Monday, June 18, 2012

This week in the kitchen

Monday/18-Jun-12: Work on the terrace started today. It will be nice when it's done. We hope.

Dinner was Easy Eggplant Casserole (EAT-L). It was easy and tasty, even though I didn't peel the eggplant (why bother?). It was supposed to serve four, but those are pretty skimpy servings. Ed wanted more. Served with some peas and shallots, followed by a big salad. No afters.

Tuesday/19-Jun-12: Peeled the fava beans, then made a half recipe of Orecchiette with Fava Beans and Prosciutto (PastaHarv, p54). Pretty good stuff. Then a big salad with a lettuce from the garden. For dessert I toasted the last of the pound cake-ish mini-muffins and served with some (defrosted) mixed berries and a dab of cream. Pretty good too.

Wednesday/20-Jun-12: In the afternoon, I made An Incredible Date-Nut Bread (Essential, p661). Incredible I wouldn't call it, but it wasn't bad. I cut back the sugar to about three quarters of what was asked; next time I think I'd use sucre de canne instead of white sugar.

In the evening we went to a Marché aux Producteurs du Pays in La Rochefoucauld, a market of local food producers. There are a series of these held throughout the summer in market towns. We bought some lamb steaks and took them to where they were grilling meat. (Note for future: bring steak knives unless you plan to eat sausages.) For a starter we found grilled goat cheese wrapped in bacon. Then some plates of salad (crudités) and a barquette of frites with the lamb. And an ice cream cone for dessert. I had plain vanilla, while Ed had vanilla-cognac.

Thursday/21-Jun-12: Off to get our gravel and order tiles for the terrace this morning, then to do our shopping. Buying lots of stuff to send Jim for his Big Ride.

Dinner was Smoked Turkey and Wild Rice Salad (MC), a nice summer salad. Well, summer's here even if it's not really summer weather. Had some of the Strawberry-Sour Cream Ice Cream made with fromage blance for dessert. My, my, that's good stuff!

Friday/22-Jun-12: Yogurt on overday. Sure I've missed recording some yogurt-making of late, since I seem to be making yog on alternate days.

Major work on the terrace is sort of finished. The tiles will be delivered next week and we'll put them in place. Next is a foundation for the garden shed (a kit) where we'll store, under cover, our wood and wood pellets.

Dinner started with an insalata caprese, complete with basil leaves from the garden. Unfortunately the tomates weren't the best we've bought lately, although they were very pretty. The main was Salmon Cakes with Yogurt Chipotle Sauce (Essential, p413; cookbooker), a recipe that didn't work as expected, but tasted quite good anyhow. Then, more of the Strawberry-Sour Cream Ice Cream.

Saturday/23-Jun-12: Went to a birthday bbq tonight, and then to a  movie, so nothing much happened in the kitchen.

Sunday/24-Jun-12: Dinner was a half recipe (sort of) Curry Scallops & Cilantro Rice (web; cookbooker). Accompanied by a half dose Carrot and Onion Salad (MJ1, p171). Then some Baked Cocoa Custard (MC 2BTried), a recipe which will be kept, simply because it's easy and good enough and I liked baked custards.

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

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