Monday, November 17, 2014

This week in the kitchen

Monday/17-Nov-14: Leftover roast chicken for dinner tonight, along with some steamed broccoli. That was all.

Tuesday/18-Nov-14: DInner was Baked Chickpea Burgers (web), not bad for a veggie burger, if a bit dry. I ended up with eight, rather than six, patties. We ate four and I've frozen the other four. No bun, just patties on a plate. Mostly topped with sriracha. Then a big salad*. Here, there Then some mini magnums.

The burgers asked for some Mrs Dash seasoning, so I found a recipe on the web and made up a quarter of that. Still have some left.

*Big salad: In NL, I'd buy 75g of frans sla, mixed lettuces, for a side of dinner salad. Here, the best I can do is a 100g sack of lettuces. Haven't seen a place where I can get the amount I want.

Wednesday/19-Nov-14: Yogurt on overday.

Shopping today. Meant to buy salmon, but it didn't look very good. The tuna looked good, though, and we haven't had any in a bit, so that was our fish for the week. In the veggie section there were some really nice-looking (big) cauliflowers 2/€1.99; I bought 1/€1. (Cauliflowers at Leclerc often look like they've had a hard life.) All meaning a replan of the week's menus. Oh well.

Dinner was an old favorite, Balsamic-Glazed Tuna (MC; web). The recipe is from a 1999 Cooking Light; I just found it on the web. Definitely a goodie. For a side I roasted the end of a broccoli, along with some of the cauliflower bought today; all sprinkled my faux Mrs Dash and tossed with a small slog of olive oil and some chopped garlic that's be odorizing the fridge for a few days. And some crozets nature, tossed after draining with a bitter butter, parlsey, lemon zest, lemon juice, and black pepper. For dessert, we each had a little pot of store-bought caramel au fleur de sel Guerande. Pretty good, if not a favorite.

Thursday/20-Nov-14: Made some Chocolate Zucchini Bread this afternoon, using a recipe I collected from EAT-L that was very similar to another recipe of the same name from EAT-L, but using less zuccchini and more vanilla.

Dinner was Spaghetti Carbonara with Poached Egg (MC), good stuff, followed by a salad, followed by some Chocolate Zucchini Bread.

Friday/21-Nov-14: Working some more on the cauliflower, tonight's dinner started out to be Tuna-Cauliflower Casserole (MC), but ended up a bit different. When I looked in the pantry, I discovered there was only one can of tuna, instead of two—inventory failure. Ok, I'll use a can of crabmeat with the tuna. Picked up the tuna can, the lid pushes in and pops out in a kind of funny way. Hmm... And when I popped the lid, liquid erupted. Never seen that with a tuna can before. Didn't quite know what to make of it, so I tossed it. The casserole looked a bit skimpy, not to mention pale, so I added some strips of roasted red bell pepper from a jar. Usually we eat all this casserole, but tonight we didn't. Guess we'll have some for lunch one day soon. Followed by a big salad.

Saturday/22-Nov-14: Made up about a third recipe of Kaye's Pickled Green Beans (MC), in anticipation of Thanksgiving dinner, although it's not sure we're going to do one yet.

DInner tonight was a Moroccan lamb dish from the freezer, served over couscous, along with halfish doses of Spicy Carrot Salad (MedLight, p114) and Tunisian Zucchini Salad (MedLight, p117). We were full.

Yogurt on overnight.

Sunday/23-Nov-14: And, using up that cauliflower, tonight we had a half-dose of Cauliflower Paprikash (MJ@Home, p202), with paprika flown in fresh today from Hungary (a joke probably only understood by Hilltop Herb Farm afficiandos). Well, not quite, but it was recently bought there as a gift and sent to us. Yummy stuff. And a big salad.

Progress on planning our Thanksgiving menu is slow. Sigh. Ed requests we repeat the turkey rollade, but what else?

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

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