a salad. And for dessert ...
  • Froze the Cherry Sorbet (Scoop, p127) using cherries from the garden.
Yogurt on overnight.

Friday/13-May-11: Yay! Didn't have to stay in the hospital overnight! (I had salivary gland stones removed.) Hadn't really planned on dinner, since Ed had planned to eat out during the day, but that didn't happen. Quickly defrosted some Creamy Roasted Carrot Sauce, grated some Parmesan, boiled some spinach penne, and that was our late dinner.

Saturday/14-May-11: Nice healthy chicken noodle soup tonight, well, bird noodle soup. Broth was chicken and guinea hen; meat was turkey; noodles were whole wheat. A big shot of tabasco and it made a tasty soup.

Ed picked a kilo or two of cherries. I'll have to find something more to do with these.

Sunday/15-May-11: Dinner was a quiche/tart thing with broccoli, roquefort, and walnuts, a very nice combination. Then a salad of roquette (rocket or arugula), with a vinaigrette featuring the walnut oil from the nuts we shelled. Then a clafoutis de cerises, (Petit, p898, with touches from others).

Went to the boulanger this afternoon only to find that they're on vacation. Bread in overnight, Authentic French Bread (Magic, p22) the only ATM bread whose recipe I can remember.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 VEG/FISH: yes, #2 SOUP: yes, #3 MIDDAY: yes
This month: #4 PASTA: yes

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