Monday, January 6, 2014

This week in the kitchen

Monday/6-Jan-14: Leftover night tonight, the asparagus quiche and a salad. We split a banana for dessert. Exciting eating, eh?

Tuesday/7-Jan-14: Yogurt on overday. Set the timer for nine hours; it turned off after eight. Seemed to be done, so I put it up. Last time it didn't turn off after nine hours. Replace or not to replace, that is the question.

Dinner was supposed to be Yolanda's Famous Chicken from a magazine clipping but I've lost the clipping since yesterday. I'd only intended to use the flavors, rather than follow the recipe but couldn't. Oh well. I flattened some kip filets, dredged them in flour and spices and sautéed them in grapeseed oil. Then made a little pan sauce with chicken stock and crushed green peppercorns and a bit of dijon mustard. For as side there was some garlicky sautéed/steamed shiitakes and broccoli; and some mushroom pasta. For dessert we had half of the three kings' cake we bought this afternoon, but didn't find the fêve.

Wednesday/8-Jan-14: Shopping today. Parking lot was empty but the lines were long long long. The post-holiday sales were pretty weak. In fact there were lots of sales on holiday food (chocolates, pâtés, etc.) before the days, which I think is a sign of a bad economy. Oh well.

Dinner was Seared Salmon with Green Peppercorn Sauce (web), ok but surprisingly boring. Served with some steam/sautéed veggies (potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic) and some Baked Eggplant Slices (TooMany, p114), done under the broiler. Then we finished the three king's cake. Found the fêve on the cut; it wasn't a very interesting one, one to recycle. A miniature copy of a movie poster for The Ten Commandments with a dopey question and the answer on the bottom. Very full, I am.

Thursday/9-Jan-14: Dinner was a half dose of Quinoa with Cabbage and Green Beans (web). Edible, but nothing special. Very bland, which is fairly typical of Nava Atlas recipes; even when she adds something zingy, the quantity is very tiny. We dosed it up with various hot sauces (chipotle tabasco was the winner), but now I wonder if some curry powder earlier on might have been nice. Then a big salad. Then two little Lindt chocolates.

Friday/10-Jan-14: Dinner was Roasted Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts (CL/dec13, web). I made a half recipe with five thighs (used up the stash in the freezer) which weighed half of what the four asked by the recipe did. We must have tiny birds here. I put the brussels sprouts in with the thighs to roast rather than sautéing them. Serve with some trio rice. We split a classic magnum for dessert.

Saturday/11-Jan-14: Yogurt on overday. And it turned off at the right time. Nothing like consistency.

Spent the afternoon in the kitchen getting tomorrow's dinner started. Then made a half recipe of Skillet Kale Pizza (web) for dinner. Used a store-bought pizza crust which wasn't too bad. The package said to put the crust on its paper onto your pizza stone. The recipe said to put your crust into the skillet for cooking. The package was right in this case. But it was still good.

Sunday/12-Jan-14: Dinner was Slow-Cooked Adovada with Hominy (Artichoke, p185), cooked in the slow cooker rather than in the oven. Pretty good it was. Made some tortillas and some guacamole to go along.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 COOKBOOKS: yes, #2 VEG/FISH: 4
This month: #3 PASTA: no, #4 FotW: no, #5 BREAD: none

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