Monday, December 24, 2012

This week in the kitchen

Monday/24-Dec-12: Dinner was a half recipe of Sea Scallops with Sweet Red Peppers and Zucchini (Essential, p409), which was very tasty and seasonal in appearance, all red, green, and white. Served with orzo, although possibly some spaghetti or linguine would have been nice. Then a salad. Then a small bit of a petit camembert.

Tuesday/25-Dec-12: Gloomy weather, and neither or us feeling xmas-y. Only got the tree up yesterday and haven't been playing our usual cheery xmas music. Dinner was nice, though, although the dessert was a bit of a failure.

Wednesday/26-Dec-12: Tweede kerstdag. Planned a bigger meal but scaled it back since neither or us were particularly hungry. The main was Pork Steak with Port and Figs (web; N.B.: This is from nigella.com, but Safari is giving a "watch out" message today; perhaps they've been hacked). Nice, but the sauce was strangely bland. Also odd is the she calls for 8 dried figs at 150g. I used 12 (which was too many) and they were only 125g. Accompanied by some trio rice and some Carrot Timbales following the recipe for Broccoli Timbales (BEFCC, p58). Possibly I've made this more often with carrots than broccoli, but either way it's good. Then a salad using up yesterday's arugula. Then some leftover chocolate dessert.

Thursday/27-Dec-12: Did our shopping today. The holiday season brings lots of exotic and out-of-season fruits and vegetable. In past years there have been lots of mini versions of vegetables. This year I had a recipe to use mini squash, and of course there were none to be found. Oh well.

Dinner was an old favorite, Spicy Cajun Shrimp (MW@Home, p255), over rice. Then a big salad. Then some of the petit camembert.

Friday/28-Dec-12: Kitchen day today. Made a jarful of Apple Butter using the cheap sack of apples I got yesterday. Emptied the freezer to make a big pot of chicken stock. There was at least one chicken and two coquelets worth, plus, I think, some thigh bones, but I didn't count. Boned the last half coquelet to make a salad with leftover rice from last night, the cilantro sauce, some celery and radish bits. Pretty good lunch. Started paneer for tomorrow night's IHCC dinner.

Dinner started last of the foie gras-stuff magret and a bit of vinaigretted arugula. For a main there was Pumpkin Gnocchi with Crème Fraîche-Sage Sauce (web, cookbooker), which was good, although I still haven't mastered the technique for proper gnocchi. Then we had another bit of the chocolate non-cake. Nicely full now.

Saturday/29-Dec-12: A tasty dinner for IHCC tonight: Saag Paneer(WofE, p240), Red Split Lentils with Cumin Seed (MJ1, p122), served with rice and Spicy Cucumber Wedges (MJ1, p172). All but the Saag Paneer have been made before. Finished off the chocolate non-cake for dessert. Whew!

Sunday/30-Dec-12: Made some Pumpkin Cranberry Bread (MC) to use up the pumpkin I defrosted and some of the cranberries that have been lingering in the freezer for quite a while. It's good.

DInner was Tuna with Macaroni and Mushrooms (Ackart, p183). I made half of a recipe that should serve six, and it made a not overly generous dinner for two. But it was good. Then a salad. Then the last of the petit camembert.

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

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