Monday, January 25, 2016

This week in the kitchen

Monday/25-Jan-16: Busy in the kitchen all afternoon. Made the pastry for our dinner quiche (with chopped rosemary). While I was at it, I made some Tart Dough (Tenth, p256) for the freezer. Then I made some Ricotta Pound Cake (MC). This is yummy, but the cooking time is wrong and I'm making a 2/3 recipe to use a single bakje of ricotta; I need to figure out the proper cooking time, then write this up as a new recipe, with the the proportions I'm using. If I ever get Mastercook or some replacement working again.

Dinner was Cauliflower, Chevre, and Onion Quiche (web), which was quite good, although I suspect it had too much Gruyère. (It calls for 225g, about 2 cups; I used most of a 250g block, but I'm sure it was closer to 3 cups.) And the goat cheese was not noticeable. I cut the tart into sixths, rather than fourths, and served with a very plain salad, using up the beet dressing.

Tuesday/26-Jan-16: Dinner was Chicken with Lemongrass, Thai Style (web); this was easy and pretty good. (I used the bit of curry powder.) Served with rice and Broccoli in Oyster Sauce (Delightful, p58). The broccoli was good, but didn't really go with the chicken dish, even though they're both Thai. Oh well. For dessert I defrosted some mixed berries and served them over chunk of ricotta pound cake with a toefje of whipped cream, using up the can we got for the holidays.

Started a potful of chicken stock.

Wednesday/27-Jan-16: Froze up lots of chicken stock.

Dinner was from the freezer. A bit of Indian-ish chickpea stew, thickened a bit more, made into kind of samosas with the last two squares of pâte feuillitée. And some curried split pea soup. The gas ran out, and the new bottle didn't work very well. Maybe the regulator needs to be replaced. Sigh. We finished off with mini Magnums.

Thursday/28-Jan-16: Yay, worked on the backlog today! Decided on a weird, non-consistent sort of organization (for desserts), but one that I think will work for me. Sorting today, with some trashing. Will make another pass through for serious trashing.

Dinner was leftover quiche, with a salad. And Mixed-Berry Dutch Baby (web) for dessert. I used mixed berries, not just raspberries and blackberries. Had some trouble getting the oven to temp; the right one takes a long time before it decides to starting heating serious.

Yogurt on overnight.

Friday/29-Jan-16: Dutch baby for breakfast. Shopping today. For the first time, there were bakjes of sliced onion, carrots, etc. A bid sad, since this is first step on the path to less home-cooked food.

Dinner was Pasta met Broccoli en Zalm in Romige Sauce (web). This was okay, but nothing special. I picked up a package of salmon trout, rather than salmon; don't think it made that much difference. Dutch baby for dessert.

Saturday/30-Jan-16: Early dinner so we can go out late, but the weather is so miserable it looks like we may stay home. We had a half dose of Creamy Pea & Chicken Stew (web). It was pretty good, although I forgot to add the Gruyère at the end. The timings are a bit odd: by the time the cauliflower was cooked, the peas were overcooked. The white cauliflower and the white bits of chicken breast looked remarkably the same, so sometimes you bit into something unexpected. Might be better with thigh meat, or pork, or lamb. Meant to served over brown rice but forgot, so we just had it plain. Then a big salad.

Sunday/31-Jan-16: Dinner was (sort of ) Slow Cooker Creamy Pumpkin Soup (web). Didn't use the slow cooker, but simmered on the stove till everything was done enough to whizz with the staff blender. Didn't use 29oz of pumpkin purée, but just over 2# of winter squash, peeled and chunked. Since this wasn't a purée, I used used a bit more squash than asked and added less of the stock. It was good stuff.

The gas is working better now. Ed thinks he blew into it, adding moisture, which has worked it's way out. No sign of our kitchen mouse.

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

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