Monday, December 17, 2012

This week in the kitchen

Monday/17-Dec-12: Oldies but goodies tonight for dinner, another post for IHCC : Lentils with Garlic and Onion (MJ1, p124) and Simple Buttery Rice with Onions (MJ1, p149).

Tuesday/18-Dec-12: A neighbor brought us some homemade rillettes and homemade pineau (in a Scotch whisky bottle).

And tonight was TexMex comfort food, cheese enchiladas, "Spanish" rice with lots of veg, guacamole, and some pineapple sherbert for dessert.

Wednesday/19-Dec-12: The Mini decided not to boot last night, so the household is without admin, and I'm without my daily planning. Sigh.

Tried to figure out what we're having for the holidays. Not feeling very imaginative. The timing of xmas day is a problem. Would like to have fish, but one doesn't buy fish on Mondays, so that's kind of out.

Dinner was easy, a slice of Thanksgiving turkey roulade from the freezer, the rest of the sauce from the Garlic Chicken from the freezer, some smashed potatoes, and some steamed broccoli. Simple. Tasty.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/20-Dec-12: Shopping today, one of the priciest of the year.

Made some Pickled Red Onions using a recipe I've adapted.

Dinner was a half dose of Walnut-Breadcrumb Pasta with a Soft Egg (web), with poached eggs instead of soft-boiled. Tasty and easy. Then a salad.

Friday/21-Dec-12: Mike and Sally to dinner. Pulled pork/carnitas from the crockpot, a mishmash of recipes. Served with Mama's Garlic Colelaw made topped up with some chipotle powder, guacamole, grated cheese (mimelotte), and flour tortillas. Sally brought a bread pudding of croissants for dessert. Yum.

Saturday/22-Dec-12: Added another onion to the Pickled Red Onions. Finished off the rillettes for lunch. Tasty, but not so good for your cholesterol level.

Tarragon-Scented White Bean Soup (VegPress, p47) for dinner and lots for the freezer. Made a whole recipe and puréed. Good, but, well, it's bean soup, isn't it? Nothing a good dose of tabasco doesn't help ... which goes surprisingly well with the tarragon.

Sunday/23-Dec-12: Went to our favorite xmas marché at Chassenon today. Neither of us found it as nice as before. It's grown and seems to have lost its way. Usually we come away with one or two sacksful of food and goodies, but this time not. Some of our favorite vendors were missing and the variety was not as big as before. However, if you wanted a capon, you were in good stead. And there are getting to be too many Brits at these things.

Leftover cheese enchiladas for dinner. And double chocolate mini-Magnums for dessert since Ed doesn't like pineapple sherbert as well as I do.

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

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