Sunday, March 17, 2013

This week in the kitchen

Monday/18-Mar-13: Both of us came home from the dentist today with don't-chew-on-that-side instructions. So it was soup from the freezer for dinner, followed by a double-chocolate mini-Magnum. No chewing around here!

Looks like IHCC will continue. The chef for the next six months will be Yotam Ottolenghi. Santa bought me the first of his books, and there are more recipes on the web, so I might participate some. Maybe not all the weeks as I have with Jaffrey, but some.

Tuesday/19-Mar-13: The penultimate Jaffrey IHCC dinner tonight, and quite good it was. An Indian omelet, followed by a big salad. That was enough.

Wednesday/20-Mar-13: Shopping today. There were pots of herbs on sale, 2 for €3, so I bought three kinds of basil, two pots of cilantro, and one pot of Moroccan mint.

Dinner was Salmon with Pomegranate Molasses Glaze (web), which was easy and yummy. I bought a little pineapple and grilled glazed slices of that along with the fish. Made a kind of pilaf thing, using up the shrooms in the fridge, to go with it. Then a salad. That was all.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/21-Mar-13: Almost had fresh pasta for dinner, but didn't have the oomph. Plus I suspect this is one of those dishes that's better with dried pasta. It was a half dose of Linguine with Sausage, Greens, and Egg Pan Sauce (web), and very good it was too. Used Hazan's Homemade Sausage from the freezer ipv Italian sausage links; used arugula for the greens. Extra yummy. Some fresh pineapple with Pineapple Buttermilk Sherbert for dessert.

Friday/22-Mar-13: Potted all the herbs except the mint, which I'll move to the sage pot. The sage has spread all over the place, and almost none in the pot is alive. Seems like a good place to contain the mint.

We were pooped from our first big gardening day this year and took ourselves to dinner.

Saturday/23-Mar-13: I'm pooped today. Didn't sleep much worrying about Sophie, who didn't come in. Turned out she was locked in the neighbor's garage, but she didn't answer when we each went there one or more times last night. Till this morning at 7.30, when she said, Let me out please. but the neighbors had their shutter closed till about 9.00. We might suggest putting a cat-flap in the door, set to out-only.

Made some Authentic French Bread. Inadvertently used cake&pastry flour instead of bread flour. Can't say we noticed a difference, but basic ABM bread really isn't that sensitive I expect.

Dinner was Summer Squash with Baked Eggs (web, but collected from EAT-L). Good stuff it was. Definitely something to do again when the garden squash abundance is underway. I used a skillet that was too big, so baked in individual casserole dishes. Why not? Double-chocolate mini-Magnums for dessert.

Sunday/24-Mar-13: Another beautiful spring day. The forecast rain never showed up. Got the mint into the sage pot. Potted some bits of sage. If those take I won't feel so bad yanking out the rest.

Changed dinner plans at the last minute to incorporate the bbq. So we had Grilled Chicken Caesar, from an old Cooking Light mag, doesn't seem to be available on the web. The first time I made this and recorded the date was 2001. I've made it a zillion times since and it's always good. Used yogurt thinned with a bit of milk for the buttermilk. Have a bit of dressing left for the next salad.

And for tomorrow's breakfast I made English Muffin Batter Bread. I collected essentially the same recipe a couple of times, maybe originally from King Arthur. An easyish bread, mixed in a bowl, plonked into two bread pans, 45-minute rise, 25 minutes in the oven. Not bad at all. I forgot to set the timer for the rise so it was a bit too high when it went in, but that didn't seem to affect the taste and you can't really see a difference.

Yogurt on overnight.

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

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