Monday, May 23, 2011

This week in the kitchen

Monday/23-May-11: Cooked the 2-day marinated lamb for Lamb Curry from the Romertopf site. The recipe was really poorly written, it didn't even give the temperature for cooking, and I ended up comparing the English, French, and German versions. Good enough, we ate it all. Started with a carrot salad I've made before that went with another lamb recipe (carrots, kalamatas, radishes, and parsley with a sauce of olive oil, water, red wine vinegar, and harissa). Finished up with the kulfi I made a couple of nights ago.

Tuesday/24-May-11: Started the lamb for the Lunch in Paris dinner. Our dinner was Stir-Fried Shrimp with Broccoli and Chili-Garlic Sauce (MC), which is about as simple a dinner as you could get. Tasty. Followed by a salad, then the end of the goat cheese.

Wednesday/25-May-11: Went to freeze the buttermilk ice cream, not following instructions. You should assemble the whole thing, start it, then pour in the "brew". I poured in the brew first, but such a layer froze on the sides that the paddle couldn't turn properly. Boo. It will take a day to defrost enough to clean it.

Tonight's dinner was a meal for Cook the Books.

Thursday/26-May-11: Second post-op checkup this afternoon, then dinner and a movie. Nothing happened in the kitchen, even the dishes are unwashed.

Friday/27-May-11: Whew, got all those dishes washed this morning. Yogurt on overday.

Dinner started with some melon and pineau. The main was a half recipe of Rotelle with Asparagus and Mushroom Sauce (365Pasta, p176). Ed stopped for a minor shopping this afternoon, but brought back dried mushroom instead of fresh, so there were a few changes to make. Used the funny new pasta I found, like short bits of a widish tagliatelle with ruffled edges like American lasagne, a useful pasta. I hope I can find it again. Followed by a salad. Ended with some goat cheese.

Saturday/28-May-11: Put some tomatoes in to oven-roast this morning and forgot them. No smell to stir the memory. They were some tomato chips, not very tasty.

Dinner was Chiptotle-Marinated Pork Chops with Chimichurri Sauce (MC), an oldie with a really yummy sauce. Yesterday we talked about barbecuing, but Ed forgot today, so I did them under the broiler. Good stuff. Baked some potatoes, sliced, with onion slices between the bits and a lemony vinaigrette. More kulfi for dessert.

Sophie didn't come in until almost midnight. We were worried.

Sunday/29-May-11: A vegetarian dinner, using up many of the veggies in the fridge. There were steams haricots verts with cilantro pesto from the freezer. And Greek Eggplant Salad (MedLight, p86), tasty, but a bit soupy; I think the eggplant should be put through the food mill, rather than processed or blended. And Tunisian Zucchini Salad (MedLight, p117), a nice zucchini salad. And Red Couscous (MedLight, p225), which could use a bit more harissa; not wanting to grind caraway seed, I used ground cumin instead. All tasty. I bought some jesuite pastries at the boulangerie this afternoon for dessert.

Sophie out late again today, but we started looking earlier and found her fairly far away. We suspect she's lost territory to a new young cat in the neighborhood. Both nights when she's come in, she's been very nervous around the front door.

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

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