Monday, December 12, 2011

This week in the kitchen

Monday/12-Dec-11: Yogurt on overday. Finished off Kitchen Diaries, a fun read. I've already made a couple of good things from it and have lots of stickies on it.

Quiz tonight. Nothing much happening in the kitchen.

Tuesday/13-Dec-11: Going to dash through Outlaw Cook for Cook the Books. I've read it before and I've got another of Thorne's books on my read-me-soon shelf, so I don't want to spend too much time with it.

Dinner was fridge-clearing mishmash. First there was a more-or-less half dose of Egg Fried Rice (HotWok, p186). Not too bad. I see that I didn't let the cuke and corn cook long enough, and we thought they were a bit crunchy. With reason. Then there was a sort of hash thing with some red onion, broccoli, a tiny chicken breast in bits, and chunks of leftover baked potatoes I brought home from the choir party, jazzed up with the end of a Trinidadian spice mixture needing to be used up. Also not bad. And, of course, sriracha helps all. Then there was the end of the arugula-pear salad, with more lettuce added. The arugula was pretty soggy, but didn't taste bad. Tiny bit of Louise's christmas cake.

Wednesday/14-Dec-11: Is it Wednesday already? Got the goat off the bone and into the marinade to make curry in the next days. Froze the bones to make stock in the next days.

Dinner was a half dose of Border-Style Shrimp (EAT-L, now MC), along with some yellow rice. Peeling the shrimp is a pain, but worth the effort. Would be nice to have some green onions, since that touch of color would be nice. Salad after. More christmas cake.

Yogurt on overnight. Finished off all our bread, so English Muffin Bread (BigGerman, p15) on overnight.

Thursday/15-Dec-11: Power went off last night for 2 hours, leaving yogurt half-done and bread waiting. In the morning, I restarted the yogurt and did the bread on Rapid. Not sure how the yogurt will be (tomorrow will tell), but the bread was yummy.

Yvonne called to invite us to a dinner for folks who'd helped her out with this and that. So the goat will marinate another day.

Friday/16-Dec-11: Uh-oh I don't have an unused cookbook meal planned in the next days. Have to think a bit about this tomorrow.

The goat curry is marinating another day. Shopping today, and lots more errands.

Tonight's dinner was Chicken Marsala (MC 2BTried), which was pretty good; half the chicken, all the sauce. With the mushroom pasta from the freezer and lots of broccoli.

Saturday/17-Dec-11: Finally got that Goat Curry (JamieMag) made. Pretty good and seriously hot—one Scotch bonnet worth is pretty strong. Served with Rice and Peas as suggested. Used a recipe from a Jamaican tourist site. Quite good this, although four people hardly made a dent in 3 cups of raw rice. The peas are actually red beans, of which the cupboard was bare, so I used black bean instead. I bought a couple of plantains to make fried plantains, another suggested go-with, but forgot to make them. For a starter, there Moroccan Zucchini Salad (MC), not Jamaican, but sort of similar in taste. For dessert there was vanilla ice cream with mango slices. We ate well.

Sunday/18-Dec-11: We had cake and champagne in the afternoon for Vanessa's birthday, so we weren't very hungry in the evening. Finished off the Pastina and Pea Soup (hmm...that was getting pretty old), and topped up yesterday's Moroccan Zucchini Salad with some leftover corn to finish that off.

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

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