Monday, July 16, 2012

This week in the kitchen

Monday/16-Jul-12: Alone at last! (I.e., much as we love company, we also like when they leave.) As the first step in using up the broccoli in the fridge, tonight's dinner was Broccoli Frittata, Parma Style (GreeneGreens, p63). I made this several years ago, with similar results, that is, it was more omelet-like that frittata-like. For next time, I think it either needs to cook longer at a very low temperature, so that's it's well set and can be turned out of the pan, or cooked at a slightly higher temperature, or go under the broiler for a few minutes at the end. At any rate, it's very tasty. Then we had some of the Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake.

Tuesday/17-Jul-12: Yogurt on overday. Sally and I had lunched in Rochechouart after our haircuts, so I didn't feel like dinner at all. Ed ate the rest of the frittata and I made him a bit of a rice salad with leftover carrot pilaf and zucchini vinaigrette and some onion and carrot, Then we finished off the yummy Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake.

Wednesday/18-Jul-12: Shopping this afternoon. No impulse purchases.

Dinner was Grilled Salmon with Broccoli Chickpea Pesto (web), using up the last head of broccoli. The pesto was a bit bland (helped by grinding on some red pepper flakes), but the effect was pretty good. Have lots of the pesto frozen now. Served with trio rice, then a nice big salad. Some double-chocolate mini-Magnums for after.

Thursday/19-Jul-12: Dinner started out to be Mushrooms on Toast or Funghi Alla Veronica (web), but when I started slicing the shrooms I realized that most of them were moldy. So a added a packet of lardons fumés to the pan to beef (or pork) it up, so to speak. The intended vegetarian meal turned meaty. Served over pasta rather than toast. Might try this again sometime, with only mushrooms and actually served over toast. Followed by a big salad.

Friday/20-Jul-12: Another drippy day. Dinner was a keeper, Puy Lentils with Spices and Tamarind (web), easy, all stuff that's in the house, and yum-yummy. Served over rice. Before hand, we munched on Spicy Cucumber Wedges (Kheere kKe Tukray) (MJ1, p172), which I've made several times before. Ed especially liked this, sticks of cuke with lemon juice, salt, cayenne, black pepper, and ground roasted cumin. For dessert, there were No Bake Oatmeal Bites (web), made with hazelnut butter, easy to make, but nothing special. Not a keeper.

Saturday/21-Jul-12: The zucchini harvest is in serious swing. Tonight's dinner was Zucchini, Squash, and Ricotta Galette (somewhere on web), a forgettable recipe that took longer than I expected to assemble, so we ate quite late. The filling wasn't set at the appropriate time, so we ate our salad, adorned with a roasted beet from the garden, first.

Sunday/22-Jul-12: A lovely lunch out today. Nothing happened in the kitchen. Tomorrow the zucchini surplus must be addressed.

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

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