Monday, January 4, 2016

This week in the kitchen

Monday/4-Jan-16: Lots of work today getting the blogs up-to-date and ready to publish to take advantage of the new year discount. Whew. And glad that's done.

Dinner was a half recipe of Smoky and Spicy Yogurt Marinated Chicken Kebabs (web; cookbooker). A trifle salty, but still good stuff. Should have been done on the grill, but I used the broiler instead. Served with steamed broccoli, topped with a bit of lemon juice, some trio rice, and a grated carrot salad. For dessert, we finished off the Bailey's Chocolate from new year's eve.

Tuesday/5-Jan-16: Busy day today, and dinner in Limoges. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Wednesday/6-Jan-16: Re-collected a recipe from Eating Well, so we had Chile-Lime Veggie Noodles (web) for a second time. Liked it better this time, even though though I was out of limes and used a lemon instead. Fast and easy.

Thursday/7-Jan-16: For lunch we had the rest of the meat for the Malaysian Curry Puffs in sandwiches. Extra yummy. Onto the the Do-Me-Again list. The leftover Urab salad also held up well.

Shopping today. Bought a few things for the refugees, then came home and cleaned out cupboards. Might have to shop on the weekend to stock back up on flour, sugar, beans, tuna, UHT milk for yogurt, etc. Tomorrow I'll go help sort stuff for refugees, I think in Syria, and will deliver our box of food which will go to Dunkirk next week.

Dinner was an Easy Curry (web). Red curry paste, carrots, coconut milk, and more all blended up as a sauce with chunks of salmon. This was good, but I'll try it again with shrimp. Served over basmati rice with Karhai Broccoli (MJ@Home, p148), which didn't quite go, but was good enough.

Friday/8-Jan-16: I went with a friend to to help sort clothes and other stuff for a container going to Syria on Monday. Seemed like easy work, but I'm pooped now at the end of the day.

Dinner was simple, cêpe-filled pasta à la panna followed by a salad. Tasty and satisfying.

Saturday/9-Jan-16: Yes, fresh pasta at last! Cut as tagliatelle with the sauce from Pappardelle with Creamy Smoked Salmon, Caper, and Dill Sauce (web). The sauce is made with a bit of tomato paste, a bit surprising to me with the smoked salmon. (I bought that thinking of new year's eve, but we had so much to eat already, I never got it out.) The sauce is good, easy, and fast. Then a salad. Then we split an espresso midi magnum. (Turns out they have three sizes, the classic, the mini, and an in-between sort that's unlabelled.)

Sunday/10-Jan-16: Dinner was a halfish version of Eric Ripert's Spice-Crusted Duck Breast with Cumin-Scented Carrots (web). I had no star anise to grind and used aiguilletes rather than a whole breast half, but it was still good. The carrots were good too. Served with Clotilde Dusoulier's Perfect Roasted Potatoes (web), which is an old favorite.

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

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