Monday, November 24, 2014

This week in the kitchen

Monday/24-Nov-14: Dinner was a third recipe of Tatin Pomme et Magret (VPG). Can't find it online, which is too bad. A funny thing about VPG is that that sometimes, as in the case, provide a recipe, and then the house chef, Cyril Lignac critiques it. In this case, he said it wasn't interesting to mix the duck and the apple; you should just make the tatin and cook the duck separately. I took a sort of intermediate course. There were no aiguillettes at Leclerc (that's the small muscle attached to the back of the breast, as in a chicken breast), so I bought some slices of magret. I used these to line two dishes, filled them with the sautéed apple, then folded the sticking out bits on top. This baked for 30 minutes, then I plopped the dishes upside down onto plates and sprinkled with poppy and sesame seeds. Pretty good this was, and easy. For a side there were some boiled potatoes and some sautéed grated zucchini (the last bit from the freezer) and peas, with a bit of garlic, homemade Mrs. Dash, and mint leave. All was good.

Tuesday/25-Nov-14: Tonight we tried out the new pizza van that's coming to Mazerolles on Tuesday evenings. Pretty good they were.

Yogurt on overnight.

Wednesday/26-Nov-14: Shopping today. Managed to come home without two of the veggies for tomorrow's meal. Ed went back for one of them, only later did I discover the second. Hope the market tomorrow will have that one. Don't know what happened. I remember weighing them. Maybe I put them in the wrong cart, or let them by the scale.

Made the cranberry jelly, roasted Brussels sprouts, and made tomorrow's dessert. The fridge is stuffed. Usually at this time of year, we can use the natural outdoors refrigerator for veggies and such, but it's still way too warm for that this year.

Dinner was Spice-Crusted Salmon (web) which was pretty good. I cooked it under the broiler, rather than in the oven, which caused some of the spices to burn, but we just scraped that bit off. Sides were polenta and steamed broccoli. That was all.

Thursday/27-Nov-14: Not haricots verts at the market. Ed brought some back from Intermarché after choir practice. They were the kind cut to the same length and packaged, and weren't in the best shape. Luckily I could retrieve enough to serve four from the two packages he brought.

Made a Pumpkin Cake (MC) while I was busy cooking, which we didn't serve in the end.

Friday/28-Nov-14: Ate out tonight.

Saturday/29-Nov-14: Dinner was Courgettes with Lemon, Caper Dressing (web), which could be a side dish or could be served as a side dish. It was fine over tagliatelle Then a big salad, using the rest of the roasted Brussels sprouts. Then we ate the last two pumpkin mousses. I'm stuffed.

Sunday/30-Nov-14: Dinner was 4-Minute Spicy Garlic Shrimp (web), a recipe I collected from EAT-L, but found on the web. Four minutes, it's not, but it is pretty fast. I made up some Montreal seasoning, which I've never heard of. Used frozen shrimp, so I just marinated them in the olive oil, garlic, and pepper flakes for a good long time, then heated the skillet and dumped it all in. Served with rice and steamed broccoli. More pumpkin cake for dessert. (We've been having in for lunch.)

Yogurt on overnight.

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

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