Monday, May 30, 2016

This week in the kitchen

Monday/30-May-16: Embroidered some chili today, more or less following my old tried-and-true recipe. Accompanied by Cayenne Cornbread (BigGerman, p182) and guacamole.

Yogurt on overnight.

Tuesday/31-May-16: Used an overripe banana to make Banana Mousse (MC) from an old recipe. Not very mousse-like (my homemade yogurt is not very thick right now), but still tasty.

Dinner was Thai Peanut Curry Noodles (web), which is supposed to serve four. Maybe as a side. We ate all of it as a main course. Used fresh peas instead of edamame, which isn't available, and I don't like all that much anyhow. Cleared out my backlog of broccoli stems. It could have used even more of the pasta water, but it might be that my organic peanut butter is a bit drier than what they used. Tasty enough, and probably healthy. Even followed by the Banana Mousse.

Wednesday/1-Jun-16: I woke up this morning thinking it was Thursday and wondering why I hadn't done some of my usual Wednesday things. Been in a muddle all day.

We had our main meal early, since Ed went off to an evening choir practice. We had Chicken with Bacon Mustard Sauce (web), easy, tasty, and a definite Keeper. Used lardons instead of bacon; probably better for that. Served with trio rice and steamed broccoli topped with a bit of garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice.

Thursday/2-Jun-16: Ed's choir didn't meet this afternoon, so had our main meal early, then took the opportunity to head for a movie in the early evening.

Our meal was Fettuccine with Zucchini (BeardPasta, p81; cookbooker). Had intended to make fresh pasta for this, but am glad I didn't since the sauce would have been too much. It was quite good and would be better in the summer when you're getting the veggies (zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes) straight from the garden. Served over dried tagliatelle. Made a salad but it seemed like too much. Plus we were out of time.

Off to the movie. At a theatre we haven't been to before. And haven't been to yet, since we didn't find it. Turns out it's not really in the commune where it's advertised to be. Came home, watched a DVD, and ironed. We lead such an exciting life.

Friday/3-Jun-16: Off plan today. We had our main meal, all leftovers, before we went shopping. That was the rest of the pasta salad with artichokes and shrimp, followed by the salad we didn't eat yesterday. We were full.

Late at the store, which was jam-packed with people. Note to self: Late Friday afternoon is not a good time to shop. Last week there was lots of rhubarb; this week none. What happened? It surely can't be out of season already.

Saturday/4-Jun-16: Early meal today so we could go to a play in the evening. We had Visburgertjes (web), more or less. I used cod and lieu noir for the fish, and cilantro instead of parsley. And I inadvertently used ketjap manis instead of vissaus. Oops. They were good anyhow. Served with rice and Hong Kong-Style Broccoli and Baby Corn (HotWok, p158), which was pretty good.

Sunday/5-Jun-16: It's stopped raining for a while, so we bbq'd some lamb merguez from the freezer for dinner. As sides there were steamed asparagus with lemon-butter and Lemon Roasted Sweet Potatoes (Screamingly, p140), which I've made before and is a really good (and easy) way to do sweet potatoes. For dessert there was, more or less, Feuilleté à la Mangue et aux Pommes (web; VPG), using up some apples and some frozen mango slices. Funny propotions—I used only part of the apples and mangos required. Used some squares of pâte feuilleté, since the whole piece I get is usually circular, not to be cut into squares. Pretty good, and two let for tomorrow night.

Corn stickers. When Ed and I got together, we each brought a set (6 or 8?) of the regular sort of yellow plastic handles for corn on the cob. We moved with eight; not sure if we gave some away as we moved. We're now down to six, since two have split at the metal pegs in the last few months. I'm wondering if we should get more or not. Six is fine for the two of us, and maybe some company. Is six enough to have or not?

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 4
This month: #3 PASTA: no for May, no for June; #4 BREAD: no for May, no for June; #5 FotW: yes for half-May/June

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