Monday, September 1, 2014

This week in the kitchen

Monday/1-Sep-14: We did our shopping today, a day early, hoping we would find some goat's milk for Harriet, but no luck. Went to the vet, then to stop at a nearby goat farm.

Dinner was Cilantro and Lime Salmon (web; cookbooker). (This the same same site whence the yummy Blueberry Zucchini Bread. Need to pay them some attention.) I made all the sauce for half the salmon and used the extra on steamed broccoli. Broiled the salmon. And some polenta. All good. Aimed for some vanilla yogurt at the shop, but came home with vanilla fromage frais. Nevermind, this is good too.

Tuesday/2-Sep-14: Seeded and chunked the two kilos of coeur de boeuf tomatoes I bought yesterday and simmered them most of afternoon. Buzzed after dinner. Tomorrow I'll heat them up again, then freeze them up in one- and two-cup lumps.

Did the sauce for a roast chicken, but then we ended up being out chasing down goat's milk and vermifuge for Harriet and it was too late to roast. Ended up with Zucchini, Walnut, and Feta Cakes with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce (CL/may14, web, cookbooker), with a bit of mixed lettuces on the side to help with the sauce. Good stuff.

Wednesday/3-Sep-14: Finished off the tomato sauce (purée?) this morning. Boy, did it smell good! Two kilos of tomatoes made just over four cups of sauce. Into the freezer with that.

Dinner was Roasted Split Chicken with Mustard Crust (MoreFast, p99). I made this before and the chickie turned out to be tough and stringy. This one was delicious. Served with Haricots Verts in Walnut Oil (Lunch, p216) and Clothilde Dusoulier's Perfect Roasted Potatoes. For dessert we had another pair of vanilla fromage frais cups.

Thursday/4-Sep-14: Dinner was Pasta and Goat Cheese Casserole with Black Olives (web; cookbooker). It was good. Then we split a magnum classic.

Friday/5-Sep-14: Lunch at a restaurant with friends followed by a tour of Villebois-Lavalette. A nice outing, but nothing happened in our kitchen.

Saturday/6-Sep-14: Dinner was more or less a half recipe I collected from EAT-L: Fesenjan Persian Chicken Stew with Walnut and Pomegranate Sauce. I used bone-in chicken thighs instead of boneless. It was good stuff. Lots of sauce left. I'll make myself a little soup from it tomorrow perhaps. Made a Persian pilaf from the web and found a Persian cucumber salad on the web. Only vaguely followed those recipes. Vanilla fromage frais for dessert.

Sunday/7-Sep-14: Yogurt on overday.

Ed had lunch with his Rochechouart choir. I made myself some soup from the leftover sauce. It was better last night. In the evening we had popcorn and fruit and watched an episode of New Tricks.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 COOKBOOKS: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 FotW: no; #5 BREAD: 0

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