Monday, March 25, 2013

This week in the kitchen

Monday/25-Mar-13: The English Muffin Batter Bread is good. We've already finished off the first loaf.

Twas an IHCC dinner tonight. Nothing much else happened in the kitchen.

Tuesday/26-Mar-13: Read a recent-ish Vie Pratique Gourmand today, a bi-weekly cooking mag, At the beginning of the year they stopped having their bi-weekly menu plans, with breakfast and two cooked meals, accompanied by some recipes. (Some of the dishes were supposed to be standard things from your repertoire, I suppose.) This was actually one of my favorite features. Not that I ever made these meals, but trying to figure out how to arrange a standard sort of 3-course (starter, main, dessert) French meal is an interesting exercise. Now the feature has returned, sort of. There are recipes for two weeks of one 3-course meal per day. One of this week's feature stories was sweet and savory tarts. Most of them look quite good, although those with boughten pâtes brisées don't look as appetizing, Most of the store-bought pastries are pretty bought bunnies. The tarts look good, but my cholesterol level goes up just looking. Interestingly there's also a feature on no-knead bread, giving the Lahey recipe! I might try again using their weights, since it's French flour they're using.

Dinner tonight was, more or less, Tagliatelle with Broccoli (PastaBible, p116). This recipe recommends their "fresh pasta dough no. 4" which has one egg and seven yolks for about double what I made with two eggs. That must be a rich pasta. The broccoli sauce is a kind of standard thing, lots of minced garlic and anchoives. I used red pepper flakes instead of chopping up some chilies. Good stuff it was. Made a salad, but put it in the fridge for tomorrow, since we were both full.

Wednesday/27-Mar-13: Shopping today.

Dinner was Lemon Sole with Chipotle & Ancho Chilli [sic] Recado (JamieMag, not on web that I can find), a half recipe with panga. Pretty good stuff. Served with trio rice and a little salad made with an avocado, a tomato, some red onion, cilantro, and lime juice. Didn't feel like having yesterday's salad too, so that will be tomorrow's lunch. For dessert with had some cornuelles chantilly (made from puff pastry and filled with whipped cream) from the shop.

Thursday/28-Mar-13: Yogurt on overday, in spite of two electricity cutoffs. The last one wasn't noticed, but the yog seems set enough. We'll see tomorrow.

Had the salad from Tueday evening for lunch, augmented with haricots verts and some blue cheese.

Ed worked in the kitchen till 7pm, so we went up to Chez Cisseen for dinner.

Friday/29-Mar-13: Dinner was, quite late, Artichoke Tart with Polenta Crust and Fresh Rosemary (web). A bit time-consuming to produce but tasty. Double-chocolate mini-magnums for afters.

Saturday/30-Mar-13: Dinner was (sort of) Slow Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken (web), except that after setting the indicator on the oven thermostat, I forgot to set the dial for the oven temp. So instead of cooking two hours in a slow oven, the chickie did about an hour and a half in a fast oven. Oops. Good enough, but a trifle over-done perhaps. Will try this again, though, since there were good tastes. Served with some little potatoes, buttered and parsleyed. Then a bit salad.

Sunday/31-Mar-13: Off to the Bach à Pâques festival for four concerts and an overnight. Nothing in the kitchen today.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 IHCC/COOKBOOKS: yes, #2 VEG/FISH: 4
This month: #3 PASTA: yes, #4 BREAD: yes

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