Monday, August 20, 2012

This week in the kitchen

Monday/20-Aug-12: The stone walls of the house have finally lost their cool. Even my cool reading corner is hot, i.e., inside temperature is 27C/80F. Thank goodness for the new a/c even if it's noisy.

Broke down and defrosted the big freezer this morning in preparation for the Toupargel delivery. Which was mostly shrimp and fruit and a stash of crèmes brulées. The freezer is stuffed, what with all the bakjes of zucchini soup variations.

Meals I've planned for the next days involve baking (what was wrong with me?), so we're off the plan for the next few days. Today we started with a munchie of smoked salmon on chive Boursin on "toasts", which are mini slices of bread, rather hard to find at the store in this non-holiday season. From the freezer there was the last part of the sauce for Fusilli with Cabbage and Tomato from February, this time with fusilli. I made more of the Zucchini and Feta Salad (WorldVeg, p640), although we didn't really need it in the end. Half went into the fridge. For dessert there was ice cream and mango slices.

Tuesday/21-Aug-12: Still hot. Had our main meal at lunch. We'd planned an early evening outing, but gave it up because it's just too hot to think about such a thing.

Lunch was Zucchini and Chickpea Tagine (web), a half recipe with all the spices. Served over couscous. Yum! Instead of dinner we had ice cream with (defrosted) mixed berries. Supposed to be cooler tomorrow, under 30C, but it will be a long time I fear before the house loses its heat.

Buckwheat Bread (BigGerman, p38) on overnight.

Wednesday/22-Aug-12: Visited Emmaüs today to take some giveaway household stuff and clothing. Still looking for a kitchen table; no luck this visit. There's an organic food stand at the entrance; I bought two giant tomatoes, totalling over 2 kilos! Tomorrow I'll see them and make some tomato sauce for the freezer, since it doesn't look like we're going to get enough to do that. Zucchini seemed to have slowed down a bit (we've stopped watering), but the fridge is still full of them.

Shopping today. Not much off-piste buying.

Dinner was Grilled Salmon and Zucchini with Red Pepper Sauce (web). I've made similar sauces, but this one included tomatoes (cherry toms really, but I used bigger ones from the garden) and toasted, sliced almonds. The zucchini is grilled also, then sliced and tossed with most of the sauce. Good stuff. Served with trio rice and a big salad. Some double chocolate mini Magnums for dessert.

Thursday/23-Aug-12: The giant tomatoes I bought yesterday made 3 cups of tomato sauce. This really isn't proper tomato sauce, but just tomatoes cooked down and puréed. Good though.

Dinner was Warm Broccoli and Potato Salad (MDSalads, p15), a old favorite. Usually we manage to eat it all, but not tonight. Still too hot.

Friday/24-Aug-12: Lunched today in La Rochefoucauld. Only fruit for dinner.

Saturday/25-Aug-12: Pizza for dinner, with grilled eggplant and zucchini (surprise!), roasted red bell pepper pizza sauce from the freezer, pyramid goat cheese, chopped mozzarella balls, black olives, etc. Not the best every, but not bad.

Sunday/26-Aug-12: This morning I realized that I was supposed to use the boughten pizza dough, rather than a home-made one. Oops. Looks like we'll be having pizza again shortly.

Made the "broth" for some Vanilla Ice Milk to freeze tomorrow, part of a quest to use up an abundance of milk. The other half of the effort was a half dose of Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding, a recipe collected long ago from EAT-L.

Dinner was Coriander Meat Balls with Yoghurt (web), which wasn't bad. I had about 25% extra cooked lamb, so adjusted accordingly. The meatballs could have used some zing, maybe some red pepper flakes or cayenne. Instead of frying tiny meatballs, I made them a bit bigger and baked them in my mini muffin pan. (And burnt the s*** out of my arm getting it into the oven. I'd forgotten that it's so big it has to ride the rails like a separate shelf.) Served with rice and a salad of home-grown tomatoes with basil and a bit of feta. And a dab of Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding for dessert, very chocolatey with cocoa and 85% chocolate.

Yogurt on overnight.

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

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