Monday, August 15, 2016

This week in the kitchen

Monday/15-Aug-16: Had dinner at our Fête Patronale this evening (invited for 19:30, aperitifs served about 21:30).

Yogurt on overnight.

Tuesday/16-Aug-16: Made Easy Peasy French Bread (web) for breakfast and lunch. Not bad. Think the cooking time is a bit short. I did mine for the full 20 minutes plus a bit and it could have used a bit more. Think my yeast may be giving up. Not unlikely since the jar is getting low and I haven't been making much bread lately.

In the process of bread making, I discovered we have a new mouse, or possibly the Polo mint mouse returned (Ed didn't take her very far away). This one's been into Polos and chocolate bars, and has discovered that nibbling packages can be fruitful—bread flour, whole wheat flour, pasta sacks, and, best of all, the popcorn sack. Wish the cats would get more interested in these visitors.

Finally broke down and ordered the recently top-rated Kenwood mixer from Amazon after the price dropped about €50. Yesterday the price went down another €10, thank you, Brexit. It should be delivered today. It's space is waiting, although Stuff has started to accumulate there, so need to put those things away.

Zucchini season has started. So, dinner was Elsie's Zucchini Pancakes with Sour Cream Sauce (CastIron, p124). The whole recipe is a main for two, but I should make only a half dose of the sauce. Altogether good. We finished off the Chocolate Sorbet for afters.

Wednesday/17-Aug-16: Yesterday's mouse was in the trap this morning; Ed took her farther away.

Shopping today.

My new Kenwood mixer arrived today in a huge box. With an Italian recipe book. Will unpack it on Friday probably.

Patrice and Wim came for dinner. Started with artichoke bottoms topped with green tapenade and goat cheese, then broiled. Our main was Garlic Butter Salmon (web), which used up one of our big zucchinis between the four of us, served with orzo. For dessert some Häagen-Dazs ice cream cups.

Thursday/18-Aug-16: Lunch out today. Nothing happened in the kitchen. Except that the door to the freezer was slightly ajar all day (and night?) and there was ice running down the drawers so the door couldn't be closed properly. Turned off the fridge to defrost the freezer part and now the alarm is blinking. What a pain.

Yogurt on overnight.

Friday/19-Aug-16: Off for a haircut today. Longer hair is out. Shorter hair is in.

Dinner was Crème de Courgette Sauce pour Pâtes (web) store-bought spinach&ricotta raviolis. No salad, didn't feel like it. Some Mango-Minr Sherbet for dessert. Good, but the mint is getting a bit strong.

Unpacked the Kenwood mixer. It came with no attachments, but I didn't really expect that. It all seems to assemble easily. The cookbook is Italian, unfortunately, but has some possibly interesting recipes.

Saturday/20-Aug-16: We ate out with Patrice and Wim tonight. Nothing much happened in the kitchen.

Sunday/21-Aug-16: Another mouse, or the same one, has been busy in the kitchen again. Going for the same things, so I think the same little lady has made the trip bad yet again.

For lunch we had apples from one of our trees. Belle de Boskoop they are, and tasty of roses.

Dinner was Wiener Schnitzel with Green Beans Paprika and mashed potatoes.

Yogurt on overnight.

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

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