Monday, October 29, 2012

This week in the kitchen

Monday/29-Oct-12: Me feeling sicky with cold. Postponed, yet again, making pasta. Need to get organized earlier tomorrow to get it done.

Instead I opted to make Tunisian Brik-Style Eggs (CL/oct12, web) to use up the filo that was malingering in the fridge. I made a full recipe of four "packets"; the recipe says it serves four. Part way through we both thought we'd save one for lunch, but they were so tasty, we just kept eating. These were baked filo packets filled with potatoes, which had been boiled then sautéed with turmeric and cayenne, an egg, and crumbled feta; then topped with harissa and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro. I used some harissa that I impulse bought recently, rather than making from it scratch (which I never do, since harissa is easily available in all groceries). (This is from the store where Bill did some shopping just before going to the train, which has the biggest selection of "imported" foods I've seen at a regular grocery in this area.) Served with a half recipe of an old stand-by, Carrot and Onion Salad (MJ1, p171).

You can get filo/phyllo and brique/brik in the stores here. I'm not sure what the difference is. I bought brique once—I seem to remember it was a bit thicker, and maybe square or round, instead of oblong like filo sheets.

Tuesday/30-Oct-12: Got up this  morning and got bread going in the ABM (the same old Authentic French Bread I made frequently) and yogurt in the yogurt maker.

Pasta's gonna get made this month only if I do it first thing tomorrow instead of waiting till later in the day when my energy level is minimal. So, a last-minute change of game plan. Dinner was a half recipe of Spaghetti with Zucchini and Lemon (MW@Home, p195), followed by a big salad. Used the last of the tzatziki-like cucumber salad to make a dressing. Didn't quit get enough vinegar into it, but the idea was good. Some Lindt chocolate things for after.

While dinner was a-fixin', I roasted the rest of the cauliflower, having been inspired by An Everlasting Meal, which is an excellent book. It's really a pleasure to read, and inspirational. Adler describes her two-hour routine following her marketing, cleaning and cooking her veggie haul in preparation for the coming week. Wonder if I could ever be that organized? I think it's a feat to get it all put away in cabinets, fridge, and freezer after a shopping outing.

Wednesday/31-Oct-12: Nope, another month without pasta. I ironed, a job where you can sit, instead of  making pasta. For dinner we had a half recipe of linguine with Carbonara Sauce (ClassicItal, p202). So nice, for so little effort. Then a salad, a sack of lettuce with part of yesterday's roasted cauliflower and some red onion. Then we finished the bits of cheese left from Bill's visit.

Thursday/1-Nov-12: Yogurt on overday.

This afternoon I made some ginger tea for this week's IHCC post. Maybe it makes us feel better. (Ed's got the cold now too.)

It's a holiday today, so the shops are closed. Oops. Defrosted Red Lentils with Zucchini for dinner, made some rice, and some Carrot "Raita" (WorldVeg, p547), for a repeat of the meal the lentils came from. Tried a bit of the green chili pickle I made with the lentils. Didn't like it much.

Friday/2-Nov-12: Finally made it shopping this morning, along with about half the population of this part of the Charente. Nice thing was that on the way there we saw two storks in a field. Must have been taking a rest on their migration trip.

For dinner, there was sautéed tuna steaks with a lemon-caper pan sauce, polenta, and steamed broccoli. A bit of zucchini ice cream for dessert. Simple but tasty, all.

Saturday/3-Nov-12: Dinner was Moroccan Bulgur & Pork Casserole (web). I made a full recipe and froze half for another time. Quite tasty. Suspect the amount of bulgur should be (at least) doubled, since there really wasn't enough of it at the end, but there was a lot of extra liquid. Then a salad.

Sunday/4-Nov-12: It was Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry (WorldVeg, p189) for dinner. This had a strange bitter taste, we weren't sure if it came from the eggplant or from something else, but with a bit of mango chutney stirred in, it was very good. Served with rice and Spicy Cucumber Wedges (MJ1, p172), which make a nice, quick salad sort of thing. Finished off the zucchini ice cream, pretending it was kulfi.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 COOKBOOKS: no, #2 BREAD: yes, #3 SOUP: no, #4 MIDDAY: no, #5 VEG/FISH: 5
This month: #6 PASTA: no for October :-( ; not yet for November

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