Monday, August 26, 2013

This week in the kitchen

Monday/26-Aug-13: Working on the freezer backlog we had some Thanksgiving turkey roulade for dinner (and there's still one last bit in there!). Then there was Acorn Squash à la George (MC), a moldy-oldy recipe, from Gourmet, I think, using one of our little winter squashes (not an acorn, which I've not seen in Europe). Good it was. I grated up a bunch of zucchini to freeze, then made Zucchini and Vermouth (Essential, p227) with some of it. Finally there was some Berry Tiramisu (MC), with marscapone from the freezer. Well-fed and full, we were.

Tuesday/27-Aug-13: Dinner was a half dose of Saucy Chicken Gyros (web), which was pretty good, grilled on skewers over the fire. The recipe includes tzatziki and tapenade. I made the tzatziki (the half recipe leaves lots for sauce for further eating adventures); opened a jar of tapenade for that taste. Served with Baked Zucchini Fries (web), an interesting idea. For dessert we finished the last two berry tiramisus, a bit soggier, with the fruit colors running, but still tasty.

Wednesday/28-Aug-13: Flew in an ultralight this afternoon. Stopped for a lovely dinner on the way home.

Thursday/29-Aug-13: Pizza for dinner. Making the dough, I absent-mindedly poured the water into the bread maker, rather than the bread pan, something I've always been afraid of doing. Not sure if it's going to survive. So I mixed the dough in the food processor, sort of following Bittman's recipe, but it ended up more like my regular recipe. Used half whole wheat flour. Whatever I did, it turned into a very nice pizza dough. Used a big jar of roasted red bell peppers to make up a bit lot of non-tomato pizza sauce; froze two thirds of it. Grilled eggplant, zucchini, and broccoli for the pizza. It was good. Some double chocolate mini magnums for dessert.

Friday/30-Aug-13: Shopping today and out for dinner. Not much action in the kitchen.

Saturday/31-Aug-13: Yogurt on overday.

Spent the day unloading the Ivars in the living room, reassembling them where they belong in the kitchen, and refilling them. As a result, I didn't feel like making what I'd planned, so we had leftover pizza for dinner. It was still good. Some vanilla ice cream and raspberries on toasted waffles for dessert.

Breadmaker seems to be working. Yet to make a loaf, but it did a short Bake-Only cycle without a problem.

Sunday/1-Sep-13: The Mini refused to boot last evening, so today was spent trying to get it back in working order. We're now trying to get it to work again, but it's still not happy. As a result, the planned dinner went by the wayside. We had some poultry sausages from the freezer, mashed potatoes, and green beans from the garden.

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

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