Monday, September 24, 2012

This week in the kitchen

Monday/24-Sep-12: Another Monday with no bread in the house. Authentic French Bread in the ABM early. Yogurt on overday.

Are meal plans really good for anything? Most every week I make a plan for what we'll eat in the next week and use that to make the grocery list. I usually manage to follow the plan for a day or two or three, and then it falls to bits. We're eating leftovers or clean-the-fridge-ing or something that especially appeals that day or something that's a snap to make or ... anything but what's on the plan. And so, tonight, there was ravioli alla panna, using ravioli from the freezer (talk about a simple dinner) and a salad.

Tuesday/25-Sep-12: Nope, still haven't been out for bread. Buckwheat Bread (BigGerman, p38) in the ABM. My buckwheat flour is slightly out of date, but it smelled okay. And the bread is yummy.

Cold and wet today. Sounds like soup weather. Made Cauliflower and Bean Soup (with Fennel Seed & Parsley) (web). Used some garlic stock and some chicken stock from the freezer and didn't bother with the parsley. Good stuff, especially with a big slug of habañero sauce or sriracha, accompanied by Buckwheat Bread. Followed by crèmes brulées from the freezer.

Wednesday/26-Sep-12: Shopping today, not too much off piste. Dinner was a half recipe of Seared Salmon with Green Peppercorn Sauce (web); quite yummy, although the pan sauce was a bit too fat (butter, lemon juice, green peppercorns). Served with Haricots Verts in Walnut Oil (Lunch, p216), which is kind of becoming a household standard, and polenta. Then a salad, very simple with just some walnuts. Then some small slices of the hazelnut cake that was on sale last week, with some vanilla ice milk on the side. Good.

Thursday/27-Sep-12: Lunch out today with a friend from John Brown days, who was passing through on a whirlwind vacation through France and Spain. Only apples for dinner.

Friday/28-Sep-12: Dinner was Pork Tenderloin Diane (MC), an old favorite, during which the stove ran out of gas. So much for cooking over a hot flame; but the pork turned out quite well anyhow. Served with polenta and a carrot version of Broccoli Timbales (BEFCC, p58), which was very good. Double chocolate mini Magnums for after.

Saturday/29-Sep-12: Meant to make pasta (yet again) today, but was too tuckered after we unloaded the bits for the new woodshed. Luckily I'd figured this would be likely earlier in the day and defrosted some thighs for Chicken with Dates, Olives, and Cinnamon (CL/oct11, web). Made a third recipe with about half the spices. Served over couscous. Then a big salad. Not bad at-all.

Sunday/30-Sep-12: Yogurt on overday.

This was supposed to be the repeatedly postponed pasta night, but it didn't happen yet again. I made a half dose of Tagliatelle al Finocchio e Salmone (Tagliatelle with Fennel and Smoked Salmon) (Lorenza, p119), but served it over dried tagliatelle rather than fresh, which, no doubt, would have been better. Then a salad.

Meanwhile, I started on tomorrow night's company dinner, which started out to be one thing, but turned into an Indian dinner instead. Next week I'll be joining I Heart Cooking Clubs for six months of cooking with Madhur Jaffrey and this will be my first contribution. I have a bunch of Jaffrey's cookbooks, some of which are very well used.

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

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