Monday, September 23, 2013

This week in the kitchen

Monday/23-Sep-13: Ed in the hospital today. Going to be a quiet week in the kitchen. For dinner I whizzed the leftover corn/potato/tofu stuff with some chicken stock and called it soup. Wasn't bad. Half a grapefruit for dessert.

Tuesday/24-Sep-13: Yogurt on overday. Lamb from the freezer for dinner with a nectarine for a starter.

Wednesday/25-Sep-13: Finished off the funny soup tonight. Had another nectarine for a starter.

Thursday/26-Sep-13: Actually cooked tonight. Boiled up some pasta and tossed in some broccoli bits. While that was happening, I sautéed some onion and garlic and chipotle flakes, grated some (English) cheddar wanting to be used up, and got out the crème fraîche. Mostly drained the pasta and broc and stirred it into the onion mixture with the cheese and a dollop of crème fraîche. Pretty good it was, for minimal effort. But three pots to wash. Thank you, dishwasher. Ed won't be home till Saturday. Boo.

Friday/27-Sep-13: Dinner from the freezer, a Moroccan pork thing, pretty good. Some ice cream and cocoa liqueur for an after-dinner treat.

Saturday/28-Sep-13: Ed's home today, hooray! For dinner we finished off the leftover broccoli tart, still good. With the bit of leftover dough I saved, I made a little apple tart, just enough for two. Served with a bit of vanilla ice cream.

Sunday/29-Sep-13: It's getting to be time to make chicken stock, so I roasted a chicken today. Used the nifty timer function on the oven to bake it while we were at a concert. I smerged some of the recipes I had for cooking a chicken using a bundt pan, kind of like the beer can chicken, I guess, but without the beer taste. Here it is, almost ready for the oven:

The chickie was pretty good, but can't see why it's better than plain roasting, other than the fact the the chicken isn't enclosed anywhere so the skin was quite crispy. The success is dependent on whatever rub or flavoring you use. I put some potato and carrot chunks in the pan to roast with the chicken; the larger bits were not quite done.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 IHCC/COOKBOOKS: yes (although it was really last week), #2 VEG/FISH: 4
This month: #3 PASTA: no, #4 BREAD: no

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