Monday, May 27, 2013

This week in the kitchen

Monday/27-May-13: Finished off the first loaf of No-Knead Crusty White Bread (web) this morning. Last night I made up a half recipe of what should have made three bigger or four smaller loaves. This morning I made one smaller loaf. Got to use my not-so-new baking stone for the first time. And understand why the peel is useful, since you can't easily move the oven shelf out and in when the stone on it. The loaf was fine, even though I forgot to slash it; it was a bit more rounded on the bottom than you'd expect. The loaf wasn't as crusty as you'd think from the name. I think the Lahey no-knead (puddle) bread that's baked in a casserole has a crustier crust.

Made lots of chicken stock with the carcasses of pintade, last week's Indian chickie, and a sackful of chicken thighs. Also took the meat off the lamb bone. There was lots to freeze, both slices and chunks.

Leftovers for dinner. I beefed up (porked up?) the leftover green pepper sauce with some frozen meat and served over rice. Followed by a big salad.

Yogurt on overnight.

Tuesday/28-May-13: Made the second loaf of bread this morning. The dough was closer to puddle bread. Why would it have had more consistency yesterday? You'd think it would dry out overnight. Slashing didn't make much difference either. Anyhow, I like the "pattern" of this recipe: make it in the evening and keep it in the fridge till you need it. Then baking a chunk takes an hour sitting and half an hour in the oven, so it's pretty quick to the table.

Pattycakes for IHCC tonight. Accompanied by smashed sweet potatoes and broccoli. Some chocolate squares for dessert during Pogo's evening walk.

Wednesday/29-May-13: Shopping today, then Ed off to dentist again. Leftover Indian chicken and rice for dinner, accompanied by Fried Aubergine (Eggplant) Slices (MJ1, p99), tossed with some olive oil and done under the broiler rather than frying, and Onion Relish (MJ1, p174), which went very well with the eggplant. Some store-bought desserts, vanilla and chestnut, nothing too special.

Thursday/30-May-13: Late night tonight, since Ed went to the doctor's walk-in hours and then to Brico Leclerc from some stuff.  He brought home some fresh tomatoes (me having forgotten to buy some yesterday) for Hot Penne with Chilled Tomato Sauce and Charred Tuna (Essential, p322; cookbooker), followed by a big salad, and then some chocolate roses while walking Pogo.

Friday/31-May-13: Tonight there was Tuscan Zucchini Pie (WorldVeg, p541). Pretty good stuff, although serving 4 as main is a bit doubtful. Then a big salad. Then a bit of St Marcellin.

Yogurt on overnight.

Saturday/1-Jun-13: Dinner was was Cornish Game Hens with Preserved Lemons and Olives (CastIron, p71; cookbooker). Ok, it was coquelets instead of game hens. Whatever the bird, it was good. The sauce is really yummy. Served with polenta and some steamed broccoli dressed with olive oil/garlic slices/red pepper flakes. Some store-bought grandma's rice pudding for dessert.

Sunday/2-Jun-13: Lunch out today. We ate well, but nothing happened in our kitchen!

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

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