Monday, January 13, 2014

This week in the kitchen

Monday/13-Jan-14: A busy day out and about today. Bought some lamps that may be our over-the-sink lamps, although not 100% sure yet. Not what we had in mind, but maybe they work. Visited Géant to get some pasta, not very successful in that area. Looks like they're cutting back selection. They used to have a huge produce section, with lots of "exotic" things and a large selection of lettuces and herbs and such with misters to keep them cool and moist. That's all gone. Produce selection down to ordinary, Too bad.

Dinner was Broccoli Mac and Cheese (web; cookbooker). Good stuff it was too. Except it was meant as a side dish, since two of us easily ate what should have been for four. A funny Cooking Light job; they want you to use low-fat cheese (yuck), then add bacon and butter. Huh?

Tuesday/14-Jan-14: Yogurt on overday. Turned off somewhat before the time set.

Having some brussels sprouts left, I found a recipe for Tortellini met Spruitjes (Allerhande, web) and manipulated it to suit what needed to be used up, mostly the magret séché I bought at a marché de noël and some mushroom ravioli from the freezer. Pretty good it was, although Ed thought the duck was too dry (well, yes). Then a big salad. Finished off with mini magnums.

Wednesday/15-Jan-14: Shopping today.

Dinner was Hoisin-Glazed Salmon Burgers with Pickled Cucumber (CL jun/12; web). Did this without the burger bits, just served all (two patties) per person; Ed wanted more. Very good. Bet it would work fine with canned salmon too, so you didn't have to chop up salmon fillet. Served with Mama's Garlic Coleslaw (Handybook, MC).

Thursday/16-Jan-14: Lunch out today, prior to going to a concert in Limoges this evening. Not much happened in the kitchen today.

Friday/17-Jan-14: Crockpot dinner tonight, Chipotle Lentil Soup (SWCrock*, p24), which filled my old crockpot very full. The lentils didn't quite get done, so I simmered it for a bit on the stove. Have lots left, some for lunch and more in the freezer for another dinner. Made Cayenne Cornbread (BigGerman, p182) as a go-with, and ate most of it.

Saturday/18-Jan-14: Yogurt on overday. Timer definitely flakey.

Lamps over the sink installed. Much brighter now. Not 100% sure about them yet.

Didn't feel like roasting the chicken I've got thawed; instead made Chiles Rellenos Casserole (CL90, p147). Used a big can of poblanos and a 250g package of mozzarella; add a teaspoon of chile powder to the batter. Pretty good for fairly easy. Made a salad of tomatoes, avocado, shallot and other stuff. We split a Magnum classic for dessert.

Sunday/19-Jan-14: Dinner was Spiced-Rubbed Lemon Chicken (web); it was pretty good. I used 1 teaspoon for peppercorns (instead of 1/4) and spatchcocked the chickie so it would cook faster. Put in the pan on top of some chunked potatoes, carrots, and parsnips. These weren't done when the chicken was, so I cooked them in a pot while the chickie rested. For a salad, I roasted the rest of the brussels sprouts and tossed with a lemon vinaigrette and some shredded lemon peel. All very good.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 COOKBOOKS: *yes, #2 VEG/FISH: 2
This month: #3 PASTA: no, #4 FotW: no, #5 BREAD: no

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