Monday, March 9, 2015

This week in the kitchen

Monday/9-Mar-15: Dinner was a half recipes of Stir-Fried Chicken with Lemongrass and Chiles (Ga Xao Xa Ot). This was a recipe from Mai Pham's Pleasure of the Vietnamese Table that I collected from the LA Times in 2001. Can't seem to find a copy of it online nowadays. I've got it in my Mastercook 2BTried cookbook, and guess I'll have to keep it until I get a copy of that book. It was good. Not too hard. A lot of of prep work, then it all gets done lickety-split. Served with plain basmati rice and a quick Cucumber Salad (p51, Delightful). The salad was pretty spicy, so we soothed our tingly tongues with a magnum classic for dessert.

Tuesday/10-Mar-15: Worked a bit on sorting dessert recipes today. Think I'm waffling on the intent to sort into three groups (chocolate, fruit, other). Scones, for example. When I want scones, I don't care if they're fruit or not. I just want a scone. I kind of sorted through chocolate recipes (again), tossing quite a few. I still have to redo the rest, fruit and otherwise to see if I can figure out the most useful way to arrange them even if it's not overall consistent.

For dinner I grilled the pigeon sausages we bought at last summer's marché des producteurs. For sides there were smashed sweet potatoes (really smashed sweet potato, since it was one huge one that could have served three) and some steamed broccoli. For dessert we had some Buttermilk Chocolate Bread (MC 2BTried) with hazelnuts. Mixed it all the in cuisinart. Pretty good. (No clue when or where I collected this recipe, so it must have been some time ago.)

The continuing drama with Ed's Montbron choir continues and has been today's major "theme."

Wednesday/11-Mar-15: We had lunch at a swanky place with the Gourmet Club of the CLE (Charente-Limousine Exchange) today. For dinner we split an apple. (Shame about the buttermilk chocolate bread.)

Thursday/12-Mar-15: No choir for Ed today; shopping in the afternoon.

Dinner was Chili-Rubbed Tilapia with Asparagus and Lemon (web). Well, it wasn't tilapia, but lieu noir. It was pretty good for really easy. Served with some boiled potatoes (rattes). For dessert, the first strawberries (gariguettes) of the season with a scoop of ice cream and a dash of kirsch.

Yogurt on overnight. (Must have been another batch earlier in the week that I forgot to  note.)

Friday/13-Mar-15: Dinner was Lemon Spaghetti (FF&S, p138), easy, fast, and tasty. Then a big salad. That was all. FF&S is turning out to be an interesting book. Need to try a non-pasta dish now.

Saturday/14-Mar-15: Dinner was Seared Scallops with Brandied Leeks & Mushrooms (web). Didn't make the recommended barley side (which would have been this week's whole grain). Instead, served with noodles of cêpes, a kind of short tagliatelle. The dish was ok, but not quite right somehow. Ed thought the leeks were wrong, while I thought the sweet of the leeks went with the scallops, but the shrooms were wrong. Oh well. Good enough. The scallops themselves were quite good. For dessert, I broiled the last of the crèmes brulées from the freezer.

Sunday/15-Mar-15: Yogurt on overday.

Lunch today at a fête du cochon had, yes, lots of pork. Soup of boudin noir, a plate of charcuterie, and chunks of spit-roasted pig. Nothing happened in our kitchen.

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

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