Monday, December 7, 2015

This week in the kitchen

Monday/7-Dec-15: Worked on the meal plan and grocery list today.

One more night of fish pie. With a big salad tonight.

Tuesday/8-Dec-15: Out today for BookChatters. Ate lunch at new possibility for meeting place.

Dinner was a halfish recipe of Gratin de Pomme de Terre et Brocoli au Chorizo (web). I had just a bit since I ate out a lunch. This was really good, easy to do, and versatile. If you had the potatoes already boiled and maybe some leftover broccoli, it would be really quick. The gratin was potatoes, broccoli, and chorizo with a sauce of cream, cheese, and garlic. The recipe called for parmesan; I used gorgonzola since there was some to use up. I put parmesan on top rather than comté. Good stuff.

Yogurt on overnight.

Wednesday/9-Dec-15: Shopping late this afternoon after a slow start to the day with two sickies in house. In theory I'm on the upswing but still feeling tired and head full of crap. So late that I postponed tonight's planned dinner till tomorrow.

Late lunch before we left. I sautéed shrooms needing to be used with a bit of onion, some garlic, and some parsley. Made a open-faced sandwich, topped with some gruyère, also needing to be used, and popped under the broiler till the cheese was done. Quite tasty.

Instead there was Chicken Nuggets, an easy recipe I got from EAT-L and haven't found on the web. This is much like a recipe from one of the CL annuals, which uses crushed corn chips for the coating. This recipe called for bread crumbs. I used some crushed pretzels from the freezer, augmented by some crushed saltines. Easy peasy. Roll chunks of chicken breasts in a mixture of flour, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Dip in (butter)milk. Roll in crushed crumbs. Onto a sheet of waxed paper. Into a 400F oven for 20 minutes. Serve with sauces of choice. (We just used various hot sauces.) Served with corn and rice with red beans, made up and turned out really nice. Some yummy store-bought chocolate puddings for after. Later still we're having amaro with some provencal cookies that look and taste like cantuccini, which is why I bought them. First time I've seen these in the store, a nice discovery.

Thursday/10-Dec-15: For lunch I heated the leftover beans and rice and topped each serving with a fried egg. Pretty darn good.

Dinner was Jamie Oliver's Fantastic Fish Tikka Curry (web). Good, but not fantastic. Served over rice, with store-bought rice pudding for dessert.

Friday/11-Dec-15: Not a good day. Off for a haircut in the afternoon, so started a crockpot meal. Plugged it in but forgot to turn on the transformer. Ed thought it was odd not to be smelling it but never investigated. So when I got home, dumped all into a dutch oven and cooked it for an hour and a half.

Left a bit late for haircut and forgot to pack a sandwich. Tomtom and I fought all the way. Hungry when I got there and starving when I left. (Boulangers closed all through this time.) Ate some cookies we keep in the car, got jittery, stopped to pick up a croissant, bumped into another car when I parked. Not much damage to their car (left a note), but small dent in ours. Sigh. (Mystery is that our silver car and their red car left white swipe on both of us. Why?)

Arrived home to find dinner, Pork and Sausage Cazuela (R&WSlowCook, p102), not ready and waiting. Strange recipe. I don't mind crockpot dishes that take some cooking at the start, since the result is ofter better tasting. But this one wants work at the end too. It was good, but not really worth all the work. Lots of leftovers.

Saturday/12-Dec-15: Yogurt on overday.

No lunch and an early dinner, Creamy Sage Butternut White Bean Gnocchi (web). Made a more or less whole recipe of the sauce, but served only half and froze the rest. Used our home-grown winter squash. Used borlotti beans rather than canellini since I had more cans of those. Used almond milk instead of cashew milk, which isn't available; regular milk would do just fine, I'm sure. Didn't use sugar to caramelize the shallots. Pretty good. Then a bit salad. Some cookies for dessert.

Ed's worked on the Cube. No luck. Seems like when the power supply went, it zapped the motherboard. No more Mastercook. No more Framemaker. Sigh.

Sunday/13-Dec-15: More cazuela for dinner. Mini mags for after.

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

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