Monday, January 21, 2013

This week in the kitchen

Monday/21-Jan-13: Argh, the brushes for the washing machine didn't arrive today. Stacks of laundry are growing!

Leftovers of the wild rice tart for dinner. Still very good. Maybe should put this one into Mastercook. Then a salad. And some cookies for dessert.

Tuesday/22-Jan-13: We did our shopping today, since I have a "make-up" haircut appointment tomorrow afternoon, replacing one that was cancelled for bad weather last week.

Dinner was a very loose version of Mushroom Ravioli Divan (365Veg, p84). It wanted a container of prepared Alfredo sauce, which I probably wouldn't buy even if I could find it. Instead I just added cream and lots of Parmesan to the dish. And the Corsican cheese ravioli I bought turned out to have spinach in them (a feature of Corsican cooking?) that I hadn't noticed. In the end I decided baking wasn't going to add that much to the dish, so I just stirred together the broccoli, mushrooms, ravioli, and cream. It was quite passable. Then a big salad. And for dessert there were Pears Poached in a Saffron Syrup (MJFamily, p185), with a dab of ice cream, made for this week's IHCC challenge.

Before I started dinner, I put the dough in the machine for Bread Machine Bagels (web, though recommended by an EAT-L friend). While Ed was washing up, I finished off the bagels and started some yogurt a-brewing.

Wednesday/23-Jan-13: Last week's haircut appointment, cancelled because of bad driving conditions, was rescheduled late this afternoon. So it was a crockpot dinner, Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo (web). Not bad for minimal effort (beyond slicing all the onions). Served with rice and some roasted broccoli. Then some crèmes brulées from the freezer.

Thursday/24-Jan-13: Defrosted the chest freezer today. Wasn't that fun? An easy dinner, then, two individual packets of a choucroute dinner (each including one tiny potato, some white wine sauerkraut, two different sausages, some sliced pork, and a slice of fatty pork like bacon). Added some more potatoes (too many, I'm a bad judge of this) and mashed up the potatoes and sauerkraut to make a Dutch-style stamppot. Maybe not so healthy with all the fatty meat, but tasty.

Friday/25-Jan-13: Yogurt on overday.

Lunch out today, but not too big, so just a small dinner tonight. Boiled up the pumpkin gnocchi from the freezer and served with butter-sage sauce. Pretty good. Then some double chocolate mini magnums.

Washing machine parts still haven't arrived. Piles of laundry getting bigger. Did a load of undies at a neighbor's this afternoon.

Saturday/26-Jan-13: Dinner was a half dose of Lumache with Broccoli and Capers (VC4E, p450), something I've made before. It's really your standard sort of garlicky broccoli with pasta, with some capers thrown in. Why not? For dessert there was a half dose of Caramelized Cardamom Apples with Pistachio Cream (Q&E, p122). When we finished, Ed asked if there were more. I've made this before two (using a cast iron skillet, which made the apples unattractively grayish but didn't affect the flavor) and there have been a couple of posts on IHCC for this recipe recently. Having some apples to use up, I think it was time to make it again.

Sunday/27-Jan-13: Dinner was Linguine Peperonata with Toasted Rosemary Breadcrumbs (VT—for some reason they've decided not to provide proper copies of recipes, so a link isn't possible). Surprisingly good. The toasty bread crumbs were an especially nice addition. Strange thing is that the recipe, which is supposed to serve four, calls for only 6 oz of fresh linguine. Huh? I use that much dry pasta for two. I used 4 oz of tagliatelle tonight, which was probably a bit short. The tagliatelle seemed a better size match from the bell pepper strips. Then we had a salad. Then some chocolate bonbons.

English Muffin Bread (BigGerman, p15) in the ABM overnight.

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

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