Monday, August 10, 2015

This week in the kitchen

Monday/10-Aug-15: We had our mail meal at midday today, in an attempt to recover from several days of big eating. I made a 30-minute menu from VPG (which now styles itself simply as Gourmand, dropping the Vie Pratique except in their URL). The main course was a half dose of Aubergines grillées aux dés d'agneau marinés et sautés à la fleur de thym (web), that's Grilled Eggplant with Pieces of Marinated Lamb Sautéed with Thyme Flowers. Ok, my thyme is past the flowering stage, so I just used some freshly picked leaves. Tasty and kind of cute in presentation with eggplant slices folded over the meat. The starter, which I served as a side dish, was Salad perles de blé, boulgour, carotte, courgette et crème coco (web). This was a really nice and easy salad/side dish: Soak some bulgur in hot water, grate two more less equal piles of zucchini and carrots. Make a dressing of coconut milk, lemon juice, and dijon mustard. It asked from some chopped up chervil, but I couldn't find that, so used flat parsley which I had. For dessert, we had a bit of ice cream with some defrosted raspberries. Just a bit of fruit for our evening meal.

Tuesday/11-Aug-15: Easy dinner tonight. Some tasty chickpea patties from the freezer, topped with the last of the apricot habernero salsa. Accompanied by Broccoli e Zucchini in Insalata (p53, VegCarlu), which we've had several times in past year. Some mini-magnums for dessert.

Wednesday/12-Aug-15: Yogurt on overday. Made up a bunch of Guiliano Hazan's Home Sausage (p162, 30MinPasta) and froze it.

Lunch out today as part of our steam train trip. Only fruit for dinner.

Thursday/13-Aug on-15: Black beans and ham from the freezer for tonight's dinner, along with Cayenne Cornbread (p182, BigGerman). Salty they were.

Friday/14-Aug-15: Shopping today.

Dinner was Baked Masala Fish (web) made with cod. It was so-so. To make this, I make up a whole recipe of Tandoori Masala (web) which I'll try to use up before too long. Served with  Madhur Jaffrey's Stir-Fried Cabbage with Fennel Seeds (web; cookbooker) which I thought was super-yummy. Looked through most of my Jaffrey books but didn't find it; will have to tuck the recipe into one of them. And some basmati rice. Some store-bought lunettes for dessert. Not sure why the name—they're puff pastry wrapped around some chocolate chips. Not very Indian, but very tasty.

Saturday/15-Aug-15: Yogurt on overday. Made up a batch of Guilano Hazan's Homemade Sausage (p161, 30MinPasta; HandyBook). Froze in two 8-ounce lumps, plus the leftoverbit.
Had dinner at our fête patronale this evening, so nothing further happened in the kitchen

Sunday/16-Aug-15: Made half a Peach Dutch Baby (web) for breakfast. Halved the sugar; no extra sugar at the end. Good stuff.

We had our main meal at lunch, that was Omelette er Jhol—Omelette in a Curry (web). Pretty good stuff. She says the gravy is fairly thin, so I added only one cup of water instead of two, but I think more would have been nice, maybe 1-1/2 cups. Served over rice, there wasn't as much soppy as I'd have liked. Some cut up fruit for dessert.

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

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