Monday, June 6, 2011

This week in the kitchen

Monday/6-Jun-11: Out at a quiz tonight. (We were a close second.) Nothing happening in the kitchen.

Tuesday/7-Jun-11: Dinner was Penne all'Arrabbiata (ClassPasta, p56); it wasn't penne, but it sure was good. Then a salad. Then the rest of the cherries and cream ice cream.

Wednesday/8-Jun-11: Really didn't feel like cooking tonight and had an itch for pizza, so we went to Montbron. We ordered two different ones and asked to have half tomato sauce on only half of each. The other half was creme fraiche. And, they put a roll of pizza dough down the center to divide the halfs. Very nice.

Thursday/9-Jun-11: Yogurt on overday. Our midday meal today was Pat's Orzo with Goat Cheese, Tomato, and Fresh Basil (soon to be MC). Ed's happy, having had orzo twice recently. This was very yummy and easy to make. Followed by a salad.

Friday/10-Jun-11: Shopping the morning. Impulse buy: While looking for ziplocs, I found some plastic sacks for freezing sticks of "popsicle." You pour your juice or whatever in the spout and six rods form. Into the freezer and then cut off the ones you want. (Yet to decide if these are actually easier than popsicle forms. It is nice that you can use the entire liter of juice in one go.) One liter of juice (red berries) made three six-packs like this:

For our midday meal, I made some rice and a half dose of Spicy Cajun Shrimp (MW@Home, p255). While this was cooking, I halved and scooped out a pair of globe zucchini, adding the chopped up insides to the shrimp. Used this to stuff the zukes and steamed them for a bit, then served them with the rest of the rice, topped with the rest of the sauce. Pretty good combination. And a salad.

Picked the chicken and made chicken stock. Started the preserved lemons (Couscous, p31) again.

Saturday/11-Jun-11: Out at a petanque competition during the day, thus late dinner. Conchiglie con Broccoli e Zafferano (Conchiglie with Broccoli and Saffron) (Lorenza, p88), an interesting combination of sweet and savory with currants and anchovies (after the fishy smell dissipates, only the savory taste remains). Good, but strange portions as seems to happen in this book. I used half the pasta (still too much, should have used only 6oz) with all the sauce and it looked rather like the picture in the book. Then the rest of the kulfi for dessert, so the freezer is ice-cream-free right now; I'll have to remedy this.

Sunday/12-Jun-11: Oops, didn't get any ice cream brew made today, so we'll be another day without our cold treat.

Dinner was a quickie: Tuna and White Bean Salad (CL, apr11). A good hot weather salad, if a bit under sauced; too bad it's not hot. (I spend the day shivering in long-sleeved tee-shirt, sweater, and polartec vest.)

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


  1. Got a recipe for the Tuna and White Bean Salad? Sounds yummy, and I'm on the lookout for good hot-weather dishes. (It's so freakin' hot here right now!!!)

  2. The recipe was from Cooking Light (Apr11). This is the link:
    It's still in my stack of recipes to enter -- I'm really getting behind again.
    It will be really hot here on the weekend, 35C predicted, but that's nothing compared it SA I think.
    Just much too hot for me.