Monday, October 10, 2011

This week in the kitchen

Monday/10-Oct-11: The topic for tonight's Club Liseron meeting was pumpkins (i.e., winter squashes), so I baked a Pumpkin Cake (adapted from web, soon to be MC) to take along as part of the refreshments. And very good it was, with many requests for the recipe! The meeting wasn't especially well-attended, so I actually got to bring some home.

Dinner was leftover Indian Samosa Casserole, also good as leftovers. Made another dose of my regular raita (MJ1, p162) to go with it.

Tuesday/11-Oct-11: We finished the pumpkin cake off for breakfast, along with two small slices of chocolate cake leftover from someone else's meeting offering.

Today's big project was defrosting the fridge. It hasn't been cooling well (milk has spoiled) and we're hoping the problem was that it wanted defrosting. It's been acting strange for several months and I'm wondering if the last time I defrosted, which wasn't all that long ago, I did it too fast and there was still ice up the back of the fridge part. If it's not acting better in the next days, we may get to buy another one soon.

Found some old semi-sweet chocolate wanting to be used up and made Simply Special Brownies from the Hershey site. Iced them with the last of the cream cheese icing that didn't get used up for the pumpkin cake. Edible, but nothing special.

Dinner was Roasted Broccoli with Toasted Pine Nuts, Feta, Basil, and Lemon from somewhere on the web. Should have been a side dish or served over a bed of greens, but I served it with some pasta dressed with the last of the ricotta pesto I defrosted a couple of days ago.

Yogurt on overnight. While I was putting this together, Sophie, the nervy thing, jumped on the counter right in front of me. The chain reaction of getting her down resulted in yet another broken yogurt dish. We've broken three in the last three weeks, I think. Time to get down the box of spares.

Wednesday/12-Oct-11: Shopping this afternoon.

Dinner started with A Radish, Mint, and Feta Salad (Diaries, p194), which was a very nice salad, I thought. For a main we had Baked Fish, Greek Style (Ackart, p24), with halibut fillets. Instead of fresh (or canned) tomatoes, I used some oven-dried ones from the freezer; these worked fine. The fish was quite pretty served, topped with the red, white (onions), and green (parsley) sauce. With a side of trio rice. And brownies for dessert.

Thursday/13-Oct-11: Finished off the brownies mid-morning. Otherwise, stayed out of the kitchen today. Dinner was leftover rabbit, with some extra boiled potatoes added. (It reheated well.) Followed by a salad of mâche and arugula.

Friday/14-Oct-11: Dinner was Greek Zucchini Cakes (MC 2BTried). Tasty they were, but not very (pan)cake-y. I added extra flour and they still needed to be very thin to hold together at all. Not sure what to do with the recipe yet. Followed by a big salad.

Saturday/15-Oct-11: Off to Ile de Ré for our anniversary. Nothing on the kitchen.

Sunday/16-Oct-11: Gone fishin'.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 VEG/FISH: yes, #2 SOUP: no, #3 MIDDAY: no
This month: #4 PASTA: not yet

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