Monday, March 5, 2012

This week in the kitchen

Monday/5-Mar-12: Another noontime quiz today. We didn't do quite as bad as last time, but still not good. The substitute quiz setter is very Brit-centric, and downright wrong on some of the science questions, so it's been less fun of late.

Made some Apple-Plum Butter (MC), this time with plums, since we're almost out.

Since we had a big meal at noon, we weren't very hungry. I made a big salad of mâche and we called it dinner.

Tuesday/6-Mar-12: I bought a couple of cauliflowers on sale last week. The first one appeared tonight as Perciatelli with Cauliflower, Tomato, Sausage, and Pine Nuts (PastaHarv, p65), well, it wasn't perciatelli (or bucatini), but De Cecco's Ziti, which is fatter, long, and unwieldy. Made a whole dose of the sauce, so half went in the freezer to appear with another shape at a later date. Called it a one-dish meal, and that was it.

Wednesday/7-Mar-12: Shopped this afternoon, trying to get back on a weekday schedule, rather than weekends. (Working people, don't you just hate Little Old People who totter through the shops on the weekend when they could go any day of the week? We try to be good and stay out of the way.) Not much to get really. Ruby Red grapefruits were on sale two for 94 eurocents; I'd been thinking about them lately (how I could get some from Texas?), but will make do with two from Florida.

It was clean-out-the-fridge time for dinner. I roasted Brussels sprouts, half of the last of the the two-for-€2 cauliflowers from last weekend, broccoli, carrots, haricots verts, and snow peas. Served over brown rice, topped with a bit of feta. All yum. Have a bit of veg and rice left for ... a salad perhaps.

Hmm...still no bread on the plan. Also no unused cookbook dish (for new period starting Saturday). Might need to replan. This is all hard work without the netbook. New one has arrived, but I don't feel like dealing with it.

Thursday/8-Mar-12: Dinner was Lime-Marinated Grilled Shrimp (web, soon to be MC), a really simple and tasty way to to shrimp—marinate some shrimp for a half hour or so in lime juice, lime zest, S&P, cayenne, and olive oil (I added some chipotle powder); then skewer them and grill 2-3 minutes per side. Served with polenta, with a dash of cayenne added. Followed by a nice salad.

Yogurt on overnight.

Friday/9-Mar-12: Made Elizabeth Bard's Split Pea Soup (web) for dinner, interesting because it included fennel. Can't say it was wonderful, but definitely edible. Have some of the ham left and will add a sausage from the freezer for the leftovers. For afters we had some Mothais à Feuilleté, goat cheese from the Poitou-Charentes that is ripened on a chestnut leaf and is quite good.

Saturday/10-Mar-12: New netbook is a bust. Forgot about the French keyboard. Back to Amazon with it. Meanwhile Ed's installed a new hard drive in the old one, but we have no way to load an operating system. Getting behind on iPlayer too. :-(

Dinner was Lamb Cutlets with Chilli and Black Olives (web, soon to be MC; cookbooker). Served with Clothilde Dusolier's Perfect Roasted Potatoes (HandyBook) and a salad made from the leftover brown rice and roasted veg. For dessert there was Apple Frangipane Tart (MC, and old recipe from CLmag).

Oh dear, still no bread this week. Have a bread machine bagel recipe I've been meaning to try, but haven't gotten there yet.

Sunday/11-Mar-12: Today's walk had more food involved than we expected, so I recombobbled dinner plans. Made some Gingery Cauliflower Soup (Q&E, p11); we ate some and I froze the rest. Finished off the bit of Mothais, although I can't say more food was really required.

Put on some Buttermilk-Walnut Wheat Bread (BHGBread, p17) for overnight, without the walnuts, since I was too lazy to break them up and toast them. French buttermilk, or what I think is buttermilk, doesn't seem to be homogenized, so it pours out kind of lumpy. Works ok in cooking though. Used the bread flour from the mill. Didn't have any gluten, so hope that's enough.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 COOKBOOKS: yes (posted last week), #2 BREAD: yes, at the last minute, #3 SOUP: yes, #4 MIDDAY: yes, #5 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #6 PASTA: no

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