Monday, January 16, 2012

This week in the kitchen

Monday/16-Jan-12: A made-up dinner, largely from the freezer today. Last night I soaked some black beans, then cooked them up during the day (running out of gas along the way). Added some "juice" from cooking chicken for tacos, some cooked chicken, a small can of corn, and some cornmeal to thicken it all a bit. Not bad at all. Accompanied by a small salad from an avocado and an oven-dried tomato with some spices. And some Double-Boiler Bread Pudding, using several odd ends of breads, for dessert.

Yogurt and English Muffin Bread (BigGerman, p15) on overnight.

Tuesday/17-Jan-12: It seems like our days of freezing nights may be close to over, so I defrosted the chest freezer this morning while it was still cold outside. This meant getting my freezer inventory up-to-date and definitively removing most of the MIAs. It also meant adding some things that either never got added or were accidentally removed. Including two large chunks of pork. Going to be eating more meat in the next weeks, since there's quite a lot needing to be used.

One thing I realized as I was repacking the freezer is that I've got a lot of tomato sauce in there that's not really getting used. When we discovered Ed had a problem with tomatoes, I had a hard time finding anything to cook without them, but now I just don't think of them. Have to make an effort to start using this stuff.

Found a 2BTried recipe in Mastercook for dinner to use the broccoli in the fridge. Then I thought I'd replace the chicken with shrimp. While things were happening I whizzed up the rest of a jar of roasted red bell peppers in the fridge and made some (no tomato) pizza sauce to freeze. Then I looked at all the stuff that was getting ready to cook and though a bit of "pizza sauce" was just what it needed. About the only thing in common with the recipe I started with was garlic and broccoli. Wasn't bad though. Finished off the bread pudding for dessert.

Wednesday/18-Jan-12: From a recipe found in the forums at Jamie Oliver's site, I made Traditional Bacon and Cabbage with Mustard Sauce, using a small "bacon" joint that Sally brought me from the UK. Bacon, maybe in the sense of Canadian bacon, a small boneless ham. First it was boiled, then baked. The boiling juice was used to make the creamy mustard sauce and to steam the cabbage shreds. The rest is in the freezer now, to make some kind of soup. Probably not the healthiest of dinners, high fat and high salt, but tasty. Reminded me of a Dutch stamppot, with all the bits separate instead of mashed together.

Thursday/19-Jan-12: Finally made some apple butter this morning. Bought the apples a while ago and some of them looked like they had been kicked around a bit.

Leftovers for dinner, the chili-bean-chicken soup/stew thing. And some salad.

Friday/20-Jan-12: Dinner was a half recipe of Salmon with Red Wine-Morel Sauce (EW, web; cookbooker). Good stuff. Served with orzo. Then a big salad. Then some cake that I bought at a boulangerie today, walnut maybe?

Yogurt on overnight.

Saturday/21-Jan-12: Dinner at the soirée énoisage. Nothing happening in our kitchen.

Sunday/22-Jan-12: Starting an attack on the tomato sauce in the freezer, tonight's dinner was Gemelli with Mushrooms and Tomato (PastaHarv, p101), followed by a big salad. I made all the sauce and froze half. Yum. The sauce is full of pancetta, so it's not really vegetarian.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 COOKBOOKS: yes, #2 BREAD: yes, #3 SOUP: yes, #4 MIDDAY: no, #5 VEG/FISH: 2
This month: #6 PASTA: yes

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