Monday, June 20, 2016

This week in the kitchen

Monday/20-Jun-16: Dinner tonight was Sunshine Roast Chicken (Jamie/?; web). This recipe was from a Jamie Magazine feature for six days of cooking mostly based on this chicken. I'll be using most (or all) of the remaining chicken for a meal later this week. The roast chicken was super. It was sitting on top of veggiest (sweet potato, corn cobs in small bits, onion, lemons, and garlic). Juice from the roast lemon halves went into a yogurt-garlic sauce and into some quickly sautéed spinach as a side. Altogether easy and worth doing again.

When I stopped for bread today, I got one slice of the boulanger's wonderful chocolate-walnut tart, which we split for dinner.

Tuesday/21-Jun-16: Lunch out today. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Wednesday/22-Jun-16: Ed's off to sing again tonight, so we had our main meal early. I picked the meat from the chickie and used some of it for Firecracker Chicken Noodle Salad (Jamie/?web). (Funny that this recipe is on the Jamie Mag site, but the roast chicken, from which the meat was supposed to come, isn't.) A yummy little salad. Mini magnums for dessert.

Thursday/23-Jun-16: Oops, forgot to make yogurt last night, so it's on overday.

Dinner was soup, Mushroom-and-Potato Soup, yummy, if not appropriate for the hot day. For dessert, we had fresh picked raspberries with cream.

Friday/24-Jun-16: Shopping today. Label Rouge chickens on a really good sale. Could I resist? No. How can I make progress on my frozen chicken backlog if I keep buying them? And onions from this continent were hard to find. I finally found some bio (organic) ones from France, but otherwise the closest were from Egypt. New Zealand onions were cheap. Why? There were no red onions to be found.

Made some Apple-Plum Butter (HandyBook) in the afternoon.

Dinner was Lingcod with Garlic and Tomatoes, with a bit of trio rice by its side. For a salad, I made (more or less) Mangetout and Avocado Salad (web), which was just so-so. (The ingredients sounded good, but they didn't mesh.) For dessert, some little vanilla custards, bought from the short-date bin, but only because the packaging was damaged. (I don't really care if the plastic cups are dented myself.) Topped with some raspberries from the garden.

Saturday/25-Jun-16: Used the leftover veggies from the Sunshine Roast Chicken to make (loosely) Spicy Veg & Lentil Soup from that recipe group for tomorrow's dinner. (Can't find it on the web.)

Used the last, rather limp rhubarb stalks from the fridge to make Rhubarb Chutney (Thesaurus, p255, under Rhubarb & Oily Fish). Put this in the freezer to serve with boudin noir next time.

Tonight's main was supposed to a chicken with shrooms kind of thing from TLNorthW, but I forgot to by the mushrooms, so I improvised a spatchcocked roast chicken with potatoes and carrots. On the way to a good idea, if not entirely successful. Followed by a simple salad with Blue-Cheese Salad Dressing topped with croutons. Ended with the nice dented cups of vanilla custard.

Sunday/26-Jun-16: Tonight we had  the Spicy Veg & Lentil Soup for dinner, and pretty good it was.

Yogurt on overnight.

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

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