Monday, May 26, 2014

This week in the kitchen

Monday/26-May-14: Still cleaning out the freezer. For a starter we had radishes with butter and salt. For a main, I grilled two kinds of merguez, one poultry, the other beef and lamb. Served with smashed sweet potatoes. Then a salad. Then some ice cream, using up the cream with marscapone and two other bits of cream in the fridge, served with a splash of crême de cacao.

Tuesday/27-May-14: Shopping today. And we visited a cave in La Roche. We asked for a wine that would go with spicy pork and he recommended one that was quite cheap, which we took. And, lo and behold it was very good with spicy meat.

Dinner was a double dose of Pork Vindaloo (Q&E, p33), served with rice and Carrot and Onion Salad (MJ1, p171). For afters we had some Haagen-Dasz vanilla ice cream, with a splash of crême de cacao again.

Wednesday/28-May-14: Yogurt on overday.

Out for lunch today. For dinner there was cheese, fruit, and cherry tomatoes with quiche, rillettes, and such from a charcuterie in Rochechouart. We're stuffed.

Thursday/29-May-14: We had intended to eat lunch out but couldn't find a place to do it that was handy, so we snacked again for lunch. While Ed had choir practice, Bill and I visited a pottery fair. Then we borrowed an electric knife and tackled the dried ham. With that and a hacksaw, Bill and Ed managed to get enough meat for our starter and dinner. One end of the joint with some meat in the freezer for beans or such, along with four 100g packets of slices. And more to come next time we have some time and energy for it.

For starters with had melon and, yes, sliced ham. For the main, there was Pour-Cousin Paella (Secrets, p249), which is an old favorite. For dessert, Ed and I split a Magnum Classic, while Bill had one to himself.

Friday/30-May-14: Saw Bill off at the train station today, then popped into the Victor Hugo market for a few things (tomatoes, cilantro, bread, and a head of lettuce). Then home to start getting things back to normal.

Dinner was Indian Scrambled Eggs (MJ@Home, p76), followed by a salad, then some strawberries with a dab of the marscapone-cream stuff.

Saturday/31-May-14: Yogurt on overday. Off to see the pottery with Ed this time.

Early dinner so we can go to a concert. It was an old favorite, Artichoke Spaghetti (Art, p59), followed by a salad. For dessert we chunked up our usual lunch fruit (currently apple, pear, and banana) and tossed with a bit of lemon juice and a tiny dab of honey; crumbled a ginger snap over each bowl to serve.

Sunday/1-Jun-14: Since we had pasta and salad for dinner last night, tonight we had the leftover paella mixed with a can of cannellini beans for dinner. (It will be pasta and salad again tomorrow.) For a go-with, I took the leftover polenta from a while ago, sliced it, sprayed it with olive oil, and toasted it under the broiler. Nice stuff. Then a big salad. We were full.

May's gone by, and I haven't finished reading the month's Time-Life book (Indian Cooking), let alone cooked anything from it. Have to get on that now.

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

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