Monday, August 5, 2013

This week in the kitchen

Monday/5-Aug-13: It was an Ottolenghi dinner tonight, a good one. Made a salad as a go-with, but we decided we didn't need it, so it waits in the fridge till tomorrow night. But we did have some ice cream and blueberries before we went off on our evening dog walk.

Lots of zucchini coming in now, we're trying to collect them smaller this year, but there are now three in the fridge and at least that many waiting to be picked. The winter squash is flowering now, but no further action yet.

Tuesday/6-Aug-13: Tonight's dinner, working on using up the freezer backlog, was a mishmash stew with two slices of a small ham, some hominy, mixed with some broccoli-chickpea pesto, some chili-soaking water, and a slog of real water. Not bad at all. Then last night's salad. Then we split the last mini-magnum (there was only one left in the freezer).

Ed poured the self-leveling stuff for the tiles in front of the fireplace again today.

Wednesday/7-Aug-13: Shopping today.

Dinner started with Zucchini and Beet Salad (MC). For the main there was Balsamic-Glazed Tuna (MC) with lemon-parsley orzo. And some Vanilla-Nutmeg Pound Cake (MC) for dessert. All old favorites.

Thursday/8-Aug-13: Had lunch out today, celebrating leaving Houston 31 years ago today. We were too full for dessert, so we had cake and ice cream for dinner.

In the evening we picked some produce from the garden. We're drowning in zucchinis again; found a big one tonight that we'd overlooked before. We'll pick as many zukes again in a couple of days. Little squash are starting on the the winter squash plant which has lots of flowers. One eggplant, a handful of green beans, and a cup or more of blueberries. Probably one more good picking of those.


Friday/9-Aug-13: Had lunch in La Roche today with Barbara before going on a guided walking tour that ended with coffee (not for me) and three mini pastries.

Dinner was Grilled Eggplant & Zucchini Salad with Feta, Chickpeas & Mint (web). Used two zucchinis and one the eggplant above. Meanwhile, Ed brought in two more zukes, so the net change was zero. More pound cake for dessert.

Saturday/10-Aug-13: Yogurt on overday. Crockpot dinner, Persian Chicken with Pomegranate and Walnuts (web). I didn't have the fresh pomegranate seeds for garnish, oh well. I used four skinned, bone-in chicken thighs, Pretty good. Made up some saffron rice. Also some Shaved Zucchini Salad with Parmesan Pine Nuts (web). Have made this recently and it's still good, even though I didn't do the pine nuts and shaved parmesan bits. Then off to a concert.

Sunday/11-Aug-13: Cheese enchiladas tonight with Spanish rice from the freezer and some (unfortunately) cilantro-free guacamole. Comfort food dinner.

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

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