Monday, June 30, 2014

This week in the kitchen

Monday/30-Jun-14: Had an urge for Penne all Arrabbiata, so that's what we had tonight. Made some very vaguely following the recipe in Top100Pasta, p38. My tomato sauce was made with one real tomato, seeded, and 1 cup last year's of tomato purée from the freezer. Good stuff. Then a big salad. Then double chocolate mini magnums. Then a long dog walk.

Tuesday/1-Jul-14: Had an ENT appointment today and did a bit of shopping at a health-food store near the hospital. Impulse-bought a packet of stuff for making pain au levain, a kind of sourdough bread. I thought it was the whole packet for a loaf, but on closer reading you use 25g of the 240g packet for one loaf. They give bread machine instructions too. Then we did our regular shopping.

Discovered that a cow has been in the South Forty and managed to break the top half off of Martha (a sweetgum). it was held together by a small strip of bark, so Ed wrapped it all together and put in a big stake to hold the top up.

It was Time-Life Scandinavian for dinner this evening. For dessert we finished off a box of chocolate roses.

Wednesday/2-Jul-14: Tonight I made a starter for IHCC. The main was (sort of) a half recipe or Orecchioni with Piquant Sauce (PastaCarlu, p28; cookbooker), an easy kind of a pasta sauce. I used pennoni, rather than orecchioni, which I've never seen; the picture in the book looks more like big shells. Then we had a small salad with the rest of the latest lettuce picked from the salad garden.

Martha looking surprisingly good. Some wilted bits, but large parts of the top look okay. This break is really a shame, since she was looking really well this year. Mama (pink dogwood) doesn't look too well at all, for no reason to be seen. Papa (pecan) is recovering well from last year's trauma. We wonder if there was a cow last year that caused that damage, but I think they were already tucked away for the winter.

Before I started dinner I made the shortcake from Berry Banana Shortcake (MC). We had a wedge of this with blueberries from our garden and vanilla ice cream. Yum.

Thursday/3-Jul-14: Yogurt on overday. Made a loaf of the pain au levain in the bread machine. Nice texture and tasty. It will be nice baked regularly, so that it gets a proper crust.

Oops I forgot to note that tonight's planned dinner needed some attention early in the day. Quick replan. Dinner was Tuna and White Bean Salad (MC), a recipe from Cooking Light, muchly redone. Broccoli instead of asparagus. Forgot the tomatoes. More oatmeal shortcake with blueberries and ice cream for after.

Friday/4-Jul-14: I was off all day at a stained glass workshop. Ate out for dinner.

Saturday/5-Jul-14: Made another batch of the pain au levain in the bread machine, this time half whit and half whole wheat. Oh dear, that was more-ish. And unneeded, since Ed brought home a bread yesterday after choir on Thursday and I didn't notice.

Dinner was Nigel Slater's Pepper, Tomato, and Basil Pasta (web). I didn't have the kind of pepper he wanted, so I used two bell peppers instead. It was really good. You roast the veggies, then take them out of the pan and toss the cooked pasta in the roasting pan and tasty oil. Ed is sicky, so didn't eat dinner and didn't tell me till I was almost ready to serve. I put his part in the fridge and we'll see if it doesn't make a good pasta salad sort of thing.

Sunday/6-Jul-14: This morning at breakfast Ed noticed that the concert I thought started at 17.00 (as originally advertised) now starts at 19.00. I'd planned a crockpot meal to be ready and waiting after the concert, but there wasn't enough time for it to cook to eat two hours earlier. Major replan, using the defrosted meat.

Instead, we had Ravi's Kerala-Style 'Bhuna' Lamb, Pork, Beef, or Veal (Kerala ka Bhuna Gosht) (100Curries, p112). Pretty easy to make, but lots of prep work. Once that's done it sits on a low fire for a long time largely unattended, except for an occasional stir. Good stuff. As go-withs there were plain basmati rice and Spiced Green Beans (IndLight, p174), an alternative to my usual Indian green bean side. For afters there was No-Cook Indian Ice Cream (Kulfi) (MC), which is a snap to make and pretty darn tasty.

Yogurt on overnight.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 COOKBOOKS: yes; #2 VEG/FISH: 5
This month: #3 PASTA: yes for June, no for July; #4 FotW: yes for SCA, no for CRE; #5 BREAD: 0 for June, 0 for July

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