Monday, February 29, 2016

This week in the kitchen

Monday/29-Feb-16: Travel day.

Tuesday/1-Mar-16: Home at last. Ed made dinner, broccoli and a salad.

Wednesday/2-Mar-16: Shopping today.

Dinner was a half recipe of Halibut with Lentils and Mustard Sauce (web; cookbooker); almost a good recipe. The lentil with sweet potato was a bit bland. I cooked the fish under the broiler rather than sautéing it. The sauce was really iffy, way too sharp. I have an idea there there is Dijon mustard and there is Dijon mustard. What I have is too much to do in a 1:1 proportion with wine. On the other hand, it did liven up the lentils. (The rest will turn up as a salad dressing in the next days.) Followed by a salad. Since they haven't been having smaller sacks of lettuces, I got a bigger one, and we'll have the rest tomorrow.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/3-Mar-16: Dinner for Ed's hemoglobin. I made a half dose of Spaghetti Corkese (web) with boudin noir in the sauce. Not the prettiest pasta dish ever, but wasn't bad to eat. Used 2 cups of (seedless) tomato sauce from the freezer rather than a can of tomatoes. Then a salad using the rest of last night's fish sauce with some oil added. Some defrosted raspberries with a bit of cream and crème de framboises for after.

Friday/4-Mar-16: Dinner was, sort of, a recipe from Nigella, Slow Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken (web). I spatchcocked my chickie, rather than cutting it in bits. But a nice way to cook it, covered and slow roasted for two hours, then open-cooked at a high temp for another 45min, giving a nice crispy skin. (I'm not a big skin person, but this was good.) Served with Clotilde Dusoulier's Perfect Roasted Potatoes (web) and some steamed broccoli with garlic and red pepper flakes.

Saturday/5-Mar-16: Dinner was Mushroom Polenta Pizza (web, also web). The recipe is supposed to serve four—maybe for lunch or as a starter. As the main, it served two, with a salad. Not really very pizza-ish, since the polenta base stayed pretty soft. I didn't have any "wild" mushroom, so soaked some dried cêpes to add to the rest, then used the soaking liquid as part of the veg broth for the polenta. The cheese was comte. Pretty tasty, though.

Yogurt on overnight.

Sunday/6-Mar-16: Dinner was Tagliatelle with Artichokes and Olive Oil for Two (web). Quite good this was. And a salad, using the rest of last night's lettuce sack. As long as salads are two nights in a row, this seems to be a way to make up for the fact that they no longer carry smaller sacks of lettuce.

For dessert, there was some Amazingly Easy Peach Cake (web), which has some amazingly bad instructions. How big is a large can of peaches? I used two of those no-longer-one-pound cans, one of peaches, the other of apricots. I added no sugar (instead of 2 cups), which was a bit extreme; maybe 1/2cup would have been ok. Buzzed all in the cuisinart, so it was extra easy. For the topping, I used sweetened coconut, which Ed bought in error, and added no extra sugar. Used walnuts, since I seemed to have no pecans. (Inventory error!) This was ok. The recipe said to use a 9x13 pan. I started pouring into that, but that would have made a pancake, so I changed to my square pan instead. (Sorry, to the washer-upper for the extra pan.) This was surprisingly good.

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

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