Monday, September 26, 2016

This week in the kitchen

Monday/26-Sep-16: Tonight's dinner was Panfried Pork Chop with Lemon-Caper Sauce (Twenty, p315). This was quite good, although breading bone-in pork chops is a bit odd, since it's difficult to see what you're cutting into. This was actually a bit like wiener schnitzel, but with a pork chop. The sauce was good too. Served with trio rice, some haricots verts, and some shrooms sautéed with garlic and parsley. All good stuff. No dessert needed.

Tuesday/27-Sep-16: Lunch out today. Nothing much happened in the kitchen.

Wednesday/28-Sep-16: Shopping today. The enlarging store continues to be a noisy mess. Finding what you want is a real challenge. And, although there's more space, the selection seems to be reduced. The pasta section has gone smaller again.

Tonight's starter and dessert were from Time-Life. Our main was Fish Tacos with Avocado-Lime Crema (web). This was supposed to be made with fish sticks. Not here. I got lieu noir, and too much of it, so we'll have this again for lunch tomorrow. I cut the fish into bits, dipped it in flour and an unlabelled, homemade spice mixture that smelled good, and fried it in a bit of grapeseed oil. Pretty good stuff, although the avocado bit would have been better with sour cream/crème fraîche rather than mayo.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/29-Sep-16: Dinner was some lemony pintade with potatoes from the freezer, thickened with a bit of potato starch, with some peas added for vegetable matter. Then there was a Turkish eggplant salad which didn't "match" flavor-wise, but was tasty on its own. That was all.

Friday/30-Sep-16: Meant to work on the tomatoes today, but didn't, except for the ones that went into tonight's dinner, the last official one from Time-Life.

Saturday/1-Oct-16: Put together a 3-bean chili sort of thing for tonight's dinner, xmas limas and chickpeas from the freezer and my last can of black beans. Used tomato purée; don't much like chili with tomatoes. Got out several dried chilies, soaked them, then buzzed them. Sautéed onions, garlic, oregano, ground roasted cumin, chile powder, and other stuff. Was pretty good altogether. Two servings in the freezer.

Went to make some Cayenne Cornbread (BigGerman, p182) as a go-with, but found my bread machine won't mix. Sigh. Mixed and kneaded a bit by hand, but not enough.  Put it in a bread pan, let it rise and then into the oven. Wasn't too bad.

Ed has to take a dish to a little do after his choir's AGM tomorrow. I made up a double dose of Greek-Style Lentil Salad (WorldVeg, p630). I've made this before and we liked it.

Still didn't work on the tomatoes and lots are going bad now. Tomorrow. There are still another bunch down in the potager.

Sunday/2-Oct-16: Ed had his meal with the choir today (where the lentil salad went over well). I had the leftover lamb with green beans from Friday. It wasn't as good reheated.

Seeded the last batch of tomatoes and started them simmering down. Lost of bunch of them. A few of the bottom ones were crushed; quite a few others had moldy bits. Will pick one last batch on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Trying to figure out what book to use for Cookbook Countdown in October, which doesn't have that many cooking days. I think I've relegated two of my possibilities to the recycle bin. We'll see.

In the evening we had popcorn to start a movie and then I ironed.

Yogurt on overnight.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 2
This month: #3 PASTA: no for Sep, no for Oct; #4 BREAD: no for Sep, no for Oct; #5 FotW: yes for Aug/Sep; no for Oct/Nov

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