Monday, October 5, 2015

This week in the kitchen

Monday/5-Oct-15: Dinner was Goat Cheese, Chive, and Chili Pepper Sauce for Pasta  (p167, MarCuc). This is getting to be our traditional night-before-we-travel dinner. Really simple, really good. Then a salad. Then the rest of the Sweet Potato Pudding, which was good cooled too.

Tuesday/6-Oct-15: As Willie sang, we're On the Road Again.

Wednesday/7-Oct-15: And again. 

Thursday/8-Oct-15: Arrived safely. Driving in Italy is crazy, by far the most stressful part of the trip. Found our "villa" easily after making a brief stop at a small grocery store. The welcome pack includes an enormous bowlful of  candy. Unpacked and explored.

Big salad for dinner to make up for two days of road food, with some very nice red wine from the family in an unlabelled bottle. Had to toss the salad in a big pot. No salad fork and spoon to be found; no big serving spoons of any kind. No bowl big enough to serve a big salad for two (or small for four).

Friday/9-Oct-15: Found a big grocery today and filled the (little) fridge. We suspect that they must eat a lot of risotto around here because finding a small (i.e., 500g) package of arborio or carnaroli was difficult.

Two tomatoes were damaged on the way home, so I stewed them with some zucchini for a side. The main was sautéed salmon, with some orzo as a side. The orzo was interesting because there isn't a sieve here. Put a dishtowel in the colander to drain it.

We've been in quite a few gîte-type things. This one has the most poorly equipped kitchen we've seen. As expected the knives are flimsy and useless; I knew to bring some, a chopping knife and a paring knife. There are dinner plates, salad/dessert plates, soup plates, coffee cups (big and small), and a few small cereal bowls, but no other small dishes. House sleeps four; there are four glasses. Nothing for baking a tart or cake, no casserole, no baking sheet. No serving dishes. Nothing to put things in (leftovers, etc.). No butter dish. (Have stowed butter on a salad plate with an overturned soup plate as a lid, taking a lot of precious counter space.) No kettle, electric or otherwise, so we boil water on the stove. Most of the pots and pans are very badly scarred "non-stick". Not to be used. One very thin skillet, newish. Two saucepan sort of things are decent, but no lids, although there's one around that will do. I brought a small peeler, because I figured the one provided would be too dull to be useful. Good thing I did, because there's no peeler at all and no paring knife. There is a cute mini dishwasher which does a respectable job with plates and cups and cutlery. We'll survive, of course.

Saturday/10-Oct-15: Rainy day. Dinner in Radicondoli. Getting started up the road in the wet was interesting. (It's first gear all the way up.) Wondering how we'll get up road when we leave with a fully laden car, especially if it's wet.

Sunday/11-Oct-15: Roasted a chicken with lemon and rosemary. Tossed fusilli (welcome pack) with the sauce. Corn on the cob, found at the big supermarket yesterday.

There is a strange utensil hanging over the stove, a small ladle with holes in the bottom. Couldn't figure out what that was for. Till I needed to check if the pasta was done. Perfect!

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

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