Monday, June 8, 2015

This week in the kitchen

Monday/8-Jun-15: Dinner was a half dose of Chicken Liver Pilaf with Pistachios, a recipe from the UK Country Living magazine; found it here on the web. It was okay, nothing special. Followed by a big salad.

Put the chicken on to marinate for tomorrow's dinner, which will involve two livers that I saved out. Curious to see how this works.

Tuesday/9-Jun-15: Dinner was Crispy Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olives Mqquali (Morocco, p305) with Crushed Spiced Carrot Salad (Morocco, p78) and plain whole-wheat couscous. The chicken was the first thing I've cooked in my beautiful blue Emile Henry tajine. The breast meat was surprising dry, something I didn't expect when essentially braising. The sauce was tasty, though, with the smashed up livers. Have made the carrot salad a couple of times. Then some double chocolate mini magnums for dessert.

Wednesday/10-Jun-15: Shopping today. Bought some yogurt since yogurt maker is not working quite right and I still haven't managed to get in touch with the vendor.

Dinner was Mustard-Glazed Salmon with Roasted Cauliflower (CL dec14); web). The article has the fish served with Buttery Lentils with Shallots, easy and a nice accompaniment. Trying to use up the veggie backlog in the fridge, there was also French Bean Salad (web), which was quite good. For after there was Easy Melon Ice Cream (web), using up the melon we bought last week and never ate.

Thursday/11-Jun-15: Ate out tonight. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Friday/12-Jun-15: Dinner was a half dose Channing Way Shrimp Curry (ComfortMe, p158). The whole recipe should serve six, and might have; there was quite a bit of sauce left. It was good and spicy, though, served over brown rice. Served with some steamed asparagus and the leftover sauce from the French Bean Salad. Followed by a rather plain salad.

Saturday/13-Jun-15: Started a pot of chicken stock. So many bones in the freezer, I didn't use them all. After tonight's dinner, I'll probably have enough to make another batch.

Leftover chicken for dinner. With trio rice and some grilled zucchini. Double chocolate mini magnums for dessert since I forgot again to get the melon ice cream out.

Sunday/14-Jun-15: Froze 12 cups of chicken stock today.

Ed's choir was singing today, so I put on a crockpot, a half recipe of Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas (web). Luckily I had some taco seasoning already made up, because I couldn't find the recipe I use. Oops. I added some lime juice to the veggies. That turned out to be a really nice touch. Served with grated cheese and some guacamole. When we got home I made some corn tortillas. We were full, but had a spoonful of melon ice cream each to finish off.

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

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