Monday, June 10, 2013

This week in the kitchen

Monday/10-Jun-13: Katie's strawberry preserves are pretty soupy, but they smell and taste delicious. Tomorrow maybe I'll play with adding some powdered pectin belatedly before jarring it all up.

Both of us having bad tummies today, wondering what we ate. So, a simple dinner, pasta with broccoli and lots of garlic and red pepper flakes.

Tuesday/11-Jun-13: Dinner was Rhubarb-Soy-Marinated Duck with Rhubarb-Ginger Compote (Essential, p468; cookbooker). Served this with orzo decorated with lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley, and a dab of butter; plus some steamed asparagus topped with a little vinaigrette of lemon juice, olive oil, and dijon mustard. A bit of young goat cheese topped with piment d'Esplette that we bought at a vide-grenier on the weekend for after. All was good.

Didn't get anything done with Katie's preserves. Gather than I'll have to reheat everything to add pectin and stir vey carefully.

Don't think I'm going to get anything Ottolenghi done this week, and no other seldom used cookbook either. Oh well.

Wednesday/12-Jun-13: Yogurt on overday.

This morning I stirred a half packet of pectin into the preserves and cooked a bit. They still seemed too runny, so I added another half packet. Fear that I now have rubber preserves. Froze four jars; we'll see how they do.

Dinner was Middle Eastern Lentils with Pasta (VeryBest, p293). Pretty good veggie dinner. Then a big salad. That's all. (Sophie was out till about 22.30. :-( )

Thursday/13-Jun-13: Working hard today, trying to get ready to go tomorrow. So much to do!

Dinner was a half dose of Spicy, Garlicky Cashew Chicken (Essential, p494) with kip filets instead of thighs. I forgot to set aside some of the marinade for serving, so it was sauceless, but very good nonetheless. Definitely one to try again. Served with some curried rice and a made-up veggie side with broccoli, tomato, shallots, steam-sautéed with a bit of Jaffrey's My Curry Powder left from something else I've made recently.

Friday/14-Jun-13 - Sunday/16-Jun-13: Off to Paris for a long week. Nothing happened in the kitchen!

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

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