Monday, November 28, 2011

This week in the kitchen

Monday/28-Nov-11: A quickie grocery shop this morning, then off for a bit of touristing with Bill. Froze my turkey carcass since I don't have time to deal with it in the next few days.

Dinner was Steak with Cucumber-Radish Salad (CLmag/apr2011, soon to be MC). Good stuff. I used my regular beef marinade, which is similar to CL's but using soy sauce/tamari instead of salt. Salad, with mâche, is very good. I served with rice and roasted broccoli, but this was really a bit much. For afters we had a bit camembert and then store-bought tiramisus.

Tuesday/29-Nov-11: Made it to the boulanger too late for bread this morning. Made White Buttermilk Bread (MC). Did it on Rapid, which maybe wasn't a good idea since the buttermilk was quite cold.

Lunch was an old favorite, Mushroom Barley Soup (MC). Good stuff.

Dinner was Feta Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Breasts (web, soon to be MC). Very nice, would be nice for company. I did use only half the oil that was asked. Served with Dusolier's roasted potatoes. And a big salad of mâche. Followed by one tiramisu and two panna cottas with caramel. (That's one per person, not three each!) I'm full.

Wednesday/30-Nov-11: Lunch out with Bill today, then took him to the train station. No further food necessary.

Thursday/1-Dec-11: Busy cleaning up, putting away after Thanksgiving and company. No real plans for dinner, so I made Artichoke Spaghetti (Art, p59), an old favorite. Then a salad. Then some Camembert.

Yogurt on overnight.

Friday/2-Dec-11: Shopping today. Had an Indian itch and scratched it with tonight's dinner. There was Shrimp Steamed with Mustard Oil (Q&E, p64), half the shrimp with all the sauce, served over plain rice. And Green Beans with Mushrooms (Q&E, p86), which I haven't made it a while, but is still good. Ending with a half dose of Caramelized Cardamom Apples with Pistachio Cream (Q&E, p122), hardly Indian, but quite good anyhow. Note to self: Don't cook apples in your cast iron skillet, even if they fit that best.

Saturday/3-Dec-11: Used up some pumpkin from the freezer and the last of a sack of cranberries to make a loaf of Pumpkin Cranberry Bread (MC). Yum.

Dinner was a Courgette and Chick Pea Filo Pie (web, cookbooker). Another hit from Nigella. Followed by a salad. And a little dessert with leftover bits of filo/phyllo and some cinnamon sugar.

Have turkey stock cooling in the fridge to de-fat and freeze tomorrow.

Sunday/4-Dec-11: The turkey stock didn't get de-fatted; that will be first up tomorrow.

Still on the using-up-the-preserved lemons quest, dinner was Chicken Roulade with Olives and Simple Preserved Lemons (CLmag, soon to be MC). Quite good. Made all the stuffing for an otherwise half recipe; probably this wasn't necessary. Served with plain couscous (good with the sauce) and North African Spiced Carrots, which we've had before and were good yet again.

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


  1. Wow, that's a great looking pie. The chicken roulade stuffed with olives and preserved lemons sounds wonderful too.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today - I would love you to join in with Cookbook Sundays - as you say, it could be the sign!

    Sue :-)

  2. Thanks Sue! Filo is nice because it looks so impressive, but is actually quite easy to do. But I was pleased when I took the ring off and the pie stood up so proud.