Monday, October 22, 2012

This week in the kitchen

Monday/22-Oct-12: Tonight I made the Incredible Slow Roasted Shoulder of Lamb (web) that I didn't make when Lesley and Toby came to dinner. Pretty darn good. My rosemary plant got a good pruning for this. Served with Clothilde Dusolier's Perfect Roasted Potatoes (MC) and North African Spiced Carrots (MC), which weren't as good as they have been previously. Bill and Ed had some cheese, while I skipped this. Then we finished off the orange chocolate cake topped with some Zucchini Ice Cream, which the cake needed since it was getting pretty dry.

Tuesday/23-Oct-12: Lunched with Bill today before taking him to the train station. Sandwiches and fruit for dinner.

Wednesday/24-Oct-12: Lunch out today. Ate so much delicious food we had nothing for dinner. Definitely didn't shop on an empty stomach afterwards.

Thursday/25-Oct-12: Finally a chance for a light meal. Dinner was Sweet and Sour Chick Pea Flour Soup (MJFlavours, p79), pretty tasty stuff. (This was a post for this week's IHCC.)

Friday/26-Oct-12: Yogurt on overday, with new starter.

Dinner at a quiz this evening, so no further action in the kitchen.

Saturday/27-Oct-12: Nice dinner tonight, a half recipe of Barley Orzotto with Cauliflower and Red Wine (VeryBest, p180)

Sunday/28-Oct-12: Pot of chicken stock simmering on the stove. There were two carcasses and some odd bits in the freezer.

For lunch I mixed the leftover lentils and carrots and dressed them up with a lemon and oil and piment d'Espelette. Made a little vinaigrette for the potatoes and broccoli. These with our usual plate of fruit.

Dinner was Spanish-Style Shrimp with Garlic (Gambas al Ajillo) (VeryBest, p304). My 400g box of shrimp was a bit too much for a half recipe, but used all the spices. It was pretty good. Served with rice and a half recipe of Mediterranean Cucumber and Yogurt Salad (VeryBest, p47), good stuff, like tzatziki. Ed didn't think this went well with the shrimp, but I thought it was fine. Of course, I seem to have gotten a cold, so my opinions might be suspect.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 COOKBOOKS: yes, #2 BREAD: no, #3 SOUP: yes, #4 MIDDAY: yes, #5 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #6 PASTA: not yet!

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