Monday, March 30, 2015

This week in the kitchen

Monday/30-Mar-15: For dinner I warmed some Indian-ish stuffed eggplants from the freezer. Served with a quarter recipe of Rice with Mushrooms and Mustard Seeds (Q&E, p102); don't think I've made this before. Also a half recipe of Radish Salad (MC 2BTried), a recipe I collected from the Mercury News in 2006; unfortunately they don't seem to keep their published recipes available; this was quite good. We split a magnum classic for dessert.

Tuesday/31-Mar-15: Shopping today.

Dinner was Yucatán Fish (web), with cod and tin foil, not banana leaves. The onion relish was good and there's a bit more for a sandwich or some such. Served with some riz semi-complet, not quite brown rice, that I got accidentally at a health food store. Guess I'll use it up, and call it a whole grain, even though that seems doubtful. Also some steamed broccoli. For after, we finished the bit of goat cheese from the cheese box, worked on the tomme de savoie, and started the Livarot. Yum.

Yogurt on overnight.

Wednesday/1-Apr-15: On the weekend, we learned from American friends that "plain" yogurt is sweetened in the US. I'm appalled.

Dinner was Barbecue-Rubbed Pork Chops (web; CL apr07). Pretty good, but the rub was way too sweet. I cut the sugar back by about a third, but it should have been even less. Also made the Cheddar Grits which was a go-with in the magazine, but not to be found on-line. No big deal; stir some grated cheese, a dab of butter and S&P into the cooked grits. I used vieux mimelotte instead of cheddar. Made up a little salad of grated broccoli stalks, sliced radishes, and sliced red onion with a vinaigrette of lime juice and avocado oil, plus some (homemade) herb salt and a pinch of piment d'Esplette. Good stuff. Then we had some of the tomme (Ed only), then finished off both the (two-thirds eaten) Livarot and the (untasted) Brillat-Savarin. I'm in love with the last one. Extraordinaraily scrumptious.

Thursday/2-Apr-15: Dinner was Pasta with Sardines à la Bittmann (video), which was easy and pretty good. Followed by a salad. Then we split a cornuelle filled with cream. Ed asked for two cornuelles at the boulangerie, but didn't watch what happened next. Instead of two cookie-like cornuelles (in a paper sack), he came home with two cream-filled ones in individual boxes. Duh. So, for two nights we'll split one. 

Friday/3-Apr-15: Dinner was Whole Spiced Chicken Baked in Parchment Paper (p26, Screamingly; cookbooker). OK, it wasn't baked in parchment paper, but in the Romertopf. (Which reminds me I need to use the Romertopf more often.) It was good enough that the two of us ate the whole chickie, along with a half recipe of Corn and Basmati Rice Pilaf (p97, Screamingly; cookbooker)

Saturday/4-Apr-15: Sophie and Oscar were exposed to cat flu at the cattery last week. Just when we thought the risk was over, Oscar started sneezing yesterday. And Sophie came in with a sore rear end, as in Do.Not.Touch.Me.There. Off to the vet this morning. Same treatment for both, antibios plus steroids. Plus Sophie gets some spray-on antiseptic. She did not like getting her bum shaved, but it revealed two fang marks of a cat bite. She lost that fight.

Dinner out tonight. Nothing happened in the kitchen

Sunday/5-Apr-15: Emptied the freezer to start a pot of stock. Have a little sack of lamb bits in there too that I'd forgotten about.

We had our main meal earlyish today, and outside, where it was sunny for the first time in what feels like forever, but a bit cool and breezy. I made Shrimp Biryani (p214, MJ@Home), half the rice with most of spices, using a package with shrimp and small scallops. Pretty good stuff. Made Seviyan ki Kheer (p102, MJ1). Used a liter of UHT milk (the stuff I use for yogurt), and followed her timing, and it was pretty good. Mostly angel hair, with a bit of spaghettini. Both too thick. The fine little noodles I used to get in NL would have been better, but I'm out of those.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 UNUSED: yes; #3 GRAINS: yes; #4 VEG/FISH: 4
This month: #5 PASTA: no for March; no for April; #6 BREAD: no for March; no for April  #7 FotW: no for March; no for April

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